MORE COLOR. MORE SOUND. MORE GRAPHICS CAPABILITIES.
Compare the built-in features of leading microcomputers with the Atari personal computers. And go ahead, compare apples and oranges. Their most expensive against our least expensive: the ATARI 400 Start with graphics capabilities. The ATARI 400 offers 128 color variations. 16 colors in 8 luminance levels. Plus 29 keystroke graphics symbols and 8 graphics modes. All controlled from a full 57 key ASCII keyboard. With upper and lower case. And the system is FCC approved with a built-in RF modulator That’s just for openers.
It does come with a one year “warrranty”. The extra “r” is for reliability!
PC Owners… Reach for Your Phone! This Winchester is Loaded… with UNIX Software
That’s right partner. Now is the time to upgrade your PC with the Sundowndisk. Includes controller. Installs right inside your PC in less than 10 minutes. Backed by our full one-year warrranty.
But that’s only half the story . . . The Sundown comes loaded with VenturCom Venix/86. This highly-acclaimed operating system is a licensed implementation of AT&Ts UNIX and is the only MULTI-USER, MULTI-TASKING UNIX environment available on the IBM PC.
Undo. Windows. Mouse. Finally.
New Microsoft Word. It makes your IBM Personal Computer think its better than a $10,000 word processor With Microsoft Word, what you see on the screen is what you get on the paper So its easy to spot mistakes. Boldface, underline, and italics look like this, not this: ^Bboldface^B, ^Sunderline^S, ^Italics^I And, when you make changes, paragraphs are automatically reformatted. Flush right, flush left, centered or justified. It even gives you several columns on a page, like a newspaper.
THE WEST COAST FAIRE
by Jerry Pournelle
The lord of the Manor visits his favorite computer show.
The West Coast Computer Faire is my favorite computer show; how can a big publishing company like Prentice-Hall put it on the way Jim Warren did?
Of course it can’t and it didn’t, but in justice. Jim Warren wouldn’t have been able to keep it up. either. For better or worse, the micro industry has changed. Oh, sure, there are still some pretty good products for sale in the little booths along the walls, but there were fewer than in the old days for the simple reason that the big outfits also have a lot of incredible new stuff, and it’s a lot harder for a newcomer to compete.
“An electronic substitute for the fountain pen” is not exactly how I’d pitch a new invention in 1980. The replacement for the fountain pen was the ball point. On the other hand, if any investors are interested in my new digital replacement for the 8-Track cassette, you know where to find me.
If you can’t type, yet want to write perfect letters or memos without the help of a secretary, Microwriter could be the answer. It resembles a large pocket calculator, but has only five main keys, which fit the relaxed finger positions of your right hand. Individual alphabet letters are formed by an easily learned finger code, in which one or more keys are pressed for each character.
the case of the disappearing data
There’s Norman L. Battle, who needs the information on a computer tape in a hurry.
There’s Nancy Havens, who went to the tape vault and was never heard from again.
There’s Horace Cotton, who thinks he saw the tape in the hands of Don Walters, but won’t swear to it.
The $149.95 personal computer.
Introducing the Sinclair ZX81 If you’re ever going to buy a personal computer, now is the time to do it.
The new Sinclair ZX81 is the most powerful, yet easy-to-use computer ever offered for anywhere near-the price: only $149.95* completely assembled.
Don’t let the price fool you. The ZX81 has just about everything you could ask for in a personal computer.
A breakthrough in personal computers The ZX81 is a major advance over the original Sinclair ZX80—the world’s largest selling personal computer and the first for under $200.
Spell check your document in under four minutes!
The only complete document proofreading system: GRAMMATiK + PROOF READER = NO ERRORS
GRAMMATiK – Beyond Spelling Checking
PROOF READER – The Aspen Software Company Spelling Checker
For CP/M®, TRS-80®, and 8086/8088 Word Processors.
Don’t settle for a partial proofreading program. There are other spelling checkers available, but only Aspen Software offers a complete document proofreading system.
The Aspen Software Company spelling checker is Proofreader. We’ve been improving Proofreader since it was first released in early 1981. The newest version is fully menu driven, and so simple to use thai you probably won’t even need the comprehensive user’s manual that’s included.
Univac at General Electric (Appliance Park)
Offering the unique advantage of electronic speed coupled with unrivalled accuracy, it’s no wonder that the General Electric Company installed the Remington Rand Univac at their modern Appliance Park, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Univac makes possible new insight into all phases of G-E’s major appliance operations. Management decisions can be made with a degree of precision never before obtainable.
Programmable calculator features accessory ports
A new hand-held calculator I’ve been trying has features—plug-in peripheral slots, scrolling alphanumeric display, “musical” beep-boop sounds— that are familiar to users of typewriter-size personal computers [PS, Nov. '79]. But in a pocket programmable, Hewlett-Packard’s new 41C, these features and others add up to exceptional versatility.