So, the brave new post-print world of Compute's Gazette...
UPDATE: after I had about finished this blog, I was amazed to find out that Martijn Schols' computerarchive.org not only had (dot-matrix?) printouts of the text contents of the disks, but paper covers, in what looks to be Print Shop-generated art (kids of the 80s might remember that program...) As far as I can tell they didn't come with the disk, so maybe they're homemade, by the same person printing out all that text? But each is seasonally appropriate, and I dig 'em, so I'm putting them here.
There's a new pre-menu screen:
Most of the ads are boring text documents but a few use flashing colors and a few have some nice PETSCII art:
(Side note, when I was young and bored I remember checking out some of the ads on the mid/late-80s disks I had access to. A few were kind of impressive, with animation or interactive elements. I haven't been paying as much attention through the course of this blog, however.)
The disk is now "two-sided", but only the front has the menu, and all the columns and features require flipping the disk - kind of a pain in the butt for your loyal blog-editor, but no price too great for all the fame this will bring me, eh? Fred D'Ignazio's column talks about the Newton MessagePad. Funny how that reference is kind of bridging the gap into the modern era of computing, with its frequent emphasis on mobile.
Blox Trot - Arthur Moore
64 Dimensions - Eric J. Bryant
Link 'Em - John Cameron