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PERSONAL COMPUTING '78
Good bye, Atlantic City Hello, PHILADELPHIA PHILADELPHIA CIVIC CENTER AUGUST 24, 25, 26, 27 FOUR FULL DAYS
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Robbie and Gronk Mobile Robots
By Keith Paul What good is it, or what can it do? These were the most frequently asked questions while 'Robbie' the robot was on display at Bell Canada's recent 'open house' held to celebrate the opening of their new 24-story Regional Headquarters building in Toronto. 'Robbit,' a tall conical shaped robot (Photo 1), and 'Gronk,' the shorter cylindrical machine (Photo 2), are the two robots which John Hughes and myself built over the past year.
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Hayes Modem
Those of us who live on the North American continent are blessed with an incredible non-natural resource consisting of a gigantic web of tiny copper wires linking virtually all of our homes and businesses together into the greatest telecommunications network in history. The Bell System and over 1600 independent telephone companies have been stringing wires and microwaves nearly everywhere for up to 100 years. Now, the 80-103A Data Communications Adapter brings this amazing network to S-100 Micro Computers.
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tomorrow's computer here today...
tomorrow’s computer here today… the bytemaster only from the Digital Group Digital tape based starts at $1995 kit. Delivery within 60 days. Digital Group P.O. Box 6528 Denver, CO 80206 (303) 777-7133
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Peripheral Vision impacts your computer!
with a full-size, low-cost impact printer. Until now, the hobbyist and small businessman have had one major problem in assembling a reasonably priced microprocessor system with the capabilities found in the more costly computers. It was impossible to find a high-quality, high-output printer for hard copy needs at an affordable price.
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The Dumb Terminal lets you put it all together.
With the new, lower-priced Dumb Terminal™ Kit, that is. Pick one up and escape, once and for all, the headaches of scavenged teletypes and jury-rigged TV sets. With just a little time and aptitude, you can have a live and working Dumb Terminal right in your own home, garage, or business One that lets you get it all out of your system — or into it.
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The First Truly Silent Motherboard
Noise in your bus lines means errors in your programs. The Artec shielded Motherboard totally eliminates noise. At 4MHz, the Artec shielded Motherboard is free from spurious noise. No ringing in your bus lines. No errors in your programs. This Motherboard offers you engineering and craftsmanship never before available in the small computer field. Outstanding as either a replacement for your present Motherboard or as the heart of a new system. Consider these features:
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a computer can get awfully bored when it can't communicate!
So unless you'd prefer to have your computer sitting around cooling its chips, we'd strongly suggest you buy a couple of peripherals from Heath. Why us? Because we make peripheral kits. In fact, they're some of the best around. Our H9 is an excellent example. Its a complete ASCII keyboard/12" CRT terminal that was designed for hobbyists just like you. It has a lot of really great features and resolution that's just beautiful. Right on out to 80 characters per line.
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From Steam Engines to Robots... The Hierarchies of Robotic Devices
By F. W. Chesson The defining of just what constitutes a robot has been dimmed by anthropological bias, or the impediment of seeing the robotic scene through Human-Colored glasses. That shambling and amiable tin-man traveler, on the Yellow Brick Road to Oz may be far more acceptable to the viewer than the most complex but immobile logic device. Consequently, there's the rub ... or byte! When does a computer become a robot brain?
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The History of Robots
By Forest J. Ackerman This article is excerpted from a record made by the author. Consequently, to enjoy it to its utmost, turn off all the lights but one, sit back in your easy chair and read. As you read, you will find yourself being taken on a fantastic journey into the world of robots. —Editor Hello, this is Forrest Ackerman, Editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland and Spacemen. I've heard from thousands and thousands of you fans since the world's original film monster magazine began in 1958, and many's the time I wished that I was the beast with a million eyes — in order to read all your letters quicker. Well, having heard from all of you, it seems only fair — doesn't it — that you should hear from all of me.
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The Computer for the Professional
The 8813 was built with you, the professional, in mind. It quickly and easily processes cost estimates, payrolls, accounts, inventory, patient/client records and much more. You can write reports, briefs, and proposals on the 8813's typewriter keyboard, see them on the video screen, and instantly correct, revise, or print them.
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Star Wars Special Production and Mechanical Effects
By John Stears Special Production and Mechanical Effects Supervisor "Star Wars" Although the robots that appeared in "Star Wars" were not true robots, they did stir a great deal of interest. Consequently, we asked the genius behind them, John Stears, to give us an idea of what went into their design. We would like to thank the Star Wars Corporation, and Twentieth Century-Fox Corporation, for giving us permission to use this story. —Editor DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN OF ALL ARTOO-DETOO ROBOTS (In conjunction with the production designer, who was responsible for their general appearance.) The problems were many, inasmuch that the director wanted to use a human as much as he could so as not to loose the character to a pure mechanical machine.
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...FROM THE FOUNTAINHEAD
By Adam Osborne The responses I have received following my warnings against paying for goods in advance lead me to believe that a very serious problem exists within the microcomputer industry. It seems to be the rule rather than the exception that companies big or small will hold your money for months at a time, and in a few cases they may never deliver anything. Moreover, a number of microcomputer hardware manufacturers, including some of the largest, are staying out of bankruptcy only by exercising day-to-day financial agility.
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THE CHIPS ARE DOWN!
8K NOW JUST $149 ASSEMBLED Thinker Toys™ brings down the high cost of adding big memory capacity to your S-100 system I The ECONORAM III* 8Kx8 (by Morrow's Micro-Stuff) comes fully assembled, burned in, tested and fully warranted for one full year— lor just $149! It's configured as two individually addressable 4K blocks. And it typically consumes less than one-half the power of any competitively-priced memory. Obviously, our new ECONORAM III* 8Kx8 isn't just another cheap kit. It's a design breakthrough in dynamic memory that gives you guaranteed reliability with tremendous savings in cost and power.
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ANDROID AMUSEMENT CORPORATION
ANDROID AMUSEMENT CORPORATION For Further Information on the Quasar Industries Robot Featured in this Publication and how you can obtain it for your Trade Show and Promotional Needs Contact: ANDROID AMUSEMENT CORPORATION (Exclusive Western Representatives lor Quasar Industries) (213) 445-5330 or (213) 266-1994 2324 Lenta Lane, Arcadia. California 91006
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The Quasar Industries' Robot
A Dream That Came True By Gene Beley Android Amusement Corporation Robots are going to be part of our everyday lives, and Quasar Industries seems to have a head start on getting us there. Gene presents the story of Quasar in a light-hearted fashion, and whets the imagination for future developments. —Editor Nine years before Star Wars jetted through the movie theaters of the world, introducing two lovable robots, Quasar Industries, Inc. of New Jersey gave birth to a full-size working 'droid, Klatu. Even though Klatu was the result of more than 40 designs submitted by an eight-man team of engineers and scientists, of whom nearly all succumbed to death or serious illnesses before his successful completion, there was no worldwide media fanfare.
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Where Robot Mice And Robot Men Run Round In Robot Towns
By Ray Bradbury They asked me where I'd choose to run, which favored? Ups? or Downs? Where robot mice and men, I said, run round in robot towns. But is that wise? for tin's a fool and iron has no thought! Computer mice can find me facts and teach me what I'm not. But robot all inhuman is, all's sin with cog and mesh.
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Dilithium Press - SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMPUTER STORE
We could have run an ad that said "buy your bogks directly froå us" but that's not to your advùntage. If you look at our books1at a computer store you can decide which ones meet your needs. Þe know that you will decide on üwo or three and actually use them. That's our goal, use! The moje you know about microcomputers the more you'll¡want to know and that is good fnr you, for your local computer ótore and for us.
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