Practical Computing - January 1982, Volume 5, Issue 1

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Publication Date : January 1982

Publication Contents :

Page Item
33 Tuscan - the all-British microcomputer [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
How they would have stared!
43 Feedback [Article]
User's letters covering topics including Updated Fortran, floppy-disc manuals, Rem statements
46 Business Apple III sheds hobbyist image [News Item]
The new Apple III represents a radical departure for Apple as it has been specifically designed from the outset as a professional system for business applications, compared to the Apple II which was a hobbyist's machine that became popular with the business user.
46 Control Basic as standard [News Item]
Control Basic is an easy to use language, derived from Basic with extensions for control applications. The language will operate on any Z-80 based microprocessor.
46 Extensive functions in PROM programmer [News Item]
A new type of PROM programmer has been developed by Bleasdale Computer Systems. The unit is software driven and will run under CP/M on the 8080 or Z-80 processors.
47 Chess Champion V can beat the best [News Item]
The Chess Champion Mark V won the commercially-available section of the 1981 world microcomputer chess championships in Hamburg. Probably the most remarkable feature of the machine is its ability to handle 12 games at once against either human opponents or other computers.
47 Robots star in film [News Item]
Robots in industry, a new film prepared by the Department of Industry, takes a look at the ways in which robots are used by British industry.
47 HP-2623A's quality matches its price [News Item]
Hewlett-Packard's lowest-priced graphics terminal, the HP-2623A, has a high-quality display and an optional built-in graphics printer.
49 Electronic change for budding Beethovens [News Item]
The budding Beethoven need no longer stay up all night with his quill and manuscript paper. He can, instead, turn to an Apple computer and the Mountain Hardware Music System.
49 Compact code with Compress [News Item]
Compress is a rather strange but wonderful piece of software. Designed to aid programmers by improving the efficiency of software written in standard Microsoft Basic, the program works by stripping code of all the redundant characters.
49 Micro-80 provides the typewriter link [News Item]
Micro-80 is a parallel-interface kit which enables users of popular microcomputers to interface to the Olivetti ET-121 electronic typewriter, allowing word-processing packages running on microcomputers to produce type-written copy.
49 60K Memory System vies for office users [News Item]
60K of RAM, a Z-80 processor and CP/M are the vital components that go to make the new Memory System 2000, yet another choice for the small-business microcomputer user.
49 Doctors' micro advice centre [News Item]
A new independent centre has opened at the National Computing Centre, providing an advisory service which will enable doctors to make up their own minds about computers.
50 Latest Onyx can form low-cost databases [Advert]
The latest and most powerful microcomputer in the Onyx series is the C-8002.
50 Programmer's Apple boon [News Item]
An Applesoft compiler will be a great boon to both serious and home Applesoft programmers. The new Applesoft compiler offers many advantages over interpreters, not least of which is the increase in speed of execution.
50 Source-code compiler [News Item]
Small Systems Engineering has developed a compiler to produce object code from Basic source code for the 8048 family of single-chip microprocessors.
50 Total payroll pack designed for novice [News Item]
Flexipay is a comprehensive payroll package for the Triumph-Adler Alphatronic microcomputer.
50 Sorcerer's magic way with words [News Item]
The word processor for the Exidy Sorcerer now has a dictionary. Developed by the manufacturer of the Exidy Sorcerer microcomputer, the dictionary is a real asset to word-processor users.
50 Card to do Tandy credit [News Item]
Tandy the High Street microcomputer and electronics retailing chain, has launched its own credit card.
51 Pearcom Europe-PAL microcomputer frame [Advert]
52 Panther - The British Micro System [Advert]
53 Mass-marketing microcomputers [Article]
Martin Hayman
Martin Hayman reports on the High Street battle.
55 Micro builders connect to Prestel [Article]
Martin Hayman
Micro manufacturers take notice.
57 BBC Microcomputer [Review]
Charles Moir
Charles Moir presents the first full review of the BBC Microcomputer.
62 Vic-20 v. Atom [Review]
Boris Allan
Boris Allan reviews the Commodore VIC-20 and compares its performance with the Acorn Atom.
66 Sinclair ZX81 Personal Computer [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
69 Softy-2 [Review]
Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes reviews the Softy EPROM programmer.
78 Database software [Review]
Peter Wood
Corp and The Manager, two database software packages reviewed by Peter Wood.
81 First time on earth - Sharp MZ-80B [Advert]
82 We have the advantage - North Star Advantage [Advert]
83 Pet's dark secret [Article]
Harry Broomhall
How a Pet assembles an audio-visual slide show.
85 The Sharp MZ-80K has got it all [Advert]
86 DNA - The First Machine Code [Article]
John Leach
There are striking similarities between the structure of DNA and machine code, as these programs demonstrate.
92 Hyperchip [Article]
Tony Peterson
95 The TI-99/4A - The Home Computer worthy of the name [Advert]
97 Virtue of Patience [Type-In Listing]
Rex L. Tingley
Try yours on a Pet with this game.
102 Process of learning [Type-In Listing]
Tony West
Two programs from Tony West show how useful computers can be, even in schools where there is little formal expertise.
106 Terminal Pet wins new lease of life [Article]
Philip Barker
The Pet can be used as an inexpensive alternative to a mainframe terminal, Philip Barker explains how.
110 Beyond reasonable doubt - Adaptive processing [Article]
Edward James
Part 2 of Edward James' series.
117 Type-a-Graphic/Text [Type-In Listing]
Roger Cullis
Part 3 of Roger Cullis' Apple graphics series.
119 The Consummate Compact Computer - Rair Black Box 3/30 [Advert]
123 Modelling language for random text [Article]
Dave Woolcock
Modelling language from its letter patterns.
128 Disc dialogue [Article]
A new regular page for disc users.
130 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
133 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
135 ZX-80/81 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80 and ZX-81.
138 Acorn Atom [Advert]
139 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
141 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
143 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
147 Micromouse: Thezeus and Son [Article]
Mike Hughes
Page dedicated to anything that moves.
149 Book Reviews [Review]
'How to program and interface the 6800' by Andrew C. Staugaard Jr., 'TRS-80 interfacing. Book I' by Jonathan A. Titus, 'Database analysis and design' by Hugh Robinson.
151 Flowchart [Article]
Tony Roberts
153 Index [Article]
Practical Computing's contents from July 1978 to December 1981.
161 Buyers' Guide - Microcomputers [Article]
177 The War Machine - Galactic Empire [Article]
Mike Costello presents a selection of war games and simulations from The War Machine, starting with a space strategy game reviewed by Ralph Kirby.
178 Nascom 3 [Advert]
181 NEC PC-8000 - The Personal Computer System from NEC [Advert]

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH2493. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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