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Practical Computing - December 1980, Volume 3, Issue 12

Publication Date : December 1980

Publication Contents :

Page Item
5 Cromemco Z-2H Computer System [Advert]
10 Centronics Printers [Advert]
Double-page advert.
14 Sharp MZ-80 Computer System [Advert]
Double-page advert.
18 The Acorn Modular System [Advert]
30 Millbank System 10 [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
Microcomputing in the recession.
42 Feedback [Article]
User's letters.
45 Butel Athena [Advert]
46 Nascom's buyer brings cash and new projects [News Item]
Nascom has at last found a buyer, Allteck Technology Initiatives, who is prepared to inject more cash into the company to keep the existing machines going, and to develop and market new ones.
46 'New information technology department should be formed' [News Item]
Information technology in all its aspects should be brought under one head within one Government department, the Cabinet has been told by a committee of high-ranking advisers.
47 U.S. chips to dominate [News Item]
The States will still be the dominant world manufacturer of chips in 1985, though its share of the world market will decline slightly, predicts a report from a microelectronics consultancy.
47 ZX-80 ROM withdrawn [News Item]
The ZX-80 8K Basic ROM promised by Clive Sinclair for the end of October has been withdrawn and orders for the chip are not being accepted.
47 Two new Chess Challenger models released for Christmas period [News Item]
The Sensory 8 Chess Challenger and the Voice Sensory Chess Challenger are the two new chess games available in time for the Christmas period.
47 Micro threat to future of TV [News Item]
According to a worried document just published by Granada, entitled "Who'll be watching Coronation Street in 1984" television droves of television addicts will start using their televisions for more productive entertainment such as playing with their home computers, Prestel and teletext channels.
47 APL versions available for Black Box and Superbrain [News Item]
A version of APL is now available for the Rair Black Box and Intertec Superbrain.
49 Government takes decision on data-privacy laws [News Item]
The Government seems to have reached a decision on the issue of data protection - but there is confusion as to which department will be responsible for framing suitable laws and enforcing them.
49 More State involvement in micros urged by Labour report [News Item]
A Labour report has urged greater Government involvement in the UK microelectronics industry and suggests that the biggest UK electronics group, GEC, could well be ripe for nationalisation.
49 Unihammer single-needle has full graphics capability [News Item]
A single-needle matrix printer, the Unihammer, manufactured by Seiko, is now being sold in the UK for £199.
50 Accurate high-speed drawing with latest package for Apple II [News Item]
A graphics package for the Apple II microcomputer has been developed and launched by Personal Computers Ltd. The system enables a user to generate at high-speed a finished and accurate drawing, chart map or plan.
50 Junk market in computers [News Item]
There is no need to wait 100 years to start trading in the antique market for computers as the business has started already with the opening of the Computer Junk Shop, in Widnes, Cheshire.
50 It's vive la micro différence at France's Sicob exhibition [News Item]
This year there were 736 stands at Sicob with approximately 2,240 products shown from around 30 countries.
50 Survey-analysis program helps process gathered data [News Item]
A Bristol-based management consultancy, Mercator, is now selling a survey-analysis program which will help devise and then analyse survey data.
50 Systems Bs for university lab [News Item]
Essex University has opened a new microcomputer teaching laboratory with the installation of 17 Vector Graphics System B units.
52 Superbrain [Advert]
Colour advert.
54 Rair Black Box Microcomputer [Advert]
Colour advert.
55 Nascom - rise, demise and future [Article]
The story of the rise, fall and re-birth of Nascom.
56 Initial system design by Pearl program - writing package [Review]
We review the package that can write programs.
58 Millbank System 10 [Review]
Nick Horgan
Nick Horgan inspects one of the latest CP/M-based machines.
60 The Zilog Z-8000 development module [Review]
Vincent Tseng
Our assessment of the development module from Zilog.
62 The U.K. experience [Article]
Kerr Borland
Kerr Borland looks back at the U.K micromarket in its infancy and speculates on the competition to come.
64 Will computing become cheaper? [Article]
Julian Allason
Julian Allason studies the latest trends in microcomputer retailing.
66 Newtons MD10 S100 Cartridge Disc Controller [Advert]
69 The European scene [Article]
Rodnay Zaks
From the States-side vantage-point, Rodnay Zaks analyses the European micromarket.
72 Evaluating microprocessors for real-time service [Article]
Colin S.L. Keay
Colin Keay on the development of special-purpose data processors.
74 Space Intruders [Type-In Listing]
Simon Goodwin
Practical Computing presents a Basic program of the famous invasion pub game, which is fast enough to offer a challenge to most players.
78 Multiple-choice tests with the micro as question master [Type-In Listing]
Rex L. Tingley
How to use the micro as an examiner; Rex Tingey offers some example programs.
82 Software experts tackle last stage of Tuscan's development [Article]
Brendan Owen
The software slant by Brendan Owen in the final part of the chronicle of Tuscan's development.
88 Recursion is highly wasteful and seldom truly needed [Article]
Boris Allan
Recursiveness and non-recursive programming explained.
91 Fast Fourier transforms [Article]
Ben Rogers
What are these mythical beasts? Ben Rogers answers the question.
94 How to write machine-code programs in Basic [Article]
E.R. Parr
Machine-code tutor
98 Special I/O ports for the outside-world interface [Article]
David Peckett
This month, David Peckett covers two approaches to a programmable I/O device.
105 ZX-80 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80.
108 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
111 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
113 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
115 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
117 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
118 Book Reviews [Review]
'Computer programming made simple' (2nd edition) by J. Maynard, 'The first book of Ohio Scientific: Volume 1' by J. Clothier and W. Adams, 'Understanding microprocessors with MK14' by Ian Williamson and Rodney Dale.
120 Sinclair ZX80 - Britain's first complete computer kit [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
123 User Groups [Article]
Region-by-region list of microcomputer clubs in Britain.
126 Buyers' Guide - Printers and VDUs [Article]
145 Son of Hexadecimal Kid [Article]
Richard Forsyth
Fiction. Page 3 - page boy.
167 BigBoard Single Board Computer Kit [Advert]
183 Altos Computer Systems - ACS8000 [Advert]
195 Nascom International - Alive...well...and very healthy [Advert]
'New company...new people...new start...'
197 'Tuscan' from Transam [Advert]


ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH5329. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
 

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