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PERSONAL
[LUSIVI
REVIEW
30
chess
the
O
on
Here's
a sneak
look
at three of
the NEWgames
SOFTWARE
r_e
.
1
IA
.l
1.
a
.
1
Feast
yer eyes on
the BOOTY-ful
treasure
sto
red
in 20 holds
.
There
be
pirates, parrots and
fun galor
e!!!
BOOTY
Can yau survive life on
the
run in
this
Wild
West
adventurem
THE WILDBUNCH
BIRDSTRIKE
Dodge
the planes and
shoot
the pigeons to
complete
the tune
-
then
move to
the
next
level
.
THE8R1CKY
AAIJERS
MENN::E
EXOOUS RUNBABYRUN CRAZYCNERNS
VIC
20:
SNAKEBITE MICKEY
FORCE VOONG
SPECTRUMTHE
WILDBUNCH BOOTY
MR
FREEZE TERRA
E
S
TY
MR
FREEZE EXOOU HEADACH ZU..U
B8C
MICROB:
BIRDSTRIKE
GOlD 00GER ACIDOROPS DUCK•
64:
BOO
COMMOOORE
Look
out
for
these gam
es
in
the FlREBIRD silver range at
selected
high
street
stores.
.
The new range from BritishTelecom
,
FIREBIRDSOFTWARE
WELLINGTON HOUSE, UPPERST. MARTIN'S LANE, LONDON WC2H 90L
d)
'd
You better believe
it!!!
TEL: 01-379 6755
/
5626
e
Flrebird and the Flreblrd
logo
are
trademarks
of
British Tel
communications
pie
.
repn!eent.ition
(Microeof\:'1
Chart).
Awle
ii
aJ90
expected to
launch
a
luer
printer
early
Dext year
.
Apple
cla
im.a
that
thi•
pnoter
will
offer
full
FujiP;;;:~~~rq~~
of
the
pnce
yet
,
but looli:m.1
atApple'1
put performance it ahould
oost
conaidtrably
Ieee
than
t.hoM
alre
ady ava
llabl
e.
Mean while,
Apple remain1
coy
about
apeculat.ion
that
1t
will
launch
a
colour
venion
or
ahatt.ho
ldtn
meeting in
Jan
ary
to
make new product
annou.ncementa.
At
thla
year',
meet.in, it
wu the
Macintosh
and
ru.moun
are
rife
Lhat
a
colOW' veraion,
a
logical
next
1t.e
could
be
reve.led
IOOD
p,
.
If
all
Apple
announce.
at
the
Budd1n,
pmet
de11gnera could
find help 10 the
form
of
thi1
for
pc1ekage the
64.
ph~~~·~
indication
~~~oe:::r,~
e~
s,.ce,-••C
Spectnam
1.11en
now
w,e
C
languqe
can
th
i•
ven1o
n
by
Hoon.
REGULARS
~
-~~~~~-~--,-'-
'
Se.mi~c
ial
dialt
drivea
for
the
QL.
th11
pace
;
Acom
to
launch
muaic
1ynt.hNi1t.r
for the BBC,
pap
2;
Coleco
Ad.am
o
n
otre
r
at
• bargain
price, page
3;
Boot,
'
fl20
dalr.
dri
ve,
pace
4;
new
weapon
against
the
pi
rate,;,
pqe5
.
5
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to
uve the
worldfromagroupoCNatil..
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programm
ing
prob-
lem1bycon1u
lun,ou r
u:peru
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72
We
want
to
hear
from you-
ahare
)'OrY1ew11 U1andyou
with
The1on,:podbuy
.
ONITOR
Acom
plugsin
Beeb
music
synthesiser
Acom
la
all
Id
to
l,,unch
iteelf
into
tM
mutie buainea
It
ii
duetoun
veila
muaic1ynt.hell.-
er at
COMPEC
nut
week.
high-level
at.Nctured
lang:uaee
cal
led
AMPLE
which allows
CtoN
modulation
techllique1.
You
can
alto
create octaves.
corda
and
aim
ul
ate a variety
oC
converted
for
otbtr
ma.thine,
but
couldn't aay when
.
mu,iul iMtrume.nta
.
Microproclaim.1f0f'Wordtt.ar
CoMpicuouabyt.hei
r
abeenoe
The
Mu,,
ic 500
ia
a
~in
bo:1
from
the
1yttem an a
Mkii
2000
that
'it
wiU
redefine
the
interface
to
lil1k
it
to
other
.tate-o
f-t.he-&rt
for
micro-
80Ulld
output
to a
hi-Ii
tylW.m.
ayntbee.uen
•nd
m\WCA
compute
r
apphcaLiona
IOfl..
I
At
£199,
it
comiata
of
a
equ.ipment
and
a
mu.sic
wan
'.
Specia)
fe1t.ure1,,
or u
Mkzo.
16-voice ~yphonic
90!.lDd
keyboonl
.
p
ro callt
them,
thfl
'be.Ila and
1
in
1
~~iu"m~~:::1*-~
::
their
C\lf'ffnt venion
for
the
update
(thit
offer
boldl
for
originals
only
!).
Wordatar
2000 will
be
avail·
able only for the
lBM
PC
,
XT,
and
AT
.
Microproaays
1t
will
be
adviaang
t.hem
to change thei
r
poNWOrdo.
==~=~!
The
mtJor l«Urity
breach
~mao~~ ~.o'J!
wof
velopment
computers.
~u.:::.~~~!liu:=r:
With the device
comee a
Ct"rro*!~~~k~y=I·
~~,::~~fi-:e
~&::::
an
add-on
'ata
later date'
.
10
o(Edinburgh
private
a
:!i:f!ru:0/!!ee°::.n:!:
and
firm
ol
ttock
·
that you
look
at .eve.rat
pqe1
aoce&1toan ypartort.he
Pl"Nt.el
1yst.e.m.
ln
t.he
bttak·in
lut
week
t.he
hacker wu
able
to
read the
mailbox
beJonaing
to
the
Duke
belongmg to
broken.
wo~:S,W:c~
l~~
\::
document.a at
I.he
u.me
lime
and
tranAfer
M!Cl..ion.1
one
from
document
to
another, a
built-an
He
a
t.o put.a frame up
on
t.he
~=~r=:i=;~
...
arithmeticcalculatorand1pell
·
each
time
you
w1ah
to carry out
a calculation or apellin,
check,
and
a
typewriter
mode
which
meaN
you at;n
type
du·ec:t.lyto
:fT,~
worth
:-:r.~.~1:~~;
pound
wa,
$50
.
The
break.an
wu orpnuecl
u a
ltunt
by
the
Dally
Ma,/
to
prove
how
vulnerable Preete
l
the
lffmt
coruident
en1u.redthat.a
ll
erroneowi
me.
that
lhll
tune
1taproduct
ll
fully
protected
with
a tol\ware
pro-
t.ec:t.ion algonthm
which will
couJd
be
done'.
allow
only up
t.o
three
backup
In
fact.,
the
fake
Financial
c:oplet,
IO
any one
trying
t.o
T1mt,
frame
wu
1t.1ll
1n
place
J:~~
ln.
the
ltOry
in
Friday',
Daily
Mad,
Pet.e.r
Sheridan,
who
wnu
t.he
article, claimed: '
I
::S-
~vp~~w';:
.;::
IBM
wants change
of
gear in
Advance
ll
looU
u
thoua:h Advance
wiU
h
ave
t.o
So
into reVflW,
if
lBM
hu
it.I
way
,
Advance'• £1,500
~;>;~~1o~=~~.
now
IBM
hu
iNued a atate-
~:!:,!'1~()\t:!::.~::
=~!~~from
the
to
~~dati~d.~:fr!::
told
PCN
that
bavin,
been
1
~
Prelt.el
ttfUNd
to
comment.
on
the
extent
of
the
break-in
,
apart
from
1&ying
that. it.
wu
c:anying
out.
a
ru
inVNt.ip-
n
tion
.
'It
~
a very
compliat.ed
according to a Smiths apoket-
~
r
a computer
hacker broke
man
,
but.
while
elaborating
on
into Preite.I and ran amok
matter
which Prftte
l
~
taking
veey
MnOualy,' a 1pOkeaman
thi,
be
made
a
cwiO\l.tdistinc-
through
the
1)'1t.em.
tion
.
W H
Smjth
hu
a
buaine111
AJ
a result. Prfft.el
i•
con·
ta1d
.
"T1le
1nve1ti1a t.10nwill
be
comput.e.r NIM ann in
add
it.ion
1ideriR4
changing
all PN!t:t.e.
l
to
it.I
in...u>re
1hope.,
and
whi
le
uaen
'
adentit.y numben
ud
Advance
NIN
hav. been
good
the
price
ol
the
86bhu
dropped
by
£300,
althouah an
Advance
~d
"°il!i,.U:i::~ru:;
alto tt.mained
.
°'
~~:.~~h::i;:ru:l=
t.he
hacker
1poketman
t.olcf
ua
he
didn't.
think
it
wu
that
much.
S.let
ol
t.he
machine in
W
H
Smith
have
bffn
'Nt.Wactory',
Prestel
hacker may
force
ID
change
~
.~:;!:C:r1!~.~
~:::::!
:J!e,f;"
1::~nlfo'S;
eurrent
veraion
oil.he
machine
la
beine wit.bdnwn
.
.A.
it
DOW
Ne:mat.ha
t
Smi
th
't
entire
atock
will
have to
be
withdrawn
in
any
cue,
thin.pi
muat
be
looking
bleak
for Adv-
Smith
have
q:reed
to
ceue
the
inCrin,tment.'
.A.
the
infringe-
ment
la
in
the
Advance'•
RO
M,
thia
can
ortly
mean thtil
the
~=.
=:~~~.:!::de
1!:n~nn:::rw~
~~.
appoi
ntin
g'
by
t.he
ltandardt
of
the
in-It.Ore
ahos,..
where
1
ti~~=;
mi~:n
·
~d=
~U:::
P
aide
the
buaine11
rat.her t.han
takin.,
up
valuable
fioor1paoe
in
hiab1tnet.stor..
Wh
ileW
H
Smith ..
y1it
haan't.
wi
thdrawn
the
Advance,
it
machina,
ance
.
Meanwhil
e
won't.comment
on t.he
poNibil·
ityolthe machine
beincmoved
outolthe in...iore ahopl
.
::ctr.ro,'!:tt~~r:::
rant.i,
which
m.anufactUfff
the
m,ichiDt,
admita
to
bein,
in
Advance'•
di.ecu..lllion
with
IBM,
but
won't
po11ibility of Ferranti endinc
itla.rra.n,eme
nt
wi
th
Ad
vance,
Nllill4
\he
Advance
for tl,-'99,
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the
machine'• price.
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appears
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PCN NOVEMBER
1011184
Coleco
Adamis cut
technical
problem,
and
the
l•c
k
ohoft.ware.
'Now10ft.wareforit
to
a
remainder
Coleco
Adam,
the
machine
that
looked
u
lhoua:h
it
would
be
a
t.rend-tett.er,
ii
now remain-
dered
at£299 from Sihca
Shop,
London
(Ol-3091111) .
Origin.all
y
the
Adam
,old
(or
£700
,
lhen
it
came down tot499
and
now another
£200
hu
been
knocked
olf.
A.
well u
buyin,
the
machme
,you
want the
pme.
machine
adapter
which
11nowaellin,at£.49.
The
1.80-bued
machine,
which comet with a d.aiaywheel
ma,
Einstein u.en
who
want
to
Ta
tune
hucutdown
it.aproduc-
boolt
t.heir computer to
a
full llon
COit.a
and
hu
paued
thl•
Nt
MN
to
...
A.,0,
-
0oborne(0908-
1:t!:se"'ra~!;'!lt
~i~
616274)
haacut
the
price
oft.be
far
u we're concerned we'll go
1
·
~!'~ifro~~i:!.!
(plut
VAT)
£696
t.o
£A99
~
from
the
outael a
52 column
la"een
veraion
(iallue
Th
e
Einstein
gets
a
boost
::id~r!:~u~
storage
80column lt(:l'ft.nvenion
iaallo
Brill.eh
manufac:t.1.lttr
:,::
with
more capacity
J:-n1:te~~
::1!695
on 1upporting iL'
a.borne
form,
eo1t1
.£149
a
nd
can be
fitted
inaide
the
Ein.iein'
a
bouain1
.
The
Einstein,
with
it,
Sin Ooppy
diall.
driv
e
holdinc
dN.igned
with
INBRIEF
from
for
the
86).
itl
=~:::J~r:?v':u:~
~
-
TheTKOI
,
whichcomt:1
in
kit
aavin,on tothewie
r.
Theunilit
available
now
Crom retail
iu:::.a
ur
ll
...
Edu::::
~
(01-734 6767),
the
London
tick
-
out
your
feet
c;W~~~f:=:!;
•:ied
Smart
Writ.er,
hu
had
90me
troubled
tima
due
to
it,
word
prooeeting
l)'lt.em
which
alowed
aals
downof'the machine.
Thitoould
beoneoCthereuor11whyColeco
lnduatrie.
in
the
US INt
week
aluhed
the
price
or
the Ad.am
from$660to$476
.
re;r.i:ij~~~j!~*f.t;~
on
Pre.tel.
With
no lea
than
52
different
production1
to
fflOOM
from
you can
now
book,
and
pe.y
tor,
tickei.
from
the
comfort
of
your home.
It
al.lO
provides
detail.t
or
theatre
timee and
t.icket.availabihty
.
~ai:re~c~t=k:::i:
Speculaton
in
the US are
•Yint
that
lb.it
drop
in price
ii
a
tign
ofColemabandonin, Lh
e
ayat.em after
Christ.mu
and
wit.hdnwi.ng
from
the
home
computer
market
(eee
below).
However,
CBS
Elect.ronica.
10le dittributo
r
o(
the
Adam in
Britainhunoplan1toaba.ndon
iL
c. .,.
....
than
t.o
be
1
:t=:1u!imit
~
: ;;:
local
computer
lhop waiting to
be
repaired?
Ent.er
stage
right
ThomEMJ',ComputenidSer·
vicet
(0252-548888).
It
~
now
ruarantee.ina a
three-da
y
turn
-
around .ervice
.
Wul:
,
... ....._.
and 1ipificant
new
(acihliet an promi&ed
in
Proloe·2
from
Expert S)'lt.ema
(~242206
).
Running
on
an
IBM
PC
or
Siriut,
the
comi,.ny
Philip
Oibbt
.
marketing
Adam
hu
manage
r
aaid.:
91'he
been
t>.dly
affected
by
earHe
r
of the Al lan,u.age
'.
:l!!:~
t'
t1'!:C:ri:r!°~
IOprulticated
implementation
~!\'t!':!::O';l:oi:,:~
~~~
Meanwhile
Apple
de.moM-
to~
boo::
i~
time
in
the
Suddenly
oo--
~
or
the
riaky
microcomputer
one
it
,ure what the people
d.a11
or
autumn
1983. For
the
wanL
The&.1:
.
ln
addition
we are In
an
odd
1W"(ttd
66
per
cent
in
the Jut
kind
of economic
boom.
Canny
overlutyearto$477
.4
million.
year, 85
per
cent
oft.be
com·
\
I' ___
UScon,umen
(the
Baby
Boom-
pany'
1aalH
were
from
Cabbage
en are
t.he
pickiest
of
all)
have
Patch
doll
..
u.id
'Apple
baa
et.a.e
n
the
The
I
~=~dlC,~~~~
tlowed
1pend.in1 to a tric.kle.
indutt.ry
role
of
innovator
and
tion
i1
alory
o(
Amig•
Corpora-
L
For
micro manufacturert
t.hi1
a
aood
example of
the
abowed
up aa
a
30
per cent
drop
•urrived the ahakeout aa an
lllite
of the
market.
Amip
in aalee in one month
(Crom
indu.t.ty
leader.'
11pent two
yean
developin,
a
Baby
boomen
cause
June
to
July
).
Norwaathiajuat
And
for next
7.ear?
Well
,
one
powerful
,raphie1
computer
the
IWlllDU
time b)ahl
.
optionl.N.tApp eiaconaiderillC'
bued
Oil
the
68000 ch.ip.
The
fact
it
that the US micro lnvolve1 the 65816
true
16-bit.
Amiaaplanned
to
markett.be
market
haa
hardened
in t.enna
which
ia compatible
with
the
m..chine
with
128K RAM
(U·
of
market
ahare
.
A aurvey of 664
venerable
6602
.
The66816can
pandable
t.o
512K), one double
The
ramifications
of
thi,
are computer
ltorel
(which
don't
addreN
moN
than 16Mb
-
denaity
diu
drive, built-in
•II Commodore
641)
found even the
IBM PC AT
can only modem
and
.aof\ware
for
about
-3Mb
.
Sl500
.
It
a
l'°
planned
t.o
make
~~~p~en:5;:
1eene
baa
alwl)'8
bttn in
nu.x
:~~
,
Eltewhere
Commodore
post.
itcompe.tibletoacert.aindegre,e
the
current drum
roll
of bank·
ed
a
14
per cent
incl'UM
in
with
exiatina
IBM
IOft.wan.
It
ruptcie.
ia
echoina
in
every
profii.
and
net
income
rON
to
t.bou,h
t
ventUN capital
firma
tector
.
Hardware
firm,
like compatiblee
from
the
hke.
o(
S27.7 million on Nletof$244.2
Gavilan, Ot.rona and Conver·
Teua
Instrument.
and
AT&T
,
million inlhe
lutquarttt.
Thi.a
aa
well
aa
lM
J1paneN
and
Chriatmaa
it
likely
to
brine
with
outaide .of\wa.re firms.
rt.mnantl of' the 8-bit CP/M further confirmation
ot
the
But
ve:ntUNcapitallfia have
fancy
machiDN.
wwld
.
Commodore 64'• potit.ion.
learned
a
thing
or
two
about
Oou.nt
of
10ftware com-
IBMhuop,dlockontheUS
Colecoetredively
1laahed
the
pa.n.iet
-
most
recently Ova.
buainet1
market
and
ComJNl(I
price
of the Adam •ylte.m to
lion
-
have
(olded
their
winp
hu
developed a port.able com-
$475
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