Practical Computing - August 1981, Volume 4, Issue 8

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Contains Exhibition Guide for 1981 Computer Show, held at Wembley Conference Centre July 30 - August 1.

Publication Date : August 1981

Publication Contents :

Page Item
4 The ITT 2020 [Advert]
21 Hewlett-Packard HP-85 [Advert]
31 Sharp MZ-80K [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
The equal and opposite reaction.
42 Feedback [Article]
Standard of published programs, Pascal polemic, uncontrolled stock.
46 Nebula stars in ACT's business systems [News Item]
A range of microcomputer business programs, known as Nebula, which will dramatically cut the cost of running a fully-integrated business system has been announced by Applied Computer Techniques.
46 Software for adults only [News Item]
One of the most recent games to appear on the US market claims to use the high-resolution graphics capability of the Atari to its full potential. The game is not however, suitable for children. The distributor of the game, Pornopoly, claims that it is the only triple-"X"-rated Atari game.
46 Three packages aimed at Sharp MZ-80K [News Item]
The Newbear Computing Store has released three items of software for the Sharp MZ-80K. The packages are Zen-Dos, Music Composer, and a program filing index program.
46 Resilient floppy discs [News Item]
The new Optima series XE 8-inch floppy discs from Verbatim were originally developed for use in military-specification flexible disc drives.
47 Kennedy with Winchester [News Item]
According to the sole UK distributor Bytech, the latest Kennedy drive, the Kennedy 5300 series, offers "state of the art" performance.
47 Programmability is key to Texas chips' success [News Item]
The introduction of the TMS-2100 series of four-bit microcomputers will further expand the capabilities of the Texas Instruments TMS-1000 family of single-chip microcomputers, which has enjoyed seven years of world-wide use.
47 Genie angles for office image with new range of peripherals [News Item]
The Video Genie EG-3000 personal computer has been highly successful, but does not seem to have made much of a mark as a business system. Cambridge Micro Computers Ltd has introduced a range of interface and peripheral products which can be used to expand the Genie into a low-cost disc-based microcomputer system.
47 In the big league [News Item]
First Division Computers is a software company formed by Norwich City Football Club, to solve the complex problems of administrating the club's fund-raising activities.
49 KGB and the dissidents [News Item]
KGB Ltd, the Slough-based microcomputer company has announced the availability of The Liberation, a software package which enables the Intertec Superbrain microcomputer to act as a distributed processing terminal with mainframe and mini-computers.
49 Course for laymen [News Item]
The department of physics, mathematics and computing at Manchester Polytechnic is to start a course designed to support the BBC computer-literacy programme.
49 Business-dominated UK market worth 500 million, report reveals [News Item]
The UK market for microcomputers could be worth as much as 500 million per annum and deliveries for business use could account for more than 60 percent of all units in operation. These facts and figures are among the findings of a report entitled 'Microcomputers' from the business analysts Key Note Publications.
49 Vet's best friend may prove to be paperwork-taming microsystem [News Item]
The latest profession to succumb to the inevitable introduction of microprocessors is that of the veterinary surgeon. The Veterinary Management System, VMS, software is capable of handling an unlimited number of customers, each with an unlimited number of animals.
50 Mainframe link for Pet via control box and software [News Item]
A combined hardware/software package which will enable Pet computers to be connected to mainframes and act as an interactive terminal is available from Davidson-Richards Ltd.
50 Keeping it clean [News Item]
When cleaning computers, it is important the job is done properly. Data Efficiency has put together in one kit just about everything you will ever need for microcomputer cleaning, including Texwipe cloths.
50 Minister finds funds for information technology [News Item]
Computing and telecommunications are to receive a big publicity push from the Government. Information Technology Minister Kenneth Baker MP has managed to re-allocate funds within the Department of Industry to find 80 million over the next four years to promote the development, awareness and use of information technology.
51 The Onyx C8000 Series [Advert]
53 Sinclair ZX software on cassette [Advert]
54 The Consummate Compact Computer [Advert]
55 Microcomputer Show Preview [News Item]
A preview of the 1981 Microcomputer Show highlighting some of the new microcomputers and software products which will be exhibited.
56 Tandy Model III [Review]
Mike Hughes
Reviewer Mike Hughes looks at the new mid-range system from Tandy.
60 Reliable PC-3201 has the Sharp hardware pedigree [Review]
Nick Laurie
Nick Laurie tests the capabilities of Sharp's business computer.
62 Cost-effective system for modern accountancy practice [Review]
Mike McDonald
Is this software from CSM Ltd cost-effective for an accountancy practice? Mike McDonald investigates.
66 Computer slang [Article]
Use this glossary of computer words and phrases to pull yourself above the jargon.
71 0 to 60 ch's in one second [Advert]
72 New! Sinclair ZX81 Personal Computer [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
74 Technology leaps ahead with the Vector Graphic 3005 from Almarc [Advert]
75 Brighton project sets out on the micro road [Article]
Martin Hayman
A report on the Brighton schools' telesoftware project.
77 Star system [Type-In Listing]
Bob Merry
Part two of the game by Bob Merry.
81 Computerisation must do justice to solicitors' expectations [Article]
Martin Hayman
Dorset solicitors try to install a microcomputer - with unexpected results.
84 Screen-based demonstrations of an electoral system [Article]
Simon Goodwin
Simon Goodwin presents his program which demonstrates some principles of proportional representation.
88 Choose language and operating system before the hardware [Article]
Dick Warn
Hardware or software? Dick Warn argues that the software should take priority.
92 As you learn Forth, it learns from you [Article]
David Sands
David Sands reviews Forth and it application.
96 Direct Input [Article]
L.S. Murray
100 Views on telesoftware display standards [Article]
Peter Blower
Peter Blower looks at the standards already emerging for broadcast programs.
104 Coding data validation for your business [Type-In Listing]
Charles Somerville
Part two of the series by Charles Somerville on writing your own packages.
108 micronetworks introduce PM1000 [Advert]
109 Advantages of consistent formats and routines [Article]
Rob Beynon
Only with consistent use of formats and routines is Basic suited to program development, argues Rob Beynon.
112 How Wilcoxon test reveals results' significance level [Article]
Owen Bishop
Owen Bishop explains the Wilcoxon test.
117 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
118 VIC 20 by Commodore [Advert]
119 ZX-80/81 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80 and ZX-81.
122 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
123 The DAI Personal Computer is Here! [Advert]
126 Apple II Plus [Advert]
128 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
130 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
131 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
135 Micromouse [Article]
Page dedicated to anything that moves.
137 Book Reviews [Review]
'ZX-80 BASIC' by C.A. Thornton and R.I. Turner, 'Living in the Future' by ITV Books, 'Experiments in Artificial Intelligence for Small Computers' by John Kruch.
138 Programming tricks to create line graphs of functions [Article]
Douglas Fyffe
Line graphs on the 3022 printer.
143 Keeping track of job priorities and workloads [Type-In Listing]
S. Williams
A program for the TRS-80.
148 Buyers' Guide - Software [Article]
161 Son of Hexadecimal Kid [Article]
Richard Forsyth

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH5516. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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