Popular Computing Weekly Vol 2 No 13 - 31 March - 6 April 1983

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Publication Date : 31st March 1983 to 6th April 1983

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5 Home-taping [News Item]
At present. Commodore is looking closely at two possible approaches. "If necessary we can concentrate on Rom soft ware or material on discs with protection systems," he said, "but we are also looking at changing the design of our cassette player to make it in compatible with a normal audio player."
5 Software boost for Jupiter Ace [News Item]
ACE owners are soon to get a shot in the arm — a muchneeded software transfusion from the machine's manufac turer, Jupiter Cantab.
5 Spectrum low-cost printer [News Item]
A PACKAGE has been pro duced which allows the Sinc lair Spectrum to run the Tandy low-cost printer/plotter.
5 16K Oric [News Item]
"The 16K has had to be viewed, from the manufactur ing point of view, as a totally different product," he com mented. "This has caused a delay."
5 Prestel adaptor put on ice [News Item]
PLANS for a Prestel adaptor for the ZX81 and Spectrum microcomputers have been dropped by Sinclair Research. "The project has not been killed dead— just frozen" said a company spokesman.
5 Donkey Kong treads the boards [News Item]
BOARD-GAME manufactur er Milton Bradley is moving into the arcade arena. _ The company is producing a range of traditional games based on arcade favourites. The first three are Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Frogger. Berserk, Defender and Zaxxon are to follow shortly.
7 Bugs and all [Article]
John Bloxham
I have been reading recently of the launch of the ZX Spectrum computer in the Un ited States. According to va rious reports, the American version will not only be cheap er than in the UK but will be enhanced with such goodies as a three channel sound chip, games cartridge slot, auto-line number, renumber, etc. The American versions of the ZX81 and the ZX printer are also better than the ones we see here. It seems to me that in the UK we have the first pro totype rushed on to the market bugs and all— followed by weeks of waiting while things are sorted out. Then, the American market has the be nefit of a polished and en hanced machine as a result of the UK problems. Surely the enhanced machines should be available on the British mar ket. Why not. Uncle Clive, why not?
8 April Fool Island [Advert]
March 31st: You retire to bed—Impa tiently waiting for tomorrow in anti cipation of ail the tricks you will play on your eider brother. You fail asleep happily. April 1st: You wake up ... to the sound of waves crashing nearby! Your brother has beaten you to it. He has Aprii-fooled you.
12 Fire, turn and run! [Review]
Keith and Steven Brain
Hardly a week goes by now without somebody advertising new Dragon software — and a substantial amount of material has become available since our last review in January. This time we have looked at nine packages, ranging in price from £3.95 to £9.95, and all supplied on cassette.
27 Fantasy world! [Article]
Tony Bridge
Adventure is now weli-entrenched in the world of microcomputers. But nobody really forgets the origins — the legend of the Midnight Programmer, slumped over a hot IBM, toiling away, after hours, in a fantasy world of dungeons and dragons, is well known.
31 A Gift From The Gods [Article]
Jason Orbaum
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that the Lynx comes with the capability for only single dimension numer ic arrays. But, with a little thought these are just as good, if not better, than 2-D arrays.
35 It's kids stuff! [Article]
P Yeandle
The high power graphics commands on the Dragon 32 enable intricate designs to be created even by a novice program mer, and this program will extend those facilities to those who do not have any programming ability, notably young children

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Article: Popular Computing Weekly Vol 2 No 13 - 31 March - 6 April 1983

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