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Take your pick of the litter.
When you're ready to let your computer out and introduce it to the rest of the world, one of the Cat family of Modems is the way to do it. Take your pick. You can't go wrong They're all purebreds—from Novation, the recognized world leader in personal communications.
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INFOCOM - DEADLINE
Twelve hours to find the murderer. One false move, and he kills again. You are about to investigate one of the deadliest plots in the annals of crime. A locked door. A dead man. And 12 hours to solve the murder. That's where you begin. Ahead of you, a treacherous web of motives and suspicion. And only by bringing your utmost skills of logic and intuition into play can you successfully solve the case.
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NEW PRODUCTS
High-resolution computer, HP-87, has user memory that can be increased from a built-in 32K bytes to 544K bytes The system comes with 32K bytes of user RAM. 48K bytes of Basic language in ROM, and 16K bytes of RAM devoted to the display.
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A Personal View of the Atari 800
by Roger H. Edelson While the model 800 computer by Atari (Sunnyvale, CA) can be used in a small-business environment, this role is now being de-emphasized. In this system, Atari has managed to produce more of a personal computer, excelling as a combination game machine, interactive educational device, home information management system and fully programmable, general purpose machine. It is, primarily, a consumer-friendly system.
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I wouldn’t trust anything less than Scotch Brand Diskettes to make a long story short!
Gordon R. Dickson, Science Fiction Author, Minneapolis, Minnesota Gordon Dickson: a small businessman whose product is his own imagination. He’s written more than 40 novels and 150 short stories; his newest work is The Final Encyclopedia. He uses his personal computer and word processing software to maximize his production. All his words-his product-are stored on diskettes.
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THE APPLE III BITES AGAIN
by Tom Fox Sitting tall and handsome, the Apple III is the desktop computer of the future—or so it was intended, when introduced about a year ago. Since then, development hangups and production delays have allowed the competition the time to play catch-up. Recently re-introduced as the "new, more powerful Apple III," how does the system measure up to its challengers?
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Sinclair ZX81: 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.
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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.
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VIC-20 - Commodore's Entry in the Small Computer Arena
by David D. Busch If first impressions stick, the Vic-20 microcomputer by Commodore (King of Prussia, PA) will lodge itself in the mind of any potential purchaser. The 6502 microprocessor-based computer just doesn't look like a $299 machine. In fact, when I demonstrate the unit to those unfamiliar with it, I always save the price for last. This ploy is especially effective if the potential user already has some familiarity with other microcomputers and their prices. First, I demonstrate the full-stroke, typewriter-style keyboard, which features four special function keys and a control key. The Pet Basic is identical to that used in higher-priced Commodore machines and comparable to Applesoft or Radio Shack's model III Basic.
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COMMODORE VIC-20
"THE WONDER COMPUTER OF THE 1980s. UNDER $300." —WILLIAM SHATNER "The best computer value in the world today. The only computer you'll need for years to come." Read the chart and see why COMPUTE! Magazine1 calls the VIC-20 computer "an astounding machine for the price." Why BYTE raves: "...the VIC-20 computer unit is unexcelled as a low-cost consumer computer." Why Popular Mechanics says "... for the price of around $300, it's the only game in town that is more than just a game."
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REMEMBER: ELEPHANT MEMORY SYSTEMS "NEVER FORGETS."
MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE. Says who? Says ANSI. Specifically, subcommittee X3B8 of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) says so. The fact is all Elephant™ floppies meet or exceed the specs required to meet or exceed all their standards. But just who is "subcommittee X3B8" to issue such pronouncements?
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THE CATS-EYE VIEW OF COLOR
The CBX Series: affordable, intelligent color imaging systems The CBX subsystem interfaces with your PDP-11 ,* LSI-11* or other computer to provide high resolution imaging capabilities. With the optional frame grabber and television camera, you digitize full-color images from any source, using a computer-controlled color filter system.
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Turn your Apple into the world's most versatile personal computer.
The Softcard™ Solution. Softcard turns your Apple into two computers. A Z-80 and a 6502. By adding a Z-80 microprocessor and CP/M to your Apple, Softcard turns your Apple into a CP/M based machine. That means you can access the single largest body of microcomputer software in existence. Two computers in one. And, the advantages of both.
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Whatever Happened to Computer Hobbyists?
by Louis E. Frenzel, Jr. The microcomputer industry, a field pioneered primarily by hobbyists, is now a major U.S. enterprise. Thanks to a never-ending supply of high technology components, good software and major shifts in the marketplace, the microcomputer field is no longer the curiosity it once was. Those responsible for building the first microcomputers, applying them to a wide variety of tasks and making us all aware of them, were computer hobbyists. But today, the big emphasis is on business, professional and industrial applications. Has the hobbyist disappeared completely? Let's explore the changing role of the hobbyist in the dynamic micro marketplace.
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Tron: Computer Technology Goes Hollywood
by Jim Cavuoto Imagine yourself in a world where software processes determine every aspect of your existence—what you think, where you go, whether you live or die. Imagine that each program in this computer world is the alter ego of some human programmer in another dimension. Imagine a world in which video games are live battles, where file manipulation is behavior control—where simulation is reality. Some might argue that we are already approaching such a world. Computers are taking more and more functions away from human operators in the factory, in the marketplace and on the battlefield. It's becoming hard to tell where human supervision ceases and where computer control begins.
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NETWORKING
If you like to communicate with others, the CompuServe Information Service is your most effective vehicle. Why? Because we have the largest customer base of any videotex system in North America. And we have hundreds of new subscribers each week.
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