Practical Computing - September 1982, Volume 5, Issue 9

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Publication Date : September 1982

Publication Contents :

Page Item
18 Torch Z80 - Transform your BBC micro for only 995 [Advert]
26 Rair gives you More - the original 'personal computer' [Advert]
30 "The world's best personal computer for under 500" - Sinclair ZX Spectrum [Advert]
31 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
Do not overestimate the expert system
33 Feedback [Article]
User's letters covering topics including Prestel's future, Sinclair deliveries, and WordStar on Apple.
34 Jupiter Ace - Probably the fastest microcomputer in the universe [Advert]
36 Plain paper printer [News Item]
A 70 printer which prints on to plain paper is available from Amber. The secret of the Amber 2400's low cost is in the logic used to drive the printing mechanism.
36 English financial system [News Item]
PlannerCalc is a computerised financial-modelling system, available for only 39. The system is apparently easier to use than competing systems because the rules are entered in easy-to-use English, the highest-level language of all.
36 Mini-winnie extended [News Item]
Two new drives extend the Rodime mini-winnie range to include 40 and 53Mbyte versions. The two new drives are designated the RO-206 and RO-208 respectively.
36 Traditional clock [News Item]
The Murrell clock system is a patented liquid-crystal analogue clock. It displays the traditional hands that have been associated with clocks for hundreds of years. The Murrell clock has been developed by Murrell Dynamics Limited.
36 Newsagents' package [News Item]
Supernews is a computer system for newsagents, and it retails for only 990. The package is based on the Newsround package produced by the same company for the Superbrain computer and is aimed at the smaller newsagent who cannot justify the capital costs involved in purchasing such a system.
37 ERA launch is no handicap [News Item]
The golf world is about to be plunged into turmoil with the introduction of new handicapping rules, probably from January 1, 1983. This will impose a sizeable workload at the 2,750 golf clubs around the UK, as golf handicaps are calculated from the results of past competitions. So it is a convenient time for ERA Consultants to launch its Clubmaster package, based around the portable Osborne microcomputer.
37 Micros and the disabled [News Item]
For the first time disabled people will be giving their views at a one-day course. The course is aimed at technical people interested in using their time and experience to make or modify aids for the disabled.
37 Pet package is used to simulate Simplex D [News Item]
One approach to making the process of computerising as painless as possible is to closely simulate a familiar and well-tried manual system. The Simplex D cash book has been around for years and is used in many small businesses, especially in the retail sector.
41 A taste of Apple IV? [News Item]
Top Apple people were around recently in London for a series of briefings to prepare the way, John the Baptist fashion, for what they term their Fourth Generation machines. Rumour has it that the new Apple IV will be a 68,000-based 16-bit machine, clearly aimed well up-market for Apple.
41 Long-term program storage [News Item]
Many programmers want a simple way of permanently storing a program in memory. Obvious applications are to keep a favourite piece of system software in ROM or to build very cheap turnkey systems which do not need discs. A convenient way of doing this for one-off or low-volume systems, which does not involve using any PROM programming hardware or special software routines is available from Cambridge Microelectronics. The Memic L costs 30 and will work with most popular microcomputers.
46 NewBrain [Review]
David Watt
The NewBrain has been a long time coming, after a change of manufacturer and a total redesign, David Watt finds it was worth the wait.
54 Superbrain II [Review]
Ian Stobie
Old computers never die, they are just "enhanced"; Ian Stobie looks at the Superbrain with quad-density floppy discs.
58 NewBrain - No other micro has this much power in this much size for this much money [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
61 Clearway [Review]
Chris Bidmead
Chris Bidmead reviews a microcomputer networking system that will not cost you an arm and a leg.
69 Superfile [Review]
Chris Bidmead
Database management is fashionable these days; Chris Bidmead investigates a package with a difference.
74 Sharp PC-1500 - The Genius You Can Take To Breakfast [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
78 Town planning and shopping aid language learning [Type-In Listing]
Chris Harrison
A role-playing game where participants have to argue their cases, developed by Chris Harrison.
85 Secrets of coding [Article]
Muriel Gilligan
Muriel Gilligan's introduction to code-breaking techniques.
88 Seasonal adjustment of time-series data [Type-In Listing]
Tony [Guy] Judge
Tony Judge shows how a microcomputer can be used to predict future trends.
93 On the face of IT [Article]
Boris Allan
Topical comment from Boris Allan.
94 New ZX81 Software from Sinclair [Advert]
96 The jigsaw is completed [Article]
Graham Beech
Part 3 of Graham Beech's series.
103 Fatal listing - Goto Hyperspace [Article]
Edmund [Edward] Teague
108 All together or one at a time: protocols for parallel and serial data ports [Article]
Alan Clements
Alan Clements describes how computers communicate.
117 Medical diagnosis [Article]
Martin Hayman
Martin Hayman visits a hospital where artificial intelligence is used to aid diagnosis.
127 Maze Movement [Article]
Graham Relf
Graham Relf uses the mammoth maze to demonstrate the operation of hash tables.
132 The Galaxy 1 Computer [Advert]
133 Open File [Article]
14 pages of software for micros including Pet, Apple, Tandy, Sinclair, and Forth machines.
143 Tuscan S100 - Designed for expanding minds [Advert]
148 Vector 4 [Advert]
154 ACT Sirius 1 - The 16-bit Personal Computer [Advert]
156 Atari 800 [Advert]
165 Book Reviews [Review]
'49 Explosive Games for the ZX-81' by Tim Hartnell, 'Basic Programming on the BBC Microcomputer' by Neil Cryer and Pat Cryer, 'Apple Pascal Games' by Douglas Hergert and Joseph T. Kalash, 'My Micro Speaks Basex (and loves it)' by Paul Warme.
167 Puzzle [Article]
Tony Roberts
Age Square
168 Galactic Chess [Type-In Listing]
Steven & Sean Wallis
172 Buyers' Guide - Printers [Article]
187 Users' group index [Article]
193 It's the pattern not the product [Article]
Boris Allan
Boris Allan solves the Towers of Hanoi puzzle using five different micros.

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

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