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Issue 45 - January 21st 1984
Micropaedia
The last in our three-part series on the Acorn Electron. This week a look at file-handling and storage, potential future peripherals and a wrap-up of our examination of BBC Basic.
REGULARS
Monitor 2

Receiver gets a Tiger by the tail - page 2; Sinclair makes great leap forward - page 3; Derwent puts data at voice command - page 4; STC joins IBM race - page 5.

PCN Charts 7
Trace the ups and downs of your favourire micros and software packages.
Random Access 9
Your chance to tell us what you think . . . and £10 for a star letter.
Routine Inquiries 10
Queries and quandries quashed with expert advice.
Microwaves 13
Pick the brains of your fellow readers by reading their hints and tips.
Readout 16
New micro books that may be worth a read.
PCN Programs 63
Commodore 64: As a Battlestar fighter, you control a ship that must defend its sector of space in this program that uses sprites and incorporates joystick control.
Databasics 73
Your complete buyer's guide to software - including applications packages and games.
Billboard 82
Find a place for your ad on the PCN buy, sell and exchange page.
Quit 88
The lighter side of microcomputing.
PCN PRO-TEST:
HARDWARE
Commodore 64 portable and Olivetti M10 18
Ian Scales picks up the luggable 64, discovers whether it's lovable and compares it with the latest lap-held LCD portable from Olivetti.
PCN SPECIALS
Bargain buys 24
Why can you buy the same machines at two substantially different prices - and what does the 'sales' sign really mean? John Lettice investigates.
Micro money 30
Want to know how to turn your micro into hard cas, without going near the pawn shop. John King reveals all . . .
PCN PRO-TEST:
PERIPHERALS
Acorn sparkjet printer 37
Colin Cohen tests the Acorn brand-name version of Ilivetti's sparkjet printer and finds that all it prints is not gold.
Turbo 20 printer 38
This new low-cost daisywheel gets a spin from peripherals editor Piers Letcher.
PCN PRO-TEST:
SOFTWARE
Spectrum in school 51
Bill Quentin reviews A-level chemistry revision packages for the Spectrum to find out if they're really a catalyst to learning.
BBC graphics 53
Gary Marsh ponders how to become a Picasso using the Beeb.
GAMEPLAY
Dragon: Run a Viking settlement and survive a Pub Crawl. 55
Spectrum: Get square in Traxx and fight the old West in Wild West Hero. 58
Atari/Commodore 64: A round-up of the latest for these popular machines. 60
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