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Personal Computer World - May 1978 - Volume 1, Number 2

Second issue of the Personal Computer World magazine with a front cover featuring the Commodore PET computer

Publication Date : April 1978

Publication Contents :

Page Item
7 Comart - Specialists in Microcomputers [Advert]
Comart
Advert for Cromemco Z2, Dynabyte memory and North Star software from Comart Limited.
8 Power to the People - A view of personal computers and their possible effects on us [Article]
W.V. Ringer
We live in a world predominantly favouring aggression, pride, nationalism, acquisition, power and so on; the advent of the microprocessor and the personal computer is going to have an unprecedented impact on all our lives.
10 A Mighty Micromite - The MK14 [Article]
Nick Toop
The MK14 kit, produced by Science of Cambridge, makes up into the cheapest complete home computer I have yet seen. The cost is less than that of the ICs when bought individually. The kit enables anyone proficient with a soldering iron to build a complete home computer.
14 The Compleat Kit Builder [Article]
Jeff Lynch
There is nothing quite like the feeling generated on that first power up when xxx Monitor 1.6,? appears on your terminal device, resulting from patience, attention to detail and good preparation.
17 Yes, but what does the little beast do? [Article]
W. G. Marshall
This article describes the basic functional blocks which make up a microprocessor system, with particular reference to the National SC/MP.
20 Basic - The first steps [Article]
Philip Couzens
An introduction to BASIC, Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. This article is intended for those with no previous programming experience to learn BASIC, but might also be useful for those wishing to change from another language.
24 Typing without tears [Article]
Paul M. Jessop
To the new breed of computer hobbyists, typing is becoming more and more important as more time is spent at the teletype/VDU. Until machine readable media are cheaply and widely available, the only way of entering a program will be to type it manually, line by line.
27 The 1978 Do-it-yourself Computer Show [Advert]
Online Conferences
Advert for the 1978 Do-it-yourself Computer Show to be held 22-24 June at the West Centre Hotel, London.
28 The Mystery of the Lost Computer [Article]
Harry Harrison
Investigation of the lost computers between Aitken's Mark 1, 1937 to ENIAC in 1946. There were computers in general use between those dates; hard-working, practical computers that did their job remarkably well.
30 Exploit or Cultivate [Article]
Guy Kewney
The sad truth of the matter is that there is still no retail computer market in the UK, since import costs and distributor margins drive up prices by 100% over and above US retail prices.
31 Book Review [Review]
Michael James
Review of the Best of Byte Volume 1, edited by D.H. Ahl & C.T. Helmers, 1977 (Creative Computer Press, paper 8.00)
32 Commodore's Approach to Computing [Article]
Kit Spencer
The early PET story. An insight into the overall philosophies that drove the development of Commodore's PET Computer.
36 A Very Small Business System? [Article]
Martin Collis
In the past, most software houses in the UK have been unwilling to invest in hardware, the usual reason being that installing a system would affect their independence. An article on the installation of a very small system, an SWTP 6800 with a teletype.
38 PCW Case Study [Article]
Boris Sedacca
An article with the intention of showing that an average small business proprietor can configure and develop a fairly sophisticated small business system around a microcomputer. The article is based on the Computech Systems' installation of a Data Terminals Microfile system, supplied by Extel
41 MK14 - the only low-cost keyboard-addressable microcomputer! [Advert]
An advert for the Science of Cambridge MK14
42 The Entrepreneurs - PCW Interview [Interview]
PCW
An interview with John Burnett and Gordon Ashbee of Computer Workshop.
44 PET 2001 Review [Review]
John Coll
The PET is a very attractive small computer in appearance and design. It is a successful attempt at placing computing within the reach of thousands and there seems little doubt that thousands worldwide will buy it.
47 PCW Review - Research Machines 380Z [Review]
Mike Dennis
About the beginning of 1977, various advertisements appeared under the Sintel banner for the RML 380Z microprocessor systems. In fact it was not until August 1977 that the first prototype machines went out and December 1977 that the first production models were dispatched.
54 Four Easy Pieces [Article]
Neil Harrison
A pseudorandom number generator written in Z80 assembler using a shift register circuit rather than using slower software. Bonus section detailing some undiscovered Z80 instructions.
56 Scramble [Article]
Graham J. Trott
SCRAMBLE is a word game written in BASIC for two or more players. I conceived it after realising that there is an important element missing from games played against a computer - the competitive element, or the satisfaction of beating a human opponent.
58 Computer in the classroom - Teaching Packages [Article]
Charles Sweeten
It is becoming apparent that within the next five years many schools will have the opportunity to have a computer in the classroom. Those that are lucky enough to have one now will realise that there are possible ways of using the computer other than for teaching computing.
61 The computer is just what the doctor hasn't ordered [Article]
Robert Johnson
Why is medical data processing still in its infancy? All other service industries have embraced computer techniques to the unprecedented benefit of themselves and their clients.
64 PCW Open Page - The Amateur Computer Club View [News Item]
Mike Lord
News and views from the Amateur Computer Club
66 Editor's playground - The small system approach to program editing [Advert]
Patrick Sutton
It is frequently stated that the approach to personal computing in Europe will be greatly influenced by the smaller amounts of money available for investment in computer hardware. To this end it is likely that the most popular machines in Europe will be small systems.
69 E78 - The Europa Bus [Review]
Bob Cottis, Dave Howland, Pat Crowe
Review of a microprocessor bus specification for Eurocard.


This exhibit has a reference ID of CH1407. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
 

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