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Issue 24 - August 18th to 24th 1983
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Commodore 64: Part 1
First of three parts: the machine, the system, the languages, the software - the works.
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Commodore corrects error-riddled manual, page 2; Electron software hard to find, page 3; US video games and a new Tandy, page 4; London marathon halfway house, page 5; Systems-builders go for brokers, page 6; Software buyers' watchdog, page 7; and Logica launches Xenix 3.0, page 8.
PCN Charts 10
Follow the fortunes of your favourite games and micro.
Random Access 12
Read all about the garden gnome syndrome!
Routine Inquiries 16
Max Phillips talks readers through their problems.
Microwaves 18
A fiver for each one printed - take a tip from fellow-readers.
PCN Binder 44
Keep your back-numbers in good order.
PCN ProgramCards 56
In this week's cut-out-and-keep batch: Meteor Shower ends for Oric owners; Starship, a three-card trick for the Vic 20; and Surround, the light-cycle duel from Tron, brought to life on your BBC 'B'.
Readout 67
Choose the best books.
Clubnet 69
Nationwide guide to the micro clubs.
Databasics 73
Hardware - the latest prices, latest specs.
Billboard 81
Buy, sell or swop secondhand goods.
Quit/Datelines 88
PCN's way-out page . . .
PCN SPECIALS
Videotex and you 20
Will home computer users get hooked on the new communications technology? Jessica Long looks into the future.
Interrupt your Dragon 23
In the third of his four-part excursion into the Dragon's machine code, Brian Cadge demonstrates the use of the interrupt.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
IBM management 27
John King puts the T/Maker III in charge of his IBM PC and watches it perform a variety of office routines.
Spectrum's Fifth dimension 31
Ted Ball plays with Fifth, an extension to Spectrum Basic which allows you to program fast-moving graphics.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Daisy chain 34
Ian Scales measures the price / performance gap of a quartet of daisywheel printers.
Spectrum tracer 41
Trevor Jones tracks down the RD digital tracer, a package designed to let you transfer an outline from paper to screen.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Lowdown on the Laser 42
The Laser 200 from Hong Kong is, at just £70, the cheapest colour micro on the UK market. Max Phillips sees how it shines.
GAMEPLAY
Sandra Grandison pits her wits against games for the Oric. 50
Mike Gerrard watches Charlie the Chef at work in Cookie and a chicken-and-egg dituation down on Egg Farm - for the Spectrum. 52
Bobby Rao dodges the enemy fleet in Sea Lord (BBC), while Mike Gerrard averts a Lusitanic disaster at sea (Dragon 32). 53
Can biker Peter Worlock cross The Island on his Commodore 64? Can Dolores Fairman find the Xadomian Artifact, aided only by her Spectrum? 54
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