I am now very, very, very happy.
I just found the first 13 years of "Dr. Dobb's Journal" in pdf, from 1976 to 1988.
This is one of the first computer programming publication (I think it might be the second after Byte) aimed at the public, and by public I mean home computer enthusiasts when the field was starting. I just finished reading the content of the first year and there are lot of articles about how to write a simplified version of the BASIC programming language, an article about a binary to decimal conversion program in assembler (for one of the popular 8 bit processor, the 8080 I think), how to save a byte in a program, I think at this point all programs were in assembly, there's even an article on writing floating point routines co-authored by Steve Wozniak.
This is the type of programming I fell in love with back in the early 80's, nothing to do with modern programming environment or languages, not that those aren't good, they just don't engage me as much.
I have all sort of projects in my mind to try to re-capture how I felt way back then, even if they say you can never go home again.
I'm sorry I won't give a link for people who are interested, the magazine does not exist anymore but that does not mean no one owns the rights to those back issues. Just know that it took me just a few minutes with Google and that those early back issue are not on the official site of the defunct magazine, it only has the last few years of it. It's on a website named after one of the most popular, if not the most popular, 8 bit processor.