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Issue 13 - June 3rd to 9th 1983
Micropaedia
Disk Drives: Part 2
Avoiding the crash, illustrated anatomy of the drive, comparison chart - and future developments.
REGULARS
Election Monitor 2
Four pages of the liveliest General Election coverage you're likely to find this side of the English Channel, with reviews of election night software on PCs, the manifesto of the Basic Party, the preparations of the computerised media, and the attitudes of party leaders themselves to microcomputer technology. As a bonus, the PCN Plot'o'meter, your own guide to the outcome. All this on pages 2 to 5 - and back in the real world on page 6 Kodak promises 10Mb on a floppy
Random Access 14
 
Microwaves 16
Oric subroutines, high-speed Dragon, Tandy circles, Lynx's 6845 chip, ZX81 characters
Readout 17
Books for the Spectrum, Commodore 64 and TRS-80
Routine Inquiries 20
The long and short answers to your problems from Max Phillips
Gameplay  
Spectrum 48
Can you get beyond base camp in Everest Ascent?
Genie 51
All the games you could wish for
Jupiter Ace / Atari 54
Micro-maze - fun in just 3K; and empire building on the Qix
ProgramCards  
Oric 1 57
Cupid, a game for romantics
Dragon 32 63
Kill the Alien
Atari 400/800 67
Test your nerves with Time Bomb
Clubnet 70
Report on Namebug, the Essex BBC user group
Databasics 73
 
Billboard 80
 
Quit/Datelines 88
 
PCN SPECIALS
Dragon meets Tandy 25
Matchmaker Geof Wheelwright officiates - watch two micros achieve compatability.
Oric Sound: Part 2 24
Grand finale from Bob Maunder gives you Oric, the music maker.
Basic Transfer 28
Marc Leduc introduces a program utility which enables you to achieve tape compatability between the Genie I and II and the Colour Genie.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
Dragon WP 30
Mike Gerrard reviews Microdeal's Telewriter, an easy-to-master word-processing package - possibly the first for the Dragon.
Spectrumised Forth 34
FIG-Forth implementation Abersoft is well worth the price if you're looking for a speedier Spectrum, says Ted Ball.
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
Joystick Shoot-out 38
Ian Scales hunts down the slickest stick in the West.
Work to Rule 41
We get the measure of the humble but helpful programmer's ruler.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Ajile Analysed 42
Max Phillips' verdict on the diminutive IBM-compatible. It's superbly designed, and the real state-of-the-art.
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