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Issue 34 - Oct 27th to Nov 2nd 1983
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Micropaedia
Design, debugging and program structure in our teach yourself programming course
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Christmas buyers face Electron famine - page 2; Newbrain rebirth in UK - page 3; IBM extends PC range upwards - page 4; Full report of the International Business Show - page 5; U-Micro challenges Econet - page 6; Lucas buries Nascom name - page 9.
PCN Charts 10
Changing fortunes in the micro marketplace.
Random Access 13
£10 for your thoughts if your letter is voted a star.
Routine Inquiries 14
Your problems solved by our team of experts.
Microwaves 16
Share your computing discoveries with a wider audience.
Binder offer 44
Keep your PCN collection in order with our dedicated filing system.
ProgramCards 56
Micro all-sorts with French Test on the Apple, arithmetic quiz on the Vic, Bouncing Babies on the Spectrum and Road Hog on the BBC.
Readout 69
PCN reviews the new books.
Databasics 72
 
Billboard 81
Dozens of computing bargains.
Quit/Dateline 88
 
PCN PRO-TEST:
HARDWARE
Incredible shrinking micro 19
The age of the book-size portable is with us. Latest into the fray is Japan's NEC with its Tandy 100 lookalike, but Geof Wheelwright discovers a few significant differences.
PCN SPECIALS
Oric mapping 25
Gary Williams continues his exploration of the Oric's operating system with a close look at Basic.
PCN PRO-TEST:
SOFTWARE
Simple 64 31
Bob Chappell examines another contender in the 64 serious stakes, Simply File - a powerful database for only £60.
Spectrum on the run 32
Bob Chappell again, this time pounding up hill and through forest from the comfort of the armchair in an entertaining and educational orienteering program.
PCN PRO-TEST:
PERIPHERALS
BBC spins another disk 37
Having waited so long for the Acorn DFS, Model B owners now face a wide choice of disk filing systems. Bill Davis looks at the chip from Amcom.
Spectrum speech 39
Now your Spectrum can talk back with a new add-on from Currah. Max Phillips instigates the conversation.
GAMEPLAY
More arcade-style action for the Atari. 47
Fortune telling and criminal detection on the Dragon. 48
Take flight with your BBC in Trench and Canyon. 51
Football and Pool make for a sporting life on the Spectrum. 53
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