Clubs and their newsletters enabled TI-59 users to share ideas, programs, hints and tips. DTP capable personal computers were rare during early 1980s, so most of the newsletters were produced using a typewriter, scissors and glue. Therefore they did not look like modern personal computer magazines, but were brimming with information: small letters, only technical illustrations and no advertisements. The newsletter usually had an Editor, who did all the work himself, from pasting articles to stuffing envelopes and taking them to the post office. Standard subscription price was $20 a year.
Some of the clubs also maintained software libraries. Members were encouraged to submit their programs to the library. For each accepted program (the reviewing process was usually quite strict, so only the best programs were accepted) the author was entitled to claim two free programs from the library. It was also possible to buy programs, paying nominal costs. Nobody made any real money by writing programs and submitting them to user clubs, but we all had a lot of fun.
|L'Ordinateur de Poche||Neatly printed French magazine, covering the TI-59, the HP-41C and Japanese made pocket computers (Sharp PC-1500, Casio FX-702P etc).|
|MICAC||Mikro-Taschen Computer Anwender Club (formerly the German chapter of HP-65 Users Club) published a newsletter called Display and covered both TI and HP calculators. Editor was Heinrich Schnepf from Cologne, Germany|
|TI58-59 Software Club||German software library and newsletter edited by Peter Poloczek and Thomas Edling and published six times a year.|
|PPX||Professional Program Exchange, official TI-59 software library run by Texas Instruments, Inc. Fascinating collection of software, and a newsletter published six times per year, but non of it was available to members outside U.S.A. and Canada. Discontinued in 1985. Most of PPX Exchange back issues and some programs are available at Viktor Toth's site - only volume 1 is missing. Can you help?|
|Programbiten||Swedish quarterly newsletter founded in 1980 and edited by Lars Hedlund and Bo Nordlin. Published programs and articles about TI-57, TI-59, and (since 1984, when Goran Nygren become the Editor) Texas Instruments TI-88 home computer. The layout of the publication was carefully designed; it looked like a magazine, not just like a club's newsletter.|
|SR-52 Notes||Edited and published by Richard Vanderburgh from June 1976 to March 1979. An issue consisted of two or three typewritten pages, with no printouts or pictures. Since June 1977, the SR-52 notes dedicated most of the space to the TI-59. Succeeded by Maurice Swinnen's TI PPC Notes. Complete SR-52 Notes are available at Viktor Toth's site.|
|TI PPC Notes||Leading TI-59 publication, successor to the SR-52 Notes. Published 10 issues per year, 16 pages per issue with occasional double issues. Newsletters contained extensive survey articles about TI-59 programming, quirks, hints and programs, mostly math and games. Since April 1981 a big LRN logo (LRN is a TI-59 key used to start entering a program) was printed on the cover page, so many subscribers called the newsletter LEARN. The editors were Maurice Swinnen (from January 1980 to December 1982) and Palmer Hanson (from January 1983 to November 1991). In Palmer's days, newsletter also covered other Texas Instruments computers, like the CC-40, TI-74, TI-81, TI-95, and the Casio fx-7000G. The last issue was v14n5. Complete TI PPC Notes are available at Viktor Toth's site.|
|TI Software Exchange||That Belgian software library published a quarterly newsletter from 1978 to 1983. Most of the space in the magazine was dedicated to programming challenges and brainteasers, accompanied by math programs. The editor was Thomas Coppens. Since January 1983, the 24-28 pages newsletter also published articles about home computers manufactured by Texas Instruments. The TI-59 part of the library was discontinued in December 1983.|
|Zepra||German elite group accepted only the best programmers. Editor of the newsletter was H. Zupp from Cologne, Germany.|