This site is devoted to parts of the paper newsletter called Fractal
Report that I produced single handedly and which appeared in
the 1980s and 1990s. It is very much a publish the text type of
site rather than a gee whiz multimedia experience, although some
of the later issues of Fractal Report do have some
colour graphics. Click
here for the contents page
The parts that are included are those which I had available in
machine readable format. In addition, some graphics have been
excluded in order to keep the size within the 6MB allowed by
GeoCities to qualify for a free site. (You will find
"Image not available" messages on some issues of Fractal
Report). Many of the graphics are
in monochrome because that is how they appeared in the printed
edition., You will need to enter and run the programs to see them
in full colour.
If there is sufficient interest, an expanded version on CDROM
could be made available. I am not sure how many have to be
ordered to make pressing a practical proposition.
Yes, I know that modern computers are not supplied with BASIC
compilers. You will need to get one in order to enter the
programs, and as some of the early programs were written for
other systems you may also need to convert them to your current
It took long enough to compile this version, but it seemed a
shame to let all that work otherwise go to waste. Although the
back numbers are available, the price is really high for what
they are and a complete set is a heavy parcel to post. Web
publishing is an obvious solution to avoid this waste.
However do realise that
1. It is free
2. It is not perfect.
I cannot spend a lot of time getting it from say 90% right to
100% right, so please do not expect emails about errors
to be answered enthusiastically and speedily or even at all.
I hope that you find it an interesting resource as it stands
and get some enjoyment from it.
I am looking for volunteers to type in the other issues and
email me the result in html for later inclusion, and snail mail
floppies with the graphics (needed for CD ROM version). If this
happens, then further graphics may be deleted from the site in
order to make way for the text. Once you have the text, you can
run the programs and make the graphics yourself. If you wish to
volunteer to do this, my only condition is that you are willing
for your email address to be posted for any queries relating to
the issue you have done. (It would be very difficult to get every
dot and comma of programs correct the first time). If you wish to
volunteer, please email me advising which issue you would like to
do (preferably giving a second choice). I shall need your snail
mailing address to send the relevant issue to you (surface mail
overseas to UK.) If you are offering a commercial service of
relevance, then you can include details as an advertisement on
the issue you do, but this cannot appear on GeoCities, only on
the CD ROM, which as I said may never happen anyway.
Email: [email protected]