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Issue 16 - June 23rd to 29th 1983
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Micropaedia
Spectrum: Part 3
ZX language barrier, Printer interface, Games and business software, Multilingual programming, Books to read
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Torch plans Independence Day coup, page 2; much ado about the Computer Fair, page 3; a new approach to graphics, page 4; BBC disk interface drought, page 5; Kaypro brings 10MB portable to the UK, page 10; and more of the week's news.
Random Access 15
Rhymester reaps £10 reward
Routine Inquiries 16
Richard King steps in . . .
Microwaves 19
 
Gameplay  
Spectrum 48
Scrabble on your micro
BBC 50
Teaching games take the test
Spectrum 54
Horace returns, plus Barney Bootlace
ProgramCards  
TI99/4A 56
Give your videos a good name
Spectrum 62
Ten-pin bowling - your pitch
Atari 63
Pirate Island - keep searching!
Readout 67
 
Clubnet 68
Richmond Club celebrates
Databasics 74
Your primer on peripheral prices
Billboard 80
 
Quit/Datelines 88
 
PCN SPECIALS
Number-crunching ZX81 20
Teach your Sinclair - with a little help from Czes Kosniowski and John Ewing - how to get its sums right.
Buying from the US 23
Advice from Barry Miles on how to get American suppliers to deliver fast.
Atari Graphics 27
Turn your Atari into an artist's canvas with this simple program by Edmund Bamber.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
Four on the 64 30
Pete Gerrard tabulates the performance of four word-processing packages for the Commodore 64.
CP/M Simplified 32
Simplifile, a package that replaces the tough CP/M commands with a more approachable set, is reviewed by Ted Ball.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Prof in print 35
Ian Scales checks out the MPF-II thermal printer, designed to partner the MicroProfessor . . .
Torch lights BBC 36
... and wonders whether, in marketing the Z80 Disk Pack for the BBC micro, Torch is undercutting its own main product.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Atari vs Acorn 38
The Atari 800 price-cut now puts it in competition with the BBC micro. Andrew Tollyfield makes a timely comparison . . . and brings the Commodore into the same arena.
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