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BUYING A PASSWORD MODEM CAN SAVE YOU UP TO $250.
AND THAT AIN'T HAYES! You can bank on it. Your outlay will be less than if you settle for our major competitor, but not your output! A Password'" modem sends and receives up to 120 words a minute. Provides both 1200 and 300 baud capacity. Offers total interchangeability that lets you transmit information from any make microcomputer to any other make. And your investment is protected by a 2-year warranty.
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Macintosh - Patronizing the Naive User
There is a lot of talk now about the naive user, what the naive user doesn't want, and the hazards from which the naive user must be protected. Unfortunately, some of the steps that computer companies take on behalf of the naive user show a misunderstanding of what "naive" means in this context.
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Announcing a small improvement on the Apple IIe
It's 12"x 11-1/4" x 2-1/4". It weighs less than 8 pounds* And costs less than $1,300** Yet with 128K, the new Apple® IIc Personal Computer is a lot bigger than it looks. Because it's inherited all the talents of the eminently talented Apple IIe: The versatility to run over 10,000 different software programs.
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Your System Deserves The Best!
Key Tronic Keyboards. To enhance the performance of your personal computer or computer terminal, ask your dealer for a plug-compatible Key Tronic keyboard. Key Tronic Corporation is the world's largest independent manufacturer of computer keyboards.
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WHAT'S NEW - Computers
Advanced Personal Computer Has UNIX. NEC Information Systems' Advanced Personal Computer III is an IBM PC compatible offering UNIX functionality. The MS-DOS operating system and GW BASIC are standard, and the multitasking, single-user UNIX System III operating system is available with special memory-management hardware.
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Video / ELECTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIAS
COMPUTERS AND VIDEO appear to offer an endless variety of combinations, as this month's cover by Robert Tinney depicts. With an increase in higher-power communication satellites that require smaller, less-expensive user antennas and electronics, and with the melding of television receivers and microprocessors, we might look ahead to the day when worldwide person-to-person visual as well as aural communication is based on personal computers and not on a direct descendant of Mr. Bell's original invention.
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"My Apple's telephone just called up the home office!"
The exciting world of telecomputing. With a Hayes system, you just plug it in! Communicating is so easy with a complete telecomputing system from Hayes. Hayes Smartmodem 300™ is a direct-connect modem for the new Apple IIc. Hayes Micromodem IIe installs easily in an expansion slot in the Apple II, IIe, III and Apple Plus. Packaged with Smartcom I™ companion software, both are complete systems. Best of all, both systems are from Hayes, the established telecomputing leader. Just plug in-and the world is your Apple!
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Trends in Telecommunications
On-line search software and faster modems for PCs by John Markoff Now that the personal computer (PC) has won the battle for office desktop space, software developers are turning their attention toward programs that combine the storage capacity of mainframe computers with the local processing power of PCs. Although mainframes offer PC users access to huge on-line databases of specialized information, how to get to the information and bring it to the PC in a usable form is another question entirely.
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COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR - Mactribesmen
The AT&T Computers Jerry Pournelle holds a doctorate in psychology and is a science-fiction writer who also earns a comfortable living writing about computers present and future. I've just come back from COMDEX Winter in the Los Angeles Exposition Center, where I got to play with the new AT&T computers. Like, Wow! When AT&T announced a computer line, there was a bit of panic on Wall Street; after the prices were announced, the excitement died away. Too expensive. Who's worried about a computer line whose lowest-cost item is a $9950 desktop? How can that affect the micro world? That's what many Wall Street analysts said, anyway. Dream on. I don't own any computer stock—the conflict of interest is obvious—but if 1 did, I'd give that analysis a lot of thought. People, that AT&T desktop computer is one hell of a machine.
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To communicate voice and data simultaneously the ordinary modem leaves a lot to be desired.
Introducing the Tel-A-Modem. Now you and your personal computer can talk on the same phone at the same time. Let's say, for example, certain data you were transmitting via your personal computer to a remote computer user needed some verbal explanation to go along with it. With the ordinary modem it couldn't be done. Not simultaneously.
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By The Year 2000,The World May Catch Up With The Way CompuServe's New Electronic Mall Lets You Shop today.
Introducing the first computer shopping service that brings you convenience, savings and enjoyment Here's your chance to expand the practical uses of your personal computer. Sign up for CompuServe and shop in our new Electronic Mall. It's easy to use It tells you more about the products you're buying. It lets you order faster. And it's totally unique CompuServe's new Electronic Mall " offers you all these shopping Innovations.
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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.
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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.
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Sentinel Color Diskettes.
Introducing a practical new time-saving approach to help you organize data storage. Classify information by diskette color: for example, receivables in green, payables in red, inventory in blue, purchasing in orange, and so on... Each Sentinel Color Diskette has a lifetime guarantee; 100% certified at levels which meet or exceed all criteria necessary for accurate, error-free read/write operations.
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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.
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Now... Draw On Your Imagination
Introducing The Gibson Light Pen System. The link between mind and machine has arrived. Suddenly you're free.. .free to translate your every thought into professional quality computer graphics... just by touching your screen. The Gibson Light Pen System software features icon menus that offer easy access to powerful graphics tools such as symbol libraries, geometric shapes, mirror-imaging, magnification and complete color and pattern editing. Even if you re not a graphic artist, you can design, diagram and draw with precision at high-speed, in high-resolution, and in full-color... right on your screen.
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