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Issue 17 - June 30th to July 6th 1983
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Sound: Part 1
In the first of five parts - Background and glossary, Sounding out the Vic 20, Unleashing the Dragon, Voices of the Atari.
REGULARS
Monitor 2
What the US/Japanese standard will mean, page 2; Acorn up-staged at BBC Show, page 3; Compec North report, and View from Japan, page 4; New-look Zita portable, page 5; Digital Research goes for IBM PC, page 7; and what comes after VisiCalc, page 8.
Random Access 11
Your alternative glossaries
Microwaves 14
 
Routine Inquiries 16
Max Phillips has the answers . . .
Readout 20
Better Basic programming and Graphics techniques
Gameplay  
Oric/Commodore 48
Check-out on chess games
BBC/Spectrum 51
Grab the goods, dodge the aliens
Spectrum 55
Mike Gerrard's spectacular
ProgramCards  
TI99/4A 57
Closing film credits
Atari 63
Escape from Pirate Island
BBC Model B 65
Amazing value! WP for 70p
Clubnet 69
Colchester's machine coders
Databasics 73
PCN's software selection
Billboard 82
 
Quit/Datelines 88
 
PCN SPECIALS
Let's Lease: Part 1 22
John King outlines other ways (strictly legal, of course) of acquiring goods, in the first of a two-parter.
Atari Screen Action 25
More on the GTIA wonder chip from Les Howarth, who helps you put a bit of class into your gameplay.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
The Organizer 30
A package that makes CP/M more appetising by putting a menu in your hands - a boon for the busy office, reviewed by David Janda.
Spectrum Specials 33
A double-header from Ted Ball: Trace to help you dig out the bugs, and ZXText to mimic teletext.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Daisywheel Debut 34
A major breakthrough at £399? Barry Miles reads a promising world debut int his test of the Japanese Juki 6100.
Apple UltraTerm 38
A peripheral to make Applemaniacs just stop and stare? Richard King thinks so. UltraTerm could set new standards for video displays.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Duet 16 42
The 8086-based Duet 16 (another flank of the Japanese invasion) is put in a time trial against the IBM PC and Sirius. It looks competitive, says Mike Whitney.
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