Practical Computing - July 1980, Volume 3, Issue 7

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Publication Date : July 1980

Publication Contents :

Page Item
10 Nanocomputer NBZ80 [Advert]
21 Tuscan from Transam [Advert]
35 Superbrain [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
Software copyright and law
42 Feedback [Article]
User's letters
43 Butel-Comco Athena [Advert]
46 Fujitsu hard discs move into Europe [News Item]
Another Japanese company looks set to make its name heard in the UK - this time through the sale of Winchester technology hard discs.
46 Apple aims for Cork [News Item]
Apple is relaunching its attack on the European market by opening a 43,000 square foot plant in Cork, Ireland.
46 ZX-80 and MicroAce settle their differences [News Item]
On May 23, Science of Cambridge were successful in securing an injunction against Compshop and Product Launch which prevented them from advertising or selling the MicroAce on the grounds the keyboard breached the Science of Cambridge copyright.
46 Space Invader challenge [News Item]
Newbear Computing Store is organising a Space Invader competition for the MZ-80K.
46 Deep Thought developed [News Item]
Research Machines is developing a 32-bit machine.
46 New industrial micro from Data Applications [News Item]
A new industrial microcomputer system, the DAI DEC Microcomputer System, has been launched by Data Applications at the Compec Europe exhibition in Brussels in May.
47 NewBrain is latest hand-held machine to enter the field [News Item]
The NewBrain, the new hand-held computer, will be released on to the market in September at a starting price of 155.
47 Dazzling the micromice [News Item]
Some of the entrants to the Practical Computing Micromouse competition are worried that, if the final is shown on BBC television, lights could upset their mice.
47 First true pocket computer [Advert]
The first truly pocket computer which can be programmed in Basic has been launched by Sharp as the PC-1211.
47 Nascom calls in receiver [News Item]
Nascom has been the latest company to be hit by the troubles of surviving in the rapidly-growing microcomputer business, and has called in a receiver.
47 380-Zs offered as prize in DoI competition [News Item]
The Department of Industry, with the support of the Department of Education and Science, has announced a competition for schools with 100 Research Machines 380-Z microcomputers as prizes. Pupils have been asked to submit a project describing how their school would best use a microcomputer.
48 NCC Anaheim report [News Item]
Report from the 1980 National Computing Conference, held in Anaheim, California in May which attracted an estimated 80,000 visitors each day. Exhibits included the new Apple III, APF Electronics IM-1 Imagination Machine, 8000 series from Commodore and Ohio Scientific C4.
50 Software Review: Payroll-200 offers good value for money [Review]
Mike McDonald
With the present glut of payroll systems, the search for the right package may prove a harrowing experience for the prospective buyer. Mike McDonald looks at Payroll-200, a package from Petsoft, which runs on the Commodore 3032.
54 Sharp PC-1211 - The first real pocket computer [Review]
We examine the pocket computer from Sharp.
58 Inside the Sinclair ZX-80 [Review]
A detailed look at the ZX-80.
62 Birth of a system [Article]
Mike Hughes
For the non-technical reader and the computer adept alike, Mike Hughes traces the progress of a new British microcomputer, the Transam Tuscan, from initial conception through the tribulations of development to its commercial launch.
68 Call it a draw [Article]
Michael Abbott
79 Contemporary look at a new technology [Article]
Martin Hayman
Videotex: the likely directions this new technology will take
80 Supertank [Type-In Listing]
Bob Merry
Games: A blow-by-blow account of the writing and playing of a battle game.
86 Curing administrative ills with computer treatment [Article]
Duncan Scot
Duncan Scot takes the pulse of the medical software market and investigates applications for micros in medicine.
89 Important for its uniformity [Article]
Peter Laurie
CP/M - Why this piece of software occupies an important place in the world of computing.
90 An eye to the future with computer vision [Article]
Mark Witowski
Robotics: The future of computer vision in robot-control systems.
94 Sharp MZ-80 Computer System [Advert]
Now available on earth.
99 1980 Computer Show Exhibition Guide [Article]
Wembley Conference Centre, July 22-24 1980. Includes stand layout and list of exhibitors.
99 Altos Computer Systems - ACS8000 [Advert]
Colour advertisment
99 Sinclair ZX80 - Britain's first complete computer kit [Advert]
Colour advertisment
99 Superbrain [Advert]
Colour advertisment
99 Acorn Atom [Advert]
Colour advertisment
99 Rair Black Box Microcomputer [Advert]
Colour advertisement
102 Back-room micro brings latest techniques for service agent [Article]
Martin Hayman
How computerisation has helped a supply and service agent.
104 Hard-copy capability which is soft on the pocket [Article]
John Dawson
John Dawson describes how to obtain hard copy from the Nascom 1, said to be the most popular U.K. single-board computer, using the inexpensive Creed teleprinter.
109 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
113 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
117 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
119 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
124 Apple COS: the use of the zero page, language changes and error-proofing [Article]
Hugh Dobbs
In the third part of his series on the creation of a cassette-operating system for the Apple II, Hugh Dobbs examines zero-page usage, possible language changes and a solution to a common problem.
130 Buyers' Guide [Article]
Summary of low-cost computers available in the country.
142 Tangerine Computer Systems [Advert]
Microtan 65, Tanex, Tanram
185 Book Reviews [Review]
Books reviewed: 'Beginners' guide to microprocessors and computing' by E.F. Scott, 'A Hitch-hiker's guide to the Pet' by C Preston and 'Case studies in systems analysis' by J.P.A. Race.
186 Glossary [Article]
Continuing the terminoligical gamut from T to W.

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

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