Your Computer (Australian magazine)

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Your Computer
Partial cover of Your Computer from December 1992
Partial cover of Your Computer from December 1992
EditorLes Bell[1][2][3]
EditorJake Kennedy[4]
EditorMat Wheelen[5][6]
CategoriesHome computing
Founded1981 (1981)[7][8]
Final issue
May/June 1997
CompanyWhite House Publishing Group
Based inWaterloo, New South Wales

Your Computer was an Australian computer magazine published by the White House Publishing Group[7] (under licence from Motorword Pty Ltd.) and printed by The Lithgo Centre, Waterloo. Starting with the very first issue in May/June 1981 (102 pages) (with a limited print run of 30,000[9]) at the recommended price of $2.00.[8] Around 1985 the magazine was later published by Federal Publishing Company (Hannanprint Group) and printed by Macquarie Print.[10][11] The monthly magazine's final issue was May/June 1997.[12] The first editor of the magazine was Les Bell.

The articles in Your Computer catered for beginners to computing, through to highly technical programming techniques, industry updates, resources, user group and microcomputer-specific columns, and published many special features of Australian technology companies. Articles were written by both full-time magazine staff and freelance contributors, including Les Bell, Matt Whalen, Bill Bolton, Stewart White and Lloyd Borrett.[13][14] Cartoonist Brendan J Ackhurst was also a frequent contributor of illustrations to the magazine. The magazine was launched in the pre-PC era, and so for many years, the magazine was focused on the then home computers such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, MicroBee and many others; however unlike most publications of this type, it never completely specialized on any one market, and so catered for hobbyists, serious hobbyists, and professionals, and remained platform agnostic.


  1. ^ Les Bell - ALC, He was Founding Editor of Your Computer magazine
  2. ^ Bell, Les, The Museum of HP Calculators, HP Biographies, In 1981, I was the founding Editor of "Your Computer" magazine, and wrote many series of tutorial articles.
  3. ^ Archived 10 January 1997 at the Wayback Machine, he was founding editor of Your Computer, Australia's leading microcomputer magazine...As a consulting editor of Your Computer, Les was convenor of the panel which selects the PC of the Year.
  4. ^ [LINK] Australian online news history
  5. ^ "Radio Guests". The Canberra Times. 3 April 1986. p. 15. Retrieved 22 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia., 10.30 Mat Wheelen, editor of Your Computer Magazine, talks about the personal computer of the year award;
  6. ^ Matt Whelan, He started specialising in Personal Computers 22 years ago when he created Your Computer magazine
  7. ^ a b "Your computer : magazine for business and pleasure", Your Computer, White House Publishing, 1981, ISSN 0725-3931
  8. ^ a b Retrogameplay Administrator (8 January 2007). "Here is the cover scan of the very first issue!". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. ^ As confirmed in issue 2 of the magazine[citation needed]
  10. ^ Your computer, Federal Pub, 1985, retrieved 22 April 2015
  11. ^ A Subject Index to Current Literature, By Australian Public Affairs Information Service, p. 27, Your Computer, ISSN 0725-3931, N/001.6405/YOU, The Federal Publishing Company, 180 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015
  12. ^ "IT magazines close.(LOCAL)", The Australian, News Limited: 003, 16 May 1997, retrieved 22 April 2015, The computer/IT magazine market has experienced a shakeout with Australian Consolidated Press announcing the closure of two of its computer titles and three other titles from different publishers...In addition, Federal Publishing is believed to have closed Your Computer magazine
  13. ^ Your Computer, Lloyd Borrett – Computing – Articles, After having a few articles published about the IBM PC, I was invited by editor Les Bell to write a monthly "Your IBM Computer" column for Your Computer magazine.
  14. ^ and also being responsible for magazines such as “Your Computer”, “ETI” and “Sonics” at Federal Publishing Company., Leo Simpson, B.Bus., FAICD Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, About – Silicon Chip Online
  • "Award winner 'Impressive showcase; new approach'". The Canberra Times. 16 April 1984. p. 3 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE CANBERRA TIMES. Retrieved 22 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia. Apple's Lisa 2, the Australian Personal Computer of the Year. APPLE Computer's innovative Lisa personal computer was adjudged Australian Personal Computer of the Year by Your Computer magazine last month.
  • "IN BRIEF Canberra school gets $10,000 'gift' after mistake". The Canberra Times. 1 April 1985. p. 16. Retrieved 22 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.Hewlett-Packard's Model 110 portable computer has been judged the personal computer of the year in a competition run by Your Computer magazine. Microsoft's $95 Flight Simulator II program has won the software product of the year award.
  • "Cash back from IBM". The Canberra Times. 7 April 1986. p. 17. Retrieved 22 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.IBM's PC AT has been awarded Your Computer magazine's 1986 award for personal computer of the year
  • "PC's prize win". The Canberra Times. 4 May 1987. p. 16. Retrieved 22 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia. Your Computer magazine announced the winner of its Personal Computer of the Year Award. It was won by the ma chine that many people" think IBM should have designed but didn't, the remarkable 32 bit Compaq Deskpro 386. ... Aldus Corporation's Pagemaker was named software product of the year
  • "COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY Gestetner gets Impact". The Canberra Times. 9 May 1988. p. 21. Retrieved 22 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.The Macintosh II has won the 1988 Australian Hardware of the Year Award. The annual award hosted by Your Computer magazine, is compiled by a group of industry specialists and is probably the most prestigious in the Australian computer industry.