Practical Computing - November 1980, Volume 3, Issue 11

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Publication Date : November 1980

Publication Contents :

Page Item
4 Sharp MZ-80 Computer System [Advert]
6 Tandy TRS-80 [Advert]
Model I Microcomputer, Model II Microcomputer, Model I CPUs
20 Altos Computer Systems - ACS8000 [Advert]
33 'Tuscan' from Transam [Advert]
41 Editorial [Article]
Peter Laurie
A lurch in the right direction.
42 Feedback [Article]
User's letters.
46 Home study of Z-8000 [News Item]
Semiconductor company and manufacturer of the Z-8000 16-bit microprocessor, Zilog, has introduced a five-lesson, home-study course on Z-8000 architecture for systems engineers.
46 Hard-disc controller eases back-up and maintenance [News Item]
46 Sinclair reveals plans for ZX-80 expansion [News Item]
Clive Sinclair has released details of some of his future plans for the ZX-80. The latest plans include an RS232 port with a translation ROM and a teletext adaptor.
46 Music with TRS-80 [News Item]
The latest add-on for the TRS-80 is Orchestra-80, a music synthesis system.
47 Director chosen for State scheme to develop schools computing [News Item]
The director of the 9 million Government-funded national development programme in microelectronics in schools and colleges has been announced as Richard Fothergill.
47 Delay for Pet disc drive [News Item]
The new ACT 2MB Computhink disc drive for the Pet is immediately available for the 32K Pet, but there is some difficulty about adapting it for the new 80-column Pet.
47 First wave of business programs launched for Pet 8000 series [News Item]
The first series of business programs has now been launched through the Commodore-approved product dealers' network including packages such as payroll, sales, purchase and nominal ledgers, word-processing and communicators.
47 Anadex solves printer error [News Item]
Anadex has announced that some earlier models of their SP-9500 and DP-9501 printers may exhibit an operating error when used in a serial mode at high baud rates. A change in the printer software to eliminate the error has now been incorporated.
47 Industrial measurements from I/O subsystem which works with all types of micro [News Item]
A microprocessor-controlled input/output subsystem for use with all types of microcomputers has been introduced by M C Computers Ltd. PIP, Plant Interface Peripheral, is essentially a simple connection interface providing either local or remote operation.
48 Butel Athena [Advert]
49 New share market may help micro firms raise capital [News Item]
The Stock Exchange looks set to create a new market in shares - an Unlisted Securities' Market (USM), specifically for young high technology companies unable or unwilling to meet the Stock Exchange stringent membership requirements. The USM could provide an easy way for many of the emerging UK microcomputer companies to finance their rapid growth without selling all of their shares.
49 Software at WH Smith [News Item]
WH Smith, the large newspaper and magazine distribution chain is toying with the idea of selling software games on cassette through its high street branches.
49 Increased computer thefts lead to more security devices [News Item]
Reports of computers being stolen are becoming increasingly frequent. A product which would help prevent the theft of such easily transportable items has been introduced by NASA (Noise and Security Appliances) - an anti-snatch alarm which can be fitted inside the back of a machine.
49 U.K. machines for Compec [News Item]
Two new UK-designed and built microcomputers are about to be introduced by Haywood Electronics Associates just in time to be shown at the Compec Exhibition in Olympia - the Haywood 3000 and Haywood 7000.
49 New ROM for Level II [News Item]
Tandy has started to introduce a TRS-80 Level II microcomputer with a new ROM.
50 Micromouse [News Item]
The long-awaited Micromouse contest, part of the Euromicro 1980 conference has produced a worthy champion. The winner of the fastest time through the maze was Sterling Mouse, built by Nick Smith and P.T. Crow.
52 Superbrain [Advert]
Colour advert.
53 The Acorn Atom [Advert]
Colour advert.
54 Rair Black Box Microcomputer [Advert]
Colour advert.
55 Compec Preview [News Item]
In this preview of the Compec Exhibition, held in the Grand Hall of London's Olympia from November 4-6, Practical Computing looks at some of the products which are on show in the UK for the first time.
60 Honolulu's innovatory package [Review]
Tim Robinson
Tim Robinson looks at muMath-79, muSimp-79 and muLisp-79, three new packages from the Soft Warehouse of Honolulu.
62 Numerous system services lift IBM 5120 above its competitors [Review]
Nick Horgan
The 64K micro from IBM reviewed by Nick Horgan.
66 The Acorn Atom [Review]
Jim Murray
We appraise this low-cost modular system.
70 The Micro Revolution [Article]
Peter Laurie
The wonderchip promises exciting things as it infiltrates the industrial world. There are huge technical problems in applying it, but they may be thwarted by the political and economic problems it raises. In this extract from his book 'The Micro Revolution', Futura 1.50, Peter Laurie looks at the unpleasant implications.
73 Gradual change will soften the technological blow [Article]
A report prepared for the government of the Netherlands puts the ravages of the chip in a less lurid light.
76 Modelling the world's future on your microcomputer [Type-In Listing]
T.P. Mervyn
An adaptation in Basic of the programs used in the controversial Club of Rome report of 1972 which predicted the breakdown of civilisation.
85 Larrs' Ghost [Article]
Chris Kelly
86 Creativeness is the key [Article]
Ed James
Ed James looks critically at the current role of computing in schools and considers, in particular, the impact which microcomputers are having on the teaching.
89 Future of packaged software [Article]
Cliff Dilloway
Recommendations for packaged programs.
90 Design techniques which save time and reduce effort [Article]
Brian Swindells
Brian Swindells describes some indispensable design techniques.
92 Microprocessor-controlled model railways [Article]
Bob Coats, Alison King, Don Thatcher
How to interface a zero-gauge model train to a computer which controls the shunting operations of the engine and the marshalling of trucks in and out of sidings.
100 Garbage destruction is essential programming skill [Article]
A. Sandison
Garbage prevention and destruction are essential skills of the good programmer. In this article, A Sandison describes some of the techniques he has devised which can save a good deal of programming time.
102 Working with the first prototype of Tuscan [Article]
Mike Hughes
Part five of the account of a computer's development; having encoded the ROMs, Mike Hughes takes delivery of the prototype.
106 Low-cost memory expansion for Nascom 1 [Article]
John Dawson
John Dawson describes an expansion RAM board for the Nascom computer.
109 Z-80 Zodiac [Article]
For all users of systems based on the Z-80 chip.
111 ZX-80 Line-up [Article]
Page dedicated to the ZX-80.
113 Tandy Forum [Article]
Devoted to the TRS-80 - news and user's tips, queries and comments.
115 6502 Special [Article]
The 6502 Special is dedicated to the exchange of information between 6502 users.
117 Pet Corner [Article]
News and user's tips, queries and comments.
120 Sinclair ZX80 - Britain's first complete computer kit [Advert]
Double-page, colour advert.
123 Apple Pie [Article]
Ideas, hints and comments for Apple users.
126 Book Reviews [Review]
'Small Business Programs' by S Roberts, 'The Computer Users' Year Book 1979' and 'International Directory of Software, 1980-81' published by CUYB Publications Ltd., and 'Successful software for small computers: structured programming in Basic for science, business and education' by Graham Beech.
128 Parameters and I/O techniques [Article]
David Peckett
The seventh part of David Peckett's study.
135 Apple COS: prompts and ultilities [Article]
Hugh Dobbs
Part four of Hugh Dobbs' series.
139 Buyers' Guide - Software [Article]
148 Son of Hexadecimal Kid [Article]
Richard Forsyth
Fiction. Page 2 - virtual paging.
166 Introducing HP-41C [Advert]

ISSN Number : 0141-5433

Creator : IPC Electrical Electronic Press

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