Practical Computing - October 1981, Volume 4, Issue 10

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Publication Date : October 1981

Publication Contents :

Page Item
7 ITT 2020 [Advert]
15 British Genius Microcomputer [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
Computer brainwork - What should we do with our brains?
43 Feedback [Article]
User's letters covering topics including the confidence to program, thoughts of immortality, Pet printer problem and exporting software.
46 Gemini's MultiBoard is built for versatilty [News Item]
Gemini Microcomputers has developed a new British microsystem on 8-inch by 8-inch boards.
46 Suppress spikes! [News Item]
The Kleanpower MB6 is a power-line surge suppressor designed to protect such devices as desk-top and personal computers and word processors, but will equally provide protection to home computers.
46 Typesetting service can cut paper costs [News Item]
A new computer photo-typesetting service from Interface Graphics permits photo-typesetting from disc-stored, word-processing copy.
46 Business decision aid [News Item]
'How to choose your small business computer' is a package designed to help small businessmen to make a decision about buying a micro is now available from the National Computing Centre.
47 More Apple peripherals [News Item]
U-Microcomputers has developed two more peripheral cards for the Apple; they are U-S232, a serial interface, and U-Z80 Auxiliary Processor.
47 Green Paper proposes tighter program copyright [News Item]
The long-awaited Green Paper on copyright entitled 'Reform of the law relating to copyright, designs and performers' protection. A consultative document.' has been published, and many of the points raised concern microcomputer programmers in a multitude of ways.
47 Alternative energy comes a little closer [News Item]
Windlogger is a microprocessor-based device for windmill site evaluation, developed by the Northumbrian Energy Workshop.
47 Big RAMs from Texas [News Item]
Texas Instruments has announced two series of standard RAM modules. Designated the TMS-10010 series and the TMM-40010 series, the modules provide expansion for the LSI-II and Multibus systems.
49 Piccolo plays the Comal tune [News Item]
The RC 700 or Piccolo computer represents a first in British microcomputing. The feature which sets this Scandinavian-built computer apart from the rest is that it is designed and marketed as a Comal machine.
49 Dictionary on disc helps the bad spellers [News Item]
A computer dictionary which can compete with the full Oxford English Dictionary has been compiled by Compucorp for general business use.
49 Willow offers a plug-in toolkit for the Atom [News Item]
Willow Software has developed a utility ROM for use with the Acorn Atom. The ROM plugs into the spare socket and adds 17 new commands, some of which may be used from Atom Basic.
50 Tangerine soups up Tantel as its rival hits the shops [News Item]
Tangerine Computers has improved the software resident in the Tantel viewdata adaptor to improve its suitability for software. The firm now claims that its adaptor will now interface with Apple, Nascom, and its own Microtan micros to produce an intelligent Prestel terminal with colour display.
50 Zilog boosts Z-8 series [News Item]
The Zilog Z-8 family of eight-bit micros has been supplemented by four new processors - the Z-8611, Z-8612 and Z-8613 offer double the capacity of the Z-8601, Z-8602 and Z-8603. The Z-8681 is a processor chip configured to operate from external memory.
50 Hullforth fosters programming skills [News Item]
Hullforth is a compiler/interpreter based on the language Forth which was invented by Charles Moore in 1970. Initially designed to run on Nascom micro-computers, the new compiler/interpreter can run on other systems provided a few simple modifications are effected.
50 Pet system is a real gem [News Item]
A software package for the jeweller is now available on the Pet microcomputer and will soon be available on both the Apple and the Superbrain.
51 Pear II [Advert]
53 Prestel initiative will remove the barriers [Article]
Mike Brown
Mike Brown looks at the importance of new methods of software distribution.
56 Rair 3/30 v. Vector Graphic 3005 [Review]
Chris Bidmead
Chris Bidmead compares rival hard disc systems from Rair and Vector Graphic.
62 VisiCalc look-alikes [Review]
Chris Bidmead
Until recently, VisiCalc's many admirable qualities have been enjoyed only in the preserves of the Apple and Pet communities. The arrival of several CP/M packages which mimic VisiCalc's attributes has now opened its flexibility to a wider audience. Chris Bidmead tests four of them: Report Writer, ExecuPlan, T/Maker and Target.
65 Sinclair ZX81 Personal Computer [Advert]
Four-page colour advert.
69 Adapt to Choice [Review]
Philip Ireland
Philip Ireland examines the burgeoning range of television adaptors for viewdata, including Zycor's Teledek 2000, Labgear 7050, Tantel, Ace-Telecom VDX 1000, Pat (OEL), and Ayr Viewdata.
74 Programming is child's play [Article]
Paula Melville
Paula Melville tells how her toddler got to grips with the family's computer.
81 Galactic Warrior [Type-In Listing]
Christopher Histed
Christoper Histed introduces his real-time deep-space program.
84 Sinclair ZX software on cassette [Advert]
85 No trouble at t'mill [Article]
Bill Bennett
Bill Bennett tells how a Northern mill has used computers to improve profits.
87 The Consummate Compact Computer - Rair Black Box 3/30 [Advert]
89 A dead system and a demon at Howick Hall [Article]
Charles Christian
Fiction. Charles Christian with a tale of some devilish problems.
90 The world's first pocket computer - Sharp PC1211 [Advert]
93 The Vector Graphic 5005 from Almarc [Advert]
95 Choose Atom Power [Advert]
97 For the record [Article]
Clive Bulmer
Education: This program's objectives are to be able to store as a data file, the names and relevant information regarding a school's intake for a particular year, to be able to interrogate a file and to produce hard-copy listings of the information required.
100 Kontron: Look to Tomorrow with the PSI 80 Microcomputer Series [Advert]
101 The way to success with Word Pro Four [Article]
Douglas Fyffe
Some tips on how to get the best out of Word Pro Four.
104 The Waiting is Over - Commodore VIC 20 [Advert]
111 Times for accuracy [Article]
Boris Allan
Boris Allan compares the performance of some popular micros in the mathematical field.
116 Apple Spiel [Article]
Neil Lomas
Neil Lomas describes his word processing package written in Applesoft.
123 Virtual memory: micro's delusion of grandeur [Article]
Peter Bloor
Peter Bloor explains how to turn your pint-sized system into something more.
127 Time to get down to business software [Article]
Charles Somerville
Charles Somerville continues his series on writing your own packages.
131 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
137 ZX-80/81 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80 and ZX-81.
139 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
141 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
145 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
151 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
155 Work out where the money goes [Article]
157 Micromouse [Article]
Nick Hampshire
Page dedicated to anything that moves.
159 Book Reviews [Review]
'Programming in Fortran, Structured Programming with Fortran IV and Fortran 77' by Vladimir Zwass, 'Pascal programming' by Laurence V. Atkinson, 'Introduction to 8080/8085 assembly-language programming' by Judi N. Fernandez and Ruth Ashley.
161 Portability carried out in practice [Type-In Listing]
Wynford & Jane James
In this, the first of two articles, Wynford and Jane James present three programs, Wallball, Substrike and Mastermind which have been written to demonstrate software portability and which tackle its problems.
166 Software side of the interface equation [Article]
Douglas Fyffe
Despite a profusion of articles on printing from the parallel port, every treatment of this well-covered subject has neglected the software side of the interface. Now, Douglas Fyffe gives an account of the routines required to drive the printer, emphasising the need to write in machine code.
171 Buyers' Guide - Microcomputers [Article]
187 Son of Hexadecimal Kid [Article]
Richard Forsyth

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

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