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Issue 42 - Dec 22nd 1983 to Jan 4th 1984
F R E E
P R O G R A M S
Pull-out and keep
Micropaedia
Our Christmas special with games for the ZX81, Spectrum, Oric, Vic 20, Commodore 64, Atari, Electron, BBC and Dragon. PLUS . . . pull-out colour poster!
REGULARS
Monitor 2

Acorn cracks down on tape to disk copying, page 2; Radifon looks forward to a brave New Year, page 3; ITV drops micro plan, page 4; Alladin's cave at the BBC User Show, page 5; Edword is third man on word-processing front, page 6.

PCN Charts 8
See what's No. 1 in the games and micros top league.
Random Access 11
Space for your letters - and £10 for the star.
Routine Inquiries 13
PCN's experts answer your questions.
Microwaves 14
Hints and tips that each earn a fiver.
Readout 26, 66
Our word on what books to buy . . . and what to avoid.
PCN Back Issues 37
Complete your PCN collection . . .
PCN Binders 40
. . . and keep it neat and accessible.
Clubnet 81
Want to join a micro club? Look for the one nearest you in our complete list of clubs and user groups.
Billboard 89
Special Christmas offer lets you buy, sell or swap kit FREE.
Quit/Datelines 96
Our last words . . . and forthcoming events.
PCN PRO-TEST:
HARDWARE
The hard facts of '83 20
What happened to microcomputing in the last year? Richard King reviews the major events and assesses the trends - the good, the bad, and the promising. And he gives a clue to what to expect in 1984.
PCN SPECIALS
Timebomb terror 30
The micro boom has led to an increasing number of illegal entries to computer networks, often causing havoc. Tom Sato looks at computer hackers.
BBC wise words 34
Problems with centering text with Wordwise? Here's a program to help, from Terry Holden.
Dragon action 39
Final part of Darren Eteo's scramble-type machine code program.
PCN PRO-TEST:
PERIPHERALS
Spectrum cards 59
Could you use a parallel interface? Or how about a three-slot buffered backplane? John Lettice looks at plug-in cards that offer these facilities.
PCN PRO-TEST:
SOFTWARE
Oric star? 63
Don't let your Oric go idle. Here's a card-index system that David Janda says is easy to use and secure.
Spectrum invasion 64
Customise your space invaders with this package that lets you design your own games. Ted Ball takes it on.
GAMEPLAY
Commodore 64: play First Division football with this star-rated cartridge. 70
Spectrum: Race for the flag . . . or try for a trip to Hollywood. 71
Atari: High-speed maze play and a new chart-topping hero. 72
Vic 20: Aliens and Aussies in two new games cassettes. 74
Dragon 32: First-class mystery and deep danger. 78
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