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Issue 23 - August 11th to 17th 1983
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CP/M: Part 2
Deeper into the system in this the concluding part.
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Apple cracks down on look-alikes, page 2; Atari 600XL could spell price cuts, page 3; Last One program generator trimmed, and a Japanese view of MSX, page 4; Training scheme under fire, page 5; and more reports and pictures on seven pages of news.
PCN Charts 10
Latest on what games and micros are selling best.
Random Access 12
We pic a £10 winner from your letters.
Routine Inquiries 14
Max Phillips offers a shoulder to cry on.
Microwaves 16
Take a tip from fellow readers - £5 for each one printed.
PCN Back Issues 40
Missed something? Fill in the form and complete your collection.
PCN Binder 44
Keep your copies in good order.
ProgramCards 54
In our unique cut-out-and-keep listings: a speedy Display Dump for the ZX81, a maths test and a keyboard test to sharpen up Commodore 64 practitioners, and a Meteor Shower hits Oric-owners.
Readout 67
Which books to reach for.
Clubnet 69
Locate your local user group.
Databasics 73
PCN's software selection - latest specs.
Billboard 81
Buy, sell or swop secondhand goods.
Quit/Datelines 88
The last word . . .
PCN SPECIALS
Dynamic Dragon: Part 2 18
Brian Cadge presents the master program that gives you an autorun facility and allows you to create a title page.
Atari controllers 20
Your joystick is great at games, but why not put it to work too, says Richard Hawes.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
Sord-sharpener 24
Trevor Jones tries out the easy-to-learn Basic-G, which opens up the potential of the Sord.
Spectrum text 30
The wide-angle Tasword Two word processor allows a decent printout from the Spectrum. Report by Ted Ball.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Beeb Microfloppies 33
Geof Wheelwright spins the AMS 3-inch disk drives, which give the BBC micro 200K of storage.
Microdrive's moment 34
Ian Scales put the long-awaited Microdrive and its workmate the Interface 1 under the microscope.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Tandy on trial 41
Tandy's TRS80 Model 4 proves to be a business-oriented machine with larger screen and high software compatibility but Nigel Cross has his reservations . . .
GAMEPLAY
Making a bid to learn bridge? Ted Ball tests the Bridge Master for Spectrum owners. 47
Mike Gerrard goes underground on the Spectrum. 48
John Lettice and Shirley Fawcett report from the Atari front-line. 51
Shirley Fawcett flogs Oric's Candy Floss, while Mike Gerrard fights the Dragon on Everest. 52
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