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Issue 12 - May 27th to June 2nd 1983
Micropaedia
Disk Drives: Part 1
Two-parter giving you the complete run-down on mechanics, storage, options and maintenance.
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Cartridge software for your BBC, page 2; full report from the US's main computer jamboree, page 3; home PC habits across the pond, page 4; Oric tackles its loading problems, page 5; software to mix 'n' match, page 6; and coverage of the week's events on six pages
Random Access 15
You could win a tenner for your thoughts
Microwaves 19
Readers share their wheezes on the Lynx, Oric, Beeb, Tandy, Dragon, Newbrain and Spectrum
Routine Inquiries 20
More sound advice from Max Phillips
Gameplay  
Spectrum 48
Meet Mad Martha. She's killingly funny!
Spectrum 51
Alien annihilation and hammers from heaven
Oric 55
A bunch of new releases
ProgramCards  
Commodore 64 57
Chart the election results
BBC Model B 59
A four-card memory utility
Spectrum 63
Let Munchman entertain you
Readout 69
Verdict on 'Vic Graphics'
Clubnet 70
Report from Cambridge
Databasics 74
 
Billboard 82
 
Quit/Datelines 88
File under 'failed' 35
Max Phillips casts a critical eye over Molimerx's File Handling system for the Colour Genie.
PCN SPECIALS
Epson Basic 22
The QX10's system disk with MultiFont Basic makes its capabilities so special that its software deserves its own assessment. Karl Dallas obliges,
Oric Sound: Part 1 24
The Oric has much greater potential than its sound commands - Zap, Ping, Shoot and Explode - might suggest. Bob Maunder sounds it out.
Tandy Graphics 26
Harold Gibson shows you some new angles on an old reliable - how to produce good colour graphics on the Tandy without being a programming expert.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
Spectrum WP 30
Can the Spectrum-owner achieve true word processing. Ted Ball looks at the inexpensive Shifty and an even cheaper package from Quicksilva.
IBM Reports 32
Following his review of PFS:File last week, Pete Galliard looks up PFS:Report, the report generator package to which it interfaces.
Apple Graphics 35
It's all done with a paddle or joystick, but is the GPS graphics manipulation package for the Apple II a joy to use? Mike Whitney reports.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
CTI Print-out 38
Barry Miles notices some refreshing design points on the CTI CP80 dot matrix printer.
TG Track Ball 41
For less than £50, a peripheral that brings a familiar arcade aid into the home - and onto the Apple II. Ian Scales keeps it rolling.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Enter the Sord M5 42
The spearhead of the Japanese assault on the UK market is here. At £190 it's double the price of its competitors, but the difference is worth it, says Richard King.
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