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Dates In History


1980 [Detail]
 1980 Acorn Atom Launched
 29th January Sinclair ZX80 Launched
 February 1980 College Software Contest [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980
 February 1980 Talkback Tina won't keep you waiting [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980
 February 1980 By Jupiter! Have no fear [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980
 February 1980 Now a laser network? [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980
 February 1980 Beginner's guide to level II [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980
 February 1980 End of the line for QWERTY? [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980
 February 1980 Bar code labels for hobbyists [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 February 1980 Expandable system [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 February 1980 High Street retailers jumps on bandwagon [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 February 1980 Dixons set up subsidiary [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 February 1980 Industrial interfaces [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 February 1980 Heath turns on the heat [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 February 1980 Exponential market [News Article] - Practical Computing - February 1980, Volume 3, Issue 2
 March 1980 Rolls-Royce among calculators here [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 March 1980 Football-crazy! [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 March 1980 A brilliant notion (though we say it ourselves) [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 March 1980 Handy debug tool for novices [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 March 1980 Corvus gets back-up [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 March 1980 Double-density discs on the way [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 March 1980 Complete off-the-shelf applications systems [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980, Volume 3, Issue 3
 March 1980 'Million jobs in four years' - industry minister [News Article] - Practical Computing - March 1980
 April 1980 Sinclair pocket micro début [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 April 1980 Human factor in computer crime [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 April 1980 UK firm grabs US Cobol business [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 April 1980 Keen attack on small-scale user market [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 April 1980 Around the dealers [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 April 1980 New maths chips [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 April 1980 Jap challenge to NEB's helping hand [News Article] - Practical Computing - April 1980, Volume 3, Issue 4
 May 1980 Fire poses security problem for micros [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 Hearing tested with the Pet [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 PO approval for Apple [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 New system [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 Challenge to schools [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 Memorial lecture [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 World's first 6MB floppy drive [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 Turing Trust discourse [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 Copyright protection proposals [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 May 1980 Flexibility is main virtue of Nascom System 80 [News Article] - Practical Computing - May 1980, Volume 3, Issue 5
 June 1980 The Apple /// was announced
 June 1980 Schools given Apples worth £30,000 [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Home computer which talks [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Best-selling software [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Disc covers [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Good home needed for PDP-15 [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Simple, but effective [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Survey shows satisfaction [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Special prize for inventiveness [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Programmer-time savings [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Free maintenance service [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Software company based on years of study [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 New graphics board [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Nascom word-processing package [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 Geest family [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 U.K. factory for Puma robot [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 June 1980 IBM stand-alone [News Article] - Practical Computing - June 1980, Volume 3, Issue 6
 July 1980 Fujitsu hard discs move into Europe [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 Apple aims for Cork [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 ZX-80 and MicroAce settle their differences [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 Space Invader challenge [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 Deep Thought developed [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 New industrial micro from Data Applications [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 NewBrain is latest hand-held machine to enter the field [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 Dazzling the micromice [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 Nascom calls in receiver [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 380-Zs offered as prize in DoI competition [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 July 1980 NCC Anaheim report [News Article] - Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7
 August 1980 Exidy withdraws from microcomputer market [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 New range of software at substantially lower cost [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 Bureau offers new microlink [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 Teletext colour graphics add-on board for Nascom [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 64K RAM chip steps forward [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 Memorex makes fresh advance with first removable-storage mini disc system [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 First floppy disc drive for the AIM-65 [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 High technology must have venture capital [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 Linker merges programs [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 Rescue bid for Nascom [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 August 1980 Pet Show report [News Article] - Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8
 September 1980 Prestel fails to find expected success [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Human brain still ahead [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Survey reveals unknown facts about computing in schools [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Latest Pet-compatible floppy drive will double on-line data storage [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Fortronic has new system [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Ascribe has Arabic character capability [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Uncertainty over future of Nascom does not stop new wave of add-ons [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Literacy for micro is here [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Inmos decision [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 September 1980 Cash and chip shortages put firms in financial straits [News Article] - Practical Computing - September 1980, Volume 3, Issue 9
 October 1980 ZX-80 wins extra power from latest add-ons [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Less weight, more space [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Why people buy micros [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Tandy begins attack on market for pocket computers with Sharp deal [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 MTC Pilot guides Pet to computer-aided teaching [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Vero extends Eurocard [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Recession could lead to boom in computing [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 New low price starts Superbrain storm [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Easy software transfer [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Microspeech 2 gives vocal support to progress in voice synthesis [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Expansion for Superboard [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Users' bid to buy Nascom fails as receiver accepts another offer [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 No exit for Exidy [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 New LX-500 Computer [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Monitor EPROM produced for Ohio micros [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Z-80 operating system [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 Graphics is growing reveals industry report [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 MUSE to receive cash support for software-transfer project [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 October 1980 First British chess computer has recording facility and 13 levels [News Article] - Practical Computing - October 1980, Volume 3, Issue 10
 November 1980 Sinclair reveals plans for ZX-80 expansion [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Music with TRS-80 [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Home study of Z-8000 [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Hard-disc controller eases back-up and maintenance [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Director chosen for State scheme to develop schools computing [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Delay for Pet disc drive [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 First wave of business programs launched for Pet 8000 series [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Anadex solves printer error [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Industrial measurements from I/O subsystem which works with all types of micro [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 New share market may help micro firms raise capital [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Software at WH Smith [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Increased computer thefts lead to more security devices [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 U.K. machines for Compec [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 New ROM for Level II [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Micromouse [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 November 1980 Compec Preview [News Article] - Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11
 6th November Microsoft Signs Contract with IBM to Create Operating System
 December 1980 Nascom's buyer brings cash and new projects [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 'New information technology department should be formed' [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 U.S. chips to dominate [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 ZX-80 ROM withdrawn [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Two new Chess Challenger models released for Christmas period [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Micro threat to future of TV [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 APL versions available for Black Box and Superbrain [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Government takes decision on data-privacy laws [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 More State involvement in micros urged by Labour report [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Unihammer single-needle has full graphics capability [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Accurate high-speed drawing with latest package for Apple II [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Junk market in computers [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 It's vive la micro différence at France's Sicob exhibition [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Survey-analysis program helps process gathered data [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 December 1980 Systems Bs for university lab [News Article] - Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12
 12th December Apple Computer’s Initial Share Offering

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