Practical Computing - August 1980, Volume 3, Issue 8

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Publication Date : August 1980

Publication Contents :

Page Item
21 'Tuscan' from Transam [Advert]
41 Zenith Data Systems [Advert]
Z89 Series Microcomputer, Z11A Series 16-bit computer, WH14 Serial Printer, Z19 'Intelligent' Video Terminal
43 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
The copyright contoversy
44 Feedback [Article]
Reader's letters
48 Exidy withdraws from microcomputer market [News Item]
Exidy has pulled out of the microcomputer market, selling the Sorcerer to Personal Micro Computers, a subsidiary of Recortec.
48 New range of software at substantially lower cost [News Item]
Applied Computer Techniques (ACT) has launched a new series of business software packages for the Pet which they claim offer competitive performance for substantially lower cost than than opposition.
48 Bureau offers new microlink [News Item]
Systemshare has announced a new microlink service.
48 Teletext colour graphics add-on board for Nascom [News Item]
Winchester Technology has announced the first in what it claims will be a series of Nascom add-on boards, the WT625.
48 64K RAM chip steps forward [News Item]
The 64K RAM chip, the MCM6665L25 which is manufactured by Motorala, is finally be shipped to European dealers and is now available for the general market.
48 Memorex makes fresh advance with first removable-storage mini disc system [News Item]
Memorex has just launched the first mini disc drive with removable storage, a total capacity of 25MB; 12.5MB of fixed storage and 12.5MB of removable disc storage.
49 First floppy disc drive for the AIM-65 [News Item]
Portable Microsystems of Brackley, Northamptonshire, has now announced the first floppy disc system for the AIM-65 - the DAIM.
49 High technology must have venture capital [News Item]
Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Industry, has repeated his call for more venture capitalists to invest in high technology.
49 Linker merges programs [News Item]
Linker, a new Pet package which helps you merge commonly-used routines into new Basic programs, has been released.
49 Rescue bid for Nascom [News Item]
Signs of a rescue attempt for the ill-fated Nascom are beginning to emerge. John Margetts, a Nascom user and member of the Nascom microcomputer club, is considering forming a company, financed by Nascom users and distributors, to buy the company from the receiver.
50 Pet Show report [News Item]
Report from the Commodore-organised Pet Show held at the Café Royal in London. The show was officially the launch of the new 8000 series.
51 Rair Black Box Microcomputer [Advert]
52 Sinclair ZX80 - Britain's first complete computer kit [Advert]
56 Computech sales ledger [Review]
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald reviews the Computech package designed to run on the Apple II and ITT 2020.
62 Texas TI-99/4 home computer lives up to expectations [Review]
Vincent Tseng
We assess the home computer from Texas Instruments.
66 Greater speed and storage for Winchester-based Rair system [Review]
David Watt
The Winchester-based hard-disc system offering from Rair.
68 Adventure II - an epic game for non-disc systems [Type-In Listing]
Ken Reed
Generate your own adventures with our Adventure-creating program which does not require disc storage.
76 Hornets' nest [Article]
G.K. Blackwell
82 Up-to-date Z-80 has trouble impersonating simpler 8080 [Article]
Mike Hughes
The Transam Tuscan design story - In part two, Mike Hughes, designer of the Tuscan, has to make the Z-80 chip imitate its forerunner, the 8080.
90 Standardising software will avoid unnecessary waste [Article]
Charles Sweeten
Education: The MUSE (Microcomputer Users in Secondary Education) software standards and their importance.
94 Supertank [Type-In Listing]
Bob Merry
The second and final part of Bob Merry's war game
101 Prospecting for new materials with microprocessor-control [Article]
A 380-Z at London's Royal School of Mining has revolutionised the search for new materials for use in industrial processes.
108 Byte and bit manipulation [Article]
David Peckett
Part five of David Peckett's look at machine code now takes in the Z-80 chip.
117 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
119 ZX-80 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80.
121 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
125 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
127 Superbrain [Advert]
128 Sharp MZ-80 Computer System [Advert]
129 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
131 Robotics: How automation may affect our lives [Article]
Mark Witowski
In the final part of the series, Mark Witkowski examines the sizeable impact robots will make on industrial processes.
136 Buyers' Guide - Software [Article]
158 ABC 80 [Advert]
165 Nascom - Yes, we're still around [Advert]
169 The Acorn Atom [Advert]
173 Book Reviews [Review]
'Basic computing science: system software' by P.J. Barker, 'Program design and construction' by David A. Higgins, 'The computerisation of society' by Simon Nora and Alain Minc.
174 The final part of the terminological gamut with W-Z [Article]

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

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