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Practical Computing - May 1981, Volume 4, Issue 5

Publication Date : May 1981

Publication Contents :

Page Item
8 Commodore Pet [Advert]
21 Sharp MZ-80K [Advert]
31 Hewlett-Packard HP-85 [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
Financing the future.
42 Feedback [Article]
User's Letters.
46 ZX-81 - lower price for higher performance [News Item]
A personal computer from Sinclair Research launched to replace the popular ZX-80 is priced at only 69.95 and is now in production at the Timex factory in Dundee.
46 Health hazard of VDUs [News Item]
In response to a call from a conference on the health and other hazards associated with the use of VDUs, a research project has been initiated by the Institute for Consumer Ergonomics.
46 Pet displays in multi-lingual prowess with Cytek device [News Item]
Cytek (U.K.) Ltd of Manchester has launched a device which enables the Pet to display multi-lingual text on its screen.
47 Educational grant [News Item]
A grant of 60,000 has been made by the Council for Educational Technology as part of a micro electronics education programme.
47 Acorn picked to make new machine for BBC series [News Item]
Acorn Computers has landed the job of building the new BBC Microcomputer - and the projected BBC-TV series First Byte will use an extended form of Atom Basic in its instructional manual.
47 Texas 16-bit TMS-9995 wins added operation speed [News Item]
Texas Instruments has developed a 16-bit microcomputer in a 40-pin package which includes the 6MHz clock generation, 256 bytes of fast RAM, an interval timer and the necessary circuitry for handling prioritised interrupts.
49 How you and your machine can make beautiful music [News Item]
The latest product range including the MC-1 music card and the MC-16 music board from Alf Ltd will turn an ordinary Apple II computer into a sophisticated musical instrument.
49 Keeping school-leavers in the pink and micro firms in the black [News Item]
The new Youth Opportunities Scheme is to introduce out-of-work school leavers, 16-18, to the world of work.
49 Apple sees to the lighting [News Item]
The Superstar multivision computer system is an audio-visual system which uses an Apple II computer as its base is now being introduced to the UK.
50 Gateway is Prestel's route into new teletext territory [News Item]
Prestel is to offer a new service later this year. Mysteriously known as Gateway, it will permit Prestel users to access third-party databases.
50 Paper Tiger trio [News Item]
There are three new Tiger printers on the market, replacing the old Tiger 440.
50 Triumph-Adler micros enter the field [News Item]
The Triumph-Adler group, owned by the West German industrial giant Volkswagen, has finally made its move into the small-business microcomputer market with the launch of its Alphatronic range of systems.
50 Sophisticated Micromodeller to be distributed by ACT [News Item]
ACT Microsoft - one of two British computer companies quoted on the Stock Exchange - has become the sole UK distributor of an important new software package, Micromodeller, designed to run on micros.
50 Microsense is bought [News Item]
Microsense Computers, the sole distributor of Apple Computers in the UK has been purchased by Apple for an undisclosed sum.
51 Black Box III Microcomputer Solutions [Advert]
52 Oscar [Advert]
55 Low-cost Wordease fits the bill for office applications [Article]
Nick Laurie
The machine-coded word processor for Nascom and other Z-80 based systems.
57 Equinox Computer Systems [Advert]
58 Business computing combination of Equinox and MVT-Famos [Review]
David Watt
David Watt reviews the Equinox and its partnership with MVT-Famos, the multi-user operating system.
66 Sharp's cut-abov-average MZ-80K hardware [Review]
John Dawson
An inspection of the MZ-80K and its parade of peripherals.
71 Versawriter II: an inexpensive line in graphics drawing [Review]
Mike McDonald
The low-cost graphics tablet for Apple II.
74 Thinking Systems [Article]
Boris Allan
Economics and sociology are just two of the disciplines Boris Allan uses to illustrate his exploration of system concepts.
80 Transdata's Cx500 Microcomputer Family [Advert]
81 Program angled to deal with class-room trigonometry [Type-In Listing]
Robert Ferguson
Robert Ferguson presents a trigonometry program.
83 Pearls of wisdom from London bead business [Article]
Cathy Lane
Computerisation in London's King's Road.
85 Counting manual methods out of the reckoning [Type-In Listing]
Tony Edgecombe
Stock control: A Basic program.
88 New! Sinclair ZX81 Personal Computer [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
91 Micros find important role at heart of large-scale industry [Article]
Martin Hayman
Marconi proves that large-scale heavy industry does not only use mainframes.
93 Ethernet or Cambridge Ring? [Article]
Rex Malik
Network choices.
96 Computer Backgammon [Type-In Listing]
Bob Snell & Barbara Colley
This month's game.
102 Duncan brings a new economical simplicity to Nascom 1 programs [Article]
John Dawson
Nascom 1's high-level interpreter.
107 Prolonged use of Pascal can seriously damage mental health [Article]
Raymond Anderson
Raymond Anderson maintains that you should not develop too heavy a dependence on Pascal because it will repay you by letting you down just when you need most programming support from it.
109 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
111 ZX-80 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80.
113 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
116 The Ricoh 1600S Printer [Advert]
117 The Onyx C8000 Series [Advert]
Colour advert.
119 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
120 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
121 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
122 Micromouse [Article]
Page dedicated to anything that moves.
123 User Groups [Article]
Region-by-region list of micro clubs in Britain.
125 Book Reviews [Review]
Martyn Thomas
'Machine-code programming for the Nascom 1 and 2' by G.R. Wilson, 'Business information processing with Basic' by George Struble.
126 How to translate 6502 to Z-80 assembly language [Article]
David Peckett
The first of two articles by David Peckett on a 6502-to-Z-80 translator.
132 Tracking down the cause of Pet's disc-drive problems [Article]
P. Krueger
An assessment of Pet Disc.
135 Buyers' Guide - Software [Article]
147 Son of Hexadecimal Kid [Article]
Richard Forsyth
Fiction.
168 The Acorn Atom [Advert]
Colour advert.
185 'Tuscan' from Transam [Advert]


ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH5511. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
 

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