Practical Computing - February 1982, Volume 5, Issue 2

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Publication Date : February 1982

Publication Contents :

Page Item
12 Practical Computing - from Millbank - System 10 [Article]
28 Tuscan - the all-British microcomputer [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
You buy 16 bits - what do you get?
43 Feedback [Article]
User's letters covering topics including Apple graphics, Silicon Office, micro-chauvinism.
46 Pet series to sample the Corvus benefits [News Item]
The full range of Commodore microcomputers can now take advantage of the extended Corvus Constellation hard-disc system.
46 Micro event of the year [News Item]
Make a note in your diary now to visit the first Computer Fair to be held at Earl's Court, London on April 23-25.
46 VisiFile follows in the VisiCalc tradition [News Item]
VisiFile is the latest product from Personal Software, the originators of the world's best-selling program VisiCalc. VisiFile enables a wide variety of records to be stored, sorted or searched in any one of a number of formats.
46 Five boards that add to Apple's attractions [News Item]
U-TIM is just one of five new British-made boards for the Apple which is capable of recording intervals of between 1ms and one hour. U-Term is another of the new releases.
47 Avoiding that fatal loss of memory [News Item]
Short-term power failure is one of the more annoying problems which beset microcomputer users. The latest solution around this problem is to use a high-capacitance device. The NEC Supercap range of capacitors provide values of up to 1F, and are the same size as small batteries.
47 Commodore as terminal [News Item]
The Pet microcomputer is a sight cheaper that most mainframe terminals, so it makes financial sense to use it as one if possible. In the past this has not always been so, but now Peach Data Services are marketing emulators and cluster controllers which match the terminal's characteristics to the IBM-3277 or IBM-3284.
47 How Dutch software took to the air [News Item]
Radio Netherlands has made an unusual initiative in telesoftware transmissions. In a recent worldwide broadcast, the Media Network programme sent out a Basic program to be recorded on cassette and loaded directly into memory. The program was a 90-line direction and bearing routine written by John Campbell of the Exeter University Department of Computing.
47 Program Developers' gain by Superbrain upgrades [News Item]
The Superbrain's CP/M operating system is upgraded by two of the latest software products. ZDOS will be of special use to those engaged in software development work.
48 It's here! The new Xerox 820 micro-computer system [Advert]
49 Exports come under scrutiny [News Item]
The Department of Trade and Industry is urgently seeking the views of those currently exporting goods subject to Security Export Control. The results of the review will affect the ability of UK companies to export high-technology goods to certain destinations, mainly those behind the Iron Curtain.
49 Daisywheel SP-830 has the edge in speed [News Item]
Fujitsu's new daisywheel printer, the SP-830, has a maximum print speed of 80 characters per second, significantly faster than competing products.
49 Texas 16-bit micro to hit desk-top market [News Item]
A 16-bit desk-top microcomputer extends the present Texas Instrument range down into the most competitive sector of the market. Texas Instruments has called the computer the Business System 200 and it is the first of a new range of small-business systems planned by the company.
50 Telex paper is how Facit reduces hard-copy costs [News Item]
The Facit 4520, a portable printer offers low-cost hard copy by using standard Telex roll paper.
50 Reflecting on eye-strain [News Item]
VDU reflective glare reduced by 70-95 percent and screen static by 60-80 percent are the claims made for a range of products whose success in Europe has now led to their launch in the UK. Products include the Tele-Antireflex, Tele-Clear and Tele-Colour.
50 Printed word said to improve with Ap Pak [News Item]
The Apple Ap Pak is the first of a line of products designed to enhance the print capabilities of small-computer systems using the MPI series of graphic printers. Apple Ap Pak contains an Auto Plot printer-control card, interface cable, MPI-developed software programs and instruction manuals.
52 The Systems - Rader 1000 & Rader 2000 [Advert]
53 Flying on autopilot [Article]
Martin Hayman
Steps towards a fully-automatic system.
54 Osborne 1 - Osborne and the case for portability [Review]
Peter Laurie
Peter Laurie reviews the new portable micro from America.
56 Alphatronic [Review]
Bill Bennett
How the new business computer from the Triumph Adler group performed under Bill Bennett's scrutiny.
59 The new Apple III [Advert]
61 Speech on demand from Arfon module [Review]
Nick Laurie
Arfon Speech Board - an add-on unit for a range of home computers.
65 IOSL Graphics for the Nascome [Review]
Chris Malcolm
We test this useful unit with the Nascom.
67 Financial modelling: Mars plots the trends [Review]
Peter Wood
Peter Wood takes a look at the Management Accounting and Reporting System.
69 The Sharp MZ-80K has got it all [Advert]
70 Grand Prix practice [Type-In Listing]
Don Thomasson
Assess the performance of Formula One drivers.
75 Art: Visual Communication [Article]
Brian Reffin Smith
First in a regular series on graphics, design and animation. Includes articles 'From bits to bright dots' and 'Moving images step by step', and a competition.
77 CP/M faces the bigger crunch [Article]
Chris Bidmead
We examine the future of this popular operating system.
79 Clarity is all for school computing [Article]
Tim Scratcherd, Ian Smith & Russell Langham
A rapid-reading program is among those developed at a Darlington school.
85 Who needs Comal? [Article]
Raymond Fox
In defence of Basic's virtues.
86 Friendly Reflections [Article]
David Langford
93 High-Precision Mathematic [Article]
Ralph Benjamin
These routines can avoid the need to use arithmetic ROMs.
94 The writing on the wall for manual slide shows [Article]
Philip Barker
Control your slides with a Pet.
97 Sinclair ZX81 Personal Computer [Advert]
Four-page, colour advert.
103 Information Technology Year 1982 [Article]
Martin Hayman
Martin Hayman looks ahead to the coming year's efforts to educate the public in the ever-increasing applications of microelectronics.
109 School's workhorse ploughs new ground [Article]
David Ireland
A Tandy is firmly installed in a West Country school.
111 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
116 First time on earth - Sharp MZ-80B [Advert]
117 ZX-80/81 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80 and ZX-81.
124 Announcing the new Sorcerer [Advert]
125 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
127 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
133 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
139 Kontron: Look to Tomorrow with the PSI 80 Microcomputer Series [Advert]
140 The Consummate Compact Computer - Rair Black Box 3/30 [Advert]
141 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
147 Book Reviews [Review]
'The Basic Handbook' by David Lien, 'DON'T (or How to Care for your Computer)' by Rodney Zaks, 'More TRS-80 Basic - A Self-teaching Guide' by Inman, Zamora and Albrecht.
148 Number bees [Article]
Tony Roberts
149 Micromouse: What makes Thezeus run [Article]
Nick Smith
Page dedicated to anything that moves.
153 ESP Tester - Extra-sensory exercises [Type-In Listing]
Tony Capper
A game based on simple statistics, written for the Acorn Atom.
156 File transfer on Pet terminal [Article]
Philip Barker
Philip Barker on file-handling routines.
162 Buyers' Guide - Software [Article]
177 The War Machine - Tanktics [Review]
Graeme McIver
A battle simulation game.
198 Nascom 3 [Advert]

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

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