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Issue 11 - May 20th to May 26th 1983
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Clive Sinclair - exclusive interview, page 2; Price war - latest report from the front, page 3; Japanese prices come tumbling down, page 4; Dragon disks and memory upgrades, page 5; plus lots, lots more
Random Access 14
Your chance to sound off, and to earn £10
Routine Inquiries 17
Max Phillips can ease your frustration with the answers to your questions
Microwaves 20
More of your hints for the Atom, Tandy, Apple, Oric and Spectrum machines - and £5 for every one printed
Gameplay  
Commodore 64 48
High praise for Motor Mania
Oric 48
Spread your wings with Oric Flight
Musical Micros 51
Tune up your Spectrum and BBC with two new packages
Spectrum 52
Into the maze with Tobor and Embassy Assault
Readout 55
The latest releases for Atari, BBC, and Dragon users
ProgramCards  
ZX81 57
Putting it all together - our ET-type game
Dragon 63
A two-player computer version of a favourite game, Connect Four
Commodore 67
The concluding cards for the CBM Database
Clubnet 70
User groups this week, and Sandra Grandison visits the Croydon Apple User Group
Databasics 74
 
Billboard 81
 
Quit/Datelines 88
 
PCN SPECIALS
ZX81 Graphics: Part 2 22
More program modules to build into a complete ET-type game on your micro. This week, we put the movement into your routines.
Sharp Practice 24
Geoffrey Childs gets back to Basic on his MZ80, delving into obscure corners and revealing a few bits of trickery.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
BBC filing 30
Vufile is a best-selling filing system for the Spectrum. Now it has been released for the BBC, Max Phillips makes some comparisons.
IBM database 32
Pete Galliard samples a simple database package for the IBM and finds it could be just the job for beginners.
Apple Pascal 35
If you find Basic too basic, or just want to break the language barrier, Ted Ball reports on a teach-yourself Pascal package.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Printer power 36
Ian Scales gives you the low-down on buying printers, and following full reviews in recent PCNs, we present a side-by-side comparison of six medium-priced contenders.
Sinclair control 40
Free your fingers - Trevor Jones tests a joystick controller for the Spectrum or ZX81.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Treading the boards 42
With the introduction of cheap systems from Sinclair, Commodore and others, single board computers have become something of a rarity. Francis Monkman gets his hands on a new specimen - the C9E from Adaptors Engineering.
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