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THE BEST SELLING MAGAZINE FOR THE 

AMSTRAD PCW 




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ISSUE 47 AUGUST 1990 £1.75 



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FROM 25th JULY 1990 

Maxell CF2 (3" Disc) x 10 £19.50 

Maxell CF2D (Double sided drive) x 10 £22.50 

Artisoft CF2 DD (individually cased) x 10 ...£29.95 

GAMES SOFTWARE 

Gnome Ranger £11.95 

Ingrid'sBack £11,95 

(sequel to Gnome Ranger) 
APPLICATIONS 

Kempston Mouse & Software Pack £53.95 

(includes mouse, interface, DAATA fax & Jeeves) 

LocoscriptPC £94.95 

Locolink (to purchasers of Locoscript PC). .£15.95 
SCA512k Rampack memory expansion ..£113.85 



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GAMES 



Arnhem £15.50 

Brian Clougti's Football 

Fortunes E15.50 

Bridge Player 2000 with Tutor£12.50 
Bridge Player 21 50 Galactica.£22.95 

Catch 23 E13.95 

Classic Games 4 Comp £15.50 

Clock Chess '89 £1 5.50 

Corruption £18.50 

Crossgrid 

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Cyrus Chess II £12.95 

G.Gooch's Test Cricket £15.50 

Gnome Rangers £11,95 

Guild of Thieves £18.50 

Heathrow/Southern Belle £12.95 

Hop, Munch, Shoot Colin £11.95 

Ingrid'sBack £11.95 

Jinxter £18.50 

Lancelot £15,50 



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Mindfighter £1 3.95 

PCW Adventure £1 3.95 

Scapeghost E1 5.50 

Scrabble £1 3,95 

Ski Climb Cavern Colin £11.95 

Steve Davis Snooker £12.95 

Tetris £15.50 

The Challenge. 4 games - ACE. 
Formula 1 , Skywar, Strip 

Poker £11.95 

The Complete Home Entertainment 

Centre £13.95 

The Sun Cross Words V2 £15.50 

The Times Cross Words V1 .. £15.50 
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Time&Magik £11.95 

Tomahawk.. £15,50 

Trivial Pursuits. £14.95 



LOCOMOTIVE SOFTWARE 






Locofile 8256/85 12 

Locofile 951 2 

Locomail 2 

Locoscript II + Locospell 

Locoscript II (V2.28+) 

Locofont 1 

Locotont2 

24 pin Printer Driver 8/9 

Locofile & Locomail £40.50 

3 inch Thesaurus Deluxe (for use with locofile) £1 4,95 

LocoscriptPC £94.95 

LocoLink (To purchasers of Locoscript PC) £15.95 



£22.95 
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£21,50 
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Brtft ICQ Locoscript 2 PCW 8256/8512/9512. ... £9 95 

D WffVw Locoscript, Locomail, Locospell £7.95 

Mallard BASIC PCW Intro & Ref £9,95 

Mastering Amst PCW 8256/8512 £8.95 

PCW Machine Code £13 95 

Program Your PCW (Mallard) £8.50 

Using The Amstrad PCW 9512 £9 95 

Locoscript II User Guide £14.95 



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APPLICATIONS 

Mini-Office Professional 
Re-release Package 



£25.95 



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Masler Scan * Paint .£69.95 

Crash Course Tulor (lansyst) £22.96 

Two Finger Conversion.... £22,96 

Touch YT GO E26.95 

Easy Uoeller £32.95 

Desk Top Publisher £24.95 

Sage Popular Accounts £69 95 

Sage Popular Accounts Plus £99.95 

Sage Payroll £51.95 

Sage Invoicing .,£51.95 

Sage Popular Retrieve £49.95 

Chit-Chat £88.95 



Cracker II (Turbo) £44 95 

Supercalc II (Amsofl) £40.25 

AMX Mouse + Slop Press v2.7 £79.95 

Money Manager £39.95 

Masler File 8000 , £44.95 

Prolext £52.95 

DBase II , £51J5 

Micro Design 2 £42.00 

Kempston Mouse 

Mouse Pack £44.95 

Mouse 8 Software Pack £58 95 

Mouse 4 DTP Pack E86.95 



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£9.95 



8256/8512/9512. 



NEW!! 951 2 Dust Cover Set, covers for monitor, keyboard, printer a 

sheerfeeder (3 pes) £12,95 

9512 Dust Cover for printer & sheetfeeder ( 1 pc} £6,95 



RIBBONS 



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PCW 9512 Carbon Mullistrike £2.85 £2.75. 

PCW 951 2 Black Fabric £3.75 £3.50. 

PCW 95 12 Colour Fabric 

(Red. Blue. Green, Brown. Purple) £4.95 £4.50. 

PCW 8256/8512 Carbon Multistrike £3.75 £3.50. 

PCW 8256/8512 Black Fabric £3.45 £3.00. 

PCW 8256/8512 Colour Fabric 

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EDUCATIONAL 

(Age 12-16) 

Physics 

Chemistry , 

Biology 

Micro English G.C.SE £21.50 

Micro Maths GC.S.E £21.50 

Ullimate Quiz (5- Adult) £14.95 

Ultimate Sums (5-mid teens). £14.95 



Magic Mains (4-8) 

Maths Mania (8-1 2) 

Better Malhs(1216) 

Better Spelling! 1216) . 

Business Italian 

Business French 

Business Spanish 

Business German 

Junior Playtime (4-8) £14.95 



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PCW Joystick Interface £14.50 

Quickshol II Joystick £5.95 

Speed King Microswitch £10.95 

Parallel Serial Interface 

PCW8256/8512 £57.95 

Printer Cable D25-CEN 36 £7.95 

Prinler Cable CEN 36-CEN 36 £9.95 

Margin Maker MM3 £12.50 

9512 Daisy Wheels £5.95 

2 Way CEN36 Switchbox £19 95 

2 Way Serial D25 Switch box £19.50 



4 Way CEN36 Switchbox £29.95 

4 Way Serial D25 Switchbox £29.95 

Mouse Pad (Strong 

Thick Rubber) , £6.95 

9512 Printer Extension 

Lead [1 .2 m) £14.95 

825678512 Printer Extension Lead 

(2 pes) (1.2 m) £19.95 

Slampiton Self Adhesive Labels (1000) 
(3 1 '2"x 1 "16") £7.95 



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Contents 




Kevs to Geanline 



Predictive Software 



Win The Home Entertainment Centre 



Features 



1ft Comms Special (Part II) 

* ™ The second of our two-part special in 
which we show you how to send docu- 
ments down the 'phone-line; plus, which 
comms software for you? 

]J The PCW Way to WPM 

Tidy up your keyboard act and learn to 
touchtype quickly; Sophie Lankenau puts 
three typing tutors for the PCWthrough 
their paces. 

2J LocoSpell 

*~ Read our trouble-shooting advice on the 
program which will banish forever those 
LocoScript spelling mistakes. 

1J Flippin' Magic 

"" Discover 10 ways to get even more out of 
Flipper, the utility that gives you two 
machines in one 



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Predictive Software 

What does the future hold for you and 
your PCW? Alec Rae looks at an astrol- 
ogy pack, a tarot program and a numerol- 
ogy package and finds out. 



f f Automatic Currency 
Conversion 

With the holiday season hard upon us, 
learn how to translate your pesatos into 
pounds - and back again - at the touch of 
a button. 



Reg ulars 

5 News Plus 

14 



Cracker II 

The first in a new tutorial series on the 
spreadsheet with a difference. 



M Speakeasy 

"V David Wilson repo 



i reports on the occupational 
hazards of PCW ownership. 



Reviews 



42 



Case in Point 

8000 Plus talks to psychic counsellor and 
PCW user Ken Limage. 



74 Keys to Cleanliness 

Jt If some of your keys are looking a bit 
weathered and beginning to stick, follow 
our ten simple steps to the ultimate key- 
board dean -up operation. 



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Mini Office Professional 

How to better control the money you have 
and the money you owe using Mini 
Office's spreadsheet and graphics modules. 



1) Xformat2 

Vivian Capel looks at the utility from 
Moonstone which allows you to increase 
your available disc space. 

11 Welfare Benefits Program 

***■ We review the program that helps you 

calculate you and your family's entitlement 
to any of the means -tested government 
benefits. 

M Quickies 

A Dl Y DTP coat of arms program and 
some puzzles from KTB Computing. 

a Book Look! 

* Sophie Lankenau reviews the latest edition 
of Hugo Cornwall's Hackers' Handbook. 



5J) Listings 
ft] Langford 
Tipoffs 



7? Good Software Guide 

Word processors, accounts/payroll, 
utilities and DTP. 

fl Special Offers 

Read up on the second part of our special 
AgendA offer 

K Postscript 

We air your views and comments 



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I hen." is one question wnien lias preyea on ine 
minds of human beings since we firs emerged from 

i1il' primeval slime: "What is going to happen to me 
tomorrow ■■'.'" Princes, kings and sullans used to 
employ full-time seers and many ill-fated chickens 
lost their entrails in the quest for the answer. 

Today of course we have a far more mature 
altitude towards the future ... well that's il you dis- 
count the newspaper astrology columns which pre- 



while crossing water. The obvious solution is to 
have your own astrologer on- lap. Yet again ihe 
PCW comes to the rescue. Our reviews of Ihe 
Astrocalc astrology packages from page 46 onws 



feasible than Iheeani 
prise anyone who has 



sion. It prohably won"! sitr- 



v willi numerology, the si range art 
birthdales. telephone numbers. 



of names its being directly related to future events. We also 
run a third eye over some numeriogical software. 

Finally, to arm you with greater farsightedness than 
Gypsy Rose Lee with a telescope, the mystic art of Ihe 
Tarot is also scrutinised. Combine these new product 
reviews with a Cracker 2 tutorial, an easy suude to comms 
and your own letters, and we think that the cards really do 
stack Lin in vour favour. I lave a yood read. 



The sound of music 



Composit Software, who brought 
you the music program The 
Composer's Pen, have just released 
another product to extend their range 
of music printing programs. The new 
release, entitled MusicPad, brings 
some of the key features of The 
Composer's Pen to your PCW - but 
at less than a third of the price. 

MusicPad is a trimmed down 
version of the original program. Said 
Andy Murray of Composit Software, 
"A lot of people found that The 
Composer's Pen offered features 
above and beyond their needs. For 
the user who had quite basic compo- 
sition requirements, £74.75 was a lot 
to spend on such a complex piece of 
software. What we have in 
MusicPad is an ideal program for the 
beginner, a mini-version of The 
Composer's Pen." 

The areas in which MusicPad 
differs from The Composer's Pen are 
quite numerous. The new program 
has a limited number of staves; 
where The Composer's Pen offered 



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MusicPad 




MusicPad, a trimmed down 
Composer's Pen 



up to 99, MusicPad offers up to 
four." This makes it more suited to 
the production of, say, choral 
music." Andy explained, "or the 
work of songwriters." 

MusicPad has a limited number 



of clefts - only the standard ones are 
available - and the program does not 
permit you to produce crescendo, 
decrescendo and phrase marks. "We 
had to decide where it was going to 
be most appropriate to modify the 
program, and this was one of the 
more likely areas." 

What's the score? 

So, with all these modi fie at ions, 
what exactly does MusicPad hold for 
the would-be composer? "All the 
solid, basic benefits of The 
Composer's Pen are still lo be found 
here. You can enter your music, 
manipulate it and transpose it. At the 
end of the process, you end up with 
legible finished copy for musicians. 
MusicPad puts an end to having to 
read from hand-produced scores," 
said Andy. "It is going to be ideal for 
students, and it will also suit anyone 
who is producing simple, non- 
lengthy compositions." 

MusicPad costs £22.94. Contact 
Composit Software on 0952 595436. 



Hello, Goodbye Sweet reams 



This month sees a few changes in 
the squad of dedicated people who 
slave hard to bring you your 
favourite magazine every month. We 
welcome new technical writer, 
Karen Donaghay, who has recently 
returned from a teaching post in 
Australia. She says she was lured 
back by "those truly English plea- 
sures: a decent cup of tea and nearly 
winning the World Cup." We" say 
goodbye to our Art Editor of sixteen 
months, Julie Barnes; her shoes will 
be filled by Harry At hay. 




Mm; they've goi some strange practices 
down under 




Read all about i! ! David Thomas' "Alan 

Sugar - The Amstiad Story" will be on sale 

in bookshops from ihe end of July. 



If you've ever caught yourself gazing 
in awe at your PCW and thanking 
your lucky stars that someone 
invented it, now is your chance to 
find out the inside story on the man 
himself. Yes. newsagents' shelves 
the whole country over are awaiting 
the imminent release of "Alan Sugar 
- The Amstrad Story" by David 
Thomas. 

The book charts the progress of 
Alan Sugar, a former back street box 
shifter, on his journey to fame, for- 
tune, and the earning of the kind of 
acclaim which led Rupert Murdoch 
to call him "Britain's greatest 




entrepreneur." With Ihe 10th anniver- 
sary of Amstrad's floatation on the 
stock market drawing near, this 
seems an ideal time for an insight 
into Alan Michael Sugar TRADing's 
life so far. The book tells of his abil- 
ity to 'de-mystify computers and 
technology and to market his prod- 
ucts developing electronic goods that 
people wanted at affordable prices' 

Refreshingly, the book is not all 
a tale of glory and success; the prob- 
lems which Amstrad suffered at the 
end of the last decade are examined, 
as are the solutions which its figure- 
head devised to take the company 
roaring into the Nineties. This is the 
first authorised book to reveal Alan 
Sugar's business secrets, and was 
written with the benefit of informa- 
tion from the people closest to the 
man and the company. 

"Alan Sugar - The Amstrad 
Story" is published by Century (071 
973 9670); its author is ex-electron- 
ics correspondent for ihe Financial 
Times, David Thomas. 




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GAMES & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS 



VERBIAGE £9.95 

Based on the popular TV Quiz "COUNTDOWN" Mafce the longest 
word you can from your chosen loiters "VERB - CONSONANT* - 
the computer will da the same. The longest word wins' Excellent 
graphics and gameptay, 

TRIVIA QUIZ £5.95 

A mulEI -choice game wilh plenty of (asl-aclion graphics and sound, 

compaEltive scoring and wide variety of Questions. Fun for all ages. 
"Guaranteed completely trivial" ■ BOOD Plus 

SLIDER £5,95 

A unique computer version ol ihe popular mechanical sliding 
squares puzzles. Pictures are divided up on a grid ol squares, then 

mixed up; your task Is lo slide them around to re-assemble the 
pictures. 

PCW-DRAUOHT5 C5.95 

A well-presented and challenging version ol the popular board 

game, played against the computer. Large, clearly presented board 
making the most ol the PCWs high resolution grgphics. 

FUH * GAMES CS.95 

Plenty of eniertainmenl wilh these well-known classes:- Pacman. 

Space Invaders. Bomber, Maze Game. Hungry Snake, Prossup. 

Ping-Pong, Return to Arg. Game of Life. Bugs 4 Goll. 

PIT YOUR WITS £5.95 

Pit your wits against the computer with these 0000131 games:- 
Chess. Othello, Mastermind, Spell il. Rubiks Cube. Stone (Awari), 
Biorhythm Plotter, TKcTacTo and Word Search Puzzle Maker. 

JUNIOR CHALLENGE £5.95 

An entertaining selection Jar youngsters:- Aerial Anltcs. Battleships. 
Burglar Bill, Car Park Blues, Fly Hace. Biblical Hangman. 
MasterMmd. Posi Haste. Solitaire, Table Tester, Widget Factory. 

AMUSEMENTS AND DIVERSIONS E9.SS 

Startrek. Lunar Lander, Merchant, Trade, Boggle. Baseball. 3D 
Noughts & Crosses. Chase, Quest, Homonyms, Horse Racing, Civil 
War. Baccarat, Craps, Hunl The Wumpus, Swarms. Btackjack. 
Square. Crazy-8. Hangman, American Football, Queen. Spies. Nim P 
Dots, Dragrace. Pilol, Strobe. 

COLOSSAL GAVE ADVENTURE £5.95 

The famous game which originated on main frame computers, wnn 
save and re-load. Plus BESTIARY. "A well-produced, novel 

adventure* - Bill Brock Adventurer's Guide. 

PCW CHALLENGE £5.95 

Four entertaining cuH, games from Nemesis:- The Trial ol Arnold 
Blackwood. Arnold Goes To Somewhere Else, The Wise and Foot 
of Arnold Blackwood, Brawn Free. "A good challenge lots of hints 
and tips and a good range of responses" - flOOO Plus 

LOGO LOGIC £5.95 

Educational programs for DP- LOGO (supplied with your PCW):- 

Plan Ihe shortest roule with AIRLINER, play ANAGRAMS and 
HANGMAN, Use DRAWING with the LOGO turtle, write and pfini 
tunes with MUSIC printer and use Ihe DISC LABEL PRINTER 

FU N WITH GRAPH ICS £ 5. 3 5 

PCW- DRAW is a simple graphics drawing program ■ create, save, 
edil. print pictures. BIO-MORPH Start with a simple figure and after 
a few generations you have a set of complex and unique creatures. 

Plus GRAPHEC ROUTINES and README for 45 character PCW 
screen width, 



WORD-SPREAD-BASES 



WORD PROCESSOR £9.95 

A powerful WordStar-like editor which oflers full screen editing, full 
block operations, windowing, automatic horizontal scroll {lino length 
up to 255 characters), macro functons, word-wrap, formatting, 
pagination, find/replace, undelete and more. 

SPREADSHEET £5.95 

For home accounts., mortgage repayments, business and multiple 
calculation exercises. 50 rows by 26 columns, menu-driven enter 
taxL numeric value or calculation (■+-*/ with reference to any cell or 
total). Print facility and documentation. 

DATABASE £5,95 

A small refalional database for storing simple data and producing 
reports from the data. Uses free format query language with macros 
and commands plus on-line help. A good introduction lo Ihe conceal 
of databases. Disc also contains a usslul Inventory Database. 

KEYBASE II £5.95 

Menu-driven - Record Sel Up. Data Enlry. Erase. Couni Records. 
Sol Report Fields, Run Report Search. Display Last Outpul, Repeal 
Last Search, Search & Exlract, Set Key Index. Print Records. 
Capacity limited on Shareware version. "KeyBase is well designed, 
simple to use and il works. A good value database." 8000 Plus. 

NUMBER CRUNCHER £5.95 

Does for calculations what your Word Processor does for lexL 
Retrieve mathematical expressions { formulae) from disc liles, 
calculate their results, modily them and store them back on to disc. 
Create Hies ol formulae. Menu prompts and on-line help. Up to 15 
sig tigs, over too characters, arithmetic, trig, tog and % 
expressions, 



HOME & BUSINESS 



FILE INDEX £5,95 

Keep a mailing list, address book, club membership fate or catalogue 
your records, CD's, stamps or books, Similar lo a card index 

system or Filo'ax. comes with sort and printer routines easy lo use 

PRJNT MASTER (dot matrix) £5.95 

Now you can use your PCW and primer to good ellect by designing 
and printing your own customised Letterheads, Stationery. 
Calendars and Greeting Cards. Also prims signs and banners 

THP OESKHASTER £5.95 

Comprises a desk-lop appointments calendar, calculator, memo- 
writer, card-tile database. Plus Label Printer, Home Accounts, 

Mortgage Calculator, Weather Forecaster, 

HOME VIDEO £5.95 

Keep track of your video collection wilh this purpose-built program 
Offers lour Soil Options and Forms Management System to print in 
order of title number, video number, globat alphabetic or unique 

H OME I N VEN TO R Y/HOME INSU RA MCE £5.95 

Record your valuables for house contents irtsurance.Of how much 
money you're spending, the value of your slamp collection etc Ihe 
value ol your assets. Or use as a simple slock-iaking program. 

LETAF0NT (dot matrix | £5.95 

Change the letters and revitalise your PCW screen with thts set ol 
T6 new fonts. Works with most CP/M-based programs. Edil your 
own set of lonts and even pnnt them oul. 

KEflMIT AND FRIENDS £5.95 

Plenty of programs for data transfer between computers (local/ 
remote). Access Viewdata, Preslel, Databases and Bulletin Boards 

With Kermil. UKMotfem?. MEX and various communications 
utilities. 

STD CODE BOOK £5.95 

Text tiles containing lists of all the UK STD codes and 
corresponding exchange names in numeric and alphabetical order. 
Files are squeezed lo get Ihem on one disc. 



PROGRAMMING 



THE ZSO PROGRAMMER £5.95 

A complete ZSO Assembler creates an executable COM program 

from your Assembler lite. Plus ZSO Disassembler. Debugger. 

Library, 8080 Disassembler, ZSO to 3080. Translator, utilities. 

THE C PROGRAMMER £5.95 

Not sure which language to go lor? Try Ihe small C Compiler, a 
practical and useable introduction to C. The disc Includes source 
code and documenlation. Produces executable ,COM programs. 

C TOOLBOX £5.95 

Examples ol C at work, C source (for a variety of compilers) wilh 
COM programs. As a bonus the programs are quite useful too. 

PROLOG - SO £5.95 

Fascinating iniroduction to Al. I/O control, database manipulation. 
global variables, arrays, blocks, umlication etc, With editor. 



THE LISP PROGRAMMER 

Find out more about this fascinating Artificial Intelligence interpreter. 

Plenty of on-disc documentation. 

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NSWP Newsweep one key erase, copy rename and print plus many 
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TEXT PROCESSING UTILITIES CS.95 

Print text (eg Spreadsheet) sideways on your printer, SORT a file 
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Yves Saint Gone Wrong 



News Plus 



The link between the fashion and 
computer industries has been forged 
with this new product release from 
lies Optical Ltd of Middlesex. Not 
only will the new Lynx M50 VDU 
spectacles render you a firm con- 
tender for the modelling catwalks in 
your area, it will also protect you 
from those harmful ultra-violet rays 
beaming out from your computer 
screen. 

Available with or without eye- 
shields (we think that the latter 
would be of greater value in preserv- 
ing your street credibility) these 
glamorous glasses are manufactured 
to BS 2092 impact protection, and 
are specially tinted. The good news 
is that the specs need never clash 
with the colours in your everyday 
wardrobe, lies Optical have produced 
the glasses in a range of fashionable 
shades to cater for all requirements. 



They are particularly pleased with 
the red, white, blue and yellow ver- 
sions, a spectrum of colours which 
they think will encourage "greater 
wearer acceptability'. 

For those currently wearing cor- 
rective lenses, the news is even bet- 
ter; you can put your usual frames to 
one side, and have your prescription 
made up using lies Optical's eye 
catching design instead. 

There's no need to worry about 
size either; the company offers the 
spectacles in a range of different 
measurements, to suit male or female 
wearers. 

The trouble with high fashion, 
however, is that it is usually synony- 
mous with high expenditure; not so 
in this case. A pair of non-prescrip- 
tion Lynx's will cost you a mere 
£20. 1 5. For more information, 
contact Neil Bray on 081 998 6600. 




The very latest, high-fashion developmeni in screen filter 
technology from lies Optical Ltd 



Easy PC 



Spare us 



The release of LocoScript PC is 
good news if you are a PCW owner 
who has experience of your 
machine's 'native' word processor, 
but have cause to use a PC at work. 
You will already have a more than 
adequate grasp of the the way the 
program works; the only problem is 
applying that knowledge to a differ- 
ent machine. 

Help is now at hand from 
Molesley Education, who offer a 
range of training courses for com- 
puter and word processer users. 
They have recently set up a new 
course offering tuition on 
LocoScript PC. For £30.00 per hour, 
a Molesley trainer will visit your 
workplace, and show up to five peo- 
ple how to get the best out of the 
new program. Teaching sessions 
usually last about two hours, and are 
held at the convenience of the client. 

Contact the Molesley wisdom on 
081 941 1364. 



Obtaining spare parts for your PCW 
can often be a lengthy and frustrating 
process, with dealers never quite liv- 
ing up to the after-sales back-up that 
they always seem to be promising at 
the time of purchase. Well, things 
look set to change very much for the 
better, and who better to improve 
matters than Amstrad themselves? 

Amstrad Spares, formerly based 
in Harlow, Essex, are re-vamping 
their organisation and moving to 
Staffordshire to become a fully inte- 
grated part of the Amstrad Customer 
Support Centre. It is hoped that the 
addition of new technology in the 
form of the hopefully infallible sys- 
tem of 'bar coding' will mean that 
the whole process of ordering 
and dispatching replacement parts 
will become more streamlined and 
efficient, 

Martin Hayman, of Michael 
Joyce Consultants (Amstrad's Public- 
Relations team), told us "Problems 



arise in getting spare parts to dealers 
and then to the customer because of 
a lack of communication, and the 
inevitable margin for human error. 
One simple mistake made in keying 
in a pan number means that cus- 
tomers can be kept waiting longer 
than necessary for spares." 

Amstrad are aiming to stock 
more plentiful amounts of spare 
parts, all carrying a barcode like the 
type used to identify and price goods 
at the till in most major high street 
stores. The code is then 'read' elec- 
tronically, thereby reducing all 
possible risk of human error. 

"We are aiming to move 
towards the situation of the 'paper- 
less' system" revealed Mr Hayman, 
"so that both the accuracy and the 
speed of ordering spares can be 
improved upon". 

Amstrad UK Spares is managed 
by Derek Barlow, and will be open 
for business towards the end of July. 



Positive screening 



Accodata, producers of a whole 
range of computer accessories 
including their well established 
'Glarecare' screen filters, have 
recently expanded their selection to 
include two more, high protection 
models. The filters are made of spe- 
cially adapted low transmission 
glass, coated with an anti-reflective 
substance to reduce both screen 
glare, and the possibility of radiation 
from your monitor. 

The new range has been devel- 
oped with radiation in mind. Product 
manager for Accodata, Peter 
Mbakwe, explained why the com- 
pany has decided to take such pre- 
ventative measures. "There are two 
schools of thought where radiation 



from VDU screens is concerned," he 
told us. "One says that there is a 
proven link between screen emis- 
sions and radiation, and the other 
says that there may well be, but it's 
no cause for concern. Our view is 
that if there is any question at all, 
people should be taking steps to pro- 
tect themselves against all possible 
risk of injury." 

There are two types of radiation 
which can affect users of VDU 
screens. The first - the one consid- 
ered to be most dangerous - is that 
caused by the emission of a magnetic 
field from the screen. Scientific 
research has proven that there is a 
definite corollation between this kind 
of radiation, and sickness, usually in 



the form of eyestrain, headaches and 
more minor complaints such as 
sneezing. 

The second, less potent form, is 
the result of the electric fields sur- 
rounding the VDU display. 
Accodata 's new VS Series VDT fil- 
ters effectively drain away these 
electric Fields, and, together with a 
kind of vacuuming process, shield 
the user from any likelihood of dan- 
ger. The amouni of dust accumula- 
tion on screen is also significantly 
reduced. The second of the new fil- 
ters, the Glarecare GS screen filter, 
eliminates virtually all glare and 
enhances image contrast, 

A VS series screen w ill cost you 
£99.00. and a Glarecare GS £65.00. 






RNL-ike you 

You may recall our review of 
Luxsoft's neat little package for 
BASIC programmers, BASIC 
Needs, in the May issue of 
8000 Plus. Among the many 
good reasons for investing in 
the software was that £5 of the 
£9.95 purchase price was to be 
donated to the RNU. We are 
pleased to say that thanks to 
your inleresl in the program, 
Malcolm Surl of Luxsofi has 
told us that £350 has now been 
raised to go to the Lifeboat 
Inslilute - and lie would like to 
thank everyone who has bought 
BASIC Needs tor their valu- 
able contribution to the cause. 
To order your copy of the pro- 
gram, contact Luxsofi on 
(0726) 850820. 




PLUS August 90 7 J 






News Plus 



Voila! 






With the holiday season at 
its height, it seems that even 
the PC W has had enough of 
our hazardous climate, and 
has taken off to the South of 
France. Geoffrey Bryan of 
Famborough, Hampshire, 
spotted a PCW8256 going 
Gallic in the fourth pro- 
gramme of a BBC1 series 
entitled 'When in France*. 

So what exactly was the 
PCW doing in deepest 
Provence? Applying another 
coat of white spirit to coot 
its sun drenched keyboard? 
Relaxing with a copy of 
8000 Plus and dreaming of 
an extra drive? Sadly, no. It 
must have been a working 
holiday; the machine was 
shown in the study of 
authors Julian and Carrie 
Moore, whose book, "A 
Taste of Provence" was fea- 
tured on the programme, Ah, 
e'est la vie... 





The write 
stuff 

You may be interested to 
learn that Author, the fort- 
nightly publication for writ- 
ers, has revealed in a recent 
tools of the trade article that 
the Amstrad PCW, together 
with its native word proces- 
sor LocoScript, is the 
favourite machine used by 
those people who earn their 
livings as writers. Not bad 
going, eh? 




Tip service 

There's nothing like suspending a 
spreadsheet or diverting a database 
for an hour or so in favour of 
indulging in a spot of light enter- 
tainment on your PCW. With the 
increasing range and complexity of 
games for the machine, it might 
come as a relief to discover that a 
special tipline is shortly to be intro- 
duced to help you through the 
trickiest of challenges. 

The service - existing under 
the rather boisterous title of the 
"Mcgatip Gamesline' has recendy 
opened to offer assistance to 
gamesters everywhere - or almost 
everywhere. 

Its creators, Hot Shot 
Entertainment, will be extending 
the service to cover all the popular 
PCW games this coming autumn. 

So, if you find yourself puzzled 
by The Pawn, flummoxed by Fish 
or cornered by Corruption, cool 
down and chill out; help will soon 
be at hand. 

The number to ring is 0898 
299388 - but don't phone just yet; 
the Gamesline creators are still 
busy working out the solutions for 
themselves, and won't be able to 
help you until much later on this 
year. We will, as they say, keep 
you posted. 



Storm 
warning... 

Introducing the very latest in auto- 
malic lightning warning stations, 
developed by a French company 
called Dimensions, 

If the heavens open, and the 
thunder rumbles, this handy and 
oh-so-discreet device gathers and 
analyses the storm data, and deliv- 
ers a warning to say that lightning 
is imminent. This gives you plenty 
of time to save your data, switch 
off your machine and prevent one 
flash destroying all your work. 

Dimensions are currently look- 
ing for UK distributors for this 
rather unusual piece of equipment. 




L_ § August 90 SOW PLUS 



An overhead projector or a spotlight? No. a 
lightning warning station of course! 



CLUB NEWS 



GETTING IN ON TUT 

GROUND FLOOR 



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Ground rules 

The Club News Desk has seen 
some pretty impressive 
newsletters in its time, but the 
one from the Ground Floor 
User Group must take the prize 
for being one of the largest 
ones yet. The group, based in 
Hcbden Bridge, West 

Yorkshire, has sent us a copy of 
their third newsletter, which is 
packed to bursting point with 
information on everything from 
CP/M to disc sector errors. 
This twenty-four page publica- 
tion is also punctuated with 
numerous amusing cartoons. 

The club was set up in May 
of this year, and aims to offer 
the chance for computer users 
'regardless of their personal 
level of experience, to come 
together and chat about their computer problems'. The group provides 
many services, including data transfer facilities, cut price blank discs for 
purchase, and access to Masterscan for DTP enthusiasts. There is a 'Sick 
Disc Clinic' which can be used to help members recover damaged files, 
and an extensive Shareware library. All this for a mere £10.00 per year, or 
£1.00 per meeting. 

The group chose its name because of the location used for its once- 
monthly meetings - the Ground Floor Community Centre at Hcbden 
Bridge. The needs of all 'serious' computer users are catered for, so if you 
require help with machines other than the PCW, the chances are that the 
Ground Floor Group can help you. The look and the content of their 
newsletter proves without question that this is a dedicated and profession- 
ally run club, which retains a friendly and welcoming attitude. 

For more details, contact Jae Campbell on (04221 844991 in the day- 
time, or (0442) 845789 in the evenings. The club's next meeting is on 
Monday 8th October at 7.30pm. Subjects under consideration for forth- 
coming meetings are genealogy programs, comms and radio technology, 
and viruses. Keep up the good work! 



The Ground Floor User Group newsletter, a 
porky 28-pager. punctuared with lively cartoons 



CP/Mpathy 



The London-based CP/M and MS DOS User Group has changed address. 
The group can now be found firmly ensconced in their new headquarters 
of 43 Birkbeck Road. Wimbledon, London SW19 8NZ, (081) 543 0824. 

The club has been in existence for some ten years, and was formed 
initially to serve the needs of CP/M users. It offers a range of services, 
including a CP/M and MS DOS software library, and an invaluable disc 
copying service. 

The club also sponsors the Windsor Bulletin Board, which enables 
members to go on-line and exchange messages - and to download from 
the two software libraries. 

It is hoped that the group will soon expand its services to take under 
its wing the multifarious requirements of PCW owners in particular, and 
plans are afoot lo introduce PCW-specific public domain software. Group 
leader David Nesbitl is currently on the look-out for suggestions as to 
which programs will be "the most useful and easiest introduction to the 
mysteries of CP/M software'. 

Annual subscription rates for the club are £16,50 for UK members, 
and £20.50 for overseas subscribers. If you would like to find out more 
about the club and the services they offer, why not drop them a line at 
their new address? 



Starting a club? 

If you are interested in starting a PCW club in your area, please 

write to us. We will be only too pleased to publish your letter and 

hopefully drum up some support. 



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. All about . 
E-Mail 




Go on, 
have a look 

Popular Viewdata systems are 
Prestel, Miouret mil the Stock 
Eichange's TOPIC screens. 
They're Ihe outs which show 
continually updaied prices, 
company news and other trad- 
ing details - pop inEn your total 
Slock Exchange for a look, 
then lie offices in Edinburgh, 
Bristol, Newcasdt. Dublin, 
Manchester ini Birmingham as 

II as the moat well known 
one in London. 



Rules, rules, 
rules, rules 

Aside from rule 1 of cumins. 
Thou Shalt Not Read Messages 
On-Line, there lie a lew mare 
tips 10 keep in mind. I ( Abusive 
language online is strictly not 
on; even if someone has left 
stupid messages, don't gfM in 
and reply in die same vei n. 2) 
Keep an eye on the clock and 
don't believe the advertising. 3) 
Don't use the .same password on 
any two boards. 4) Always, 
always, leave messages to the 
Sysop (system operator) on any 
is which you log-on Eo, not 
is it polite, it'll also make 
friends. 5) cr... 61 Thai's it. 



E-Mail Intuition 

In the second of our special comms features, Tim Smith shows you 

how to maximise your resources so that you can send documents down 

the 'phone-line using E-Mail, Plus, which software should you use? 



In the United Stales, the term 
'comms' is not looked on with half 
as much trepidation as it is in this 
country. This is not because everyone in 
the States is so unbearably computer 
literate that they have been breezing 
smoothly through baud rates and parity 
bits since the age of about three. No, it's 
because the use of the telephone with a 
computer is deemed to be such an 
obvious, useful, easy and cheap combi- 
nation. 

One thing we have yet to come to 
terms with in Ihe UK is the fact that, 
with the imminent shrinking of Europe, 
data exchange via telecommunications 
networks is set to become the quickest 
and cheapest way of doing business and 
making contacts. 

A government green paper is due 
out soon which will hopefully re-assess 

Which software? 

As with any software guide, this 
breaks down to a simple evalua- 
tion of what your needs are, and 
the level of involvement which 
you are hoping to achieve. 

As we've already mentioned 
earlier, E-Mail allows your PCW 
to send messages and documents - 
which can be thousands of words 
long - to others on the electronic 
mail system. The most popular 
service of this kind is Telecom 
Gold (see final page for subscrip- 
tion charges). Meanwhile, systems 
like Prestel are more like infor- 
mation providers. 

You may well be happy to 
stick with a few basic emulations, 
suitable baud rates for the facili- 
ties you are going to log-on to and 
not have any particular interest in 
keeping up with any changes. 

On Ihe other hand, you 
might want to be able to log-on to 
any new system which come 
along. Whatever your preference, 
there is something for everyone 
in the comms software market. 

We looked at six comms 
software packages which are cur- 
rently available for you and your 
PCW. 



the existing British Telecom/Mercury 
duopoly. This should open the market to 
other 'phone companies and, theoreti- 
cal iy at least, bring down the cost of 
making that call. 

So, wilh the value of the telephone 
growing daily, it is rather shortsighted 
not to make use of the large numbers of 
on-line databases and bulletin board 
systems (BBSs) which are already up 
and running in this country. 

One type of system which is well 
worth a look is E-Mail or Electronic 
Mail. Basically, E-Mail works in exactly 
the same way as the local post-box 
except the red box on Ihe street comer is 
replaced by an electronic file- ho I ding 
system on a mainframe computer. 



Duke scoop 

The first time that E-Mail came to the 



notice of the country at large was in 
1984, when the Duke of Edinburgh's 
mailbox was 'broken into'. This was 
done, quite legally as it turned out (at 
least no jury or judge could find a legal 
precedent upon which to convict the 
errant hackers), by Steve Gold and 
Robert Shciffreen. The methodology 
behind the hack was complex enough, 
but it did lead to a rather stern tight- 
ening up of the hugely popular Prestel 
system. 

The way that systems such as 
Prestel or Telecom Gold work could be 
called simplicity itself. All you need do 
is lay hands on the basic kit; this 
constitutes a modem, a compatible piece 
of software and, last but not least, a 
serial cable. Then all you have to do is 
write off to either of the services for a 
subscription. In the case of Telecom 



Comm+ 

£86.25 • Newstar Software 
0245 265017 



Now this one is built for the comms 
enthusiast, Comm+ is undoubtedly 
one of the strongest pieces of software 
around. Not only do you get the usual 
emulations such as TTY, you also get 
a very strong Viewdata emulation 
which brings up those blocky graph- 
ics in style. It is a fast program which 
can be 'programmed* to suit your 
needs. Almost 'multi-tasking' - that is 
you can do one thing while doing 
another, Comm+ might not be the 
mosi immediately friendly software in 
the world but once you become 
acquainted wilh it, you will be 
impressed by its capabilities. 

As you would expect from a pro- 
gram of this price.the auto-dialling 
(you save a file, or files, which holds 
the details of the E-Mail or BBS 
which you regularly log-on to: this 
includes bauds, protocols, emulations 
and 'phone numbers. The program 
then connects to the modem and auto- 
dials from these. Helpfully there are 
menus which can be viewed from 
within the program and, for the 
boffins amongst you, there is also 
excellent line in error-checking. 



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UKM7 

£ 0000 • Public Domain 
(try Advantage software 
0242 226755) 

Public Domain software such as 
UKM7 (UK Modem 7 version 
XMODEM) comes with one major 
point in its favour - it is cheap. For 
the nervous user UKM7 is not a 
good intoduction. The number stor- 
age which you will find with the 
pricier systems is practically non- 
existent. However, there are plenty 
of help menus to ease the true begin- 
ner into comms. 

On the upside, UKM7 is quick 
and comes with some reasonable 
documentation. Prestel users beware 
- there is no Viewdata support here. 
However, for the person who wishes 
to browse through the many BBSs 
available, this piece of software is 
probably for you. No frills, but good 
ASCII files transfer in both single 
and batch (multiple) file mode. This 
is great for downloading files from 
bulletin boards. It is also just about 
feasible to access and make use of E- 
Mail systems. 

Finally, as with most Public 
Domain software, there are updates 
and 'tweaks' of UKM7 coming out 
every month or so. 



Gold, subscriptions will include a sign- 
on code and password; they even 
include the kit itself. See overleaf for 
further details on subscription charges. 

The back-up and technical support 
behind these large E-Mail systems is, 
quite simply, second to none. Unlike the 
smaller, and cheaper, enthusiast-run 
bulletin boards which you will tend to 
find scattered in abundance around the 
UK, Europe, Australia and the States, 
which offer both software and chat in 
very plentiful amounts, the large E-Mail 
systems are predominantly for profes- 
sional use. 

The central benefits behind holding 
a mail-box address on a massive system 
such as Telecom Gold are as follows: 
rapid communication of data all over the 
world, incredibly fast file handling by 
the system and constant updating. 

Silence is golden 

The way in which such systems work is 
also of interest because it affects your 
'phone bill. You can log-on using your 
password, from just about anywhere in 
the country. Your signal is transmitted to 
the nearest 'node' (the 'local' node). A 
node is merely another word for a 
switching or contact point. This node is 
then able to direct your call to the 
section of the main system. What this 
means in effect is that any call you make 
is charged at local rate. 

For example, it's very possible that 
you might want to place a message in 
someone else's mail-box - you may 
have read a magazine article written by 



some real computer buff who has put his 
mail-box number for further reference. 
The second party might well live in Fort 
William while you live in Penistone. 
Your call is fed to your local node and 
then passed on to the buff's corre- 
sponding local node. 

If you haven't realised it yet, E-Mail 
couldn't really be much easier. Once you 
have set yourself up with the relevant 
equipment and have got used to your 
chosen comms software, all you need do 
is write a letter or type that report! 

If you are using a word processing 
package such as Pretext or LocoScrjpt 
(okay, okay or Tasword or NewWord) 
make sure to save the document as an 
ASCII file first. Once the file is saved, 
go into your E-Mail system and find the 
area which is concerned with sending 
mail. This will be made comfortingly 
apparent from an opening menu. 

If you have the number of a specific 
mailbox, then key it straight in. If you 
just want to leave a 'hello, it's me' 
message, then look for a general area. 
Then all you need do is 'upload' (a tech- 
nical term for sending it to the system). 
Receiving mail is also simple enough. 
Rule one however, is Thou Shah Not 
Read Messages Online! Even a small 3K 
document will take a little time to read; 
if you want to save it after reading it, this 
will take more time and, as we have all 
been told since management theories 
took over from old wive's tales - time is 
money, even if it's locally charged 
money. 

The best course of action is to go 



straight for your own mail -box and 
'download' any messages immediately. 
Don't waste time. 

Once you have got yourself a pass- 
number and mail-box code, it is a good 
idea to check your mail at the end of 
every day. It is amazing just how many 
people will want to talk to to you once 
you get up and running. 

Go on, ask the question you've all 
been dying to ask: what is the point of 
having an E-Mail system when you have 
Her Majesty's post office and a front 
door mat? It is not as if junk mail won't 
appear in an E-Mail system - it will. The 
main difference is speed and the fact that 
bulky documents can be fed from one 
person to another in pristine form. All 
you need do is prepare a letter, report or 
even novel on your word processor (or 
the built-in text editor if your comms 
software comes with one) and - without 
recourse to hard copy (paper) - you can 
send it directly. 

This means that a person requiring 
an urgent report can phone you, request 
the report and in minutes he or she can 
download the same report from the mail- 
box. 

Boxing matches 

Many people wonder what the difference 
is between E-Mail and Viewdata. The 
answer is simple: Viewdata is a method 
by which information is transmitted 
across the telegraph lines while E- 
Mailing is an action. 

People with television services such 
as Oracle or Teletext will be familiar 



All about 
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This package remains- 
trie 8000 Plus office 
standard. At first han- 
dling, it might look a 
little more intimidating 
than the mighty Chit- 
chat featured over the 
page; but don't be put 
off by the fact that you 
have to press [EXIT] 
and then a number to 
access certain areas - 
you'll soon get used to 
Dialup's way of things. 

The program comes with a 
whole range of useful features 
including a Viewdata frame editor. 
Phone numbers and detail files can 
be created quickly and easily with 
menus showing you exactly which 
baud rates and emulations are 
available to you. Once you have 
created a file - say for a typical 
BBS - this is stored and used for 
automatic dialling from then on. 

Although the manual was 
compiled with the PC owner in 
mind, it is so well written, clear 
with an unusually adept explana- 
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will not be left in the wilderness 




PMS Dialup comes with all the baud rates you could 
want as well as a Viewdata frame editor. Good value. 



for very long. 

Unlike Chit-Chal, Dialup 
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database of contacts. 

However, all the emulations 
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likely to need are included in this 
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Mini Office 

£39.95 • Database Software * 

Well, you either love Mini Office 
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Happily, the comms module from 
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One extremely useful section is 
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This means that you have to 
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For the occasional user of comms, 
say someone who wishes to keep 
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However, for the 
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I ilka 
data base 

: on-line imabascs such as 
c news cnnyin^servlcn so 
teluvcd of cub reporters or peo- 
[► lazy to read Ibc papers 
vide a service which allows 
5 uenis liooi 
s on certain sub- 
£B which ore then placed in 
your mail-boa everyday, lo Ihc 
Stales for example, you can have 
tatcd shopping prices; if you 
g for a house, details - 
t units digitised photograph!. 
c kfl Willi you on the hour 
every hour. This should not he 
too far off in Ibis country aod gct- 
g acquainted with a systen 
ch as Telecom Gold might not 
ei tad habit to gelimn 



with Viewdata, even if they don't realise 
it. When you flip over to one of these 
systems in the middle of a test match to 
see what the latest racing news is, you 
will notice the chunky looking lettering 
and blocked graphics. These are the 
hallmarks of Viewdata. 

When logging-on (connecting) to 
computer comms systems. Viewdata is 
known as an 'emulation'. An emulation 
basically is a software controlled way of 
allowing your PCW 10 pretend thai it is 
another system. A great many bulletin 
boards are run from IBM PCs or 
compatibles and they will receive calls 
from all sorts of computers. In order for 
them to talk to each other, some 
common ground must be reached. To 
this end all the computers on a system 
will 'emulate' one common standard - 
this may be TTY (which is a Teletype 
emulation) or the more interesting 
Viewdata system - there are many 
others which we don't need to go into at 
this moment. 

Prestel gazing 

Aside from Oracle and Teletext, the 
Prestel system is probably the most 
famous Viewdata system. It began as 
the videotex! system in the late 1970's 
and was developed by the GPO in order 
to create a standard for on-screen 
telecommunications. Quite a few BBSs 
have also taken to using Viewdata 
systems for no other reason than many 
comms packages can emulate the 
system and that it is able to handle 
chunkier graphics than other emula- 



tions. 

The most common use for 
Viewdata systems is in on-line 
databases rather than messaging boards 
or systems (after all. do you really need 
flashy graphics to have an electronic 
conversation?). Unlike other transmis- 
sion systems which scroll text from top 
to bottom of the screen. Viewdata trans- 
mits 'frames' (screens) of information. 

These frames are made up of 40 
characters by 24 lines on screen. Each 
Viewdata frame is preceded by a clear 
screen and cursor home command. This 
means that entire screens of information 
can be prepared - in colour with 
flashing images if necessary (although 
your PCW is obviously unable to 
perceive colour) - before transmission. 
In this way a few hours' information 



E. 



can be prepared and transmitted in a 
loop - screen 1 , screen 2 and so on. 

This will be apparent to you when 
you access a true Viewdata system. You 
will be presented with a page number. 
When you select a page, instead of 
having to scroll the whole thing on the 
screen, the Viewdata system can simply 
present the entire page in one chunk and 
be ready to move to the next. This is 
excellent for on-line databases which 
require updating only every few hours. 

Some BBSs have decided to make 
use of Viewdata. This means that you 
will need to be able to send proper 
'frames" from your PCW. Comms 
pacages such as PMS' Dial up come 
with a Viewdata editor, so be sure to 
check the systems you would like to 
access and then tailor your choice of 
software to this. • 



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Telephone: 071-403 6777. 
Address: Telecom Gold Ltd, 60-68 
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Subscription charge: £40 registra- 
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Telephone: 0800 200 700. 

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This is as comprehensive a set of 
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Mail 232 

Comes free with LocoScript 



Well, it was most considerate of 
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One of the main reasons 
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fact that the documentation is so 
difficult to get hold 
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completely abandon 
ing Mail232. have 
another look. 
Designed as an E- 
Mail terminal, the 
program can handle 
any baud rate you 
could wish for. 
Although it is really 
only any good for 
ASCII file transfer, 
that's really all you 
want when taking 
mail from a box or 



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and curious by nature, then 
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_ Cracker II 
tutorial 

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It's a Cracker! 

If juggling numbers gives you a headache, Karen Donaghay shows you 
why the Cracker II spreadsheet might be the answer to your prayers. 



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helher it's in Ihe office or 
back home in the kitchen, it 
can be the source of unlim- 
ited chaos. It can even ruin a 
marriage or bring a business to its 
knees. What are we talking about? 
Accounts, of course. 

The time has come: instead of 
continuing to stuff unwanted cheque 
book stubs, receipts, statements and 
bills into that bulging kitchen drawer, 
we are going to show you how you can, 
at long last, impose some son of order 
on ihem. And the means of this organi- 
sation? The spreadsheet, Cracker 11. 

But, you may ask. what exactly is a 
spreadsheet? A spreadsheet is a kind of 
table, with columns and rows so that 
each number is entered into its own 
compartment, or 'cell". At the touch of a 
button, it can perform all types of math- 
ematical calculations. 

It is precisely this facility which 
allows you to hypothesise about numer- 
ical outcomes. For example, if 1 add 2p 
to the unit cost of a Plughole Hair 
Macrame Kit, how will this affect the 
year's annual turnover? Effectively you 
can work out your own financial fore- 



Entering columns, rows ... and data 







The first stage is to prepare the layout of the spreadsheet so that it has columns, rows and head- 
ings. Ours is set up to show a household's cash flow over a three month period. 






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Once the numerical details concerning monthly income and expenditure have been entered, 
you an use Cracker to completely reorganise your personal finances, 



casts quickly and accurately. 
Cracker's trump card lies in its ability to 
take your figures and transform them 
into charts and graphs. It can. in this 
way, enliven even the most deadly 
scientific table or stock control form by 
adding that extra graphic dimension. 

So gather up your pieces of paper 
and let's get cracking! 

Get that cash flow-ing! 

Ever wondered where the money goes? 
You are not the only one. and that is 
what makes cash flow tables one of the 
most popular uses for a spreadsheet. 
Managing a cash flow involves 
breaking down your expenses and 
income; it is a vital pan of managing the 
budget of any household or business. 

The household cashflow is some- 
thing which can be used by everyone, so 
this is the example we will use. In the 
second screenshot, you can sec what we 
are aiming for. It lists the income and 
expenditure for the month and calcu- 
lates totals of each. It then shows the 
profit margin or shortfall for that month 
and works out the new balance. 

The balance is carried 
over to the next month. 
Here the figures for 
September have been 
estimated and inserted. 
Of course, you can later 
change the headings to 
make them relevant to 
your particular 
application. 



In the beginning ... 

The first stage in finan- 
cial wizardry is to gel 
Cracker up and running. 
To start the program, you 
must first load the CP/M 
disc. Once you have the 
A> prompt on your 
screen, you can then 
insert your copy of the 
Cracker master disc into 
the A drive. Then simply 
type in Cracker and 
press [RETURN]. The 
first menu is a simple 
little affair. Since at this 
stage we have no spread- 
sheet to work from, we 
are going to create our 
own. To do this, press [1]. 
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will see that we have laid out the cash 
flow example over three columns and 
27 lines. Our first task is to reproduce 
that layout. To make a column, press 
[C] for column followed by 20 to deter- 
mine the character width of the column. 
Press [RETURN], 

The next prompt is for the default 
format. This column will contain mostly 
text, so choose |T] followed by [L] for 
left aligned text. If you make any 
mistakes, the backward delete key can 
cancel the last thing you typed. To 
abandon an entry altogether, use the 
[EXIT | key. Because all of these 
commands are in capitals, you may find 
it easier to switch on CAPS LOCK by 
pressing [ALT][ENTER] instead of 
using the [SHIFT] key. 

You should now see the beginnings 
of your spreadsheet. There's not much 
space to move around in here, so create 
the lines with the sequence [IJnsert 27 
[L]ines. This creates a spreadsheet 
which is 27 lines long. We don't want to 
insert them in any particular place so 
choose the default destination by 
pressing [RETURN]. We now have a 
complete first column. 

Spreading it out 

The other columns are created in similar 
fashion. Type in the sequence ]I]nsert 
[C]oIumn 20 [RETURN] [E]nd 
[RETURN] 0[F[inancial [RETURN], 
This time the new column is introduced 
at the end of the spreadsheet and is of 
the format financial. Financial format 
means that all the numbers will be 
displayed with two decimal places - 
like pounds and pence. The third and 
fourth columns are exactly the same. 
We now have the bare bones of our 
spreadsheet. The columns are the 
correct size and the program expects a 
certain type of entry - either text or 
numerical - for each column. 

The next stage is to add the head- 
ings. Cursor to cell A5. From the 
screenshot we can see that the heading 
IN HAND (the balance carried over 
from the month before) goes here. Since 
the column format is already expecting 
a text entry, we can enter this simply by 
typing a fullstop followed by the words 
IN HAND. When working with the 
default format always enter a fullstop 
before inserting data. Press [RETURN] 
and the words will appear in the cell. 
Move down to cell A7 and type this 
heading in the same way. For the 






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column headings in lower case letters, 
don't forget to switch off CAPS LOCK 
by using [ALT] [ENTER] again. 

The eoiumn headings (the month 
names) are slightly less straightfoward 
to enter. The original default formal of 
the column was "Financial" because this 
column is mostly for cash entries. So for 
this particular cell the format must be 
changed back to text. Type in [FJormat 
then [T]exl. Press [R] to right align the 
text. Now the text can be typed in 
followed by [RETURN]. The same is 
true for the August and September head- 
ings. The next step is to include 
formulae for calculations (the Cracker 
manual refers to these as "expressions.") 

Working it out 

The total income for June is obviously 
the sum of all incomings throughout that 
month. In other words, cell B23 is the 
result of adding B8 to B9. This can be 
described by the formula 
SUM(B8...B9). If this is typed into cell 
B23, the spreadsheet will then automati- 
cally work out the total income for that 
column and display the result of the 
calculation in that cell. 

Let's enter the data. Move to cell 
B8, type a full stop and then the figure 
1,245 (don't try and insert the comma in 
the spreadsheet). The spreadsheet will 
neatly line up the pounds and pence 
even when you type in pounds alone. 
Continue working down the column 
copying in the values, until you get to 
Total income. Type in the expression 
SUM(B8...B9). Lo and behold, the total 
value appears in the cell. 

The rest of the formulae can be 
seen in the third scree nshot. Copy these 
into the appropriate cells in the same 
way. Our cash flow only uses simple 
arithmetic; addition and subtraction. We 
will cover multiplication and division 
later on in the series. 

You will notice that when your 
figures are minus amounts. Cracker 
displays them in brackets. When you 
move your cursor to a cell containing a 
formula, the actual contents are 
displayed in the top left hand corner. To 
show all of the expressions at once 
simply choose the [XI option from the 
menu. 

What if...? 

Now you have your cash flow in front of 
you. you may realise that actually you 
can't afford that exotic holiday in 
Barbados, and you will have to settle for 
a couple of weeks in Bognor in its place. 
Move over to the offending cell, CIS, 
and type the fullstop followed by the 
price of a holiday in Bognor, let's say 
350 quid. Everything affected by the 
change is rewritten and the balance at 
the end of September is transformed into 
a healthy £202, 11 

Removing entries is as easy as 
changing them. An entry can be 
"zapped" by placing the cursor over the 
[Z] for Zap. It is also possible to zap 
columns, rows and even whole spread- 
sheets, so do use this option carefully. 



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A "behind the scenes" look at how Cracker performs all of 
those calculations. The totals are achieved by using simple formulae. 



One very important anti-zap step is 
to save your work as you go. Saving is 
done using [C] for Copy, See the box at 
the foot of the page. 

To exit from the program, use the 
option [Q] for Quit. Cracker automati- 
cally saves whatever you are working on 
to Security.mem, the default filename. 
This makes it a far safer way to exit than 
using the [STOP] key. Security.mem can 
be retrieved as a workable file by 
changing its name. 

One more word on saving files. If 
you arc using one drive only, and want 
to save onto a separate data disc, then 
you must have a copy of the file 
Cracker.ovr on that disc. 

To reload the file, the copy option 
is also used. Once Cracker is running 
[C] followed by the filename will load 
in a new file. 

Designing your own 

Adapting this spreadsheet to your own 
requirements should be a simple case of 
zapping the headings you don't want 
and replacing them with your own. 

If you wan! to add more months so 
that the spreadsheet works on a yearly 
or a half yearly basis, this is also 
straightforward although the spreadsheet 



would extend past the limits of the 
screen. To see the rest, move the cursor 
across until the whole spreadsheet is 
shifted over. The important thing to 
remember when making changes to a 
spreadsheet, is that if your formulae are 
affected, these must be changed as well. 

To design your own spreadsheet 
from scratch, decide on which formats 
and what size columns you want before 
you start. It makes the whole process a 
lot easier. 

In next month's issue, discover the 
artistic talents of Cracker 11. Find out 
how to give this spreadsheet a new 
lease of life ... as a graph! 



. Cracker II _, 
tutorial 

Be prepared 

When designing your own 
spreadsheet regar dtess of the 
program you are using, a useful 
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away from your FtW, wiih | 
pen and paper. Oroide an w hidi 
formats and cnlumns sizes you 
warn before you tfwt VouwiU 
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ihis makes she creation ol "ytrai 
spreadsheet when you actually 
do get cracking! 




Next month 




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Displaying your cash How in graphic detail is a breeze for Cracker. 
In next month's issue, find oul how. 



Hints and Tips 



What's this? 

If you are suddenly confronted with a row of 
question marks in one of the cells, do not be 
alarmed. Cracker is trying to tell you that you 
have used that location in a formula, despite the 
fact that it is empty. 

A Quicker Cracker! 
One way to make Cracker run Tar more 
quickly, is to move the file Cracker.ovr onto the 
M drive using the PIP command on your CP/M 
disc. Because the \1 drive is internal it can 
access the program far more quickly. If you 
also want to use the help messages, then copy 
over Cracker, hip as well. 

Another Bleeping Mistake? 

Cracker is nice enough to tell you about 
mistakes at the time that you type them in. 
When you get annoyed with the bleeping just 
remember it's all for your own good! Some of 
the easiest mistakes to make are typing ones. 



Usually it is possible to escape from a mistake 
by pressing [EX1T1. There are exceptions. For 
instance, if you press [O] by mistake the only 
way to get out again is to press [RETURN], 

Don't Save It -Copy It 

There is no special Save option so you have to 
use the multi-functional Copy. Be careful. It is 
all too easy to assume that the correct sequence 
is [C]opy [F]ile. This is potentially disastrous, 
as it copies a file from the disc into your spread- 
sheet. The correct saving sequence is [C]opy 
[A[11[F]ile. 

Recycle your spreadsheet 

The basic format of your spreadsheet can be 
reused. You don't have to restrict this to head- 
ings, columns and rows. Formulae may not 
need to change and there may also be some 
figures, such as standing orders, that can stay 
in the blueprint Producing a new spreadsheet 
is then simply a case of Tilling in the figures. 



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Learn to type 



Lightning Strike 

Sophie Lankenau covers her keyboard, flexes her fingers and prepares 
to put three touch-typing tutors through their paces 



If you are one of the many people who earns their bread and 
butter by sitting in front of a keyboard all day - and some- 
times, all night - long, it will help productivity levels enor- 
mously if you can minimise the amount of time that you spend 
looking at the keyboard checking that your fingers (or, in some 
cases, finger) are moving in the right direction. 

For those of you who haven't, as yet, reached such levels of 
streamlined keyboard efficiency, the good news is that there are a 
number of touch-typing tutors specifically tailored for the PCW 
keyboard. One of them featured here has even taken upon itself 
the unenviable task of whipping into shape all those hardened 
hackers and VDU operators who have been managing with just 
two fingers for ex number of years. 

So, what sort of features should you be looking for in your 
typing tutor? 



1) How long is it going to take? Two of the programs featured here 
promise to have you tapping the light fantastic in as little as 
three hours. It sounds impressive. Read our in a nutshell boxes 
to find out if they worked. 

2) Can you save your progress? Or do you have to start from 
scratch every time you load the program? It is handy to be able 
to stop what you are doing, make a cup of tea and rejoin the 
exercises at the same point. 

3) How well does the tutor cope with number touch-typing? Even 
the most experienced typist will tell you that he or she often has 
to slow the tempo while typing in post codes or phone numbers. 

4) Does the program encourage you to reach a certain level of 
proficiency before moving onto the next set of exercises? Read 
the following program summaries to find out how well these 
typing tutors measured up to our expectations. 



In a nutshell 

A 24 hour course, which 
could easily be completed 
sooner given its addictive 
nature. Work can be 
stored on your copy or the 
master disc or on a sepa- 
rate one. The numbers 
course is shorter but no 
less thorough than the 
letters section; fixed skill 
levels mean that you must 
complete exercises 
correctly before you can 
progress. The strides! of 
the three packages - but 
probably the best. 




TOUCH 'N' GO 

£24.95 • Paperback Software • 

0245 265017 

Appearances can be deceptive - we all 
know that. So, when you pick up a copy 
of Touch 'n' Go, be patient. The pack- 
aging - a mere cosmetic irrelevance we 



to quit hit unur 'ESCAPE' V?y 

LESSON i 

& 

D is typed uith the second finger, left hand. 
Hie the right thunb in tape SPACE BAR, 

Rt'TIJRN it the end is Urea uith the Fourth finger, right hand 

Rtxcuirenent to piaster this lesson! Accuracy 100 V. , Speed K> MPrl 
Nou type the following (finishing, uith 'return') --- 

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This is the screen which greets you for your first lesson: no, you're not seeing 
things, you really do have to achieve a speed of 30wpm and 100% accuracy 



L- 1 g August 90 SOW PLUS 



admit - won't be picking up any design 
awards this year, and the documentation 
is unlikely to be a fierce contender for 
the Pulitzer prize. 

One simple A5 leaflet, consisting 
of brief descriptions of how to copy and 
load the program, does nothing to boast 
the potential of a program which could 
possibly transform you from a two- 
fingered keyboard hopper into typist of 
the year. A quick resume of the aims 
behind 'Touch 'n' Go' ends with the 
statement: 'Be warned - Touch V Go 
can be very addictive.' That smacked 
rather of attaching a government health 
warning to a very fluffy kitten. 

The loading procedure is simple. 
You boot up your machine with CP/M, 
insert your copy of the master disc and 
type 'T' at the A> prompt. A message 
appears asking you if you want to learn 
letters or numbers - you select your 
choice. You are then asked if you need 
instructions. Answering 'yes' brings an 
outline of how the lessons work. There is 
a list of the lessons available, which are 
numbered from 1 to 61 ; it's a pretty hefty 
amount given that there are only 26 
letters in the alphabet. However, a quick 
scan down the list reveals sections given 
over to the use of [SHIFT] key combina- 
tions for capitals, and, needless to say, 
numerous practice sessions. 

Winning combinations 

From the packaging and the sparse 
documentation, you are never quite sure 
if Touch 'n' Go is aimed at the total 
beginner. The only information you 
have is that it will lake 24 hours for you 
to become a touch typist. For safety's 
sake, we began at lesson I , the letter 



'D'. You are presented with a relatively 
bare screen, simply telling you which 
finger to use to type that letter, and a 
line of single spaced 'D's which you are 
asked to reproduce. Your eyes then 
alight with horror on to the words per 
minute and accuracy targets. In lesson 
one, you are expected to type at 30wpm, 
with 100% accuracy. 

It is this horror aspect which makes 
Touch V Go such a successful typing 
tutor. Rather than fumble about 
worrying if you are ever going to make 
it, you simply go ahead and try. In addi- 
tion, you are so busy trying to type the 
exercise error- free that you don't have 
time to look at the keyboard. If you do 
make a mistake, you have to repeat the 
exercise until the speed and accuracy 
targets are achieved. The next exercise 
has you learning the letter "e" - in 
conjunction with the 'd' which you have 
only just accomplished. So, not only are 
you trying a new letter, you are building 
on knowledge which you already have, 
and learning how to use letter combina- 
tions in quick succession. 

Numbers too 

The speed and accuracy targets remain 
the same until you reach lesson 4, where 
having covered words combining the 
letters 'd' 'e' 'f and 't' you are set a 
test involving a mixture of those words 
in a sentence. The speed and accuracy 
targets both drop by 5. and you are 
ready to go on. This gives you slightly 
more leeway for mistakes - but you 
would be surprised how strong your 
fingers have become, and how you have 
established a rhythm for typing certain 
key combinations. What will really 



Learn to type 



impress is thai your dependence on 
looking at the keyboard is drastically 
reduced. Your main concern is to see the 
fruits of your hard learned labour 
coming up on the screen before you. 

The technique is the same for all the 
letters of the alphabet; you cover capital 
letters and practice sessions become 
longer and more involved. The final few 
test sessions demand a speed of 40 words 
per minute, with 95% accuracy. 

The numbers tutor follows a 
similar format; over 1 3 lessons you are 
required to reproduce lines of numerical 
sequences, together with the tab and 
return keys. The use of decimal points is 
also incorporated. This seemed harder to 
accomplish than the letters tutorial; for 
the complete beginner the impression 



could well be that you need the manual 
dexterity of a concert pianist to reach 
that top line and satisfy the words per 
minute and accuracy targets. You are 
also expected to accomplish the difficult 
stretching movement of the little finger 
to reach the [Tab] key from lesson one. 
Again though, you cannot progress 
unless perfection is achieved, so the 
skill has to come in the end. 

Touch 'n' Go is a no-nonsense, no 
frills package: the lessons are presented 
economically, yet with all the informa- 
tion required for you to execute them. 
There are no distracting beeps every 
time an error is made, and targets cannot 
be altered. The once specious claim 
about the addictiveness of the program 
is validated in the extreme; if you really 



want to learn to touch type without any 
cossetting, then this package could be 
the one for you. • 



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The numerals tutorial has you typing those far-off top line characters in no 
time. The use of ihe [Tab] bey is also incorporaied right from the start 




IANKEY CRASH 
COURSE IN TYPING 

£24.95 • Iansvst* 
071607 5844 

There is something rather disconcerting 
about the term crash course'. It implies 
a somewhat frantic passage through 
potentially tricky territory culminating, 
more often than not, in a frenzied, 
sweat -drenched dash for the finishing 
post. The Iankey program claims to be 
able to teach you the basics of touch 
typing within 4 hours of study; for the 
complete beginner, it is, however, an 
inviting prospect. 

The documentation accompanying 
the Iankey course is extremely well 
written, and is truly aimed at the 
beginner to computing and to typing. 
Instructions on copying the master disc 
and loading procedures for specific 
machines are clear, jargon free and 
concise. The initial screen displays an 
introduction to the course, and how to 
follow the lessons. 

Continual assessment 

The program has an on-screen keyboard, 
which you are able to adapt if yours is 
not the standard QWERTY model. You 
can store your work on either the master 
disc or a separate one, so that you can 
lake a break from your study and go 
back to the point at which you left. This 
is particularly useful; even though the 
course is only supposed to take three 
hours, this is a long period of time to 



spend in intense concentration. 

The first lesson deals with letters 
rather than numbers, and introduces you 
immediately to the 'home keys' - 
asdfjkl;. The top section of the screen is 
devoted to large! speeds and accuracy, 
together with the rales which you are 
actually achieving when you carry out 
an exercise. The right hand side offers a 
round up of your average performance 
as you progress. The speed target is set 
for the less than sprinting rate of 
lOwpm, and will stay that way unless 
you choose to adjust it. 

Before your first evaluated 
exercise, you are invited to practice 
typing the letters to get a feel for the 
keys and the destination of your fingers. 
This is made easier by the fact that the 
screen keyboard shows, in clearly 
marked form, which finger is respon- 
sible for hitting which key. So, with 
digits poised, you begin the very first 
exercise, under the scrutiny of the in- 
built marking system. 

You are assured that it doesn't 
matter how many mistakes you make; if 
you are a complete beginner, then 
looking at the marked version of your 
first attempt will call this promise to 
mind with some relief. The marking 
system is explained in a neat box at the 
foot of the screen, and, if you have 
managed to reach the target speed, you 
will see a friendly congratulations 
message, together with an invitation to 
go on to the next exercise. 

Speed is of the essence 

If, however, you are slower than the 
target, you repeat the exercise. The only 
failing at this stage is the fact that accu- 
racy is valued less than speed; it is 
feasible to reproduce the test text as a 
line of complete gobbledegook and still 
earn a congratulations message by virtue 
of the fact that the speed target was met. 

It seems that the whole point of 
learning to touch type is to know where 
the keys are without looking; speed is a 
skill which comes with practice. 
However, as the exercises advance, the 
question of accuracy arises. By exercise 
8, if you are making too many mistakes, 
you are stopped in your tracks, told so, 



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Once you have completed your first exercise, an error symbol menu appears 
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Speed has priority over accuracy early in [he course, so as long as you meel 
ihe wpm target, you can progress regardless of the number of mistakes made! 



and advised to check that you are sitting 
comfortably (literally) before you are 
allowed to continue. 

The Iankey screen does so much to 
help you find the correct keys thai you 
could almost do the exercises with your 
eyes closed once you have got used to 
all the prompts'. The keys that you are 
supposed to be using flash temptingly 
away at you from the screen keyboard, 
and the code letters for the fingers to use 
sit at Ihe top of the slanted columns indi- 
cating their domain. After a few lessons, 
there really should be no excuse for 
looking down at the heap of plastic from 
which you could never tear your gaze 
before starting the course. 

By the end of lesson one. you have 
been whisked through every letter on the 
board, including the use of the shift keys 
to produce capitals, and punctuation 
such as full stops and commas. 

Lesson 2 is all about numerals and 
character keys, including " ' ? / - and 



In a nutshell 

Three hours is a bit ambi- 
tious for Ibis one unless you 
don't value your sight. You 
can save your work to disc, 
and print or display a 
progress record. Numbers 
course thorough and acco- 
modating for mistakes. 
Variable skill levels and 
priority of speed over accu- 
racy not the best way lo 
learn. On the whole 
though, a welt-illustrated, 
well-documented package, 
representing the best value 
for money of the Ihree on 
test here. 



)PLVS August 90 19 - 1 




brackets. The format is the same as the 
one for letters: you are cossetted slightly 
more though, in the form of advice to 
drop your speed target, and an auto- 
matic enquiry as to whether you wish to 
repeat an exercise. 

Play it again 

Incidentally, you can repeat exercises in 
any lesson by pressing the [EXIT) key, 
selecting 'L' for 'Lesson' on the help 
menu and indicating which exercise you 
would like to try again. The program 
does take some time to carry out its 
search for your chosen lesson, which 
lakes away some of the enthusiasm 
which you have mustered for having 
another go. It might have been better to 
incorporate a repeat option at the end of 
each exercise, regardless of whether 



speed and accuracy targets have been 
met; this could give you extra practice 
at certain letter sequences before you 
moved on to tackle a new combination. 

The final lesson in the crash course 
consists of good solid practice, with a 
90% accuracy target imposed 
throughout. The text which you type is 
interesting too; the history of the 
computer will be yours to relate if you 
remember to put the right fingers in the 
right place. 

There are three things which could 
distract the student from getting the 
most out of this course. The first is the 
unceremonious 'beep' which shrieks at 
you every time you make a mistake; the 
second is the keyboard display itself- it 
is essential in the early stages, but when 
you have reached a fairly advanced 



level of learning it is too tempting to 
have it there to consult. 

The third is the fact that every 
mistake made is marked with the appro- 
priate symbol; you find yourself looking 
to see what exactly you did wrong 
instead of carrying on in the rhythm you 
have built up. Iankey, however, has 
provided the solution to two of these 
three gripes; both the beep and the 
keyboard display can be removed by 
using the appropriate commands from 
the help menu. 

All in all. Iankey 's Crash Course 
succeeds in its aim; it does not guar- 
antee thai you will be pounding the 
keyboard accurately in no time, but it 
does everything possible to point you in 
the right direction. The rest is down to 
you, and your willingness 10 practice. • 



In a nutshell 

No time promise - 1 his 
course can be completed 
quickly, but it is sheer 
practice which will get 
you out ol bad hahils. 
Progress can be displayed 
on screen or printed out; 
work can be saved to disc 
and resumed at your 
convenience. Skill levels 
are adjustable, but more 
emphasis on repeating 
exercises lor additional 
practice. A sound conver- 
sion course. 




IANKEY TWO FINGERS 
TO TOUCH TYPING 
CONVERSION COURSE 

£24.95 • lansyst • 
071 607 5844 



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The screen keyboard shows which finger is responsible for which key; 
coloured slickers are provided for your own keyboard lo help you on your way 




Not only does the tcxi in ihe practice sessions demand Ihe use of all the letters 
lhat you have learned in the course, it is also quile interesting lo read! 



lansyst have aimed this course at a 
breed of typist described as the 'hunter 
and pecker*; far from being a form of 
rare wildlife, this is a person who has a 
rough idea of where the required keys 
are, bul a total disregard for which 
fingers to apply to them. 

The loading procedure is the same 
as that for the Crash course: you simply 
copy the master disc, boot up your 
machine with CP/M. insert your 
working copy, and type in the lelter T 
at the A> prompt. An opening menu 
reveals eight lessons, the final three 
devoted to intense practice. There is no 
indication of a lime span here; ihe idea 
is that you are building upon knowl- 
edge which you already have, gained 
from a limited experience of using a 
keyboard, so whether it takes you four 
hours or four weeks to achieve the lofty 
status of a fully-fledged touch typist, it 
is irrelevant. 

Your first assignment is a skill test 
to determine your present ability in 
terms of both accuracy and speed. You 
must achieve an accuracy of 90% 
before you are allowed to continue the 
course. The first task after that is lo 
concentrate upon dividing your hands 
on the keyboard. To help you do this, 
you are given a sheet of multi-coloured 
stickers, the first of which are used lo 
place on the middle keys (black for 
5,T,G,B and red for6,Y,H,N>, 

This establishes a kind of frontier 
system; the stickers are not supposed to 
cover Ihe keys, but rather to indicate 
the parameters of the right and lefi 
hands' domains. So, everything to the 
left of the black dots is ihe responsi- 
bility of the left hand, and everything to 
the right of the red dots is looked after 
by your right hand. This is a sensible 
way lo start disciplining your wayward 
digits; indeed, the program does not 
even mind which fingers are used to 
press the keys in each half, as long as 
Ihey belong to the designated hand. 

Exploding myths 

You are then treated to a section on 
'Common myths', Iankey destroys 
those old adages such as not being 



allowed to look down at the keyboard, 
and not moving your hands from a 
hovering state over the home keys. 
Wiih these friendly assurances in mind, 
you are ready to continue in relaxed 
and confident mood. 

Because the stickers on the keys 
extend up into the row of numerals at 
the top. you are learning both letters 
and numbers simultaneously. This 
would probably be quite a task for the 
beginner, bul since Iankey is aimed at 
the experienced keyboard user, it is an 
economical and practical approach to 
covering the subject. 

Stick with it 

Every finger which is covered brings a 
new set of stickers on to the keyboard: 
the result is a very colourful board, 
which, by the use of bright, eye- 
catching 'signposts' means lhat you do 
not necessarily have to look down to 
see where those finger territories are. 

The text which you are asked to 
type is interesting - a refreshing 
change. There is, after all, only so 
much patience to be had with the repro- 
ducing the exploits of the quick brown 
fox, who, it seems, has been jumping 
over lazy dogs since typing instruction 
was first invented. 

As with the crash course, you are 
able lo prim out or display your perfor- 
mance on screen al any lime. Skill 
levels are also adjustable, and you can 
hop between lessons if need be. You 
are automatically asked if you wish to 
repeat exercises in the early stages, a 
useful feature, which is missing from 
the crash course. 

This conversion course is both 
thorough and lively; the instructions are 
conveyed wiih humour, but there is a 
feeling that it is all a bit laid back - it is 
rather like making ihe transition 
between school and university, in thai 
hard and fast rules are replaced by a 
more liberal and trusting approach. If 
you interpret this as a more appropriate 
way to treat those wiih an element of 
foreknowledge, then you arc well on 
the way to banishing those bad 
keyboard habits forever, • 



^ — 20 August 90SMfl Pti/5 



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quickly, the space is gobbled up and the 
dreaded "disc full" notice appears on 
the screen. For 85 12 owners the situa- 
lion is much belter, for they can 
command no less than 706k on a double 
density disc in drive B. 

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A instead of 173k, a useful gain of 19k; 
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for copying. 

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Using Xformat2 

The program, which consists of a single 
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3 -inch disc formatted to 200k. Thus 
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XFORMAT2 and press [RETURN]. 

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or verifying a disc. Instructions appear 
on screen along with the menu. If you 
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wrong disc, you can abort the process at 
any time simply by pressing [EXIT], 
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copying within LocoScript 2. The only 
slight inconvenience if you are in 
LocoScript is that you must reset the 
computer, load your operation disc, then 
go back to LocoScript afterwards. 

Small changes 

One point to bear in mind is that 
although LocoScript and CP/M recog- 
nise the extra space format, the 
computer by itself does not. This means 
that you cannot format start-of-day 
discs to 200k. These must be the normal 
1 80k mode as it is the only format the 
computer will load from. 

Another point is that, unlike 
DISCKIT and LocoScript 2, Xformat 
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time as copying. Discs must first be 
formatted to the required standard, 
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copied. This does add time to the 
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You cannot copy a 180 or 720k 
disc directly to the 192k and 784k 
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from M to a blank disc formatted to the 
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The blocks in which data is 
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With Xformat2 formatted discs, the 
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To see how it would work out. I 
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described above and noted the before 
and after capacities. In each case, there 
was still an advantage with the 
Xformat2 formatted disc, but as more 
files are added the gap narrows. It 
follows then, thai discs having a large 
number of small files will occupy much 
more space, and perhaps at around 40 
files the balance could start to go the 
oiher way, with less free space than a 
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Ask your 
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Tine work of LrcoSpell ia 
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Sunny Spells 

LocoSpell disguises the deeds of even the most atrocious speller. Sophie 
Lankenau shows you how to banish speeling mistaiks forever 



There can be few things worse 
than noticing a spelling mistake 
in a document which you have 
printed out - and were certain 
was error free at the time of its prepara- 
tion. LocoSpell puts an end to the possi- 
bility of this irritating situation, and, 
what's more, allows you to tailor a 



dictionary of your own to your specific 
needs. So, put your paperback dictio- 
nary to one side, settle down in front of 
your screen, and take a look at how 
LocoSpell can help you banish those 
spelling errors from your work forever. 

With LocoSpell installed (see 
margin for details on loading), go into 



editing mode by pressing 'E' for 'Edit" 
at the disc management screen. Now, 
press [f7) for "Spell*, and select 'All of 
document*. The text on screen will 
waver slightly as LocoSpell checks 
through for errors, and at the first occur- 
rence of an unfamiliar word, the 
following menu will appear. 



OThis is the first unfamiliar word 
which LocoSpell detects. The 
general 'rule* is that the program will 
question unusual names and the ocas- 
siona! slang word. However, be 
prepared for the rejection of words 
which seem quite commonplace; in our 
document, the words 'payable* and 
'detract' were called into question. 



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LocoSpell 's 'suggested replace- 



edit', press 'enter* and you are returned 
to the document with the new word, 
'tea' highlighted, all you have to do is 
make the necessary changes using the 
delete keys. 

A 'Edit this word' is another time 
^8* saving way of altering a word, but 
this time when LocoSpell 's replacement 
text bears absolutely no resemblance to 
the the word which you require. 
Selecting the option highlights the mis- 



j^x 'Ignore this word' is a command 
%9 which is particularly useful when 
your document is littered with names or 
'specialist' terminology. Although 
LocoSpell clearly isn't familiar with the 
word it picks out, it could well be your 
own surname. Selecting 'Ignore' tells 
the program to continue its search for 
more legitimate 'errors'. 



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part, accurate. However, some 
of the replacements will cause 
you a good deal of amusement 
when they are put in the 
context of the sentence. In this 
particular letter, the program 
threw out 'landmarks' in 
favour of 'landlords', where it 
was used to describe the 
tourist attractions of a town. 
Similarly, the program thought 
that 'breakages' should read 
'breakfasts'. 



The heart of the program 

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gFi You will find that most 
™ of the mistakes which 
LocoSpell isolates are the 
result of simple typing errors, 
made by a slip of your fingers 
on the keyboard. So, when you 
see the 'Use suggested 
replacement' option, you are 
more than likely to agree with what 
LocoSpell offers as a substitute. In our 
document, the first paragraph shows the 
word 'delihsfuf'; the suggested replace- 
ment, 'delightful*, is the obvious choice. 

©The 'Replace then Edit' option is 
a useful way of making rapid 
adjustments when LocoSpell's 
'suggested replacement' is very close to 
the correct word. For example, the 
program picks up on the word 'teh* in 
the second paragraph, a common 
keyboard slip when typing in 'the' at 
speed. It suggests 'tea", which we know 
to be incorrect. Instead of consulting the 
in-built dictionary, select 'Replace then 



delihtf ul 



Rep la cenent: 

delightful 



Hep lace and then 
Edit this word 
Consult dictionary 

Ignore this word 
Nark this word correct 
to user dictionary 



gou that one of our 

n nind. The cottage, 

and is within walking distance of all najor 
Cathedral and the spectacular Bishop's Palace are 

nctaarks which haue put the city of Mel Is on the 




stag at 'Cathview' will he £75.00, which includes 
charges. ft deposit of £55.00, payahle in advance, 
or aanage incurred during your stay.e 

ort to ensure that our honeynoon couples are 



spelt word on the screen, 
edit it in the usual way. 



You can then 



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'Consult dictionary' allows you to 
cross-refer with LocoSpell's enor- 
mous in-built dictionary to check on a 
particular spelling. With the option 
highlighted, press [ENTER] and a 
portion of the dictionary appears on the 
right hand side of the screen. The words 
listed are all related to the first two or 
three letters of the one which LocoSpell 
has questioned. You can scroll down the 
list to find the word you are looking for, 
then you simply highlight it using the 
cursor arrow keys, press [ENTER], and 
it is flowed into your document 



By 'Marking a word correct', you 
are effectively repeating the 
'Ignore' command. Where the 
program picks out, say, a 
company name, which you 
know to be correct, you can 
'mark' il thus, and continue. 
Words which you judge as 
acceptable in this way are then 
allocated a 'SiC code which 
you can see by pressing the 
[fS] 'options' key, and calling 
the codes on to the screen. 
The difference between this 
and the 'Ignore* command is 
that once a word is 'marked 
correct', the program will not 
bother to isolate further 
occurences of the same word 
in the document. 



©A second variation on 
the 'Ignore' theme, 'Add 
to user dictionary' is the 
option which enables you to start 
constructing your own 'dedicated' 
dictionary. This is invaluable in 
specialist applications: our document is 
a letter from holiday cottage rental firm, 
who have a selction of properties with 
rather nasty convuluted names like 
'Cathview' (obviously located within 
the sights of a large church or a lady 
called Catherine) 

The likelihood of this name, and 
others like it, reappearing in the written 
work of the company is high. Adding 
them to the user dictionary means that 
LocoSpell will consider these as accept- 
able words, and will not interrupt its 
search to question them in future • 



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holiday cDltag-es lib Holts for iht second wet of 



any breakages or damage incurred JurinG your sUy 

take fuery effort to ensure that our honejtflc-oin ecu 
jrouided tor-, ue regret to »u that "Cathuieu 1 op 



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lira Collage Holidays LM, by return Df pest.*J 



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'Words checked' provides LocoScript users wiih 
the wordcouni facility they've been missing! 



When LocoSpell has finished its 
journey through your document, a 
menu appears in the middle of the 
screen, li tells you how many words 
have been checked, and how many 
words you have told the program to 
add to the user dictionary. The first of 
Uiese pieces of information satisfies 
those LocoScrip! critics who complain 
about the program's inability to carry 
out a word count. It is likely that you 
will install LocoSpell on your 
LocoScript start-of-day disc (once you 
have used it to check one document, 
you will be surprised at your new- 
found dependence upon it in any 
future text preparation) 

Since 'Words checked' means 



every word counted, you will find 
yourself with an automatic facility to 
have the number of words in a docu- 
ment totalled up for you. 

The words which you have asked 
the program to add to the user dictio- 
nary are stored temporarily in the 
computer's memory, and you have the 
choice, in the last two options on this 
menu, to commit them permanently to 
the user dictionary, (by selecting 
'Update the user dictionary') or 
abandon them 

If, during LocoSpell's search, 
you have not earmarked any words for 
inclusion in the user dictionary, this 
lower portion of the menu will not 
appear. 



Using LocoSpell in document creation 



Calling upon LocoSpell to show you 
the difference between correct and 
incorrect spelling need not be the retro- 
spective process which we have seen 
so far. Even when you are creating a 
document, you can use the program as 
a more speedy alternative to leafing 
through your weary' volume of the 
Complete Knglish Dictionary. 

If you begin a word, the spelling 
of which temporarily escapes you, 
LocoSpell will come to your aid. You 
should have an idea of the first one or 
two letters of the word (unless it is one 
of those unpleasant psy- words which 
send the whole theory of phonetic 
pronounciation hurtling out of the 
window). Type them in at the relevant 



place in your document, and press [f7J 
for 'Spell'. Selecting the 'Single word' 
option, followed by [ENTER], 
summons a mini dictionary of words to 
the screen, with your rather half- 
hearted clue at the top. The list 
contains words which begin with the 
letter sequence you have; all you have 
to do is cast your eye over the selection 
and pick out the one you want to use. 
If it isn't evident on the portion 
shown, just scroll down to the bottom 
of the menu box, and new words will 
gradually appear on screen. Select the 
appropriate word, press [ENTER] and 
hey presto, it is transported to the place 
in the text where the cursor was left 
hovering. 




Use this option as an on-screen dictionary 



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deli 




deliberativetiess 

delicacies 

delicacy 

delicate 

delicately 

delicateness 

delicatessen 



A four letter clue gives a list of possible words 



Updating your dictionary 



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second u 

properti 
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19 4 i stan 
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it the ci 



rthur 

reakages 
cathvieu 
crankuortha 
detract 

ncurred 

audnarks 

td 
payable 



ill be £7 

f £50,00, payable in advance, 

luring your stay.** 

tr honeymoon couples are 

it 'Catfiview' only has bunk-h-' 



Your own user dictionary begins to lake shape. 



As we have seen, the LocoSpell search 
offers you the chance to add words to 
your own user dictionary. When you 
return to the disc management screen 
after using LocoSpell, you will notice 
that the 'USERSPEL.DCT is stored in 
on the M: drive. A warning message 
appears reminding you to copy this file 
on to disc - if you don't, all the infor- 
mation which you have carefully set 
aside for future use will be lost. 

There may well be limes when 
you need to edit your dictionary, either 
adding or deleting insertions. To do 
this, go into a document and press [f7] 
for spell. The option at the foot of the 
small opening menu, 'User dictionary 
upkeep' allows you to inspect the store 



of words which you have, and make 
any changes. Once you have pressed 
[ENTER], a portion - or all, if you 
have only made a few additions - of 
the user dictionary will appear. To add 
an item (for our document, perhaps 
another of those charming property 
names), place the cursor in the space at 
the top of the list, and press the [-] key 
to clear the area. Type in your addi- 
tion, and press [ENTER]; LocoSpell 
will then flow the new word to its 
correct alphabetical location in the 
user dictionary. 

Removing an item is a simple and 
somewhat brutal affair; highlight the 
offending word, press the [-] key, and 
it disappears forever. 




The price of 
perfection 

LocoSpell is availahle from 
Locornrmre Software, (0306 
740606) priced tWiS. It coma 
with a separate uiilaUstioa 
prof ram. so that you can hoi ii 
mi BjOHrLdCoScTipl jUrlnf- 
day due. This man ta 
LocoSpdi is always available 
win: ii you are using LocoSctipl, 
and there is no need \t> swap 
between discs when you need hi 
«oeli tfcedi- or perioral 
worocouni on - your work. 




Native 
instinct 

As you would espect from a 
software producer who provides 
the PCW's ramve wort 
processor. LocoScript die 
LocoSpell dictionary includes 
the name of its parent computer 
Here mrMJ Plus, we have 
cause to use an Apple 
Macintosh when we put the 
magazine together every monlii. 
When yon mob the aid of the 
Hit 'i spell-checking program, 
it stops at every instance of trie 
tetter sequence PCW and has 
the audacity to call it a 'suspect 
word'. Cheek! 



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10 ways to 
use Flipper 




Flippin' Marvellous 

Here are just 10 ways in which Flipper can make your PCW working 
life that little bit easier; Rob Ainsley investigates the options 



LocoScript/Protext to database/spreadsheet 



This is one of 
the most obvious 
uses to which 
you can put 
Ripper. If you 
use a database 
{to catalogue 
your customers 
or club 

members, with 

Masterfile, AlLast or Mini Office, say) or a spreadsheet (to keep financial 
figures, with Mini Office or SuperCalc or the Cracker, for example) you 
often need to write reports based on the information stored in them. With 
Flipper safely installed, pressing the [SHIFT] [EXTRA) and [EXIT] keys 
together lets you hop across to the spreadsheet or database, look up a few 
figures, hop back to LocoScript or Protext and write about it, and then hop 
back to the spreadsheet or database again and so on. • 



lane Eon NUMBER 
Address 7 Cleo Lane 
Kirk Douglas 
Hants 

Books X Rays: Theory and Practice 
borrowed Cavy Breeding (with recipe book) 
ftardvark Keeping For Beginners 
Zebra Crossings: A British History 

Date 6/01/54 
borroued 



The "Emergency Exit" 



? min 




When you're playing one of the 
many games available for the PCW 
- Tetris. backgammon or whatever - 
you need to convince someone that 
you're not just wasting time. So, get 
Flipper to set up a tedious-looking 
LocoScript letter that you can 
quickly flip to from your game 
whenever your boss appears! • 





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a a 


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LocoScript/Protext to Game of Life 

Ever get bored while working on 
that LocoScript or Protest docu- 
ment? Set up Flipper running 
Protexl or LocoScript on the one 
hand and the game of life on the 
other and [SHIFT] [ EXTRA | 
[EXIT] lets you leave word 
processing to watch a relaxing 
computerised fishtank. The Game of Life works like this. You specify where 
bacteria are to start with on the screen and they then breed (if there are two 
close together) or die (of loneliness if there are none next to it, or of over- 
crowding if there are three together). Each generation passes and finally you 
end up with stable repeating patterns. 

Here's how to get the game of life set up. At the CP/M A> prompt 
insert your LocoScript 1 disc (or CP/M disc if you have a 9512) and type 
MA1L232 [RETURN], Wait for the screen to clear and press [B], Move the 
cursor down to the last option Transfer as ASCII and press [EXTRA]P 

The screen goes blank apart from a cursor. Now you can set up a 
pattern. Use the arrow keys to move the cursor and press [RETURN] where 
a bacterium is to go. Another [RETURN] deletes a bacterium. Once ready, 
just press | SPACE] and watch the generations roll by ...• 



-28Aiigusl90«OTPU/5 - 



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LocoScript to Stop Press 

You can't edit text in Stop Press - if it's loo big for the space 
you've flown it into, hard luck; you must re-edit it in 

LocoScript. With 
Flipper you can 
hop across to 
LocoScript and do 
the required 
editing, save the 
document, hop 
back to Stop Press, 
and reflow it. • 



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Kirk Douglass 
Hantsf 



Sep S I930f 

Dear Hr Nuwberf 

According to our conprehensiye databasi 

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Instant LocoScript calculator 



>rint 0.05*12*36*4 

16.4 



Just get BASIC running in one half (insert your CP/M disc and 

type BASIC at the A> after Flipper is set up) and LocoScript in 

the other. To calculate something, flip across from LocoScript. 

Suppose you want the VAT on £4.99; you'd type PRINT 

4.99*1.15 [RETURN] and have the answer. Here are some 

examples of more calculations. 

4.8 times 5 times 3.2 PRINT 4.8*5*3.2 

17.7 minus 5.4 PRINT 17.7-5.4 

To get the result printed on the printer instead of the screen, so 

that results are visible on flipping, use LPR1NT for PRINT. • 



Ever ft- 1 1 you could do with 
another pair of hands? That's 
what Flipper does Tor your 
PCW. It effectively splits the 
machine into two, so that by 
merely pressing [SHIFT J [EXTRA] 
and [EXIT] (as you'd normally do to 
reset it) you hop across from one to 
the other. 

For example, you can be editing a 
LocoScript 2 document, press 
[SHIFT] [EXTRA [ [EXIT], and 



instantly the LocoScript document 
disappears and you're in the middle 
of a BASIC program that calculates 
the number of words in your docu- 
ment. Press [SHIFT] [EXTRA] and 
I EX IT | again and you're back where 
you left off in LocoScript 2. 

If you use CP/M programs 
(Masterfile, Mini Office, Pretext, DTP 
programs, BASIC and so on) you can 
have one of these running in one half 
and LocoScript 2 running in the other 



half. Or, alternatively, have two CP/M 
programs running, or even (if you 
have Flipper 2 Plus and the Isenstein 
add-on memory board) two 
LocoScript 2s running - handy for 
being able to edit two documents at 
once! 

Pictured below are a few ideas of 
how Flipper can work for you. Unless 
otherwise stated, all you need is 
Flipper and LocoScript 2 (which 9512 
owners have already). 



10 ways to _, 

use Flipper 



Blank screen 

Want to blank the 
screen when leaving 
your PCW in 
LocoScript for a while, 
to prevent damage to 
the display? Here's 
how. Set up BASIC in 
one half and 

LocoScript in the other. To blank the screen, flip across and 
type OUT 248,8 [RETURN], To return to normal type OUT 
248,7. If you flip to LocoScript with the screen blank you 
will still have the blank screen. # 




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line 



30/54 



Multiple copying 



fl>pil> s:[g3]=br*.let[gGl 

COPYING - 
DAUES.LET 
BBC. LEI 
SHORT. LET 



Ever wanted to copy a whole load of files 
in LocoScript from one group to another 
and had to do it tediously one-by-one? 
Here's the smart way. Set up Ripper with 
CP/M in one half and LocoScript in the 
other. At the A> in the CP/M half insert the 
CP/M disc and type PIP [RETURN]. At the * prompt flip back to LocoScript. 

When you want to copy files, insert the disc with the files to be copied and 
flip to CP/M and the * prompt. Suppose you want to copy all files from group 7 
to group 3; then type A:[G3]=A:*.*[G7] or B;[G3]=B;*.*[G7] for the B drive. 
End with [RETURN]. 

Hip across to LocoScript and carry on as normal. Sneaky types will guess 
that for example M:[G3]=A:*.LET[G7] copies just those files ending in .LET 
from A to M, while similarly B:[G3]=A:CHAPTER.*[G7] copies just 
CHAPTER. 1 , CHAPTER.2, CHAPTER.TEN and so on from A to B. • 



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iiuiary 6, 1954 :f 



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sixteen najor catalogues, f 



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Sorting alphabetically 



un "sort 

lane of file to be sorted? BOOKS, TMP 

lane of file to put result in? BOOKS. SRT 

Ik 



Another useful utility you can have available in BASIC to 
flip to from LocoScript or Pretext, is the sotting program 
from the T ips collection book. (See this month's tipoffs). It 
will sort the lines of a document into alphabetical order. In 
LocoScript. make an ASCII file of your document. Give the 
name of this new file when sorting in BASIC. To view the 
result, flip to LocoScript and create a new file. Press [f7] 
and 'Insert' the name you gave for the sorted file created by 
SORT.BAS. Pretext files can be sorted without alteration. • 



Word counter for LocoScript 



Ik 

un "counts 

Inter nane of LocoScript file to be counted? LEIIER.1 

lounting . , . 

Iotal nunber of words in LETTER. 1 is 964 

Ok 



We all know that you can't count words in LocoScript. Hipper lets you do that . 
All you need is the LocoScript word counter program, COUNT2.BAS, that is 
featured in the 8000 Tips Collection Book (see this month's Tipoffs). Set up 
LocoScript on the one hand and the word counter on the other by typing BASIC 
at the A> prompt in CP/M once Flipper is set up; insert the disc with 
COUNT2.BAS on it and type RUN "COUNT2 [RETURN]. Save your 
LocoScript document, flip across and follow the prompts. You gel a pretty quick 
word count, and [SHIFT] [EXTRA] [EXIT] takes you back to LocoScript where 
you can adjust the length if necessary, • 



Green screen LocoScript 






■1 



ME 



MP 

Em aw 

LffftMM 

1 



For bright days a reversed-oui 
screen (i.e. black letters on a 
green background) can be 
easier to read. Set Flipper up 
with CP/M and LocoScript. 
Hip to CP/M, insert your 
CP/M disc and type 
PALETTE 1,0 [RETURN]. 
The screen reverses out. Now 
flip over to LocoScript and 
carry on as normal; the screen 
remains black-on -green. If 

LocoScript changes back to green-on-black (when you create a document, for 

example) just flip over to CP/M and straight back. The screen will revert to 

black- on -green. 

To restore normality, flip to CP/M, insert your CP/M disc and type 

PALETTE 0,1 [RETURN]. • 



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Keep it in the Family 

Sophie Lankenau looks at a new and innovative piece of software which 
calculates your eligibility for any government means-tested benefit 



Calculate your 
benefit 







EVESHAM WELFARE 
BENEFITS PROGRAM 

£100.00 • Evesham Welfare 
Benefits* 0386 443340 

The range of government benefits now 
on offer is so comprehensive that 
many people are not aware of their 
potential entitlement to the financial 
support available. 

If the terms family credit, income 
support, and, more recently, commonity 
charge benefit tend to leave you feeling 
dazed, lost in a haze of confusion, do 
not worry. You are probably not alone. 
The good news is that now, you have 
the chance to have the terms defined 
and your entitlement calculated with the 
help of your PCW. 

Evesham Welfare Benefits have 
devised a program, for use at Citizens 
Advice Bureaux, Law Centres and the 
like - or for your own personal use - 
which will help you work out just where 
you stand. 

The program itself has been in 
existence for five years but only 
recently has it been adapted for use on 
the PCW, a popular choice of 
computing tool for such institutions, it 
would seem; the advent of the poll tax 
has precipitated an update of the 
information available, to include calcu- 
lations on community charge benefit 
and the hitherto faintly mysterious 
transitional relief. 

The program is designed to run on 
both the PCW 8000 series, and the 
9512, It is also PC and IBM compatible, 
so whatever your machine, the chances 
are that you can install the software and 
start checking out your benefit eligi- 
bility straight away. 

Once you have copied the master 
disc, the program is self-booting, so you 
will be pleased to hear that loading it is 
a quick and trouble free affair. 

That's rich! 

You are asked initially to enter the date 
and the name and address of the person 
on whose behalf you are making the 
enquiry; the program refers to the 
querant as the "client." This information 
plays no part in the range of calcula- 
tions which the program goes on to 
make, so you could just as feasibly call 
your client Donald Trump and he 
wouldn't be instantly disqualified from 
all benefit because of it. 

Any name - or even no name at all 



- will suffice. You are then asked if the 
client is 'effectively' married. A strange 
turn of phrase, that. What on earth does 
it mean? 

This will be the first of many occa- 
sions on your journey through the 
program which will demand the assis- 
tance of the built in 'HELP* section. 
Here you leam that 'effective' marriage 
is defined as being 'legally married and 
not permanently separated* or 'cohab- 
iting on a permanent basis'. 
Polygamous marriages are deemed to be 
'effective', and indeed the earnings of 
the surplus wives/husbands are taken 
into account when benefit calculations 
are made. 

The questions cover everything 
from dependent children, earnings and 
accommodation particulars, to mainte- 
nance payments and rateable value of 
the client's dwelling. From this, calcula- 
tions relating to family credit, income 
support and community charge benefit 
are made. We used the details of a ficti- 
tious citizen in reasonably adequate 
financial circumstances to check exactkt 
what he was and was not entitled to. 

Our client is, you've guessed it, Mr 
John Smith. If you are called John 
Smith and you are tired of seeing your 
name used to denote an example of a 
typical twentieth century male with 2.2 
children and a semi-detached in 
Surbiton, we apologise. Howard 
Constantine Amadeus Wilfred 
Crunchbuttock-Blenkinsop simply 
didn't fit on to the screen. 

You can depend on me 

The information which follows repre- 
sents the sequence in which the ques- 
tions are asked. So, Mr Smith is 45 
years old, and is married to Mrs Smith, 
aged 4 1 , and they have two children. 
One of the Smithettes is a dependent 
child between the age of 11 and 15, and 
the other is a dependent aged between 
16 and 17. 

At this point you are told that the 
Smiths are entitled to £ 1 4.50 child 
benefit. There is no sickness or 
disability in the family. 

Housing status is then dealt with; 
this client is category D, which stands 
for joint owner occupier. Monthly mort- 
gage interest payments are entered at 
£375, which is a weekly commitment of 
£86.54. 

The program then moves on to the 
topic of the moment, the dT^>- 



What's in it for you? 



Those vho did not pay rates or had rates paid 
on their behalf AND are either of pensionable 
age or entitled to a disability preniiM can 
apply, for EXTRA RELIEF uhen they mil have 
mm$ RATES of zero. 

All transitional and extra relief is 
lost if the recipient noues house voluntarily, 
Transitional relief is further reduced By 13. M 
per year until it is abolished in the year 1393/94 
(1932/33 in Scotland) 

In Scotland Transitional relief hi It be 
hack dated to 1989/30. 

PRESS AM m TO CONTINUE 



The program has a well researched 'Help' section to shed some light on govern- 
ment benefit policy. Transitional relief is explained here. 



****CALCIILA1I0H Of FAMILY CREDIT**** 




WUW3S 




FC My aLLWMCt 

K ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN 11-1S 

1 CHILD AT £ 14. IS EACH 
K ALLOWANCE FOJt CHILDREN It- 17 

1 CHILD AI £ 17,8 EACH 
MAXIMUM f Wli.V CREDIT 


£ 36.35 

i Was 

£ 17, M 
£ 68. 3» 


JfLLrnt 




HIT NEWLY WAGE Of CLIM 

NOTIONAL INCOME FROM CLAIMANT'S CIPITAL 


E22S.W 

£ 8.M 


INCOME USED FOR K CALCULATION 


££33.M 


EC THRESHOLD 


£ S7.se 


FAMILY CRISIS S8.»- ».? k( 233 - 57.6 ) 




FAMILY CREDIT t.M 




PRESS ANY KEV TO CONTINUE 
1 








When all of a client's details are entered, a summary of their benefit entitle- 
ments is displayed. Mr Smith is not eligible for Family Credit, 



COMMUNITY CHARGE BENEFITS 

ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHARGE BENEFIT 

ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHARGE PAYABLE 

JOINT ANNUA!. C.C, LIABILITY 

DHUUBJUAL WEEKLY COMMUNITY CHARGE BENEFIT 

INDIVIDUAL MEEKLY COMMUNITY CHARGE PAYABLE 

JOINT WEEKLY C.C, LIABILITY 

ON THE BASIS OF 10 INSTALMENTS PES YEAR 

IMDIUDUAL COMMUNITY CHARGE INSTALMENT IS 



PRESS MR KEY 10 CONTINUE 



The community charge benefit calculation. Mr Smith is not entitled to benefit, 
but transitional relief reduces his charge from £3S.50 to £36.30 per instalment. 






■8000 PLUS August 90 31 - 1 



. Calculate your 
benefit 

Poll facts 

lip, pile I he unpopularity of 
the pall tax, (here are 
exemptions to be made. So, 
if you are a resident 
hospital patient, lor a resi- 
ded! in a nursing home), a 
monk, nun. or a 
Community Service 
Volunteer, you are not 
liable for the charge. There 
are many other exemp- 
tions, applicable to the 
elderly, the disabled and 
utlu-rs in a low income 
bracket. Beware, though, 
of nun -payment: If you are 
a remand prisoner held in 
detention For non-payment 
of the charge, you are net 
exempt from payment, 
regardless of the length of 
your stay at Her Majesty's 
pleasure. 




community charge. 

Here you have to differentiate 
between 'assumed' and 'actual' 
charges; a quick glance at the 'HELP' 
menu will inform you which is which 
(see screenshot I ). You have to know 
both the rateable value of the property, 
and the 'poundage'. Once again, this is 
a feature of the program which rein- 
forces its non-suitability for purchase by 
the individual; although jargon is 
explained, you can still be left in the 
dark when you come face to face with 
such opaque terminology. 

Mr Smith's salary is entered; he 
earns a net weekly wage of £225, 
without any further income (from his 
wife's earnings) other than child benefit. 
He doesn't pay maintenance, and he is 
not paying a parental contribution to a 
child's student grant. Capital (or 
savings) must, at this point, be declared; 
Mr Smith has a nest egg of £5000 
tucked away, and the program immedi- 
ately calculates that this brings him a 
'notional" income of £8.00 per week. 

The rateable value of his home is 
£550, but his local authority has set a 
community charge of £385 per person. 
The combined liability of his family for 
the community charge thus exceeds his 
previous outgoings in terms of rates. 

The long and short of it 

Once all this information has been 
entered, the program finishes its line of 
questioning, and presents you with the 
option to have the final calculations and 
assessments printed out or displayed 



on the screen. 

A very useful feature of the 
program now comes into play. There are 
three levels of detail; you can select 'all 
calculations', or a 'short' or 'long' 
summary only. The second screenshot 
shows how the program disqualifies Mr 
Smith's family from receiving family 
credit. As you will note, his net weekly 
wage far exceeds the threshold for 
qualification. 

However, as you will see on the 
following page, the leaflets explaining 
family credit are somewhat misleading 
when it comes to working out just who 
is, and who is not, eligible. 

Happily though, all is not lost for 
the Smith family; the third screenshot 
shows the program's findings on Mr 
Smith's position regarding the commu- 
nity charge. Both he and his wife have 
been awarded transitional relief of 
£22,00 per annum on their poll tax. 

The program works out that on the 
basis of ten installments, the couple will 
pay £36.30 instead of the expected 
£38.50. Not quite enough of a saving to 
make them vote Conservative, perhaps, 
but a welcome relief just the same. 

So. our test case reveals what the 
program is able to offer you. It is not 
possible to select a specific area for 
calculations to be made; the program 
follows a sequence, which provokes 
certain questions depending on the 
circumstances of the client. So. even if 
you know that you only want to deter- 
mine, say. eligibility for housing 
benefit, you have to go through the 






THE PROOF OF THE PROGRAM... 






The Evesham Welfare Benefits program has 
been in existence for five years, and is used 
in a number of Citizens' Advice Bureaux 
throughout the country. We contacted Mrs 
Mary Kinghorn, of the Fleet and District CAB 
in Hampshire, who uses the package on an 
office PCW 8256 every day. 

The Fleet office has had the program 
since 1987. "We have been supplied with 
regular updates since our initial investment in 
the software." explained Mrs Kinghorn, "This 
has helped us cater for the many changes in 
the state benefit system since that time." 

Now, approximately 20 staff have been 
trained to use the program to help members 
of the public assess their benefit eligibility. 
So, how quickly did the staff pick up the oper- 
ation of Evesham's software? "Learning how 
to run the program and input the information 
is very simple" said Mrs Kinghorn. "Because 
the input consists of straightforward 'yes* or 
'no' answers, it couldn't be simpler to learn. 
Obviously, you cannot operate it without 
knowledge of the benefit system, but even for 
someone with no computer or data input expe- 
rience at all, it would only take about twenty 
minutes to run from start to finish." 

If such software is to be used to deter- 
mine people's financial status, accuracy is 
clearly of paramount importance. 'The calcu- 
lations which the program makes are accurate 
to within a couple of pence of what the council 
says" said Mrs Kinghorn, "so we are able to 



rely totally on the program's findings to 
instruct our clients on their position. We never 
go into the finer details of those few pence 
though, because what people tell us often 
differs from what they have told the council. 
Roy Bailey" - the man behind the program - " 
always includes a sort of disclaimer in the 
updates to the effect that the program is only 
as accurate as the information supplied by 
the client. This is absolutely right," she added. 

The Fleet and District CAB use the 
program mainly fur the calculation of family 
credit and housing benefit. "We haven't had 
too many enquiries about the community 
charge, whether for benefit or transitional 
relief" said Mrs Kinghorn. "1 suppose we are 
averaging at about 10 a week at the moment". 

Clients have a case sheet which notes 
details of their enquiries. "That is where the 
Evesham system comes into its own" explained 
Mrs Kinghorn. "Once a client's calculations 
have been made, we are able to printout a 
record or the information and keep it with 
any other notes we have on that person. This 
makes Tor quick and easy reference when a 
client returns to us; the program does not store 
individual records, so every time you complete 
someone's 'case', unless you do a print out then 
you have to start from scratch the next time." 

And the final word from the Fleet and 
District CAB? "We use it so much now - we 
certainly wouldn't like to be without it!" 

You can't say fairer than that! 



sequence of questions which will lead 
you to that information. 

Since the program only takes a 
maximum of about twenty minutes to 
run to completion, this is no hardship; 
indeed, it is well worth making use of 
the 'help* sections just to become fully 
informed of all the quirks in the whole 
glorious system of means -tested 
government benefits. 

The program has been compiled, 
not surprisingly, with a great degree of 
knowledge about state benefits in 
general. For the price of the package, 
Evesham Welfare Benefits will provide 
updates to the following March after 
purchase, when all the benefit rates 
usually change. Thereafter, the 
program's creators will carry out a full 
year's information update for £50.00. 
Steep, perhaps, for the individual; after 
all, once your own eligibility has been 
determined, there is little further use to 
be derived from the program, unless all 
your friends and relations are trusting 
enough to disclose their darkest finan- 
cial secrets to you. and slip you a few 
pounds for the privilege. That seems 
unlikely. 

The program is not however, 
directed at the individual; its producers 
do not recommend that it is a cost effec- 
tive way of finding out information for 
one person alone. 

We shall interrogate you 

Documentation accompanying the soft- 
ware is lucid and well written. It does 
not offer a demystification of jargon - 
but rather navigates you through the 
series of questions which you will face. 
Lines of questioning do, of course, 
differ depending on the individual 
circumstances of each client. 

Our client replied *no" to the 
enquiry about disability in his family, so 
therefore cheerfully skipped on to the 
next section. Had he replied 'yes', he 
would have been asked to respond to a 
completely different set of questions. 

Each response which you give is 
followed by a screen prompt offering 
you the chance to alter the information; 
as Evesham so rightly point out, the 
American phrase 'Garbage in, garbage 
out' is never more appropriate than in 
this case. So, if you accidentally key in 
your weekly wage as £800.00 instead of 
£80.00, you will not be spared from the 
somewhat inevitable disclosure that you 
aren't entitled to any benefits 
whatsoever. 

All in all, the Evesham Welfare 
Benefits Program represents excellent 
value for money for large advisory 
bodies such as Citizens' Advice 
Bureaux. It is a means of quick and easy 
reference, through a course of fairly 
idiot-proof yes or no answers. Very little 
leeway is provided for the entry of erro- 
neous information. Similarly, the back- 
up provided is both well researched and 
reasonably priced, considering the 
complicated nature of the subject 
matter, and the responsibility of the 
manufacturers to ensure accuracy. • 



J2 August 90 S#0W.f7S 



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Don't attempt any of the 
keyboard maintenance that we 
are describing on these pages it 
your tmchtac is still under guar- 
antee. It s omethtng goes 
wrong, you will no longer he 
covered. On ttK other hand. If 
an uin-of-wumtnty keyboard 
develops what looks to be an 
irreparable hull, the good nev, s 
ii thit a company in Preston 
called CPC (077!. 155034) can 
provide you *il)i (be spare pans 
lo gel II going again. 




O Remove the cable that connects 
the keyboard to the monitor and 
place keyboard upside down on a firm, 
flat surface. Remove the six Philips 
screws and place them on the paper, 
labelling them as you go. 

If you can, remember to "mark" all 
items that you remove in this way so that 
you can be sure of restoring them to their 
rightful place when it comes lo reassem- 
bling the keyboard. 

©Gently separate the top and 
bottom covers of the keyboard 
and lift out the main key section. At 
this point, a quick clean of the plastic 
top and bottom section using cotton 
wool or soft cloth soaked in a small 
amount of white spirit will pep up 
the overall appearance of the 
peripheral and remove all the dust 
and gunk thai has inevitably 
accumulated there. 



Place these parts safely on one side. 

O Again, turn the key unit upside 
down and remove the two 
screws which hold the small printed 
circuit (A above) to the board. Put it to 
one side with the keyboard cover. 
Don't pick the circuit board up unless 
you can do so by its edges; resist the 
urge to clean it too, 

©Remove the metal backing 
plate by pushing each of 
the plastic hooks through the 
holes. Two pairs of hands would 
come in useful here to work at each 
end of the plate. Remove it and give 
it a good clean, 

OLift off the plastic sensor sheet 
(B). Again, don't try and clean 
it; just blow the dust off gently. Put it 
to one side with the other items, taking 



care all the time not to place any strain 
on the ribbon cables which connect it to 
the circuit board. 

©Remove each key top by exert- 
ing some quite firm pressure on 
each of the two retaining hooks (C and 
D) towards the key stem. After you've 
done it a few times, you will quickly 
develop the knack; the keys should just 
pop off. As always, the golden rule is, 
don't force it. Firm pressure should be 
enough to do the job. 

When the key pops out underneath, 
be careful not lo lose the the small 
springs. Place each key in order on a 
second piece of paper. Three keys (the 
(SHIFT], [RETURN] and space bar 
keys) have retaining metal bars which 
should be levered out gently before 
you attempt to remove the keys them- 
selves. If you are unsure about this 
stage, don't do it. 



k 



re you currently experiencing that 
most irritating of plagues brought 
about by nothing more serious 
than a dirty keyboard":' Do you 
find that those keys to which 
you have the most frequent recourse - 
like 'a's and 'e's - are now beginning to 
stick to the extent that nothing less than 
the delicate application of a sledgeham- 
mer will reproduce the character in 
question on your screen? For the casual 
user, this may not pro\ e to be too much 



of a problem; for the dedicated touch- 
lypist, on the other hand, it can spell dis- 
aster- if you're lucky. 

So how do you solve this problem? 
One of the easiest methods is to "phone 
up your local supplier and order a new 
keyboard: this is not, however, the most 
cost-effective remedy that springs to 
mind. Have you. on the other hand, ever 
considered dismantling the whole key- 
board, and going through the steps of 
cleaning and lubricating it yourself. 



You should only go ahead with the 
operation if you are confident of being 
able to handle it with extreme care 
and caution. 

To perform this major clean-up, you 
will need the following items; one 
Philips (Posidrive or Star) screwdriver, a 
pack of cotton buds, some cotton wool 
or a soft cloth, a bottle of white spirit 
and a tube of Electrolube (or contact 
cleaner lubricant available from any 
good electronic component suppliers). • 



Clean around the keys as best you can. 

O Using cotton buds with small 
amounts of white spirit, clean all 
parts.. Take special interest in cleaning 
the key-top stems and the hole (hat 
each stem occupies: it's the dirt that 
slowly accumulates in these nooks and 
crannies which causes the keys to stick 
in the first place. 

Give each key plenty of time to 
dry thoroughly before attempting 
to replace them on the metal backing 
plate. Putting them back in is easier than 
removing them, hut remember, never, 
ever, use excessive pressure. 

©Next, lubricate the keys. Use the 
minimum of lubricant that you can 
gel away with and always wipe away any 
excess with a cotton hud. The only pans 
which should be lubricated are the key- 
top stents. To do this, press each key 



down and from the back of the board, 
squirt a very small amount of lubricant 
directly on to the black key-top stem 
using the plastic tube provided. The lubri- 
cant will spread around the stem and will 
lubricate the hole as the key is released. 
Repeat the process for each key. 

4f\ Now reassemble the keyboard by 
*mr reversing the dismantling process. 
Make certain that all 1 8 hooks arc 
pushed firmly into the metal plate. 

Check that the small keyboard to 
monitor cable is hooked into the hole 
at the side of the case as the final stage 
of assembling the top and bottom 
covers is carried out. Try not to over- 
tighten any screws. 

With a hit of luck, you should now 
have a pile of dirty cotton buds by 
your side, a slight headache but a 
clean, as- good -as- new keyboard that is 
ready for the off. 



Clean your 
keyboard 





This illustration shows the underside of the metal backing plate into which the 
keys are clipped. To remove them, simply press inwards and down on the two 
visible key stems C and D indicated above and below. The key will pop out 




This is how each key will look when it has been removed from the metal 

backing plate. C and D are the stems visible from the other side of 

the plate when you remove the key. Be careful not to lose the 

small metal spring shown here when the key pops off. 



Character deficiency 

Finally, are the legends on your key- 
tops fading into oblivion due to con- 
stant use? How can they be restored? 
Try using a permanent hlaek pen 
with a very due point. These, it has to 
be said, are not easy to find, but a 
good quality stationer should stock 
them (they may be called "overhead 
projection markers" or something 
equally trendy}. 

The pen should, when used on 
plastic, dry within a second or two 
and not show any signs of smearing if 
you wipe it with a finger. First 
experiment on a little-used key to 
check that the substance you're using 
doesn't either "melt" or damage the 
keys. Touch up each letter and then, 
using an artists' picture varnish, 
lightly varnish each keytop. 

A useful job well done. What 
more can we say? Happy typing! 



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8090 PLVS August 90 35 - 



Hard day's night 

Regular Speakeasy guest David Wilson tells us why he shuns ergonomics in 
favour of his own very distinctive working habits 



T 

he olher day I happened to be reading an 
article in The Guardian about the risks 
A. and symptoms of the dreaded Repetitive 
Strain Injury (or tenosynovitis, for the more 
able-mouthed among us). This one was even 
more terrifying than usual, because it listed, in 
minute (almost gleeful) detail, the most 
dangerous mistakes that it is humanly possible 
to commit when typing at a keyboard over 
protracted periods (apart from writing for 
8000 Plus, that is). 

It gave me an itchy feeling at the baek of 
my neck, because this list could only have been 
compiled by someone with a fairly intimate 
knowledge of my own keyboard working habits. 
What a terrible shock to the system it was to 
discover that my most innocuous-seeming 
companion, the cat. was, in reality, a stringer 
for The Guardian ... 

Anyway, I thought that if I were to give you 
a pen-portrait of my working style, it would 
serve as some kind of a perverse reassurance 
tactic. However careless you think you're being, 
you're bound to be a paragon of rectitude in 
comparison with my long -en trenched and in- 
formed habits. 

The night train 

First of all, my working hours are just a 
smidgeon unusual - although, as 1 always say, 
there are millions of people in Chicago whose 
schedule is exactly the same as mine. I usually 
bound from my bed. full off joie de vivre. as 
soon as the one o'clock news has finished and, 
generally breakfast on a Gauloise. 

In the afternoon. 1 either struggle futilely 
with my correspondence or else pay a visit or 
two to some of my less demanding (and there- 
fore, more deserving) clients. The evening has 
a ralher unwelcome tendency to pass in a 
vague kind of blur; generally, by the time 
midnight arrives. I'm ready to settle down at 
the keyboard of my PCW. When 1 say settle, I 
really do mean settle. 

My PCW teeters on an occasional table, 
which is older than 1 am and has a utility mark to 
prove it: I generally - wait for it - sprawl on a 
long settee. The keyboard nestles in the crook of 
my left elbow, with its right-hand side supported 
by my upturned left thigh. I hope you're visual- 
ising all this. 

Arc you sitting confortably? 

Whenever expert typists catch a glimpse of me at 
work, 1 realise how the human race must look to 
a three- headed calf in a side-show. On my 
friends' faces, I see that same expression of 
amusement mingled with disbelief. 




Repetitive Strain Injury'. 1 That's one ailment regular 
Speakeasy oilumnist. David Witsan, doesn't suffer from 

Because I like to give top priority to the total 
comfort of the major parts of my body, my 
fingers have to fight their way to the keyboard as 
best they can. My right arm tends lo rest easily on 
by stomach, but my left arm has to go round the 
back of the keyboard, eventually reappearing by 
the Amstrad logo. 

My hands eventually arrive at the keys, 
not side by side, but facing each other menac- 
ingly like two tarantulas fighting over sacred 
territory. The fact that I am capable of churning 
out thirty words a minute from this position is 
usually attributed to my having entered a pact 
with demons. 

As you can imagine, once 1 get myself 
ensconced like this. I don't like to move unless 
it's absolutely necessary; the value of working 
while the straight folk sleep soon becomes very 
apparent. Between midnight and seven in the 
morning, on-one telephones me. no-one rings the 
doorbell, and, above all. no-one asks if I saw 
World in Action - or whatever else constitued 
popular viewing - last night. 

Whenever inspiration fails, 1 move my head 
six inches to one side, grab the remote-control, 
and see what's on TV. Take my word for it, 
there's nothing like the programmes on offer at a 
quarter to four in the morning for making you 
want to get back to work ... 

Writers' aids 

If the experts arc to be believed, I should have 



been a twisted, wizened wreck donkeys' years 
ago. Why haven't I got acute myopia, seized- up 
finger-joints, and a spine like a staircase? You 
will have to take my word for it that 1 haven't 
got any of these things; I think the reason is that 
I was never taught the right way to do it. 

When I have to use the computer in a 
client's office, I feel like the proverbial fish out 
of water. Sitting in an economically designed 
chair, at just the right height and distance from 
the monitor. 1 have lo fight back an almost over- 
whelming temptation lo curt up on the floor 
with the keyboard between my knees. 

I can usually bluff my way out of this 
before complete hysteria sets in; I simply 
say thai there's a special manual 1 have to 
consult, and that I'll finish the job al home. 
One of the main things that 1 miss, apart from 
my comfort, is the by now mandatory lump of 
Blu-Tack which is always stuck lo the side of 
my PCW monitor. 

Blu-Tack has, no doubt, a thousand and 
one uses; the most important one for me, 
however, is that it is intensely satisfying to play 
with on those odd occasions when I find myself 
in I he midst of mental strife with a particular 
program or article. 

I'm glad that it's guaranteed non-toxic, 
because the lump keeps getting smaller and 
smaller. Where does it go to? 

Write of way 

I can almost see the disapprovingly pursed lips 
and raised eyebrows of those of you who've 
never seen a Reader's Digest article about 
Freudian analysis, so I'll go back to the subject 
of RSI (or Repetitive Strain Injury). 

I'm sure thai I'm far from being the only 
one with a wildly idiosyncratic way of using a 
keyboard. It's true to say in my experience, 
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most are those who do everything by the book. 
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obey the rules. 

There's a quaint old Chinese proverb 
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death certificate, the real cause of a person's 
demise is nearly always suppressed rage; 
I am now convinced that the same thing must 
apply to RSI. 

I'm sure that if I had to bash out the drivel 
which is inflicted on the average copy typist, 
I'd fly apart at the seams as quickly as anybody 
else. The magic ingredient which protects me 
is that it's my own tosh lhat I write - not 
someone else's. • 



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How to... _ 



Rich Man, Poor Man 

The management of personal finances is now more complex than ever; 

Tony Hart explains how a low-cost PCW spreadsheet package like Mini 

Office can make asset versus liability management easier for everyone 



Di> you know whether you 
would be in credit or debit if 
all your "markers" were 
called in? Would your wallet be fat 
enough to settle your liabilities? If we 
were to quickly estimate our own 
solvency, we could all probably guess 
what our bank balance would be at 
the end of the month. Or even say 
what we hold in our building society. 
Rut could we also say what our credit 
card bill would be at the end of the 
month or how much is outstanding in 



the way of mail-order catalogue 
charges? What would we have left - 
if anything - if all these accounts and 
other debts and loans were called in 
and we had to settle? 

The spending of money has 
become much more complex over 
the past ten years. The enormous 
increase in the financial services 
market-place during the Eighties, 
the availability of credit, low-interest 
mortgages and property booms 
have been followed by credit 



squeezes, high interest rates, higher 
inflation and zero, even negative, 
house price inflation. 

Once, all anyone had to manage 
was the simple weekly wage packet; 
now we have to cope with monthly 
salaries paid straight into the bank, a 
couple of credit cards, mail-order 
catalogues, personal pensions, share 
options, loans - the list is endless. 
Expenditure on the basics constitutes 
only a small part of a family's 
monthly outgoings. 






Editing tip 

There are two ways of 
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particotar cell. The firs! 
is I he simple re-en try; 
position the cursor ai the 
cell, re-enter the data and 
press [ENTER|.ir the 
lev! or formula is long, 
use the Edit cell function 
by moving the cursor m 
the relevant cell and 
preying [17], 

The cell contents will 
he displayed in the top- 
ItFt data entry field. 
When the changes are 
complete, press the 
[ENTERIkey. 






Let's take the finances of a typical 
family of the 90s and work out their 
liquidity situation. How will the spread- 
sheet help? Firstly, it will help to 
organise the full list of assets and liabili- 
ties. Secondly, it will produce a balance 
between them. Finally, it can provide a 
forward planning tool that will help in 
managing assets and liabilities over the 
year. We will consider, on the asset side, 
items that can realise cash quickly - like 
a bank or building society account. 
Even the sale of a car. On the clown 
side, we will concentrate on immediate 
debts like outstanding credit card 
charges or loans. Fixed, long-term 
assets and liabilities, like houses and 
mortgages, will not be included. 




Mini Office's line graph showing the balance of 
assets and liabilities in graphic form 

It's no great task to sit down with pencil 
and paper and work out a balance of 
accounts. But slightly more sophisti- 
cated tools - like your PCW with Mini 
Office's spreadsheet - do that job more 
quickly while allowing you to plan and 
budget for the future. The sereenshot 
above shows, in graphic form, the kind 
of information that this partnership - 
you. your PCW and a spreadsheet - can 
provide. This is a line-graph and the 
Assets and Liabilities form the top and 
bottom lines respectively; the ^ 
resulting Balance is the line l= L-- > 



PREPARING THE SPREADSHEET 



001 

002 

003 

004 

005 

006 

007 

008 

009 

010 

nn 

012 

013 

014 

015 

016 

017 

018 

019 

020 

021 

022 

023 

024 

025 



B C D . 

Assets - V - Liabilities 



Assets/Liabilities 



Bank (minimum) 
Building Society 
Shares 
Car 



Jan 



120.00 

150.00 

350.00 

6000.00 



Feb 



190.00 

220.00 

370.00 

5950.00 



Mar 



300,00 

410.00 

375.00 

5900.00 



Apr 



400.00 

540.00 

390.00 

5850.00 



May 



G 



Jun 



560.00 120.00 

650.00 200.00 

395.00 410,00 

5800.00 5750,00 



Total Assets 



6620.00 6730.00 6985.00 7180.00 7405.00 6480.00 



Car loan 
Credit Card 1 
Credit Card 2 
Mail order 

Total Liabilities 



Balance 



3000.00 2850.00 2700.00 2550.00 2400.00 2250.00 

280.00 170.00 120.00 90.00 50.00 40.00 

100.00 70.00 87,00 69.00 80.00 76.00 

25.00 30.00 36.00 25.00 30.00 43.00 

-3405.00 -3120.00 -2943.00 -2734.00 -2560.00 -2409.00 



3215.00 3610.00 4042.00 4446.00 4845.00 4071.00 



As we've seen in the opening sereenshot, our 
spreadsheet will take the form of a monthly 
projection of assets and liabilities over a period 
of six months, January to June. The columns 
will indicate the months; the rows will be used 
to display the changing values of the individual 
asset or liability. 

Above we have the basic spreadsheet 
layout before any data or calculations have 
been entered. Apart from the title, this part of 
the sheet is set up by simply moving the cursor 
to the relevant cell and entering the text. The 
first column has been widened (using the 
column "width" command) to accommodate 
I he length of the text. The title is entered using 



the text "string" command. 

To enter the title on to the sheet, move the 
cursor to cell C2, press | ALL |'|S| and type in 
Assets -v- Liabilities. To enter the Column and 
Row headers, move the cursor to the relevant cell 
- cell A2 - and enter Assets/Liabilities. Press 
[ENTER] to see the text placed in the cell. 

Since the default cell width is only six char- 
acters, only part of the text will be displayed. To 
widen the column to accommodate all of the 
characters which we need to show, press 
|ALT]/|W). Change the column width using the 
horizontal arrow key. The text will start 
appearing as the column expands. Then press 
the|RETURN]key. 



SW) m/S Angus! 90 39" 



_ How to... 



ENTERING THE DETAILS 





A 


.. B 


C 


D...... 


E 


F 


G 


001 
















002 




Assets - V 


- Liabilities 








003 
004 
005 
006 
007 
















Assets/Liabilities 


Jan 


Feb 


Mar 


Apr 


May 


Jun 
















008 


Bank (minimum} 


120.00 


190.00 


300.00 


400.00 


560.00 


120.00 


009 


Building Society 


150.00 


220.00 


410.00 


540.00 


650.00 


200.00 


010 


Shares 


350.00 


370.00 


375.00 


390.00 


395.00 


410.00 


011 
012 
013 
014 
015 


Car 


6000.00 


5950.00 


5900.00 


5650.00 


5800.00 


5750.00 


Total Assets 


6620.00 


6730.00 


6985.00 


7180.00 


7405.00 


6480.00 
















016 


Car loan 


3000.00 


2850.00 


2700.00 


2550.00 


2400.00 


2250.00 


017 


Credit Card 1 


280.00 


170.00 


120.00 


90.00 


50.00 


40.00 


018 


Credit Card 2 


100.00 


70.00 


87.00 


69.00 


80,00 


76.00 


019 
020 

021 
022 
023 


Mail order 


25.00 


30.00 


36.00 


25.00 


30.00 


43.00 


Total Liabilities 


-3405.00 


-3120.00 


-2943.00 


-2734.00 


-2560.00 


■2409.00 
















024 
025 


Balance 


3215.00 


3610.00 


4042.00 


4446.00 


4845.00 


4071.00 

















There are only three calculations made per 
column - or month. These are Total Assets, 
Total Liabilities and Balance at the bottom. 
Once each of the three calculations has been 
entered into the first column (January), then it 
is very easily copied to the others through a 
Relative copy. The formula to calculate Total 
Assets is as follows: 

1 ) Cursor to cell Bl 2 (Total assets for 
January) 

2) Press [ALT1/[F] (Command 
for entering formulae) 

3) Type in "SUM|B8:BH)) (Adding up 
January's assets) 

41 Press I ENTER]. 

To duplicate this calculation throughout the 

remaining months or columns, do the 

following: 

1) Press [COPY] 

2) Type "S" (Single cell copy) 

3) Move the cursor to February's column 

4) Type *"R" ( Relative copy) 

Now move the cursor to column D (March) 
and type "R"; repeat for columns D, E, F 
and ( . (June). 

The calculation for Total Liabilities is 
carried out in exactly the same way: all you 
have to do is change the first cell formula to 
"SUM(B1S:B17). 

The Balance, or Assets minus Liabilities, is 
entered as follows: 

1) Cursor to cell B12 

2) Press [ALT]/|F] 

3) Type"SlJM(B12-Bl9> 

4) Press [ENTER]. 

Data entry and rationale 

The spreadsheet is now ready for you to enter 
your data. The completed spreadsheet, shown 
above, charts the financial progress of a family 
over a six month period. Data entry is very 
simple; to enter January's bank balance, for 
example, all you have to do is cursor to the 
appropriate cell and type in the value. All other 
values are entered in this way. The values in the 
Totals columns don't need to be entered since 
they will be automatically recalculated by the 
spreadsheet each time a new value is entered in 



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The completed Mini Office spreadsheet as ii will 
look on your PCW screen 

the other rows. 

Let's take a look at the assets. We can see a 
low hank balance in January following heavy 
expenditure at Christmas. The bank balance 
then builds up until June when a summer 
holiday virtually wipes it out. A relatively low 
building society balance in January builds 
steadily up over the period with a reduction in 
June to partly fund the holiday. A £50(1 share 
investment steadily increases in value due to 
confidence in the stock market and continued 
profits from the company. The new car depreci- 
ates at roughly £50 per month. 

As for the liabilities, the loan for the car is 
paid off at the rate of £150 per month. The bill 
for credit card number 1 is used to pay for 
leisure and holiday expenses; consequently, it 
starts high due to Christmas/New Year outlay, 
and is rapidly reduced as the family struggles to 
get the outstanding amount down to keep 
interest charges as low as possible. Note that this 
liability is the amount shown outstanding on the 
bill for each month. Our family uses credit card 
number 2 to look after day to day living 
expenses such as grocery bills or petrol; it shows 
a fairly steady usage. Commitment to mail 
order each month follows a similar pattern to 
credit card number 1. 

The totals for both assets and liabilities 
and for the final balance are automatically 
re-calculated by the spreadsheet each time a 
new entry is made. 



between the two. 

The example that we have used is 
really very rudimentary but it illustrates 
the point we arc making. There are 
many variations on Ihis theme. Many 
more items, either in (he form of assets 
or liabilities, could be included in the 
sheet. Such additions are accomplished 
in three steps. 

First, create another row by using 
the [fK] Insert Row command. Then 
enter the asset or liability item name in 
column A (January) followed by the 
values in columns B to G. Finally, 
change the formula that totals up those 
items and do a relative copy of it 
through the other columns. 

You could just as easily structure 
your spreadsheet over 12 months, five 
years or whatever other lime scale suits 
you. Extending the period is a simple 
procedure; we need only add columns to 
the sheet by typing in the column 
header, the relevant values and then the 
calculations. • 



MINI OFFICE - 
THE FACTS 

Mini Office Professional Plus costs 
£49.95 and is available from Database 
Software (their 'phone number is 0625 
878888). The program is made up of 
five integrated modules; database, word 
processor, comnis, graphics and a 
spreadsheet whose maximum capacity 
stretches to 320K. 




The program's original documentation, 
which arrived bundled with the old 
Mini Office Professional, was a rather 
sketchy affair, only marginally easier 
to comprehend than a Beginner's Guide 
to Mahjong written in Serbo-Croatian. 
The good news is that Mini Office 
Professional Plus is now sold wilh 
the excellent "All in One Business 
Computing" by John Hughes, a tome 
written specifically for PCW Mini 
Office operators. It is published by 
Sigma Press (0625 531035) and costs 
£ 1 1.95. If you don't have this book and 
you're still struggling with Mini Office, 
you will find that it reads like a breath 
of fresh air. 

The line graph shown overieaf 
was generated using the integrated 
spreadsheet to graphics capability of 
Mini Office. This means that a 
Spreadsheet window can be transferred 
to the graphics module and displayed 
as one of three different kinds of chans. 
Above is a bar chart of the same 
information. 



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THERE ARE SEVERAL 
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LocoFiie is the easy-to-use, pop-up database that works 
within LocoScript 2. 

You can use it just like a card index; there's a separate card 
for each page of information. You can design the layout of 
the cards to suit your needs and you can change the 
number and order of the items in your cards at any time. 

LocoFiie is ideal for storing any type of information from 
membership records to your personal address book. You 
can then sort these cards in any order you wish - by name, 
by town, or by any item on the card. 

When you're typing a letter, simply call up LocoFiie and 
copy names and addresses straight into your document - 
you never need to type an address again! 

And LocoFiie can do a great deal more when you use it with 
LocoMail - the mail merge program. LocoMail lets you 
create standard letters merged with LocoFiie information to 
produce mailshots, detailed reports and labels. 

For more information on LocoFiie or any of the LocoScript 
family, please complete the coupon or turn to page 16 for 
a list of Locomotive Software Authorised Dealers. 



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Seance and Sensibility 

8000 Plus drove to the South coast to talk to psychic Ken Li mage, 
the PCW owner with powers of prediction 




While the en I ire country lies 
paralysed in the grip of World 
Cup fever. Ken Limage from 
Seaford in Sussex will be charting the 
fortunes of the England team, this 
coming week, with anxiously baled 
breath. But there's more at stake for 
Ken than the simple wounded pride of 
just another English footie fan. For if 
England lose their impending semi-final 
match against the West Germans and 
thus dash their chances of repeating 
their much-publicised 1966 World Cup 



HACK TO THE FUTURE 






Ken maintains thai he has nu control over 
what his PCW prints out on a particular indi- 
vidual; the machine, and Ihe program inside 
it are slaves to a much higher psychic law. 
The mere act of typing into the program, at 
the keyboard, the individual's name is enough 
to ensure that the reading is a personal one. 

So how does the program break down, 
exactly? Ken's reticence on the subject is 
understandable. "Well, we'd rather keep the 
mechanics of the program quiet for the time 
being. After all, we haven't got copy write For 
it jet." 

The crux of it though is very simple: it 
consists of a single line into which has been 
incorporated a random function - Randomise 
x%. The sheer sue of the program ("The 
program takes up a good 12 pages when 
printed out", says Ken! is due not to the 
complexity of the programming, but rather 
the amount of text that is typed into the file. 
There are forty-odd paragraphs altogether 
and each one is allocated a specific number. 
These are the same paragraphs to which the 

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program has random recourse when piecing 
together an individual's reading. He says that 
he can even produce an accurate reading on 
someone before he has even met them. Hm. 

Explained Kent "There are, according to 
tarot, about 22 cards in the Grand Arcana. 
Each of these cards represents an important 
event or development in a person's - any 
person's - life. While a reading is being 
produced, the program will pluck, at random- 
from the store of paragraphs, one fur each of 
the II sections. All you have to do is enter, 
first, your name and, secondly, a random seed 
number of some description. The reading is 
produced in seconds. I have absolutely no 
jurisdiction whatsoever over what the machine 
produces. Each reading is guaranteed to be 
different from any others that have gone 
before it. One of my friends insists that it's a 
load of old rubbish; but he also says that it's 
one of the most fascinating games he's ever 
seen. Whether you think there's anything in 
this or not is entirely up to you. But 1 know 
that it's true." 






SIGNIFIES: 39 Cloudiness is daring the way to your happiness, but it is 
there for you in the future. Time is all that Is needed for you to 
reach happiness and SQCcesss. Others dan' t appreciate you a ad 
partnerships are not a great success at present. There could well be a 
problem with a child or having a child within your environment. 



SURSOUHDIHGS: 32 Be prepared for some type of loss or even a major 
disaster of some iind. Trouble may come out of the blue meaning your 
illusions and thoughts may take a fall. Situations and trusts may well 
be destroyed Whatever happens in the end you will be proud of what you 
will achieve and of how you managed to succeed in such overwhelming 
circumstances . 



It's always comforting to learn thai a major loss or disaster is looming; hut why doesn't Red Deer learn how to spell? 

42 August mm PLUS 



victory, the credibility of Ken Limage, 
the psychic counsellor with the powers 
of prediction, will be shattered. 

England for the World Cup! What 
a strange - not to mention, dangerous - 
declaration from a psychic who has 
presumably got a lot to gain from 
appearing - and indeed, sounding - as 
believable and worthy of confidence as 
possible. But Ken's track record could 
be a lot worse. 

On the first day of the World Cup, 
some reporters from an Eastbourne 
newspaper came to interview him. One 
of them asked if Argentina would win 
their opening match against the 
Cameroon later on that afternoon. The 
reply came back in the negative. When 
asked to confirm if this reply was meant 
to be taken seriously, the response was 
Yes. "And it turned out to be true," 
laughed Ken. 

Psyched out 

Ken Limage is a psychic counsellor. 
This means that he spends much of his 
time out and about visiting people who 
are in need of his peculiar skill. "1 know 
automatically where someone's going, 
where they've been and what they're 
going through. 1 counsel them, help 
them find themselves," he explained. 
Our curiosity levels were soaring; 
how does someone go about helping 
somebody else find him- or herself? 
"By talking, listening - becoming a 
mirror," revealed Ken. "I absorb their 
troubles, and mirror back their positive 
side. I help an individual locus on the 
various paths that are open to hint or her 
at a particular time. It can often take a 
lot of time and a lot of effort. " 

Seven months ago. Ken recruited 
the aid of an Amslrad PCW K256. Now. 
one's first assumption is that he is using 
a database on it of some kind on which 
to store the details of his rather unusual 
"clientele". Then there's the question of 
invoicing; it's prime PCW territory, 
after ail. 

Ken quickly disabused us of our 
fond imaginings: "Most of the people 1 
help can't afford professional coun- 
selling rates; I do it for nothing. No, 
I've never enjoyed producing tarot read- 
ings for the people. You see," he whis- 
pered conspiratorially, "I'm a Rat 
Scorpion, and they don't like being out 
on the "front line", so to speak. 1 






decided to transfer everything 1 know 
into the PCW; after all. if psychic 
powers could go through me and my 
mind, then they could come through 
a computer." 

Random future 

But with the PCW being such a recent 
acquisition, Ken is most anxious to 
stress thai the involvement of the 
machine in his psychic activities is still 
very experimental, particularly as far as 
the personal readings are concerned. 
"There are so many variations that I 
have yet to go into," he says. 

What he has been concentrating on 
in recent months is the reproduction, on 
the PCW, of the two most problematic 
tarot readings: the Consequence Spread 
and the Celtic cross. He is working on 
the principle that if he can adapt and 
perfect two of the most difficult tarot 
processes for use on the computer, the 
easier readings will fall into place. 

The program that Ken is using on 
his PCW 8256 to produce these personal 
forecasts is called Psychom and was 
written, using the PCW's native Mallard 
BASIC, by fellow psychic and close 
personal friend, John Compton, Ken 
describes it as a fairly mammoth project 
which took John a month of virtually 
solid working hours to complete. 

These forecasts are like tarot 
readings - but without the cards. 
Although they do contain references to 
the past, each one is relevant to a basic 
six-month period which begins when 
you detach the paper from the printer 
and begin to read. 

We were surprised to discover that 
all the computer required from us was, 
first, a name and, secondly, a random 
seed number. It seemed a very prosaic 
start to what had initially promised to be 
a mystical communion between the 
mortal and spiritual worlds. 

Psycho 

After a few seconds of heavily pregnant 
inactivity on the part of the PCW, puntu- 
ated occasionally by nothing more 
sinister than a whirring and flickering of 
its disc drive, the printer kicked deci- 
sively into action. 

The resulting printout divides into 
eleven sections: the Signifier, 
Surroundings, Obstacles and so on. 
Each section consists of one paragraph 
of about four to ten lines explaining 
what's going on or what will be going 
on in that particular aspect of your life. 

We were, it has to be confessed, 
slightly taken aback by the all- 
encompassing nature of some of the 
predictions. Take for example the 
Present coming : 

"Change is the key word here, 
because it is on the way. Good or bad 
things will be changing around you. 
Therefore these changes will come out 
of the blue or be a stroke of luck, an 
opportunity, even a godsend. These 
changes will mainly affect the section 
that this is in so check this because this 
is where the changes will take place." 

Well, nobody could have accused 



the spirit behind this particular commu- 
nication of being either insightful or 
specific. "Hedging one's bets" was the 
phrase that sprang most readily to 
mind at this point. Wasn't it all a bit 
vague? we asked Ken. His response 
was assured. 

"These readings are pretty compli- 
cated. Complication makes for vague- 
ness sometimes. But I can read into 
them. I want to start simplifying 
them right down so that, in future, 
there's no room for any ambiguity." Ken 
is also very quick to point out that these 
readings are essentially predictive, and 
that, in order to appreciate their full 
veracity, it's important that you re-read 
them in six months' time. The passage 
of time often sheds new light over what 
seems baffling, impossible or 
ambiguous at the time of the reading. 
Good luck, England. 

Ken's discourse is liberally 
peppered with references to "them 
upstairs." When encouraged to expand 
and go further on this topic, his face 
assumes the expression of a wearisome 
teacher trying to explain the rvidimenta- 
ries of mathematics to a stunningly 
backward child. "My spirit guides, of 
course." Of course. 

Psychom, insists Ken, has two 
sides to it: one side is able to produce 
tarot readings for people, the other side 
provides a direct link or means of 
communication between himself and his 
contacts or guides "on the other side". 
"It works on exactly the same principle 
as the telephone," he explained. He 
warned that this is the potentially 
dangerous side of Psychom and only 
those who know what they're doing 
will lie able 10 use this "hot lino" to the 
spirit world. 

So who are these guides? Usually 
the most readily available is a dead Red 
Indian rejoicing in the highly unlikely 
name of Red Deer. But there are others, 
too. like Abdul, Fatima, George, Akita 
and Chou Han Lee. "Each of them has 
specific character traits. Red Deer 
doesn't like wasting time, Akita is a 
healer and Chou Han Lee is more of a 
mathematician," he informed us in a 
matter of fact kind of way. Fighting 
back an almost overwhelming urge to 
pack up our recorders, cameras and flee, 
we nodded vacantly when Ken volun- 
teered to give us a quick demo. 

By means of another Mallard 
BASIC program which provides a series 
of Yes or No responses to any question 
that is entered. Ken - or anyone else for 
that matter - is able to engage these 
guide(s) in a conversation during the 
course of which they are able to find the 
answers to some of the most pressing 
issues of our time. The on!y constraint, 
as we mentioned before, is that what 
you enter on the keyboard (it is immedi- 
ately echoed on the screen and printed 
out at the printer) has to be a question 
which elicits either Yes or No as its 
response. Consequently, he typed in 
"Are you there Red Deer?" and waited. 

After the interminable passage of a 
couple of seconds, the response comes 



back loud and clear: "Yes." We're off. 

Is anybody out there? 

Ken explained that not everybody is 
allowed to use the keyboard. It is a priv- 
ilege and the spirits have first to be 
asked if the inquirer can type his or her 
own questions in. It seems that we were 
to be so endowed with this honour. 
"Wow, you're lucky," breathed Ken. 

It's largely up to you what kind of 
questions you enter: it can be anything 
from "Am I going to have beans on toast 
for dinner this evening?" (Red Deer 
would no doubt take great exception to 
having his considerable talents bandied 
about in such a trivial fashion) to "Will 
England win the World Cup?". 

Of course, the thing that really got 
us thinking was the fact that the 
program is unerringly consistent in its 
reponses. The World Cup debacle illus- 
trates this perfectly. When the repeated 
question "Will Czechoslovakia/West 
Germany/HollandAJnited Arab Emirates 
win the World Cup?" was entered, the 
program responded repeatedly in the 
negative until Ken entered the name of 
the England team. The reply came back 
a resounding "Yes." Ken numbers 
among his most illustrious intercourses, 
conversations with Eric Morecombe 
and Winston Churchill. He keeps ail 
transcripts of his conversations locked 
away in a safe somewhere but has 
committed copies of them to a large red 
A4 folder. The curious can peruse them 
at their leisure. 

Red Deer is certainly a very 
talkative chap. Our afternoon with Ken 
Limage left us with many unanswered 
questions, not the least of which was: 
why doesn't someone as all-knowing 
and all-seeing as this Red Indian obvi- 
ously is learn how to spell properly? • 



Case in Point _ 




Life story 

Ken, together with fellow 
pyschic John Compton, is 
currently working on a 
complementary program 
io Psychom which aims to 
take the tarot readings 
one step further. Instead 
of looking to the future in 
general.you, white able 
to look mote closely at 
specific areas of your life - 
like money, career, 
emotions and $» on. 




ALTERNATIVE COMPUTING 

Ken Limage first discovered that he had a psychic gift 
some seven or eight years ago. Since then, he has given 
up a successful career as an environmental consultant to 
pursue exclusively his relatively off-the-wall profession. 
When asked to name some of the more bizarre occur- 
rences to which he has been privy, he replied "Nothing 
seems that strange anymore." More recently, however, he 
predicted the winners of this year's Derby and Grand 
National and the Iranien earthquake. That notwith- 
standing, he is reluctant to use his psychic powers for the 
purposes of material gain. "No, I never feel tempted to 
do that," he commented. "Money is unimportant. This 
gift of mine has cost me my career and my house. No, it's 
enough In life to have the basics." 

Ken originally bought his PCW to help him manage 
what he calls "fixed data", more specifically, the storage 
and ready retrieval of details pertaining to the Chinese 
birth signs. This he does with LocoScript. Nowadays, his 
PCW, like Ken himself, is concerned almost exclusively 
with psychic counselling. 

Ken is also looking for a business manager with a 
view to commercialising Psychom - "Not the direct 
link", he stresses, "that's far too heavy and, in the wrong 
hands, can be utterly disastrous. No, just the tarot read- 
ings," He envisages the day when PCW owners will have 
Psychom sitting in their disc boxes alongside LocoScript 
and SuperCalc II. 






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/% PI enoble your PCW and confuse 
^ j ^\ your mind. Tim Smith looks 

at Armorial and Pattern Puzzles. 



ARMORIAL 

£18.50 • Peter Matravers • 0395 271872 

Armorial is a set of clip art files lo be used with Creative 
Technology's Micro Design II DTP package. Unlike most of 
the other support discs of clip art which come with pictures 
of fluffy animals or scanned images, Armorial has a very 
specific purpose. Its aim is to allow you to create - wait for it 
- coats of arms. 

What you get for your money is an A: drive disc con- 
taining the clip art and, it must be said, a rather flimsy man- 
ual. The files themselves comprise the various elements 
which a herald might require to make up an 'accomplish- 
ment' (coat of arms). 

These include the basic shield shape, the scroll pattern 
which goes beneath the shield and which holds the motto, the 
'helm' which is the complex uppper section to the shield and 
also a set of 'charges' (the small insignia which go onto the 
shield face). Once you have made a copy of the disc and have 
put the master safely away, it's time to boot-up Micro Design 
II and get on with creating your arms. 

The accompanying manual is, unfortunately, just too 
flimsy. Unless you have some knowledge of heraldry, you 
will need to go out and buy yourself some information on the 
subject. This obviously bumps the price of the package up 
somewhat. The inclusion of a glossary would certainly have 
alleviated this problem and Peter Matravers has told us that 
he will be prepared to work on one if the disc takes off. 

The second problem is less obvious but more frustrat- 
ing: there are simply not enough symbols or insignia to make 
the disc truely worthwhile. We imagine that Armorial is tar- 
getted at family historians or students of history who might 



PATTERN PUZZLES 

£17.25 • HTB Computers Ltd 



1 07945 16279 



If you enjoy being frustrated, then Pattern Puzzles is the disc 
for you. This small, seemingly innocent looking A: drive disc 
holds several puzzles which would try the patience of a saint 
let alone a normal PCW owner. 

Based loosely on the manipulation toy which always 
seems to appear in Christmas crackers and which entails 
moving tiles around on a small board to make up a picture or 
the alphabet, Puzzle Patterns goes one step further. In the old 
game you were presented with a number of small tiles and 
one gap. You had lo re-order a random combination of tiles 
using the gap as the pivotal point. This PCW version does not 
use gaps; instead it "wraps' the cross-hatched and patterned 
squares on a grid. 

The manual is none too clear on the object of any of the 
many combinations of games which the disc provides. There 
are several games to play, from the basic Patterns, which 
looks like a simple case of returning a confusion of coloured 
squares to their original form but grows into a mind-searingly 
difficult challenge, to two variations on a theme called 
Boggier and Snakes. Finally, there's Megamind. 

Boggier sees the squares disappear with 'loops' taking 
their place. This one really is for the masochist with a high 
pain threshold. The loops have to be re-organised from a 
straightforward layout which the computer randomly dis- 
rupts. Unlike the previous games where you were allowed to 
rotate and wrap the loops. Snakes sees them wrapping to the 
end of the line and then moving up a row. You can imagine 
how frustrating that can be. Megamind is a mixture of all 
three of these variations. You get the basic loops and squares 
with the cross-hatching going wild, but added to this is the 




want to liven up family 
trees or papers. 

Because coats of 
arms only relate to indi- 
viduals (not families as 
it is sometimes thought) 
every time a new ances- 
tor crops up you will 
need to create their 
crest. There are not 
enough images to do 
this. It is unlikely that 
you will stumble upon a 
family line which only 
ever used martlets, 
grenades and maunches 
to gainer their shields. 
Even the family Smith 
in its many guises makes 
use of rabbits, peacocks 
and the occasional por- 
cupine, none of which are featured on the disc. Such heraldic 
creatures as leopards, goats, centaurs and griffins are also 
conspicuous by their absence. Mr Matravers might have done 
belter to hold off on the launch and bring out a four disc set 
containing a wider variety of clip-art. What you do get, 
though, is of excellent quality. The manual, while not 
explaining terminology, does take you through the process of 
putting together a crest. It explains this in terms of keyboard 
and mouse - a nice touch - and everything seems to work 
well. Sadly, however, you do come away thinking, "Great 
idea - but not quite there yet.". • 



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Micro Design and Armorial collaborate to 
produce a professional- looking crest 




HTB mind-benders puzzle your brain and provide you with a few 
moments' relief from a heavy workload 



fact that there are twelve methods of movement; right, left, 
up and down, block movement clockwise and anti-clockwise, 
overall rotation clockwise and anti-clockwise and snake-like 
sideways motions. 

Each of the games has to be loaded separately from the 
command line. The only way to quit is to press [EXITI which 
does not take you back to a menu but merely to the A> 
prompt. The program's restart provides you with the possibil- 
ity of cheating - that is to have a list of the moves required 
down the right hand side of the screen next to the 'board'. 

Play combinations are varied; you can play against a 
'required' number of moves or compete against a partner to 
solve a puzzle in fewer moves. 

All in all. Pattern Puzzles will appeal to those among 
our readers who enjoy brief breaks from the workload but 
also like to feel that they are using their brains as well. • 






Did you know that 
LocoScript 2 is not only 
faster and easier to use, 
but also... 



■ Produces better looking printing with 
improved shapes on the built-in matrix printer 

■ Lets you use an alternative printer to print 
your documents - choose from over 300 

■ Supports all European languages including 
Russian and Greek - even Ancient Greek! 

■ Provides over 100 scientific, mathematical or 
special symbols 

■ Is the first step to adding other LocoScript 
programs such as LocoFile, LocoMail and 
LocoSpell 

■ Lets you format and copy discs without 
using CP/M 

■ Adds a range of different typefaces from 
handwriting styles to modern fonts for 
business use. 

■ Adds a wider choice of layout features 

■ Gives more options forFind and Exchange 

■ The Save and Continue option returns you 
back to your original place in your document 

■ Prints multiple copies of your document 

■ Offers a wide choice of paper types to print 
your documents - for example: A4, A5, 

1 1" continuous or 3" labels. 

■ Will convert your existing LocoScript 
documents as you need them 

■ Has a completely revised user guide 

LocoScript 2 is the powerful, more versatile 
successor to the LocoScript supplied with the 
PCW 8256/8512, For only £24.95 you'll get 
more from your PCW than ever before 

Giving you more 
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Starry, Starry Might 

With one eye on the planets and another on the cards, 
Alec Rae looks at the PCW's powers of prediction 



STARTER PACK 

UIM • Astroealc • 0442 518(19 

It is quite difficult to decide what kind 
of 'starter' is being referred to in the 
title of Astrocalc's Starter. Certainly this 
was the program that started the whole 
thing off for Astroealc (and astrological 
software! in the earl) lUi s ■-■ of personal 
computers. And it has survived, virtu- 
ally unchanged, to this day. 



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Even though Starter is far more understandable il is still 
somewhat obscure for Ihe beginner 

What it does, il does with 
simplicity and ease. There are certainly 
none of Ihe frills that you would asso- 
ciate with modern packages. But 
whether this is the program you should 
buy if you wanted 10 start a study of 
astrology is a different question. 

The main feature of Starter is the 
ability to plot the position of Sun, Moon 
and planets at the moment of a person's 
birth - the natal chart. 

From this chart the astrologer 
reckons to know your personality and to 
predict how lite ciinvnl configuration ot 
planets will affect you. For instance, it 
works out the Ascendent (the sign of the 
zodiac coming over the horizon that 
moment) and the Mid-Heaven (the sign 
directly overhead) of all the planets and 
then goes on to produce a list of what 
are known as aspects - the relationship 
of the planets to each other. 



Margin Note 

One branch of modem 
Numerology descends from 
Gematria, a part of ihe 
famous Jewish form of 
mysticism and magic - Ihe 
Qabalah. The QataHsts took 
it very seriously, working 
mil Hit numerical value of 
key words in the Scrip! ures 
and [hen giving them a 
meaning based on their 
numerical value - which 
could te quite different from 
the meaning of the word. 
The major difficulty 
with this form of 
Numerology is ihal ancient 
Hebrew had no vowels, so il 
is very difficult to translate a 
name like Coltjuhoun 
Farqhimrson into ihe 
language. 



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To Ihe trined eye 

For instance if the Sun was at 60 
degrees (a trine) to your Ascendent, that 
would be good. If they are 90 degrees to 
each other (a square) that's bad. 

There are no graphics and virtually 
no text with Siarter. There is no 
"Welcome to the wonderful world of 
Astroealc." Instead, the program rather 
tersely demands details from a corner of 
a virtually empty, black screen - name'.'. 



lime of birth?, date of birth?, laiiiude 
and longitude of your place of birth? 

These are all details that are 
needed for a proper reading but there 
are none of ihe useful utilities of the 
inore sophisticated programs. You have 
to go and look in an atlas for the longi- 
tude and latitude of your birthplace. 
Other programs keep a file of the exact 
location of major towns throughout the 
world to produce at the right moment. 
It should not be too difllcull It) prog rail) 
it to work out whether the birth time 
is affected by British Summer Time, 
bui it doesn't. 

However it has to be remembered 
llial it only costs £12 and anything that 
works has to be regarded as a bargain at 
that price. Whether you would be 
prepared to pay more for more frills is a 
different matter. 

Once these details have been 
entered. Ihe machine thinks for a 
moment and then produces a table of 
what must be, to the 'starter' pretty 
meaningless figures. 

The ephemeral cpfoemeres 

To the trained astrologer (especially to 
ihe astrologer of the mid-80's when this 
first appeared) this is like manna from 
heaven. At last the expert can get on 
with the work of interpretation without 
ihe brain-crunching arithmetic and 
consulting of ephemeres (incredibly 
boring little books with lists of the posi- 
tions of every planet for every day in a 
specific year) before he can even start 
the interesting bit. 

But for a beginner Ihere is virtually 
no help in tackling the equally daunting 
task of working out what SUN GEM 10 
6 12 means. 

The other part of the program is 
seemingly an effort to equip the 
beginner to face ihe labours of interpre- 
tation. One obvious way of starting is to 
discover key words associated with die 
individual planets and signs of the 
zodiac and I hen tie them together. 

So, for example. iT you discover 
that Uranus is situated in the sign 
Gemini, you re id ember that a key W'ord 
for Uranus is deviation and a key word 
for Gemini is quick learning. Ergo you 
can say "This person is a quick learner 
when it comes to deviations." 

Memory upgrade 

Sadly this is only explained in a rather 



sketchy fashion in the manual and isn't 
even mentioned in the program itself. 
Instead you are faced with a rather 
obscure game of matching up key words 
with lists of planets or signs. For 
instance, you may have a list of the 12 
signs of the zodiac and have to decide 
which one was associated with the word 
'cunning". Yes, that's right. It's Gemini. 
The manual insists you should learn 
these all by heart before you even think 
of starting interpretation. 

While this is all very good for 
producing moral fibre, you can't help 
feeling that it might have been belter to 
have used the PCW's ability to 
remember details to produce simple text 
files which could be used as memory 
aids at the same time as they form an 
interpretation. 

The manual does cloud the issue 
slightly by referring to sections of the 
program that were not included in the 
package we saw. For instance, it 
mentions tutor programs on houses and 
aspects, areas of astrology thai you 
really need to grasp for even ihe most 
basic reading. 

A brief mention of Ihe facl that ihis 
is not included might save a few 
headaches. And a few pointers to what 
purpose houses and aspects served (for 
those who don' i have those sections) 
would have been helpful. 

Another little problem is that 
Starter is wrilten in BASIC and Ihe 
program is not particularly robust. 
Pressing STOP for instance (a rather 
normal reaction when you've made a 
mistake and want to Start again) lakes 
you on I of the program still leaving you 
in BASIC. That should tool a few PCW 
starters for a few 



hours (The 
answer is type in 
CONT and carry 
on or type 
SYSTEM lo exit 
toCP/M). 

However, ai 
the end of the day 
what we have to 
remember is thai 
the program costs 
very little and 
those people who 
want the donkey 
work taken out of 
astrology will 
consider it a 
baraain. • 



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omputer science must rank as 
■ . the magic of iiie 20th Century. 
^^ We press a key and our PCW 
spews out cash-flow projections with an 
ease that is almost supernatural. 
So it isn't totally illogical that people 
should want to use the power of the 
computer to help out with the more 
unconventional side of forecasting. 
Most forms ol augury need quite com- 
plex computations and a remarkable 
memory to remember what those com- 



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putalions mean - tasks that a computer 
can perform quickly and accurately. 

On the other hand, most fortune 
tellers do claim a certain skill in inter- 
pretation and, at the most, direct inspira- 
tion from powers above. Can the predic- 
tive software match the powers of the 
average Gypsy Bruce Lee? 

Gradually the realisation dawned 
that by using a few clever graphics and 
some carefully worded text files, a pro- 
gram could be created that could pro- 



duce the equivalent of a fortune teller's 
reading. An amateur could sit down in 
Irani of the green screen and give the 
impression of being able to make pre- 
dictions or divine a person's character. 
Once the first predictive program hit the 
market, the race was on to find more 
and more obscure forms of divination to 
computerise. This month compares 
some traditional astrological packages 
with some new interpretation based 
efforts at tarot reading and numerology. 



A2 
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If Starter really is aimed at beginners, it 
is certainly true that the snappily entitled 
A2 program is not. It has all the profes- 
sionalism and complication that Starter 
lacks. But it certainly isn't the sort of 
thing you would buy out of a vague 
interest in astrology. 

Again it is a valuable tool to the 
working astrologer. Essentially it is 
doing the same job as Starter - 
producing natal charts - hut there is a 
world of difference in the approach. 

Astrology is a science on its own 
and takes many years of study. But you 
would need a lew years" study just to 
get through the configuration program 
on A2. Printer sellings and disc drive 
setup are only the start of your worries. 

You have a choice of settings on 
nine different subjects, including 
progressions, harmonies, synastry and 
midpoints. Setting up for the natal chart 
gives a dozen options (including 
whether you want the tropical, sidereal 
or draconic versions}, just to give you 
some idea of the program's complexity. 

Something to suit everyone 

It is almost certain that no matter what 
method of astrology you prefer there will 
be a sei-up in A2 to suit. But be warned. 
There is virtually no on-screen help in 
making your choices; unless you arc an 
expert, expect a long hard struggle just 
getting the program configured. 

The main program does have the 
advantage of graphics - and good, quick 
graphics at that. It can produce a profes- 
sional-looking natal chart on screen in 
mere minutes. 

Pictured in the accompanying 
screenshot is the natal chart showing the 
12 signs of the zodiac and the position 
of all the planets, ascendents, mid- 
heavens, nodes and anything else you 
can think of. In many ways it is a pity 
this function is not available in ihe 
Starter program. It does brighten up ihe 
use of the program no end and is far 
more likely to catch the imagination of a 
novice than a lis : l of numbers. 

The displays also include many 
details that would be useful to begin- 
ners. Dividing the planets up between 
cardinal, mixed and mutable houses or 
inlo earth, fire, air and water is not a 
major problem from a programming 
point of view and is relatively easy for 



ihe novice 10 grasp. 

A perfectly oval circle 

The speed of the graphic build-up is 
impressive and. more importantly, you 
can just as quickly create another chart 
which appears distorted on screen but 
which prints out as a perfect circle on 
paper. And il prints out landscape (side- 
ways) to give more room on ihe page. 

It might be argued that Aslroealc 
have gone over the top with graphics. 
All ihe planets and signs of the zodiac 
are represented with well-drawn 
symbols and even the aspects are 
provided in symbolic form. 

This obviously gives a far more 
compact presentation but it does mean 
that you have to know all these symbols 
before you can even begin to understand 
what is going on. Most people recognise 
the crescent for the moon or the little 
arrow head for Mars; just how many 
people are well acquainted with the sign 
for Uranus is, on the other hand, a 
completely different matter. 

The aspects can be represented in a 
standard chart or in one of those charts 
produced by the A A to show the 
mileage between towns - a simple but 
effective method of allowing the 
astrologer to fully explore all the possi- 
bilities of a chart. 

In fact you arc spoilt for choice in 
the different ways of calculating and 
presenting the small amount of informa- 
tion needed. Again, all you are asked for 
is the subject's name, the date and time 
of birth and ihe longitude and latitude of 
the place of birth (you can add Autogaz 
- a list of the most popular locations to 
be born in.) 

Keep on predictin' 

As A2 is very much aimed at the profes- 
sional astrologer, it naturally has a batch 
mode which allows you to throughput as 
many charts as you like - or your printer 
ribbon will allow. 

A2 does have a predictive element 
to it, allowing you to work out transits 
(comparing the day to day movements 
of the heavens with a binh chart) and 
'day for a year' or secondary progres- 
sions (based on the belief lhai a day of 
celestial movement is equal to a year of 
your life). 

Again this isn't anything like the 
text-file based predictions of some 
programs, where you feed in the details 
and it churns out pages of print. This 



works out the compulations needed to 
compare charts and gives you the infor- 
mation (in symbolic form, of course) to 
create your own predictions. 





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Natal charts can be produced either to look right on screen or to look 
righl when printed out. 

Again, there is a tutorial section, 
this time on harmonics. Harmonics are 
a very complex method of finding 
significance in the angles between a 
fixed point on the circle and ihe various 
bodies in the chart. 

Although il appears to be a subject 
that seems impos- 1 
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memory. A 2 does 
include another of | 
its favourite 
memory test 
games. However 
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NUMEROLOGY 

£36 • Astrocalc • 0442 51809 

[f [here's any of the occult sciences 
which lend themselves to computerisa- 
tion, it has to be numerology. Although 
it can be used as a form of prediction, it 
is mainly a method of discovering 
personality trails by manipulating the 
numbers most closely associated with a 
particular individual. 

The theory goes that numbers 
affect our lives in many and mysterious 
ways. This means that the numbers 
which eonstilue your date of birth, the 
street number of your house and even 
your telephone number all exert some 
influence on your personality. Although, 
having said that, it seems a tad unrea- 
sonable to suppose that just because you 




Aslrocnlc's Numerology program is certainly very easy to use and supplies 
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Simply type in the name you're known by, the name you were given at birth 
and yout date of birth and the program will begin 'calculating' your vowels 



up roots to go and live in number 19 
that you will automatically metamor- 
phasise into a ravening psychopath 
who is likely to lose all control on 
viewing the colour red. Presumably if 
you keep the same telephone number, 
you will be all right. Anyway, back to 
the subject in hand. 

Numerology, therefore, involves 
simple tasks like adding up the digits 
of birth dates to get a single prime 
number - a number which is regarded 
by the practitioners of such a science as 
highly significant and which determines 
a particular set of attributes and/or 
failings for you. 

This is taken even further by 
endowing each letter of the alphabet 
with its own specific numerical value. 
In this way a name can be given a 
numerical value by adding the value 
of each letter. 

By looking at these numbers, the 



Occult hero 

Probably the most famous 
occultist of the 2()th 
Century A leister Crowley, 
the nun dubbed by the 
popular press "the most evil 
man whoever lived" 
certainly took Numerology 
seriously. He dropped his 
given Christian name 
Alexander in favour of 
Aletter, because he liked 
its numbers better. No-one 
is mil' whether he got the 
spelling right but it 
certainly didn't seem to do 
him much good. 



L 48 August 90 MW«.W 



numerologist reckons to be able to 
become acquainted with the real i 
nner you. So with the minimum of 
information and a few simple sums. 
Astrolcalc's Numerology program 
should be able to tell you the secrets 
about yourself which you never even 
knew existed. 

Name, rank and number 

It is true to say that using the program 
could hardly be easier. You just type in 
the name you are normally known by. 
your date of birth and the name you 
were given at birth, complete with 
embarrassing middle names (now is no 
time to be shy about them). 

From these few details, the 
program does a series of complicated 
computations and churns out between 
eight and nine pages of single spaced 
type that should, in theory, explore 
every corner of your inner psyche. 

Admittedly a large part of this text 
is u standard explanation of what 
numerology is about and what it is 
trying to achieve, interspersed with 
surprisingly short passages of interpre- 
tation of particular numbers. 

However, as numerology is not as 
popular a form of occult science as, say, 
astrology, this detailed background is 
probably needed and it certainly gives 
you the impression of getting your 
money's worth. 

And talking about money, 
Numerology, like many of the Astrocalc 
programs, is geared up for the profes- 
sional or semi-professional user. Names 
Call be put through in batches and then 
primed out while you go off to gaze 
meaningfully into your crystal ball. 

We did see an early version that 
may still have a few correctable bugs in 
it, but on the copy we tested there was a 
tendency to produce an unexpected 
page throw, which put all the subse- 
quent pages out of synch with the 
continuous paper. So it is maybe an 
idea not to go too far, if you're printing 
out a large batch. 

You can also customise the 
print-out to include your name although 
Astrocalc do get top billing. There is 
also the opportunity of printing out an 
order form which offers all these pages 
of information for a mere £5: sadly, t 
his is set up for the cheque to send off 
to Astrocalc. 

You say Kaballa... 

As with all of these packages whether 
you fee! it works or not must depend on 
your own, subjective judgement. There 
is no obvious opportunity to customise 
the text so you are stuck with what 
you've got. 

It does seem to be written from a 
position of some knowledge, using stan- 
dard methods of Numerology, although 
with a program that puts such impor- 
tance on the spelling of words. Kaballa 
should really be spelt Qabalah to be 
absolutely accurate. 

It also tends to cover its tracks a 
little. For instance, it tells you the 
number four can mean you are very 



systematic and orderly or disorganised 
and disorderly. Seems a reasonably 
safe bet. 

Again, as this was an early version 
there may still be some wrinkles to 
iron out, but occasionally our version 
did tend to produce different numbers 
based on the same dates and names. As 
Numerology is one area where there 
should be no element of chance, this is 
presumably a bug and a rather inconve- 
nient one at thai if you want to take the 
program seriously. 

One limiting factor is that you only 
have the choice of printing out the full 
eight pages of text. This virtually kills 
the ability to try out 'what-if possibili- 
ties with names. 

Only the names are changed 

It is reckoned that by changing your 
name you could change your person- 
ality - a theory borne out by the 
evidence of thousands of husbands 
who discover that their wives change 
their personalities as soon as they 
assume their married name. 

Numerologists will suggest it is 
possible to find yourself a name that is 
better suited to your other numbers or 
one that will give you a particular 
ability - an area where the PCW could 
prove invaluable. 

Astrolcalc are planning to add a 
section to the current Numerology 
program by the autumn of this year 
which is billed as a program to investi- 
gate names and numbers. If this did give 
the option to try 'what if" options. (Alex 
or Alec or Alexander, for instance) it 
could become an essential tool to the 
serious exponent of the an. 

Again a forecasting section is 
promised - presumably working out 
good days when the numbers are in 
harmony with your numbers or vice 
versa. The mathematics are not too 
difficult to work out with a pencil and 
paper, but they are obviously a lot easier 
and less time consuming on a PCW. 

Another possible area of improve- 
ment would be more explanation of 
precisely how the numbers are 
produced. They seem to appear as if 
by magic from the inner reaches of 
your machine. Showing the arithmetic 
behind them would be both interesting 
and informative. 

There is, 
apparently, a 
branch of 
Numerology that 
studies the inci- 
dence of a 
specific number 
- how many 
times the number 
three appears in a 
name or birth 
date, for instance. 
A little more 
detail on how the 
numbers are 
achieved would 
allow this to be 
taken into 
account. • 



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THE TAROT PROGRAM 

£24.99 • KF Heywood • 
0269 826664 

The first thing that must be said about a 
tarot package is that it is difficult to 
recreate the atmosphere of a tarot 
reading on a green screen. 

For a start, most tarot packs are 
brightly coloured, ornately decorated 
and packed with the most obscure detail. 
There are hours of harmless fun in 
studying each card and trying desper- 
ately to work out what on earth it is 
supposed to mean. 

In comparison, the graphics in (K) 
Software's imaginatively entitled The 
Tarot Program do seem a little mundane. 
The most exciting image on screen is of 
the Celtic cross lay-out {the most 
common way of laying out the cards for 
a Tarot reading) with the most uncon- 
vincingly shaped cards. Instead of an 
attractive illustration, each card has its 
tide written on it. 

But if we are to compare this 
program with the others in terms of its 
ability to take the hard work out of 
prediction, this certainly does work. 

Normally when you learn 
cartomancy (that's card reading to the 
uninitiated) you have to learn 1 56 
different interpretations - 78 for the card 
upright and 78 for the card reversed. 
You really have to try to learn them off 
by heart. It looks so amateurish 
sneaking a look at Bluff Vour Way in 
Fortune Telling every five minutes. 

In comparison with the Tarot 
Program, you can be producing very 
detailed readings - five pages' worth - 
with a full interpretation of the meaning 
in the context of its position, 

A long handled shuffle 

The program docs exactly what you 
would expect of it. It can produce a 
reading with cards chosen by chance. 
The cards are 'shuffled' - a process that 
seems to take an inordinately long lime. 
The manual {a rather home-made 
looking effort) even warns that this 
could take up to 60 seconds. 

You are then invited to chose 10 
numbers at random. Only later do you 
discover what cards you have picked - 
and thus your future. 

There are no exhortations to 
"ponder deeply on the matter in hand" 
or to press the keys with your left hand. 
The manual is very matter of fact about 
the process, a style perhaps more suited 
to instructions for an accounts package; 
but perhaps they are the more under- 
standable for that. 

By far the most important feature 
of the program is that you can actually 
set up a reading by placing the cards in 
the right places. Technically this could 
have been made easier. You are 
presented with a list of all 78 cards and 
you cursor down by pressing the space 
bar. If you miss the card you want you 
have to start again - a minor point, but 
quite time-consuming. 

However it does mean that you can 
combine all the fun and romance of a 



proper tarot reading, complete with 
head- scarf and gold earrings and then 
gel the PCW to do what it is good at - 
remembering the meaning of each card. 

Two heads are better than one 

It is difficult to give a subjective judge- 
ment on the text that is produced to go 
along with each card. The method used 
does not take into account reversals 
(it is assumed that all cards are upright, 
giving only a possible 78 different 
meanings.) 

This is different from most tarot 
reading techniques which make great 
play of the cards being two headed. This 
is normally interpreted by giving upright 
cards good meanings and reversed cards 
bad meanings. 

By having no reversed cards the 
Tarot Program seems to fall into the trap 
of having nothing but good news to 
disclose. But people don't really consult 
fortune tellers to hear bad news, so 
maybe that is not such a bad failing. 

Whether you feel that it can accu- 
rately foretell the future must be a pretty 
personal decision, but it certainly seems 
convincing enough. 

The text is written with far more 
conviction than the manual, almost 
getting poetic at times. Each interpreta- 
tion is prefixed with an explanation of 
where in the lay-out the card is found 
and what that means. For instance card 
number eight tells of friends and family 
- card 10 is the final outcome. 

Another sentence tells you whether 
the card is from the Grand Arcana (an 
important one), the Minor Arcana (a not 
so important one) or a Court Card, 
which could be describing a person. 

While this detail is invaluable to 
understanding your reading it might 
have been better to keep it seperate from 
the real interpretations. It would have 
been worthwhile to arrange it in such a 
way that it could more easily be ignored 
once you have got used to the program. 

Changing the future 

Interestingly enough you have the 
opportunity to change this text or the 
card interpretations themselves in the 
text editing section of the program. This 
is stuck rather incongruously in a 
prompt "Do you want to edit the text 
files? 1 ' at the beginning of the sequence. 

The manual comes up with the 
handy hint "If you are using the 
program for the first time, 1 suggest you 
answer (N) no." 

When you do enter the mysterious 
world of the text editor, things get 
slightly more difficult. Again you have 
the cumbersome cursoring process to 
pick the card you want to change. The 
screen is split between the text already 
in the program and space for you to add 
your own. 

This will probably prove quite 
difficult, even for an expert tarot reader 
who, as previously mentioned, has prob- 
ably trained on the double-headed 
system. But perhaps the most limiting 
factor is that you have only one interpre- 
tation for each card. Most tarot readers 



would give a different meaning to a card 
depending on its position and even the 
cards surrounding it. 

This is the real art of fortune-telling 
and unfortunately at present seems to be 
still beyond the power of the micro-chip. 

One quirk with the text editor is 
that it does not seem to want to let 
you go until you have committed your 
thoughts to the green screen. You seem 
to have great difficulty culling short 
this experience. However as the 
amended text file is first saved in M 
drive before being committed to disc, 
you are unlikely to do loo much damage 
by accident. 

Perhaps the most interesting and 
definitely the bravest feature of this 
program is the way thai it commits to 



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HUGO CORNWALL'S NEW 
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To publish a fourth edition of any book indicates two things: 
first, that the subject matter is extremely popular, and second, 
thai it is a iopic which needs regular updating. The fourth 
edition of The Hacker's Handbook has been released in 
response to both these points, only this time under the edito- 
rial guide of Steve Gold. Hugo Cornwall, seemingly 
exhausted by five years of exposing his hobby to the general 
public, has hung up his hacking boots for the time being. 

The book aims to give a general overview of hacking as 
a pastime - together with the intrinsic moral and ethical 
questions of such a pursuit - and a look at the basic equip- 
ment needed to embark upon the hobby yourself. It conforms 
to the 'AH you need to know' rather than 'Step by step guide' 
format. The legislation surrounding hacking is woolly, but 
lucid enough to indicate that producing a beginners' guide to 
such a topic would be as unadvisable as publishing "How to 
Blow Up the Houses of Parliament in Ten Easy Stages'. 

Hacking is described by Hugo Cornwall as " a recre- 
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make unofficial entry into computers and explore what is 
there." He adds, "Most hackers are not interested in perpe- 
trating massive frauds or instigating a world war." This 
notion is borne out throughout the book. Although chapters 
are structured around practical elements such as techniques 
and target areas, there is nothing so blatant as giving away 
the necessary passwords and phone numbers to access top 
secret information. 

Comming to get you 

The basic skills required of any potential hacker are a 
knowledge of how information is held on composers and how 
it can be transferred from one machine to another. In other 
words, if you have a grasp of communications, or comms as 
il is better known, you are reasonably equipped to begin. 

The ability to write programs in machine code or any 
high level language is a useful asset, Gold continues, and the 
relevant hardware is essential. You need a computer, with a 
serial (RS232C) port and a modem: all familiar terms to the 
comms expert, and made accessible to the beginner by 
Gold's clear explanation. The various comms software 
currently available is outlined; and without further ado, the 
book moves on 10 the meal of the matter - targets. 

Victims of the hacker's curiosity range from financial 
institutions such as the Stock Kxehange, where in the after- 
math of the Big Bang, market dealing is now largely screen- 
based, to government computers. It is the chapter on targets 
which uncovers the majority of Gold's fascinating stories 
about the achievements of hackers to dale - and the mixed 
reactions of the authorities and the media. 

There was a case in 1988 where an unemployed man 
from Surrey used the resources at the University there lo go 
on-line and see what he could find. The man in question had 
spent five years developing communications skills to the 
point where he could access almost any on-line service - 
including NASA and Milnel, the North American military 
computer network. The US security forces were tipped off 
and the man was arrested and interrogated by both British 
and American police. At the time of the incident, the hacker 




was extremely alarmed by all 
the fuss which was being 
made: for hackers, it seems, it 
is not the manipulation of the 
target information which is 
exciting, il is reaching the 
information in the first place. 

( i round rules 

In the same 'thrill of the 

chase' mode, the section 

which Gold devotes to 

hackers' intelligence- that is, 

how exactly you can access 

these targets, is none loo 

specific. There is as much 

protocol observed when 

logging on lo bulletin boards 

as there is in a game of 

croquet: you simply don't 

barge on to the board and ask 

if there are any good numbers 

lloating around. The general 

rule is that a bit of background research provokes the kind of 

questioning liable lo invite a helpful response. As Gold points 

out, "90% of the information you want is freely available - [he 

difficult part is recognising il and analysing it." In this section, as 

in several others, modified screen dumps illustrate 'typical' 

bulletin board conversations. 

The publicity surrounding hacking oscillates between horror 
stories and glamour: in America in 1 980, two youngsters caused 
a system crash through hacking which cost $22,000 to rectify. 
They were prosecuted, given probation, and then approached 
with a film offer. A more recent incident reveals the near para- 
noia which organisations experience about the vulnerability of 
data. In 1 987. a Manchester bank was concerned about the fact 
that its customers were withdrawing cash from "hole in the wall* 
machines, yet never receiving it, and their accounts were still 
being debited. An examination revealed thai a false cardboard 
back had been fitted lo I he cash dispenser, which trapped the 
notes until the thief came along to collect his 'winnings'. The 
suspected hacking operation turned out to be petty theft. 

German legislation introduced in 1986, says Gold, stales 
that hackers in that country can only be prosecuted under certain 
circumstances. There are three conditions: if computer records 
are altered in order to gain an unfair advantage for a person or a 
third party: if information is deleted or manipulated in order to 
cause harm to a computer or its owners, or if unauthorised access 
is made to a computer to acquire commercial secrets. Under such 
criteria, the majority of hackers operate inside the law. Their 
activities are almost voyeuristic; the 'Look but don't touch' 
philosophy is only violated in rare instances. 

Trick of the night 

The book concludes with a troubleshooting section, and there is 
also a helpful glossary explaining technical jargon. 

There is something for everyone in The New Hacker's 
Handbook; 'practical' sections assume a reasonable amount of 
foreknowledge, bul even for someone who has no intention of 
taking up hacking, this is a fascinating read. For those of you 
who thought that hacking was a shady nocturnal pursuit, 
steeped in intrigue and dishonesty, you will be forced to think 
again. As Gold says, hacking will never stop. "The golden age 
of hacking always seems lo be yesterday until someone stumbles 
across a fresh opportunity," The only change will be in the way 
that hackers behave away from their equipment. "Hackers are 
realising that the real harm lies in publicising their hobby." 
Perhaps, then, this fourth edition of The Hacker's Handbook 
will have to be the last. • 




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out your business expenses after a 
foreign trip? How about calculating the 
value of your portfolio on the Tokyo 
Stock Exchange or the price of 
computer software in an American 
magazine? This useful little LocoMail 
program can do all of this and more in 
any currency you like. 

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can come in very handy if you 



frequently find yourself bogged down 
with a calculator and a stack of foreign 
receipts trying to work out expenses 
after a business trip. Alternatively, you 
may simply want to work out how 
much money you spent on holiday last 
month. It couldn't be easier to use. Ail 
you have to do is type in the routine 
shown in the box below and see how 
fast it runs. 

Those of you who are PCW9512 
owners already have everything you 
need to quickly type up the program 



and start dabbling in dollars or Deutsch 
marks. You don't even have to leave the 
comfort of your LocoScript disc. 
Owners of PC WB256s and 85 1 2s can 
also use this program provided they 
have invested in LocoScript 2 and 
LocoMail, To use LocoMail, simply 
insert your normal start-of-day 
LocoScript disc. The first menu should 
include the options Fill and Merge. If 
they are not listed, then the LocoMail 
program needs to be installed. See the 
LocoMail manual for further details. 



Convert your _, 
currencies 



Following a 
routine 

All hough relatively new lo 
computers and word 
processors. Roger Evans is 
in established full-time 
author with many 
published books and arti- 
cles to his name. These are 
mainly easy-to-follow 
instruction boob on music. 
travel, advertising and 
business writing. Like 
many people, he bought his 
PCw9512asawwd 
processor and was amazed 
to find LocoMail included 
in the package. "LocoMail 
quickly grabbed my iraagi- 
n an i in K I could use it 
along with LocoScript. 1 
began writing my own 
programs. 1 now run most 
of my business - including 
la* and VAT accounts 
using LocoMail." 






How to type in the routine 

If you are a regular user of LocoScript, 
then most of these instructions will 
sound very familiar to you. The process 
of setting up a LocoMail program is 
very similar to typing in a normal 
LocoScript document. The difference 
lies in the commands that the programs 
uses. 

Special LocoMail commands are 
enclosed between ( t Mai! I and (-Mail) 
codes. These codes are typed in using 
the Set Key [+] and Clear Key [-] on 
either side of the space bar. Simply 
press [+]M to produce the (+Mail) code 
and 1-]M for (-Mail). You can use a 
capital or lower case M; it makes no 
difference. One thing to watch out for, 
however, is that they always operate in 
pairs. Every (+Mail) code must have its 
corresponding (-Mail) even if they are 
not placed together. Failure to do this 
provokes the most common LocoMail 
syntax error message when attempting 
to put any LocoMail routine into action. 

The other codes are the standard 
LocoScript options for bold, underline 
and word-underline. They can be keyed 
in in exactly the same way: type [+]B 
for(+Bold); [-]B for (-Bold); (+]UL for 
(+UL); [-JUL for (-UL); [+]W for 
(+Wordul). Once again you can use 
capital letters or lower case ones to type 
these keystrokes. Everything else is a 
matter of simple copy typing. 

Establishing a layout 

The first step is to create a document by 
pressing [C]; call the document 
EXCHANGE. Before you begin keying 
in the listing, press [f2] to set up the 
layout. 1 ) Select Change Layout. 2) 
Press [f4] and change the Character 
Pitch to 12. 3) Press [fl] and c=T~~> 



THE LOCOMAIL ROUTINE 
(+Mail);EXCHANGE for LocoMail (c)1989 Roger Evans [RETURN] 
[RETURN] 

;This program can be used to convert any currency into £ - or into any other currency. (If another 
currency is required instead of £, replace the £ signs with the name of the other currency.) 
[RETURN] 

(-MailH+Mail)[RETURN] 

totals©: yes="Y*": no="No": tab+" [TAB]": cr=" [RETURN] 
" [RETURN] 
exchanges" [RETURN] 
(+Mail)thTe=?; Title of list? [RETURN] 
country =?; Which country? | RETURN] 
currency =?; Which foreign currencv? [RETURN] 
exrate=?#; What exchange rate to the £? [RETURN] 
[RETURN] 

(-MailH+Bold)(+ULK+Mait)title(-Mail)(-ULH-Bold)[RETURN] 
[RETURNlCountry : <+Mail)country<-Mail)[RETURN] 
[RETURN] 

Exchange rate : (+Mail)currencv(-Mait (+MaiI)exrate(-Mail) = £1.00 [RETURN] 
[RETURN] 

(+UL)[TAB] [TAB] [TAB] [RETURN] 

(-UL) [RETURN] 

Date [TAB] Item [TAB] Cost in [TAB] £ amount {RETURN] 

[TAB] [TAB] <+Mail)currencv(-Mail) [RETURN] 

(+UL)[TAB] [TAB1 [TAB] [RETURN] 

(-UL) [RETURN] 
(+Mail) [RETURN] 
loop="(+Mail) [RETURN] 
date=?; date? [RETURN] 
item=?; item? [RETURN1 
cost=?#; cost? [RETURN] 

cost =| cost *2 ]: pou nds= [cost/ex rate] : pou nds=[ pou nds|2 ]: total = [total + pounds] 
[RETURN] 

;print entry [RETURN] 

date:tab:item:tab:cost:tab:pounds:cr [RETURN] 
;repeat loop? [RETURN] 

%" repeat = ?; Any more entries? Type Y or No [RETURN] 
#repeat = no :<:test=0:finish=0 ]RETURN| 
>#repeat = yes:<:test=0:finish=l [RETURN] 
><:lesr=l:> [RETURN] 
"@test [RETURN] 
(-Mail)" [RETURN] 

(+Mail)%loop@finish(-Main (+UL) [TABJ [TAB] [TAB] 

[RETURN] 
(-UL) [RETURN] 

(+Wordul)(+Bold)TOTAL: [TAB] [TAB] [TAB] 

£(+Mail>total(-Mail)<-Bold)(-UL) [RETURN] 
(-Mail)" [RETURN] 



8000 PLVS August 90 55 



Convert your, 
currencies 




Mail 
supremacy 

For PCW 8000 owners 
who are thinking of 
upgrading to LocoMail. the 
program costs £29.95 and 
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costs £24.95. 



The whole 

story 

If you would like to read 

up more about LocoMail 
and ils workings, you can 
lind a lull tutorial series 
From issue July '88 (issue 
22» through to December 
'88 (issue 27). 



set the right margin at 86. (The left 
margin should be at 10 - if not reset it.) 
4) Press [f3] to set tabs - a Simple tab at 
25 and Right tabs at 66 and 85. 5) 
Press 118] and select the Codes option. 
This allows you to see the codes as you 
type them in to save confusion. 

Now type in the listing, line by 
line. This is fast and straightforward. 
Check your listing and make sure you 
put all of the codes, colons and returns 
in the right places or the program may 
not run. 

When you have finished, press [f81 
to remove the codes and return signs so 
the screen is clear and tidy. Then press 
| EXIT] and [ENTER] to Finish edit. 
Note: this routine includes pound signs 
as well as hashes. Please make sure 
these signs ail appear correctly (as 
shown in the routine printed overleaf.) 

If you are not sure how to do any 
of these things, refer to the manual 
which came with your PCW9512, or the 
LocoScript 2 or LocoMail manual if you 
haveaPCW8512or8256. 

Using the routine 

Filling is the fun part of LocoMail. You 
have set up a LocoMail program, now 
all that remains is to fill in the values. 

For LocoMail fans, this listing has 
a feature which I have not seen in many 
Fill programs. Type it up and run it and 
you will find the program is filled line 
by line, one prompt at a time starting 
with a blank screen. This gives a cleaner 
appearance and is easier to read than the 
more usual Fill programs which are 
often cluttered with text before and after 
the part you fill. 

To run the program, choose option 
[F]. You should see all of your listing 
appear then disappear as it is called up 
and read by LocoMail. Then a prompt 
will appear asking you to give a name to 
your list. Call it what you like - 



Holiday Spending Money or whatever 
else takes your fancy, and then press 
[ENTER]. You will be prompted for all 
the subsequent details to be entered. 
Remember to press [ENTER] after each 
entry. 

For exchange rate ? and cost ? 
give numbers or numbers with decimal 
points only. Please do not use £ signs or 
words to answer these questions or the 
PCW will beep and ask you again. {You 
don't need to enter .00 if there are no 
odd pennies or cents - the program does 
that automatically.) 

At the end of each line you will be 
asked if you have Any more entries?. 
You can type Y, Yah, Yup or anything 
else beginning with "Y" for Yes - you 
needn't use capital letters. However, as 
a safety feature, you must type NO or 
no to answer No. Type anything else 
and you will be asked again if you have 
any more entries. 

You can correct any incorrect 
entries before you press [ENTER] using 



the | DEL] keys. If you discover you 
have made a numerical mistake after 
you have already pressed [ENTER], 
correct it by entering an identical minus 
amount, then re-enter the correct 
amount. 

If any LocoMail error messages 
appear when you fill the program for 
the first time, you will need to 
Abandon LocoMail, then check and 
edit any mistakes in the listing and try 
again. (Press [f8] and switch on the 
codes while you edit or you may acci- 
dentally delete some LocoMail codes.) 

At the end of your list you will be 
asked if you want to edit it. Select Edit 
if you need to correct any spelling 
mistakes. Otherwise select Save or 
Save and Print and give it a suitable 
name - SPANISH.HOL, or whatever 
else takes your fancy. 

I often use this program for busi- 
ness expenses, in which case I save the 
result and paste it into my business 
accounts. • 





THE FINISHED PRODUCT! 






This 


is how your "Exchange" list should look once you 








have filled it 










Holiday Spending Money 










Country : Spain 










Exchange rate : Pesetas 195 = £1.00 




Date 




Item 


Cost in £ amount 








Pesetas 




2L8.90 




Sombrero 


750.00 


3.85 






Sun Cream 


600.00 


3.08 


22.8.90 




Car Hire 


2000.00 


10.26 


25.8.90 




Barbecue Night 


3500.00 


17.95 


24.8.90 




Castenets for Cousin Mary 


500.00 


2.56 


25.8.90 




Boat Trip 


4000.00 


20.51 


26.8.90 




Duty Free at Airport 


3600.00 


18.46 


TOTAL: 








£76.67 





ember 



WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? 



This program proves that there's 
more to LocoMail than carrying out 
mail-merge applications with 
LocoScript, It can do arithmetic, 
and solve problems loo. Of course 
you don't have to understand the 
program in order to use it, but for 
the curious among you, here is a 
brief explanation. 

The program is in several 
parts. The messages at the begin- 
ning preceded by ';' are reminders - 
the equivalent of REM messages in 
BASIC. I often use them to name 
the program and explain what it 
does. This is especially helpful 
where several programs have 
similar names or perform differ- 
ently in different versions. They 
only appear on the screen as you 
complete the Fill process on the 
routine; they don't appear in the 
final printout of the table. 

The listing starts by setting 
'total' (which represents the total 



expense) to zero and defining 'Yes', 
'No% 'Tab' and 'cr' (RETURN). 

The main program is called 
'exchange'. This begins by 
requesting keyboard input of the 
basic information used in the calcu- 
lations. The exchange rate ('exrate') 
can only be a number, so the # sign 
is used in this case. 

The program then sets up the 
titles and table layout. The table is 
filled in by a program string called 
'loop'. Loop finds the date and cost 
of each item, calculates the currency 
conversion then prints these into the 
table. 

Cost is taken to be a numeric 
value which is put into pound and 
pence format by the "|" character. 

Another string called 'repeat' is 
embedded in 'loop'. This issues 
instructions to repeat 'loop' every 
time you answer ' V to the question 
'Any more entries?'. 

At this stage in the program, 



the decision either to stop or enter 
another line is taken by using a 
series of special programming 
commands. The '#' character in this 
part of the program can be trans- 
lated to mean 'if. Likewise, V 
means 'then', 'x' means 'else' and 
'@* means "while" . 

The program will continue to 
read in a response until test is zero. 
This only happens when a correct 
yes or no response is given. For a 
'yes' response, finish is set to I and 
the loop is performed again, reading 
in another set of values. 

When you finally type 'No' to 
this question, the loop stops and the 
last part of 'exchange' calculates the 
total of all of your entries. 

You are then asked if you want 
to Edit the result, Save the result, 
Save and print it and so on. 

Select "edit" if you need to 
correct any spelling mistakes, other- 
wise select one of the other options. 



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LISTINGS 



Karen Donaghay looks at 
two short and simple 
Mallard BASIC listings for 
dedicated LocoScript users. 



For any committed wordsmith, a 
word count facility is one of the 
most useful tools of the trade. 
This is why many PCW users 
desert the comfort and safety of 
LocoScript to use an alternative word 
processor like Pretext. One of our 
readers, Alan Haken, has, however. 



submitted a short BASIC listing 
(Wrdcount.bas) which allows you to do 
just that - count the number of words 
you write in your LocoScript 1 and 2 
documents. And in 440 Sines, that can't 
be bad. 

The LocoScript repertoire is 
extended further with Andrew Lyall's 



program Footnote.bas. Not surprisingly 
with a name like that, it allows you to 
add footnotes to your text. 

Both programs are short and 
simple; you don't have to grapple with 
miles of complicated code to produce 
something genuinely useful. And these 
two programs provide the proof! 



WRDCOUNT.BAS by Alan Haken 



Manually counting words is no fun at 
all. Computers are supposed to rescue 
us from these boring repetitive tasks, 
and that is exactly what this program 
does. It can be used with any 
LocoScript document to tell you how 
many words the document contains. 

To use this program, the document 
must first be saved in a more standard 
form, called ASCII {American Standard 



Code for Information Interchange). 
There is an option in LocoScript for 
translating documents into ASCII called 
Create ASCII file. Select the Simple 
text option. You will need to give the 
file a different name. 

The program works by checking for 
the breaks between words (known as 
delimiters). Since a word could be at the 
end of a line, the line feed and carriage 



return are checked as well. You do have 
the option to count hyphenated words as 
either one or two units. When you run 
your program, you will be asked to put 
in a filename. Type in the name of your 
ASCII file and put the correct disc into 
the drive. Counting will proceed before 
your very eyes. It's not exactly what you 
might call lightning fast, but you won't 
have time to cook a banquet. 



10 e*=CHR*<27) ', PRINT e?"E"e$"H": PRINT 

20 PRINT TABC40); "WRDCOUNT" : PRINT 

30 PRINT TAB<:22>; "Wordcounter for ASCII document" 

40 PRINT; PRINT 

50 count=0 ; cr*=CHR*< 13) ; If *=CHR*<: 10) 

60 hy*="-" ;dl*=" "+cr*+lf *+CHR*C9) : true=-1 



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'170 PRINT "Tap a key when disc with ": UPPER**: f*) : " is mounted" 1E41 

180 PRINT 047B 

1 90 a*== INPUT* ( 1 ) 059S 

200 IF FIND*Cf*>="" THEN PRINT -"File not found" : PRINT : GOTR 140 ]BA5 

210 OPEN "l u ,},f*: a*=INFUT*<4,#l ) ; CLOSE 0EF3 

220 IF a* <> M J0Y"+CHR*U) THEN 250 0D95 

230 PRINT "Original LocoScript document, not an ASCII copy!" 205A 

240 PRINT; GOTO 140 0930 

250 DPEN " I" , 1 ,f* 05SA 

260 PRINT "Count hyphenated words as seoai-ate? Cvln): "; 1D91 

270 a*=INPUT*Cl); PRINT a*: PRINT e*"f": '* Cursor off now 1 97D 

280 IF LOWER* Ca$)="y" THEN ho=true ELSE ho-false 1797 



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230 WHILE NOT EOF CI ) 
300 char* = INPUT*ci",#l ) 

310 IF INSTR<dl$,char*} O 
320 IF thar*=hy$ THEN 340 
330 di=false; SOTO 370; 
340 IF ho AND NOT dl THEN 
350 IF dl THEN 370; 
360 QOSUB 440; dl=true; 
370 WEND 



THEN 350 



3G0 ELSE 370 



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380 IF char* <■> If* THEN GOSUB 440 

390 CLOSE 1; PRINT; PRINT e*"e"; '* Cursor back on 

400 PRINT "Another file? Cyln); "; 

410 a*=INPUT*C1 :) ; PRINT a*; IF LOWER*C a* ) = "y" THEN 10 

420 END 

430 '# SUBROUTINE to count a word, disolav new count 

440 count=count+l ; PRINT "Word count is" : count : cr$ : ; RETURN 



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FOOTNOTE.BAS by Andrew Lyall 



50 Aofttsi l M« PLUS 



There are times when only a footnote 
will do. Imagine reading Hamlet's "To 
be or not to be..." only to be interrupted 
mid-verse with a scholastic aside. 
Poetic flow is a delicate matter, and 
any notes which attempt to expand and 
go further on the speeches of 
Shakespeare's main protagonists should 
be printed elsewhere. 

Some word processors allow you 
to add footnotes at the press of a but- 
ton. LocoScript does not provide this 
facility, and for Andrew Lyall the frus- 
tration was obviously too much to bear. 

As a law lecturer, his documents 
are littered with references to specific 
articles, sections and subsections of the 
law. Not surprisingly, he has to rely 
quite heavily on footnotes. For easy 
retrieval, they also need to be num- 
bered. This program was designed to 
ease that task. 

You enter the contents of each 
footnote into the main text, at the 
appropriate point, and the program pro- 
duces a numbered list of them. The 
original comments can then be deleted. 

To use this program you must 
mark your footnotes with a "<" at the 
very beginning of each line. The foot- 
note can spread over more 
than one line, but it must end with ">" 
followed immediately by [RETURN], 
When the document is finished, save it 
as a normal LocoScript document. 

Again, as with Wrdcount.bas, the 
document into which you enter the 
footnotes must be translated into a 
Simple text ASCII file. Choose the 
option to Create ASCII file from the 
main LocoScript menu (Press [17] in 
LocoScript I or [f 1 ] in LocoScript 
2). You can then leave LocoScript and 



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<Io be or not to bee 

{Aristotelian philosophy nade the Wanental distinction between essence 

<flto be) and natter (nut to he), Essence is inaterial ami eternal, natter is 

{material and changeable ,)e 

Whether 'tis nobler in the nind to suffer^ 

The si ings and arrows of outrageous fortuned 

Or to take arns against a sea of troublese 

fusing end then? lo die, to sleeps 
{opposing end thene 

(end troubles uith the bodily action of taking op arns)e 
No (lore? And by a sleep, to m ue ende 
the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocfcse 
That flesh is heir to, 'lis a consutiationt* 
(that flesh is heir toe 

(The preblens of being driven by hunan desires, )e 
Devoutly to be dished, To die, to sleeve 
To sleep - perchance to drean, Ay, there's the rub, i 



Footnotes are put into the main text of the document between the characters "<" and ">". 
This gives you the advantage of easy access to your footnotes whilst writing the main text. 



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s of outrageous fortune 
to take arns against a sea of troubles** 
by opposing end Uiefl^ To die, to sleep;*' 
5 opposing no then** 
(end troubles uith the bodily action of taking up *rws>** 
Ho nore? And. by a sleep, to say up end.* 1 
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks*) 
That flesh is heir to, *TJs a cons"" 
(That flesh is heir to*J 
(The problems of be ins driven by hunan desires,)** 
Devoutly to be uished. To die, to sleeve 
To sleep - perchance to drean. Ay, there's the rub, *J 



1 . To be or not to be* 1 
Aristotelian philosophy nade the fundanental distinction between ess> 
(to be) and natter (not to he*. Essence is inaterial and eternal, natter is 
natenai and changeable.*' 

*» 

2 . opposing end thenf 
end troubles Mith the bodily acti 

3 , That flesh is heir lot* 
The prohlens of being driuen by human desires**" 



After running the program, a footnotes file is created. 
This is then appended to the main text, using the "Insert test" option. 




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load your program. When the program 
asks for the filename, give the name of 
the ASCII file. The program will put 
your footnotes into a file of your choice. 

Go back into LocoScript and load 
your original file (not the ASCII one). 
Move your cursor to the end of the doc- 
ument and choose the option to Insert 
Text ( press [fl] in LocoScript 2 or |f71 
in LocoScript 1). The file containing the 
footnotes can he loaded and the com- 
ments appear in a numbered list at the 
end of your document. 

The quickest way to replace the 
original comments with numbers is to 
search for the '<" using the find key. 
The comment can then be deleted and 
replaced with a number. 

You are now left with the unclut- 
tered, normal-looking text, and an 
attractive and lucid list of footnotes at 
the end of the document. 



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'lections 13-Unout f3=Stile f4=Size 



Printer idle, Using !: 
Page 1 line 
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1/S4 
MI 



JjftMLEl Id be Dr not to be - that is the question. {ih> 

Whether 'tis nobler in the nind to sufferf 

The slings and arrous of outrageous fortune* 1 

Br to tate arns against a sea of troubles* 1 

W ha opposing end then? lo die, to sleep; (S)e 

No nore? find flg a sleep, to sag ue end** 

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks*' 

That flesh is heir to, 'lis a consultation (3)C 

Devoutly to be wished, Is die, to sleeps 

To sleep - perchance to dreart, Ag, there's the ruh. c 
*> 

footnotes* 1 
«/ 

1 , To be or not to be*> 

Aristotelian philosophy n»Ai the fuudanental distinction between essence 
(to be) and natter (not to be). Essence is inaterial and eternal, natter is 
Material and changeable. f 
*" 

I . opposing end then* 1 

end troubles sith the bodilg action of taking up awtse 
*> 

3 . Ihat flesh is heir tof 
The prohlens or being driven by hunan desires. *> 



To produce the finished document, the original footnotes are matched with the 

numbered list of footnotes at the end of the document. The original footnote texl can 

then be deleted and replaced with the appropriate numbers. 



ACSII and it will be granted! 



Why is it that the ASCII (or American Standard Code for 
Information Interchange as it is affectionately termed by its 
friends) has such significance for us PCW users, regardless 
of whether we are English, Serbo-Croatian or Icelandic? 
Well, it's all to do with that ubiquitous and pesky topic - 
computer compatibility. ASCII was developed as a standard 
way of storing characters. This means it can be used across 
a variety of different computers and systems. Its like an all- 



purpose Esperanto language in computing. 

BASIC, like many other programming languages is 
able to understand ASCII. As dedicated users of LocoScript 
will know, this program is also able to translate its docu- 
ments into ASCII format. Thanks to this facility, you can 
put the two together in the certain knowledge that two oth- 
erwise completely unrelated aspects of computing can con- 
verse with - and understand - each other. 



tO REM **# FOOTNOTE . BAS *** 

20 c 1 s*=CHR* ( 27 > + " E "+CHR* C 27 ) + " H " 

30 PRINT els* 

40 PRINT "Beqin each footnote on a 

50 PRINT "Hit RETURN and '<' everv 

60 PRINT "End footnote with '>' and 

70 PRINT: PRINT 

80 INPUT "Enter name of file to be 





0C27 




09FO 




06 2 6 


ne w line star t i no w i t. h ' -, 


> n -j ppc 


other 1 ine. " 


17C8 


RETURN " 


1 SOC 




09SD 


footnoted; ", txtfil** 


1 082 



The screen messaees in the user are primed on line 



it notes *** 



90 REM #l*3§s Extract fo>: 

100 PRINT [PRINT 

1 10 OPEN "I",i ,txtf iU* 

1 20 K«0 

1 30 y=2 

140 lno%=0 

150 OPEN "0",2,"m:temp" 

160 WHILE NOT EOF CI ) 

170 x»x-H 

180 Ino%=lno%+1 

190 LINE INPUT #1 , line* 

200 PR I NT CHR* C 1 3 ) ; " L i ne " : 1 not 

210 FOR i = 'l TO LENUine*) 

220 c**rHO*Ciine*, i , 1 ) 

230 IF c*="<" THEN PRINT #2 , 1 ine* : x=x+1 : NEXT i 

240 WEND 

250 CLOSE 2 

260 CLOSE 1 



0F5F 
0807 
0A02 
(V2CE 
02E4 
0446 
0A05 
093 A 
0422 
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OB 09 
OOCF 
0B7£ 
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1 63A 
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The ASCII document file is opened. Each line is. checked for the toinoie symbol "<". il ii is a foolnoie then the whole line is put into a temporary tile, m:iemp. 



62 August 90 80WPIKS 



270 REM **$ Number footnotes :*:*:* 

280 PRINT: PRINT 

230 INPUT "Enter name for footnote file: " font.4 

300 PRINT cls» 

310 PRINT " Numbe r i nq f oo tno tes . . , " 

320 PRINT; PRINT 

330 OPEN "I" , 1 , "m; temp" 

340 lno%=0 

350 OPEN "0" ,2, foot* 

3G0 PRINT #2, "" 

370 PRINT # 2 , ' ' Foo t no t e s " 



The footnote file is set up. .mil i hi: lite m:icmp is opened 



380 DIN ln*(SO0O> 

390 a=0;Z*=">" ;b = 1 

400 WHILE NOT EQFC 1 > 

410 a=a+l 

420 PRINT CHR*C13); "Line " : a 

430 IF Z$= ">" THEN PRINT #2."": PRINT #2.b", »•■• 

440 LINE INPUT #l,ln*<a) 

450 i*-l 

4G0 WHILE i% <» LEN<:in$Ca>> 

470 Z* m MID*Cln*<a), i% , 1 > 

480 IF Z% <> "<" AND 2* <> ">" THEN PRINT #2.7'* 

490 iS5«i»+l 

500 WEND 

510 PRINT #2, "" 

520 WEND 

530 CLOSE 

540 ERA M ; temp 



fo=b+l 



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0F57 
0SF1 
1376 
0697 
1 259 
08E1 
09EE 
044A 
0768 
0520 
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0SA2 

0547 

092E 

0302 

0B40 

1449 

0A68 

026 E 

OAOC 

0858 

1 05 1 

0301 

03F1 

0515 

03F7 

0420 

0704 



Footnote lines are read in from the temporary file. Each character is written to Ihe footnote file filleting mil tire unwarned characters. The footnotes are numbered for Ihe character "<", 



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thing which is either interesting or useful. There are, however, a few 
restrictions. Most of the programs we use are under 50 lines in length. 
We will accept longer listings, however, but only if they are exception- 
ally interesting - and polished. Consider yourselves duly warned! 

To send in a program for analysis in our listings lab, you must first 
do the following. Save the program onto a disc in ASCII form. Write 
some clear documentation; this must include a description of what the 
program does, how to use it and details of how it works. The docu- 
mentation should also be saved as a simple ASCII text file on the disc. 

Send us your disc, along with a printout of the documentation, a 
padded envelope for its return, and a signed statement confirming that 
the program is all your own work, and hasn't been submitted to any- 
one else. 

The address to which you must send your programming offerings 
is: 8000 Plus, Listings, Beauford Court, 30 Monmouth Street, BA 1 
2XF. In return, all printed listings will receive a cheque from 8000 
Plus, for up to £15 pounds, depending on the quality of the program. 
Having problems? 

We are thinking of introducing a small section in our listings pages in 
which we answer some of the most common mistakes and misunder- 
standing to which the novice in Mallard BASIC can be easy prey. If 
there's a topic which you would like us to cover and which you think 
other BASIC beginners can benefit from, please drop us a line. 



How to type in a listing 

So, how do you get your hands on all of these lovely listings? The 
answer is simple. Yes! You have to type them in. The first step in the 
process is to get into BASIC. 

After switching on, put a copy of the CP/M master disc into 
drive A. When you see the A>, simply type in BASIC and a 
message telling you that BASIC is loaded will appear on the screen 
and an OK prompt. 

Now you need to type in every line. Don't try to type in the 
column of numbers on the right hand side. They are a product of a 
checksum program which we will be repealing in a future issue. (See 
reent back issues of the magazine for further information on that.) 

Make sure that you copy exactly what is written and press 
[RETURN] after each line. If you spot a mistake before pressing 
[RETURN], you can correct it using the cursor and [DEL] keys. To 
correct a completed line, type in edit and the line number. You can 
then make the correction in the same way. 

When you have finished, you can read through your program by 
typing in LIST. This displays your program on the screen. To get a 
printed copy, type LLIST. 

Don't forget to save your program. Type in SAVE" followed by a 
filename of no more than eight letters. The filename will automatically 
be allocated the by now famous .BAS suffix. Now you are ready to 
run your program by typing in RUN. There will still probably be a few 
mistakes lurking in the program. 

You should check the line in the error message first. Use EDIT to 
correct the mistake, and try again. Once the program is running SAVE 
the correct version for future use. 

Rerunning a program from disc is simple. Load BASIC in the 
same way as before. Then type in load" followed by the filename. You 
can now RUN it or LIST it as usual. 



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Runs on the PCW 8256, 8512 and 9512. Fully compatible with files from 
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software packages. Supports mosl popular Mouse systems and 9 pin, 24 
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RRPE125 + VAT. 



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standing and using CP/M then SuperDOS is for you (not tor the unexpanded 
6256 or hard disc drives) (£25.17 + VAT) = £28.95 



OTHER SOFTWARE 



LOCOMOTIVE SOFTWARE. All new stock. Prices include VAT 



For the PCW 8256/8512 
Printer Drivers Disc 

(♦Charkit) £17.95 

24 Pin Printer Drivers £20.95 

Locofont Set 1 £16.95 

Locofont Set 2 £12.95 



LocoScript 2 V2.28 £21.50 

LocoSpell2 £17.45 

LocoScript 2 + LocoSpell £27.95 

LocoMail £24.50 

LocoFile £22.95 



24 Pin Printer Drivers £20.95 

LocoFile £22.95 



For the PCW 9512 

Printer Drivers Disc 

(+Charkit) , £17.95 

•• LOCOFILE + LOCOMAIL • £40.50 * * 

For all PCWs: Loco Font 24 Text £23.50. Locofont 24 Display £23.50 




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internal 3" drives. 

Switches electronically between internal and external B drives when you 
insert a disc. No unreliable mechanical switching! 1 megaByte capacity, 720K 
formatted, or 704K under LocoScript. 

We only supply high quality TEAC Drives, fitted in a proper case and supplied 
with FREE PD SOFTWARE to transfer your data to and from a PC compatible. 
Uses low cost 8VSF disks. 



FD3.5SW Drive with PD Software (£100 + VAT) 



£115 



OTHER PCW DRIVES 



3" Brand New AMSTRAD/PANASONIC internal fitting 1 mb (720K formatted) 
drives using CF2 discs, with simple instructions for DIY. Just "Plug in & Go" 
The FD2 (black front panel) and FD4 (ivory panel) are otherwise identical. 

* FD2 second drive for PCW 6256 (£86.09 +) =£99 

* FD4 second drive for PCW 9512 (drive B) (£97.39 + VAT) = £112 

* FD1 Brand New 500K replacement Drive A for PCW 8000"s ...(£66.70 +) - £79 

5 1/4" PACE external 40/80 track self -powered drive B for data 

transfer between PCs S single drive PCWs using TDOS s/w 

supplied (£116.52+) = £134 

SAVE £5 on above when purchased with Memory Expansion 

${am(Pac 

The SCA RamPac is the first successful Memory Expansion above 51 2K that 
does not invalidate any PCW warranty. Only RamPac is approved by 
Locomotive Software, RamPac simply plugs onto the back of any PCW and 
immediately increases the capacity of Drive M by either 51 2K, or 768K. It is 
compatible with Micro Design 2, Flipper 2 Plus 1 .1 and most PCW programs. 
Existing owners of SCA 512K RamPacs can expand their memory to 768 K 
themselves with our DIY Kit, or return it lo us for expansion at nominal charge. 
Now you can copy a 720K disc in one operation! 

RamPac 51 2K Memory Expansion (£99 + VAT) = £113.85 

RamPac 768K Memory Expansion (£119 + VAT) = £136,85 

DIY 256K RamPac Expansion Kit (£22.56 + VAT) = £25.95 

RamPac returned to us for expansion (£30.39 +VAT) - £34.95 . 



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Upgrade your PCW 8256 memory to 51 2K with our best selling kit. 
Almost an essential for Micro Design II and Locoscript 2 + disc copying. 

Our simple instructions assume no prior knowledge, experience, or skills. We 
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* PCW 8256 256K Memory Upgrade kit to 51 2K (£26.04 +) = £29.95 



PERIPHERALS AND ACCESSORIES 



EXTERNAL PRINTERS 

PCW 8256/8512 owners who purchase a printer will also need an Interface 
and printer cable. We also strongly recommend LocoScript 2, For all PCWs we 
recommend Locomotive's Printer Drivers Disc and/or the 24 pin Printer Drivers 
Disc for maximum compatibility with Locoscript 2. 

PRINTER CABLE for PCW 8256/8512 (interface required) £9.95 

NULL MODEM CABLE Data transfer Computer to Computer E14.95 

"DONGLE" Adapts Export PCW to interlace, RamPac etc £22.95 

RIBBONS (including VAT, PSP) LC-10 £4.60 S+ £4.30. LC 10 Colour £6.90 
5+ £6.20 (also takes black for economy) LC24-10/1 5 £5.75, 5+ £5.25 

BBD DUST COVERS (incl VAT P&P) PCW 6256/8512 (grey 3pc) £11.45 

9512 (Ivory 3pc) £13.45. 9512 with auto Cut S/F (Ivory 3pc) £13.45 

STAR LC-10. LC-10C. LC24-10, LC24-15 (state grey or ivory) £4.95 

INTERFACES Serial/Parallel for PCW 8256/8512 printer connection and 
all PCWs Data Transfer (also see LocoLink) 

SCA Professional, highly regarded, full featured (£43.43 + VAT) = £49.95 

SCA Professional Plus. As above + Real Time 

clock/calendar (£52.13 + VAT) - £59.95 

AMSTRAD CPS8256 (while stocks last) ..(£43.43 + VAT) = £49.95 

MASTER PAINT Graphics package (not 9512) £13.95 Wilh PCW mouse £59,50 
PCW MOUSE AMX type, with Interface and through connector (NB The 
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Amstrad PCW 951 2 with DWP ...£479.00 



PPC SYSTEMS 

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W6R6pft6tEsSiNG SOFTWARE 

Protext Ver 2.2 £52.13 

Protext Office £30 39 

Pocket Protext Ver 2.08 £34.74 

Prospell £26.04 

Mini Office Professional £34.74 

LocoScript II Ver 2.16 £23.65 

LocoScript/LocoSpell £33.38 

LocoMail II £28.00 

LocoSpell II £19.30 

LocoFont £1 7.35 

LocooFonl II , £13.00 

Tasword 8000 £21.70 



SPREADSHEET/ACCOUNTS SOFTWARE 

Supercalc II £60.83 

Scratch Pad Plus £22.00 

Compact Accounts E1 69.00 

Compact Accounts Plus £215.00 

Compact Nominal Ledger ..E60.86 

Compact Nominal Ledger/Fin Reporter. £43, 47 

Compact Payroll £86.95 

Compact Purchase Ledger £60.86 

Compact Sales Ledger £61 00 

Compsoft Integrated Accounts £129.00 

MAP Integrated Accounts £125.00 

MAP Nominal Ledger £60.00 

MAP Payroll £60.00 

MAP Purchase Ledger £60.00 

MAP Sales Ledger £60.00 

Minerva First Calc: £26.04 

Cracker II Turbo £42.61 

Sage Popular Accounts £87.00 

Sage Popular Accounts Plus £130.00 

Sage Popular Payroll £61.00 

Sage Popular Invoicing £61.00 

DATABASE SOFTWARE 
dBase II £86.91 

Master-file II £26.04 

Protext Filer £21 70 

Delta , £86.91 

Masterfile 8000 £43,43 

LocoRle £28.00 

First Base E26.04 

Sage Popular Retrieve £60.86 

Cambase £60.00 



ART/DTP SOFTWARE 

Stop Press Ver 2,3 £43.47 

Desktop Publisher £26.04 

Desktop Publisher 4 Mouse £69.52 

Fleet Street Editor Plus Ver 1.0 £47.35 

Fleet Street Publisher Laser Jet £20.00 

DR Draw £43.43 

Master pack £69.52 

Master Paint £17.35 

Master Scan .£60.83 

Micro Design II £60.83 

PROGRAM LANGUAGES 

ArnorC £43,43 

CBasic Compiler ,...;. £44.00 

Hisoft Forth £17.35 

HisoftC £43.43 

DevpacSO £43.43 

Modular^ £47.78 

Nevada Cobol £43.43 

Pascal 80 £43.43 

COMMS SOFTWARE 

Sage Popular Chit-Chat £87.00 

Sage Chit-Ghat Comms Pack £225.00 

Sage Chit-Chat E Mat) .£61 .00 

Comms Plus £75.00 

Dial Up Personal V2.24 £76.22 



MISCELLANEOUS SOFTWARE 

Locomotive 9-pin Printer Driver £1 7.35 

Locomotive 24-pin Printer Driver £21.70 

MAXIM II £43.43 

Condor I £86.91 

Nucleus £87.00 

Nucleus Interfacer £86.95 

Pocket Reportstar £43.43 

Pocket Supersort £43.43 

Knife Pius £17.35 

MASS. Easy Labeller £29.95 

LemLoco £14.74 

LemLoco2 £21.69 

TasSign £26 04 

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Pr.nlar Riooons 8250*851?. £4.25 

Primer Ribbons PCW 951"' (Org) £3.35 

PS ThesiM Prmtwheel £5.85 

Courier 10 P/imwhetl £5 S5 

Prestige Pica 10 Pnnlwheel .. £595 

Recta 10 Pnnlwftaal .... ES9J 

Orator 10 Plifltwhwl £595 

Lgllw Golluc 1W12 P'wfteal v5 95 

Preairge Elitt 1? P'wheal £5.95 

Scnpl 12 Prinlwheel £5.95 

MM Gothic 15 Prmrwheel £5.B5 

CF-2 Distunes y Iboi i0> .... c** 00 

F04 2nd Onw PCW95I2 £14S 00 

CPS825S IntariaM £59 00 



LISTING PAPER 

11* x 9.5" l PartSOgam M'Pert-JOOO. .. 
1 1 * x 9.5 1 Part 70gam M'Pert - 2tt» . . . 

11* xtS" i PartoOfj-m M'Parf . 1000 

n* » 85* 2 Pan Oft ■ tOOO 

11" I 95* 2 Pan NCR - 1000 

11.66" I 9.25" 1 Part ?0osrr. u Per' - 2000 
1168- 1 ass* i Pan esgsm M-Pan . 1000 

11 66 < 925* 2 Pan NCR ■ 1000 

12" I 9.25* 1 PartAOgjm O'Perl 

12" 1 925' i Pan TOgem O'Pert 

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99mm i 38mm 1-wide Box»d 2000 £18.09 

127mm x 38mfn '-wide Bonos 5000 £46 74 

99mm i 36mm i.*ids 8oiM 2000 vwoul cotourj £16,64 

102mm t 36mm Lwide Boxed 2000 vtriout coloura £1990 

102mm i 36mm l-wio* Bond 2000 £17.34 

69mm x 36mm 2-wde Boxed 5000 £30.39 

102mm x 49mm 2-md* Boxed 4000 £37,01 

107mm x 36mm 2-wide Boxad 6000 £42.12 

66mm x 36mm 3-wlde Boxed 5000....... £26 34 

99mm x 36mm 3-wldi Boxed 5000 £33 96 



BOOKS 

15 Hour Wordproc*aeing Am*) PCW £5 95 

Advancad LocoScript Ami PCW . £4 SO 

Am* 8256/6512 Mora Wdproc***oi £9.BS 

D»aklop Publishing Am PCW.... £9 SO 

Easy Guide to Amalrad PCW _........ £8 50 

Gal Start*d BASIC Logo PCW Rav „„._ £5.95 

Guide To Logo .„„„ „,„ £8 BE 

LocoMail User Guide £14.05 

LocoScript 2 s AMS PCW Con*> £1 1.95 

LocoScript 2 PCW9S12 £9 9S 

LocoScript 2 User Quid* ......,.,....., ..X 14.95 

LocoScript LocoMail LocoSp*ll...... .._ .CB.50 

Looking into LocoScript 2 Am* £14 OS 

MallaitfBasie PCW Intro S Hal £9 BS 

Maatar™ Anal PCW 825678512 S B5 

Opa Quid* Amtrad CPOPCW 2nd Ed .£14 95 

PCW Madlin* Coda £ 1 3 95 

Pr*c Rat Gda Wordproc Am* S25« £5 93 

Program Your PCW (Mallard) £8 50 

Protaxt PCW UaareGuid*. „ Eft 95 

St*p by St»p Gda LocoScript £4 OS 

Uaing Amslrad Word Procaaaor . £0 05 

Uaing Database* Amstrad PCW ,.„ £6 95 

Uaing Th* Amatred PCW9512.........,.. T „„..„ £9 95 

Wordproc*** Wilh LoeoScrfK £6 9S 



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Carriage Paper & Labels £4.50 per 

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LANGFORD 



A page in the company of David Langford 








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Langford 



Dangerous 
corners 



One nice thing about being a 
small computer company is 
that, depending upon whom 
you want to impress, you can legiti- 
mately call yourself Chairman, 
Managing Director, Head of 
Programming, Marketing 
Consultant, Chief Buying Executive, 
and indeed every prestigious title not 
currently wanted by the other 
director. The snag is that you — that 
is, I — have to do the work of all 
these functionaries.,,. 

It was as Buying Executive that 
I met a fascinating example of real- 
life logical paradox. One gradually 
gets used to the pitfalls of trade price 
lists, such as having to detect by 
telepathy whether the figures include 
VAT (usually not, except sometimes) 
and whether "5% discount for cash 
with order!" applies to cheques (yes, 
but expect irritating delays while the 
cheque is tested for bounciness). The 



new snag came from bulk discounts. 

We wanted CF2 discs. The 
minimum bulk order from a 
company which shall remain name- 
less worked out at over £100, Which 
was fine until I noticed that when 
you ordered more than £100-worth, 
the price per disc dropped. Great! I 
did the sums again, using the lower 
figure. Oops. 

Bertrand Russell would have 
loved this. At the price for orders 
less than £100, my discs cost over 
£100, and at the price for orders over 
£!00, they were only ninety-odd, 
which raised the price to the higher 
rate for orders below £100, so.... 

Perimeter paranoia 

A systems analyst would probably 
suggest, after pocketing a huge fee, 
that the neatest solution here would 
be a flat charge of £ 1 00 for every 
disc order in that dodgy region 



where the price keeps oscillating. 
Being a cynic, I suspected that the 
vendors might prefer avarice to 
logical elegance, and played safe 
with a blank cheque marked "not 
more than (the higher price)". 

This is how, in the world of 
computers, it can take half an hour 
of head-scratching to make one 
purchase. It also shows aspiring 
programmers how innocent -looking 
rules may lead to dangerous instabil- 
ities. The places to watch for prob- 
lems are at a situation's edges or 
comers; for the disc purchase, the 
awkwardness conies where the price 
per disc veers in a rather ill-defined 
way to the lower rate. 

Glitches often happen al 
extreme edges, at zero and infinity. 
That zero discs cost zero pounds 
isn't a problem. However, as a book 
reviewer I often receive parcels of 
SF costing nothing: when I flog the 
unwanted rubbish at 50p a copy, my 
percentage profit per volume is 100 
times 50p divided by zero, which is 
guaranteed to boggle any business 
records program. Unless, of course, 
some programmer has incorporated 
the tactful message, "Division by 
zero? You can't do that here." 

It wouldn't happen in real 
calculations. Think of this: a 
company, probably mine, makes 
zero profit in 1990. Whatever pro fit 
or loss it makes in 1991 will, if 
you're fool enough to express the 
change as a percentage, be infinitely 
belter or worse than I990's. 

Locostripped 

Another example which rather 
embarrassingly conies from real life: 
wearing my Chief Programmer's 
hat, I wrote some software which 
gulped LocoScript files and did 
nameless things with them. It was 
only interested in the text, and 
ignored headers, print controls for 
underlining, and so on. 

But one chap's document made 
it seize up completely, leaving me 
baffled until I realised I'd failed to 
consider the extreme case. There 
whs no actual text, and my program 
was no good al processing 
LocoScript files containing zero 
words.... After each word, and only 
then, it checked whether it was at 
the end of the file. The cure was to 
have it check before each word. 

(1 still haven't allowed for 
awkward folk who produce Loco 



documents of infinite length. Once 
someone announces an add-on hard 
disc with infinite capacity. I'll have 
to rethink that program again.) 

Point of no return 

Another lime when I had to worry 
aboul the treacherous comer ai Point 
Zero was in doing the astrophysics 
for an SF story. The easiest way to 
work out certain orbits, and the time 
it took before spaceship A collided 
with massive object B. seemed to be 
to simulate everything on the 
computer and let Newton's laws of 
motion and gravity take their course. 
Unfortunately the program tended to 
blow up shortly before printing oui 
its graphs of what had happened. 
The gravitational attraction between 
A and B doubles each time the 
distance between them halves. For 
the first rough simulation, I hadn't 
bothered to allow for these objects 
having any size: as their separation 
shrank to zero the acceleration 
soared towards infinity, the figures 
got vaster than the computer's regis- 
ters cpuld comprehend, and the 
program pointed a last accusing error 
message at me as it died. 

Obviously, if one object is little 
and the other a planet, the program 
should stop calculating and simulate 
a loud bang when the separation 
between their centres drops to what- 
ever the planet's radius happens to 
be. Problem solved — or only 
evaded? Suppose there's a tunnel 
right through the world and our 
spacecraft plunges in... does it meet 
awkward infinities at the centre? 

This is interesting. It turns out 
that, as with the disc price list or the 
difference between water at 99 
degrees and 101 degrees, the rules 
change when you cross an invisible 
line. Once below the surface, instead 
of growing by the inverse-square 
law, the force of gravity now 
decreases sedately with distance 
from the planet's centre, and of 
course reaches a neat zero when you 
gel there. Sanity returns. 

Before turning this comer, the 
calculations had overflowed because 
of dodgy approximations and not 
thinking the problem through. Mea 
culpa. When I'd put it right and 
cranked out my distance/time 
graphs, I went around for days being 
smug and calling myself the 
company's Astrophysics Director. 
No one seemed to believe me. • 



August 90 SOW PLUS ft] 



IDUtfS 



TTPOFFS 



Give yourself a break with Tipoffs 



Overworked in LocoScript? BASIC getting on top of you? Finding 
CP/M too much? Don't work unnecessarily in the holiday season - 
come to Tipoffs, the pages that give you a break. This week there is 
time-saving information on LocoScript, BASIC, CP/M and Micro 
Design. For his tip for automating CP/M with menus, James Reed 
wins £30 to spend on a restaurant menu of his choice. 

If you know of any good tips in LocoScript, BASIC or any well- 
known program, tell us - you could win holiday spending money! 



u 



I own a restaurant and wish to use 
my PCW to print out orders and 
receipts for customers. Is there a 
program that will do this? And is 
it possible to hook up two moni- 
tors to the PCW? 
James Brodie, Higher Blackley, 
Manchester 

8000 Plus: Avon 's Point of Sale 
software should do pretty much 
what you want. Contact them on 
0761 70543. And no. it isn't pos- 
sible to hook up two monitors as 
far as I know. 




Pr 



A useful trick for LocoFile 
owners is to keep notes you 
often want to refer to - address 
lists, phone numbers or just 
memos - as a normal LocoFile 
data file on one of your startup 
discs. 

When LocoScript starts up, 
it copies all LocoFile ,DAT 
files to the memory. Hence you 
can call these .DAT files up any 
time for reference, whatever 
discs you have in the drive. 
Malcolm MacLellan, Potton, 
Beds 



Micro Tip 



Good as the desktop publisher 
MicroDesign is, it still has one or 
two frustrations, such as position- 
ing the cursor where you want the 
next headlne to go and then finding 
out that the text shoots way below 
where it ought to be. Instead of 
wasting hours trying to manipulate 
the cursor to get it right (which 
doesn't happen anyway) just let the 
headline or text go where it wants, 
then form a box round it by using 
the Unit key ([SHIFT] [PARA]) 



and space bar. Having got the box 
to the exact size needed, press 
[13] 'Copy" and by means of the 
cursor keys move it where you 
want the text to be. Press 
[ENTER] and the text jumps into 
the newly positioned box. 

This technique is also useful 
for deleting paragraphs or other 
odd bits which need replacing - to 
delete press [f7] for 'Delete'. It is 
essential to get the size of the box 
absolutely accurate or you may 
lose half a line of text. 
Victor Churdley, Windsor, 
Berkshire 



Mop up Memory 



I have a friend with an Amsirad 
CPC, which of course uses three- 
inch discs of the same size as the 
PCW. Can 1 use word processor 
files that he has prepared with 
Tasword on my PCW? 
J Rowe, Basingstoke, Hants 

8000 Plus: Yes. you should he able 
to. In LocoScript, create a new 
document on the disc with the 
Tasword file and insert text with 
IP! (if 1 1 <» LocoScript 2). Back in 



the disc manager, move the cur- 
sor over the file you wish to 
insert and hit I ENTER). 

If you have commands tike 
set italic or ruler lines in the 
Tasword document this will cause 
problems, so he should keep them 
as clean as possible. 

If there is an ASCII facility 
on CPC Tasword (check the man- 
ual) files should be converted to 
this format first. 

Incidentally, files prepared 
with Pretext on a CPC can be 
edited directly in Protexl on the 
PCW on the same disc. 



On the menu 



You can set up easy-to-use menus 
in CP/M which let you run particu- 
lar programs (PIP, Mini Office, 
Masterfile, BASIC, Micro Design 
etc etc) just by pressing a number. 
This is especially useful if the 
PCW is to be used by someone 
unfamiliar with CP/M - no com- 
mands to type! 

First take a CP/M copy disc. It 
should have a file J (something) 
.EMS on it; PIP.COM; 
SETDEF.COM; SUBMIT.COM; 
and the program files you wish to 
run. (Let's say they're 
BASIC.COM and D1SCKIT.COM; 
of course they can be any others). 
Here's how to set it up. 

Insert the disc. At the CP/M 
A> prompt type PIP [RETURN]. 
At the * type the following. 
A:PROFILE.SUB=CON: 
[RETURN] 

Now type the lines you usually 
put in your PROFILE.SUB. The 
first two must be 
SETDEF [ORDER(SUB,COM)] 
SETDEF [TEMPORARY=M:] 

At the end of each line, don't 
just press [RETURN 1; follow it 
with [ALT] J to force a new line. If 
you make a mistake, press [CAN] 
and the cursor moves back for you 



to overwrite your error. Add an 

extra line at the end: 

TYPE MENU.TXT [RETURN] 

and finish the PROFILE.SUB by 

pressing 

[ALT] Z 

The disc whirs; you have written a 
PROFILE.SUB File to disc. Now at 
the * prompt, type 
A:MENU.TXT=CON: | RETURN) 
and type the following. Follow the 
same rules as above. 

MAIN MENU 



Press the number of your choice 
and finish with [RETURN] 

1. BASIC 

2. PIP 

3. DISCKIT 

Finish with [ALT]Z again. Now 

type at the * 

A:l.SUB=CON: 

and then 

BASIC [RETURN] 

[ALT] J [ALT] Z 

next type at the * 
A:2,SUB=C0N: 
PIP [RETURN] 
[ALT] J [ALT] Z 



and next at the * 
A:3.SUB=CON: 
DISCKIT [RETURN] 
[ALT] J [ALT] Z 

Next time you start up your disc, 
the menu wiil automatically appear 
on screen, and pressing I, 2 or 3 
[RETURN] will select the pro- 
grams indicated. 
James Reed, Prestatyn, Clwyd 



:P/H 3 PIP VERSION 4,1 
*aiprof ile,sub=con: 
setaef [order (sub, con)] 
setdef [tenporary=n; ) 
type nenu.txt 
*a!fienu.txt=con: 

MAIN MENU 



Press the nunber of your choice 
and finish with J RETURN 1 

1, BASIC 

2, PIP 

3, DISCKIT 

*a : 1 , sub=eon : 

BASIC 

*as£. sub-con: 

PIP 

*a:3.sub=con: 

DISCKIT 



The process of making up a CP/M startup 
disc that will give you easy-to-use menus. 
This runs BASIC, PIP and DISCKIT from 
menus, but you can set it up to run any pro- 
grams you like. 



Lprinter's error 



A useful little command in 
BASIC is 
POKE 18527,90 
which sends all output from 
PRINT to the printer instead - 
i.e. it turns PRINTS into 
LPRINTs. The command to 
return to normal PRINTing to 
screen is 
POKE 18527,99 
with the final number being 99, 
not 199 as described in the 
8000 Plus Tips Collection (page 
57). So you might find the fol- 
lowing lines useful in a pro- 
gram that PRINTs things to 
screen. It enables the user to 
choose between screen or 
printed output without you hav- 
ing to worry about LPRINTs. 

1000 PRINT "Press S for screen 
output, P for printer output" 

I010a$=input$(l) 

1020 IF a$=V THEN POKE 
18527,99 ELSE POKE 
18527,90 

On a PCW951 2 the pokes are 
slightly different: POKE 
18591,0 for the printer and 
POKE 18591,0 for screen. 
R Glover, Peters field, Hants 



\um\% 8000 PLUS 



Tipoffs 



CP/M from BASIC 



It's often useful to be able to run a 
CP/M program automatically 
when exiting BASIC. Here's a way 
to do it. Suppose that, when your 
BASIC program called PROG1 
finishes, you want to tell the 
printer to expect A4 paper with the 
PAPER A4 command, and then 
run another BASIC program called 
PROG2, and then tell the printer to 
expect A5 paper with the com- 
mand PAPER A5. All you have to 
do is include these lines at the end 
of PROG I: 

5000 OPEN "f",#l,"$$$.sub M ,128 ; 

FIELD #1,128 AS a$ 
5010 LSET a$=" paper a4" + 

CHR$(13):PUT#1 



5020 LSET a$=" basic prog2" + 

CHR$(13):PUT#1 
5030 LSET a$=" paper a5" + 

CHR$(13):PUT#1 
5040 CLOSE #1 : SYSTEM 

You can of course put any com- 
mands in lines 5010-5030 you like 
instead of PAPER A4 and so on, or 
have as many as you like. Just put 
the normal command you'd type in 
CP/M - PIP M:=A:*.* or PRO- 
TEXT or DIR M: or whatever. 

You don't need SUBM1T.COM 
on the disc to make this work, but 
you do of course need the pro- 
grams you call (eg, PAPER.COM 
and BASIC.COM and 
PROG2.BAS above) and also need 
at least Ik of free space, 
Lawrence Simons, High Bar net, 
Hertfordshire 



Drawing on 



Can I incorporate simple diagrams 
in my BASIC programs? 
Audrey Roser, Doonfoot, Ayr 

8000 Plus: Well, if you want to 
drawings and graphs, see the 
answer to "Drawing on BASIC" 
elsewhere in these pages. 

But simple diagrams can be 
done directly in BASIC using some 
of its special characters, whose 
codes are indicated in this dia- 
gram. 

For example, the character 
for the top left hand corner of a 
double-line box is 134; a horizon- 
tal double line is 138 (there are 
five of these); a T-shaped double 
line bracket, for the junction of 
two parts of a box. is 142; and the 
top right is J 40, The top line of the 
box in the diagram would there- 
fore be given by 



100 PRINT CHR$( 134); 
HO FOR 1=1 TO 5 PRINT 

CHR$(138);:NEXT 
120 PRINT CHR$(142); 
130 FOR /= / TO 5 PRINT 

CHR$fl38);;NEXT 
140 PRINT CHR$( 140): 

while the next line down would be 

150 PRINT CHR$(133) + 
SPC(II) +■ CHR$(I33); 

and so on. A complete list of the 
characters available in BASIC 
and their codes is in the CPIM 
manual that comes with the PCW. 
Look in the CPIM index under 
'Character sets' , 

These box-drawing charac- 
ters won't print out, by the way. 
LPRINT CHR$(l34)for example 
will produce nothing sensible. To 
get the diagrams printed out you 
just have to do a screen dump 
with [EXTRAj IPTR}. 



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CPC to PCW 



I have a friend with an Amstrad 
CPC, which of course uses three- 
inch discs of the same size as the 
PCW. Can I use word processor 
files he prepared with Tasword on 
my PCW? 
J Rowe, Basingstoke, Hants 

8000 Plus: Yes, should be able to. 
In LocoScript, create a new docu- 
ment on the disc with the Tasword 
file and insert text with [f7] (If I] 



in LocoScript 2), Back in the disc 
manager, move the cursor over the 
file you wish to insert and hit 
I ENTER J. If you have commands 
like set italic or ruler lines in the 
Tasword document this will cause 
problems, so he should keep them 
as clean as possible. If there is an 
ASCII facility on CPC Tasword 
(check the manual) files should be 
converted to this format first. 

Incidentally, files prepared 
with Protext on a CPC can be 
edited directly in Protext on the 
PCW on the same disc. 







130 NEXTj% 

140 NEXT i% 

ISO FOR i%=I TO maxline% 

160PRINT#2,tine$(i%) 




Sorting w/o 


Can you please reprint the listing 


that sorts things into order? I need 


170 NEXT 


it for arranging class lists in 


180 CLOSE 


LocoScript into order of pupil 




name. 


To use it, first save tour document 


W Hills, Brighton, E Sussex 


in LocoScript. Make an ASCII file 




from Ifl ) in the disc manager ([f7j 


8000 Plus: Yes. but if you've got 


in LocoScript I) giving it an 


LocoFile there's a quicker way to 


appropriate name such as ASCI 


do It: see the tip in these pages 


and saving the new file in group 0, 


"Sorting with LocoFile". Assuming 


(Choose the "simple text" option). 


you haven't, here's the listing. Type 


Now reset the PCW. Insert 


it in as described in the "Listings" 


your CPIM disc and at the A > 


pages in this issue. Save as 


prompt type BASIC [RETURN}. At 


SORTBAS. 


the Ok prompt insert the disc with 




SORTBAS on it and type RUN 


10 DIM line$(I000) 


"SORT [RETURN]. When 


20 INPUT "Name affile to be 


prompted give the name of the 


sorted" ;infite$ 


ASCII file you made, ASCI or 


30 INPUT "Name of file to put 


whatever. Give ASCSRT or some- 


result in":outfile$ 


thing as the name put the sorted 


40 OPEN "I". l.infite$ : OPEN 


result in. 


"O".2.outfile$ 


When it's finished reset the 


50 WHILE NOT EOF(l) 


machine again and run up 


tO maxTme%=maxline%+l :UNE 


LocoScript. Create a new empty 


INPUT #1, line$ (maxtine%l 


document or edit an existing one 


70 WEND 


and while editing it press [flj (or 


80 FOR i%=2 TO maxline% 


[f7j in LocoScript I) and take 


90 PRINT CHR$(l3);"line"; 


"Insert text". 


i% ; "1 " ;maxline%; 


You are returned to the disc 


J00FORj%=i% TO 1 STEP -1 


manager; move the cursor over 


110 IF UPPERS (line$(j%)l > UPPERS 


the file ASCSRT and [ENTER]. 


(line$(j%-l)) THEN 140 


The sorted items are inserted into 


120 SWAP line$(j%). line$(j%-I) 


the document. 



On the PCW you can use the vari- 
ety of LocoScript "special effects" 
- bold, centre text, large pitch etc. - 
to make headings stand out 
smartly. If you use headings a lot, 
you will find it worth while setting 
up phrases that store these pitch 
changes for you. Then at the touch 
of a key or two you can select 
heading style. 

Start a new document. 
Suppose your own heading style is 
centre, bold and 10 pitch; type 
[+]C [+]B [+]P10 [ENTER]. Make 
sure the codes are showing ([f8], 
•Options* in Loco 2, or [fl], 
'Show' in Loco 1; select 'Show 
Codes' with [+]), Put the cursor 
before the beginning of the codes 
and press [COPY]. Move to the 
end and press [COPY] again: press 
[H], These codes are now saved 
under H (for 'heading \maybe). 

Now insert the codes you'd 
normally enter to turn off these 
codes: |-]B[-]R Again, move the 
cursor to the beginning of the 
sequence, press [COPY], move to 
the end, press [COPY] again. This 
time press [C] to save under C (for 
'clear', perhaps). 

From now on until you switch 



off you can just press [PASTE] 
[H] to insert the codes that switch 
on a heading style. After typing 
the text of the heading you press 
[PASTE) [C] to return to normal 
style. 

The only problem is that the 
phrases are stored in the PCW's 
memory and disappear when you 
switch off. To get round this: 
LocoScript 1 : While editing your 
document press [f8] 'Blocks'. 
Select 'save all phrases' - you see 
displayed the letters which have 
phrases stored under them. Back 
in the disc manager you'll see a 
file PHRASES.STD in group - if 
you move this to your startup disc 
(erasing the old PHRASES file) 
then the phrases will always be 
available if you startup from that 
disc. 

LocoScript 2: From the disc man- 
ager select [f 1 ] 'Actions' and 
select 'show phrases'. Spurious 
phrases can be deleted with the [-] 
key and the correct set can be 
saved using the 'save phrases' 
option under a suitable name. To 
load up these phrases next session, 
put the cursor over the file the 
phrases were saved in and press 
[fl] selecting 'load phrases'. 
Christopher Hamilton, Tarleton, 
Lancashire 



8600 PLUS August 90 6' 



59 






Pagins Protext 



Proiext often has trouble getting 
the page layout right in anything 
but single line spacing. If you use 
line spacing 1.5. for example, the 
headers, footers and top and bot- 
tom margins still work in single 
line spacing, throwing everything 
off. 

This can give new page prob- 
lems with 1 .5 spacing on a differ- 
ent printer - on an Epson LQ500 
24 pin, for example. 

Reduce the page length and it 



won't roll out the page and will 
turn the printer off line; calculate 
everything correctly and a few line 
feeds are left floating about to 
mess up the next page. 

The answer seems to be to dis- 
pense with the >LS 1 ,5 stored 
command and use >OC 27,A,15 
(for the Epson printer - check your 
manual for details of the appropri- 
ate command for your printer). 
Everything is now very much sim- 
pler because you can work just as 
if you were using single line 
spacing. 
Mostyn Davies, Peterborough 



Drawing on BASIC 



Having bought a PCW, I was 
pleasantly surprised to discover 
that it is not just a word processor, 
but also a powerful general pur- 
pose microcomputer. 

I would like to write programs 
to research into ecological models, 
and require speed (therefore a 
compiled language, faster than 
BASIC?} and graphics to plot 
graphs and draw pictures on 
screen, and print them out. What 
language and software would you 
recommend? 
Andy Letcher, Sheffield 

SOOOPlus: In increasing order of 
difficulty, your recommended 
options are: 

1. Stick with BASIC and buy 
Lightning BASIC (£24.95 from CP 
Software on 0993 823463) to add 
the graphics power. This will 
enable you to draw points, lines, 
solid filled shapes, graphs etc. and 
means you don't have to learn a 
new language. (BASIC has its own 
graphics facility called GSX hut 
it's simply too unwieldy and badly 
documented to bother about in my 
opinion), 

2. Learn Pascal. This is a com- 
piled language that works faster 
than BASIC because your program 
'listing' is first converted by the 
compiler to a .COM file that you 
can run from the A> prompt just 
like PIP or DISCKIT or whatever. 



HiSoft do the best Pascal com- 
piler by far in my opinion and are 
now doing one of those special 
mid-season unrepeatable offers 
(like the preseason and end-of- 
season ones) which lets you buy 
their excellent program for £29: 
the difference in speed will amaze 
you. Details on 0525 718181. 

Disadvantage 1: You'll need 
to buy a book on Pascal, of which 
there will dozens in your local 
bookshop, because the manual 
makes no attempt to teach you 
Pascal (it's actually very like 
BASIC so is a good language to 
move up to). 

Disadvantage 2: You'll also 
need to buy a graphics add-on to 
do a similar job to what Lightning 
BASIC does for BASIC. All You 
Ever Wanted To Know About 
Graphics, The Universe and 
Everything 2 comes from CP 
Software on 0993 823463 for 
£24.95. 

3. Cut out the middlenian: learn 
machine code and do the whole 
thing yourself. It's the equivalent 
of teaming Russian so you can 
read Chekhov in the original. 
Good luck if you try; I never 
could get the hang of it at all. but 
if you really want to do it properly, 
buy Amor's excellent Maxam 
assembler for a giveaway £24 
(0733 68909) and a good book on 
PCW machine code (try Michael 
Keys at Spa Associates, Spa Croft, 
Clifford Rd, Boston Spa, N Yorks 
LS23 6DB - £15 inc postage). 



Anon 



Save a file in Protext as just 
A:[RETURN] (or B: or M:) and 
you've saved a file with no 
name. You can edit it, copy it or 
delete it by referring to it the 
same way. 

There may be no use for this 
lip, but there you are! 
Anonymous 



Blankety blank 



If you want to clear the screen in 

CP/M, there is a quick and easy 

way to do just that. 

All you have to do is press 

[EXrT][E)[EXlT]|H]andfhe 

text disappears as if by magic. 

Poof! 

C Searson 

Bath, Avon 



Sorting with Locofile 



LocoFile and LocoMail owners 
can use these programs to sort 
things into alphabetical order - for 
example, an index for your book. 
The basic procedure is that you 
start going through the book, page 



by page, typing in each entry you 
want in the index as a LocoFile 
entry. You can have to items in the 
file, NAME and PAGE say. Then 
a LocoMail routine as shown in 
last month's Tipoffs makes a text 
file of the LocoFile file, all sorted 
into order for you. 
Ken Neat, Belmont, Durham 



Pretexting time 



1 have three questions about 
Protext. 

1. Is it possible to automatically 
prevent page breaks mid-paragraph 
as in LocoScript? 

2. Can you automatically get head- 
ers and footers working for first 
and last page only, as in 
LocoScript, without actually 
inserting them manually? 

3. Can I get elite ( 1 2 pitch) text as 
default, instead of the 10 pitch that 
normally comes out? 

Eifton Jenkins, Fonlardawe, 
Swansea 

SOOOPlus: 
l.No. 

2, No. 

3. Yes, and here's how. First make 
sure you have the files 
CONFlG.COM. SETPR1NT.COM 
and PCW.PTR (PCW95I2.PTR on 
a 9512) on a disc. In command 
mode type SETPR/NT at the a> 
prompt and select option 6 'Load 
Printer Driver' . You should see the 
filename PCW.PTR appear on 
screen (PCW9512.PTR on a 9512). 
Press I RETURN j to load this and 
return to the SETPRINT menu. 
Choose option 3 'set printer con- 
trol codes' . 

To get condensed, bold etc. in 
a Protext file you use embedded 
commands like (ALTjX then Bfor 
hold and so on. The same code 
usually switches the effect off 
again. These codes give the printer 
certain sequences of characters, 
listed in the CP/M manual on page 
130-5 (p. 573 et. seq. of the 9512 
manual). However in SETPRINT 



you can change the sequences 
that these letters return. 

You'll see the sign @ and let- 
ters a toz together with the codes 
they return. You can move verti- 
cally or horizontally to different 
letters with the cursor keys, and 
when on the required key, press- 
ing I RETURN] allows you to edit 
the code for that letter. Press 
I STOP I when you are finished 
with editing that letter. The cur- 
rent codes for the tetter you're on 
are shown at the bottom of the 
screen, for instance if you move 
onto T in PCW.PTR, the two 
tines read 'i on 27 4' and 'i off 27 
5' - in other words {ALT]XI sends 
the message 274 to the printer, 
which makes it print italics, and 
next time 27 5, returning to nor- 
mal. 

The letters you want to edit 
are @, c and p. Change '@ on' 
from 27 64 to 27 64 27 77,- 'c off 
to 27 77; then 'p off" to 27 112 
27 77. 

Press ISTOP] to get back to 
the main menu and save the 
printer driver (option 71 When 
you get back to Protext (option 0) 
you should find your documents 
print out in elite text. 

If you don 7 want to tamper 
with PCW.PTR then you can save 
this file as EUTE.PTR and have 
that loaded as the default using 
C0NF1G.COM and option 7 ('set 
printer driver options' ). Or you 
can bring it into play at any time 
by the command PRINTER 
ELITE. PTR or the stored com- 
mand>PR EUTE.PTR; similarly 
PRINTER PCW.PTR or>PR 
PCW.PTR restores the normal 
driver. 



Set printtr c&ntrol codes 



Reset printer on 

■ 
Bold b on off 

Condensed c on off 
Double-strike 1 on off 
Elite e on 

Font change 1 f 
Font change 2 g 



1 on i Z? 112 1 



3 off ; 2? 112 27 77 



Subscript s on off 
Superscript t on off 



Noma I (Pica) n on 

o 

Proportional p on off 

HLG q on off 



Setting up Protext so it automatically prints out in 12 pilch instead of 10 pitch 



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What's afoot 



I want to put in footnotes at the 
bottom of some pages of a booklet 
I'm printing out in LocoScript. Is 
there an easy way to do it? 
J Hartwell, Gloucester 

8000 Plus: Afraid not. You have to 
do it sort of manually, but at least 
you have a little leeway to change 
things. 

Put the footnote text immedi- 
ately after the line in which the 
reference occurs, in the main body 
of the text. Of course it must be 
preceded and ended with a 
[RETURN]. 

This means when you come to 
move the footnote to the bottom of 
the page just before printing out, 
you won't change the format of 
subsequent pages - the pages 
afterwards will still begin in the 
same place. A nice advantage of 
this is that you can have normal 
footers (displaying the page num- 
ber, for example). 

To rule off the footnote text 
from the rest of the page, it can 
begin with the old trick of 



[+]UL[+]RA[-]UL (in LocoScript 
I the middle command is RJ). 
Footnote text goes best in a smalt 
pitch such as 15. 

Just before you print out, 
you'll have to move all the foot- 
notes to the bottom of their page. 
If your footnotes are all referred to 
by asterisks (for example) you can 
easily find them using [FIND]*. 

Then look to see where the 
page break comes - suppose the 
last word on the page is 'notwith- 
standing' . Move back to the foot- 
note text and (COPY] with the 
cursor on the I RETURN J marker 
which begins the footnote. Move to 
the [RETURN) which ends the 
footnote text and press [CUT} to 
cut it out, giving any number to 
store it under temporarily (zero 
say). Move down to the line end- 
ing in 'notwithstanding' , go to the 
end with [EOL], and paste in the 
footnote just cut out with [PASTE] 
followed by zero. Your footnote 
should fit in nicely down to the 
bottom of the page, the next page 
starting where it did before. If not, 
force a new page after the footnote 
with [ALTj [RETURN]. 
(See this month's listing on pS9). 







restored to normal. 

If you don't have LocoScript 
2.12 or later, here's what to do. 
You need to type the following 




Key facts 


A tip in the December 1 989 issue 


of 8000 Plus showed how to set 


tines into a file in the same way as 


the delete keys to work in 


you made up your KEYS.SC2. 


SuperCalc. Unfortunately when 


Call this one KEYS.CPM. To get 


you return to CP/M the delete key 


the A symbol, type [EXTRA]: and 


doesn't work properly. Can you 


to get \ type [EXTRA] 1/2. 


help? 


66 N "*C" 


Charles Hentun, Herts 


02NS' ,f Z" 




Q0NS"*Q" 


8000 Plus: If you find that keys 


73NS"*S" 


are not producing what they 


77NS"*P" 


should after running a CP/M pro- 


16N"»G" 


gram, you can reset them as fol- 


75 N "*H" 


lows. What you need to do is to 


10N"*U" 


restore the original key definitions 


OJ N "'W" 


(which are listed out in the hack of 


20N" A ]" 


the Amstrad manual). 


E#8F"WW 


Owners of LocoScript 2 ver- 


I3N"*'#8F'" 


sion 2,12 or later can do it the 


E#90"*FW 


easy way. You will find a file on 


/3S' W #90"' 


that disc called LOCOCMAR.KEY. 


14 N " A " 


If this is copied to the autostart 


23 N "AV" 


disc, it can be used to reset the 


I5N"W 


keyboard to normal. Just add a 


06 N "Jf" 


line to your PROFILE.SUB file so 


05 N "Af » 


that it includes these lines (this 


01 N "W 


would be to run your program 


79N"K30'" 


SC2.COM): 


16 A "*K" 


SETKEYS KEYS.SC2 


76 N "«i" 


SC2 


79 A "*£" 


SETKEYS LOCOCHAR.KEY 


72 A ,,f X" 


The keyboard will he reconfig- 


Then your PROFILE.SUB will 


ured to run your program, but 


look something like 


when you return to CP/M, the last 


SETKEYS KEYS.SC2 


line of the PROFILE.SUB will be 


SC2 


executed and the keyboard 


SETKEYS KEYS.CPM 



A minor gripe with Micro Design 
2 arises when importing a text file 
into the editor from another pro- 
gram. When in the editor, pressing 
[f5] to import brings up the mes- 
sage A:*.TXT. Unless you know 
the name of your text file exactly, 
or all your text files have a TXT 
suffix (which is unlikely), you 
have to delete the TXT and replace 
it with * each time to get a direc- 
tory showing all the files in group 
of the disc. However, you can 
change Micro Design so that it 
automatically comes up with *.* 
every time. Work on a copy of the 
program, never the original! 

Start up your PCW and insert 
the CP/M disc. If you have a 
PCW8512 or 8256, now remove 
the CP/M disc side 1 and insert 
side 3 of your master discs. Type 
at the A> SID [RETURN]. When 
the # prompt appears, remove the 



disc and insert the copy of your 
Micro Design disc. 

Type the following lines 
EXACTLY as shown. ONLY type 
spaces when it says [SPACE] - 
NOT otherwise. There are a few 
extra ones to make reading easier. 

RA:MD,COM [RETURN] 
D 684 B [RETURN] 

(Check the text at the right hand 
side begins TXT. If it does, . . .) 

S 684 B [RETURN] 

* [SPACE] [SPACE1 [RETURN] 

. [RETURN] 

WA:MD.COM [RETURN] 

Now the disc light should come on 
and the motor whirr as the altered 
file is written to disc. Next time 
you run Micro Design, the [f5] key 
will bring up the message *.* 
instead of *.TXT 
Rev M Komor, 1 .hint « it Major, 
SGIam 



Micro designing 



A DTP program such as Micro 
Design is useful for designing 
magazine-style two-page layouts, 
for a small booklet for example. 
The following method enables 
users of MicroDesign 2 to achieve 
this layout in landscape format, 
without having to worry about 
uneven gaps and margins. 

Select 256K landscape format 
and press W to define the text area. 
Press [SPACE] to select the 
top right hand corner of the win- 
dow, and move the cursor until it is 
on coordinates 504, 80 (they're 
shown at the bottom right of the 
screen). Press [SPACE] again, to 
select the bottom left comer, and 
using the cursor keys move it to 
the point 40,816. This gives the 
text area for the left hand page. 

Assuming you have already 
loaded your text into the Editor, 



typeset it in the norma) way into 
the window you have defined. 
When it is full, the typesetting 
will stop. Press [EXIT], then W. 
This brings up the original win- 
dow. Now move it over to the 
right hand side of the page simply 
by pressing [ALT] and the right 
cursor, until it is hard against the 
edge of the paper. Finally press 
[ENTER] to fix it there. 

Continue typesetting by hit- 
ting T then [PASTE]. Although 
the two text areas look offset to 
the right of the page, this method 
takes account of the fact that most 
printer do not print on the top inch 
and bottom half inch of a sheet of 
A4; it all comes out centrally on 
the printed page. Using a font 
such as Times 12 in these win- 
dows gives the recommended 50- 
60 character length lines for easy 
legibility. 

Rev M Komor, LI ant wit Major, 
SGIam 





304 


w 








TEXT AREA / 

f 

f 
t 


. --JC"* 


TEXT AREA 

* 


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4C 


. 818 






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A suitable layout for designing a small booklet in desktop publisher Micro Design 



72 Augusl 90 8006 PLUS 
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icons 






Lining up 



jl: sroup Vaun .1 Editing text. 

jsout 1 Hi! lsi zm m 

fl=flctions 



Printer idle. Using lit 

Page 1 line 1/i 
ft-fiit f7=S«(ll f!=0pti»ns EX 



Many documents require lines to 
be drawn across the page from the 
current position to the right-hand 
margin, such as forms. 

Of course, the quickest way to 
do this is to go through the follow- 
ing sequence of keypresses: 
[+]UL [+]RA [-JUL in LocoScript 
2. Or, in LocoScipt I , that works 
out as; 
[+]UL t+]RJ HUL). 

If you start right up against the 
left hand margin, you therefore 
end up with a line (or, indeed, 
series of horizontal lines) which 
are ruled right across the page. 
Whether you're putting together 
forms or simple questionnaires, it 
is a very convenient method for 
separating different sections from 
each other. 
Michael Brough 
Kingston 
Surrey 



TCEntre) General Knoulsdst Uuelf 
f 

(autre) 3 HmirsU 

« 

1, A ma fonts the border betueen En 3 1 and and 
Kales. Use'' MMRAlign) HM* 

2, Hho wrote Pin-cell's Irun^t Vduntars? (tULJUWIiwK-UDc 

3, Is this s question' (UDOHSlim)- '- ull( ' 

(tUL) (Billion) 









General 


Knowledge 
3 Hours 


Level 




1. A river f 
Wales, Wve? 


arms the 


border between England 


and 


? 


Who 




Purcell 


s Trumpet 
n? 


Voluntary? _ 




3. 


Is 


this a 


quest '.0 










1 



As it looks on screen, complete with codes, and - on final printout 



It's the Saurus 



Can you recommend a Thesaurus 

program for the PCW? 

M Nunn, Bexhill-on-Sea, E 

Sussex 

SOOO Plus: Here are rwo. One, by 
Three Inch Software, can he used 
only by LocaFile owners. It has 
12,000 words in a 7SQK LocoFile 
fde and costs £14.95; details 081 
5462754. The other is part of 
Mini Office Professional Plus (the 
plus is important), a suite of pro- 
grams that includes word proces- 
sor, database, spreadsheet etc. 
and 70,000 or so word thesaurus. 
Yott can pick it upfront most mail 
order suppliers listed in 8000 Plus 
for£30-£35. 

But, to be honest, it's quicker, 
cheaper and altogether better to 
buy a thesaurus in hook form. 
Your local bargain bookshop will 
have one for a fiver or so. 



Blu material 



The printer for an 85 1 2 or 8256 
can be stored safely on top of 
the monitor. Four big blobs of 
blutaek will keep it from slip- 
ping. 

Blutack can also be used to 
raise slightly a carbon ribbon 
cartridge so that the print head 
strikes an unused part of the rib- 
bon - doubling the life of your 
carbon ribbon! Put a blob in the 
spindle hole and a couple at the 
opposite end of the casing. 
Gentle downward pressure to 
get it printing straight might be 
needed after a test print. 
David Maxwell-Lyte, 
Llanfylliit, Powys 



$$$hhh! 



A simple way of 'protecting' a 
LocoScript file containing sen- 
sitive information from some- 
one else's eyes is 10 rename it 
so it ends in .$$$ (from the disc 
manager take [O] in 
LocoScript 2, or [f5] in 
LocoScript 1). 

TAXFRAUD.LET for example 
would become 
TAXFRAUD.$$$. 

The file can't now be 
edited, because LocoScript 
thinks any file ending in .$$$ is 
already being edited. 
Of course, you can easily make 
it editable again by renaming it. 
P Warren er, Liverpool 



Scrabbling around 



Fancy cheating at Scrabble? 
Here's how you can bump up your 
score by 256, 5 1 2 or any multiple 
thereof. First play a game, but 
before it's finished (preferably just 
after you've started) save it to a 
disc in the A drive. Make sure you 
are the top player as seen on 
screen. 

Now restart your PCW and 
insert your CP/M disc. At the A> 
prompt replace the disc in the A 
drive with side 3 of your systems 
discs if you have a PCW 85 12 or 
8256. 

Type SID [RETURN) and at 
the # put the disc you saved the 
game with in the A drive. Type 



RA:GAME.SCR [RETURN] and 

then type 

S01CO[RETURN] 

1 [RETURN] 

.[RETURN] 

WA:GAME.SCR[RETURN] 

They're zeroes in the first line, not 
letter Os, and that's a one in the 
second line, not a letter I. The I 
bumps up your score by 256; if 
you type 2 instead, you get an extra 
512, and so on. Now get Scrabble 
going as usual and reload the saved 
game (answer Y to 'Resume a 
game?' when you start up with the 
disc in the drive). 

Adventurous types familiar 
with SID can go much further in 
this merciless hacking of the saved 
game. Addresses 026F to 034F 



inclusive show the current contents 
of the board, across from left to 
right and downwards. Then 
addresses 0350 to 0430 inclusive 
show the contents of the board 
downwards as simple ASCII. By 
overwriting these you can set up 
the board to show any state of 
words you like. To make a letter a 
"blank", add 128 to its ASCIt 
value. 

You can also try setting up 
special customised combinations 
of double-letter score square, triple 
word squares and soon. Scrabble 
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ill Processors 



PROTEXT/ 
POCKET PROT 

£59.950.95 'Amor- 0733 68' 

The best CP/M wordprocessor. Very fast at moving around 
large tiles* and packed with features Works with key combina- 
tions rather than menus, but uses LocoScript keys too. Comes 
complete with a good spelling checker, a lightning test word 
counter and a very powerful mailmerger. Pocket Pretext' is a 
stripped down version - essentially the same word processing 
features, bus no spell checker or mailmerger. and Sacking one 
or two incidental facilities like two column printing. Specify 
which machine you have when buying. 
PLUSES - MINUSES 

A Complete with spelling checker /word counter 
A Packed with features, eg. calculate facility, text editor for 
writing programs, 'prirol to screen' option etc 
Lets you work wilh two documents at once 
You can do all of CP/M's functions without leaving Protexl 
Very fast at moving around, doing exchanges and so on 
Extremely powedul and flexible mail merger 
Forces you to learn another new set of control keys to use it 
Not as slick as LocoScripl in i|s primer controls 



TASWORD 8000 

£24.95 • Tasman * 0532 438301 • 8000's only 

Simplifies document planning by minimising dependency on 

layout procedures. Allows quick and easy access to parts of 

text by existence of a marker system. The "Search'and 

'Find/Replace' facilities are simple to use, but very thorough. 

PLUSES « MINUSES 

A Easy to use 

A Excellent mailmerge and label-printing ability 

EASY LABELLER 

£29.95 (plus VAT) ■ M.A.S.S. • 0603 630768 

Labelling program which stores your names and address list 

and wlil phnt out in label format selected items from It. 

PLUSES * MINUSES 

A Useful options like priming out current date 

A Good search facilities 

A Range of printing options will fit most stationery 

t Data needs an entire disc to itself 

T Data entry is slowed by constant returning to main menu 

LOCOSCRIPT 2 

£24,95 > Locomotive So 

As bundled with new 9512. the n^u rTfi mrffifeveryone s first 
word processor, it you know how LocoScript f works, you'll 
have minima} releaming to do, and it puts right (almost) all She 
defects of the old version at a rock bottom price. Greek and 
Cyrillic alphabets, and even lets you define up So sixteen char- 
acters of your own design. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 
A Find page' command makes moving around faster 




A Superb range ol foreign accents and symbols available 

A Can now drive daisywheei and other printers 

A Has DISCKlTs formatting and copying built into it 

A New 300-page manuaE 

▼ Mailmerger and spelling checker not included 

▼ Inconvenient for regular CP/M users 

▼ Still no word counter! 

▼ Still slow at Find, Exchange and scrolling 

LOCOSPELL 

£19.95 ■ Locomotive/Amsoft ■ 0306 740606 

The ultimate spelling checker tor LocoScript users, it is njn as 
a simple menu choice while you are editing a document nor- 
mally, and you can check either an entire document or only a 
paragraph. When it finds an error, it suggests a correction. 
Reasonably fast, given LocoScripts inherent sloth. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 
A Runs lotally Irom within LocoScript 
A Can do small sections of a lile 
A Suggests alternatives for misspelt words 
A Reformats the text as it make$ corrections 
A Provides the much-missed LocoScript word counter 

▼ Can't remove spellings you don't like 

V The manual gels bogged down sometimes 

▼ Slow at scrolling the dictionary window 



LOCOMAIL 



£29.95 • Locomotive/Amsoft • 0306 740606 

As a mailmerger for LocoScript. It's difficult to sea how any- 
thing could be better than this, l! runs directly Irom LocoScripl 
and can process any LocoScript commands Has many 
advanced features and is highly recommended foralt^m^^s, 
LocoScript users. >'"" ,- ""4tt\ 

PLUSES ■ MINUSES f \\ftC »**> 

A You don't have to run ilfrom CP/M yVj"" "" 
A Can print any LocoScript text formatting awflfnanos 
A Can automatically rejuslify paragraphs after insertion 
A Can insert numeric calculations into letters 
A Can read data from non- LocoScripl (ie. ASCII) files 
A Large manual, with example tiles on disc 
A Power ul selection procedures - like a database 
▼ Need separate program to sort and fitter addresses 
before a print run 

PROSPELL 

£29.95 -Amor '0733 68909 

A stand-alone spell checker lor use with almost any wordpro- 

cesser that runs on the PCWs. Reads LocoScript. WordStar 

and ASCII tiles, and allows you to make corrections directly. 

view the context, change the dictionary etc. Specify which 

machine whan buying. 

PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Checks LocoScripl and WordStar documents directly. 

A Displays trie context of a suspect word 

A Can edit misspellings directly from Prospell 

A Anagram and crossword solvers too 

T Processes files ol 1 5K or more in sections 

POCKET WORDSTAR 

£49.95 • MicroPro/Davis Rubin ■ 0386 853610 

For many business users, word processing means Word Star. 
Almost everything you could need in a text processor is here 
and despite the title this "Pocket" version has all the features 
of the original. Efficient and proven, but now showing its age 



and there are alternatives unSess you are committed to 

WordStar already. £20 extra buys the De Luxe version with 

spell checker. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Probably the world's most widely used word-processor 

A Documentation is complex but well-structured 

A Includes a mall merge utility 

A Keystroke commands fully described on on-screen menus 

▼ Doesn't make lull use of the PGW keyboard and printer 
y Page and margin formatting commands awkward to use 

NEWWORD 

£69.00 ■ NewStar Software • 0245 265017 

NewWord exploits the WordStar market by doing the same job 

better, it uses much the same key commands as WordStar 

and will even edit documents prepared under WordStarComss 

with a spelling checker* and the on-screen help Is sltghsly bet- 

ter than WordStar's, though the keystokes are still as obscure 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Does everything WordStar does, even reads WordStar files 

A Spelling checker included 

A Can un-erase words and lines 

A Onscreen help belter than WordStar's 

A Full reformatting of text within mailmerger 

T Weak on use of keypad and printer support 

▼ Like WordStar, formatting troubles and obscure commands 

LABEL PRINTER 

£25.00 -Microdraw 0622 685481 

Very similar program to Easy Labetler if not quite as powerful. 
Usual features of a labetler and you can store comments with 
each label's data. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Menus simple - easy to get the program going 

A Fast data entry * 

A Can store comments with each entry 

▼ No import or expert of data 

▼ Data needs an entire disc to itself 



LOCOKEY 



£14,95 - Locomotive Software ■ 0306 740606 

This successor to LocoChar is a keyboard customlsar which 

means thai any key can be made to produce any letter. The 

program wilt reproduce any one of the sixteen LocoChar- 

defined characters, 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Enables customisation to any distribution ol 

keyboard letters 
A Handles any combinations of accent and character 
A Is fun and easy to use 
▼ Wilt onEy be of limited use 

ANSIBLEINDEX PLUS 

£34.95 ■ Ansible Information • 0672 62576 

The upgraded version of the LocoScript document Irtdexer. 
Type in your LocoScript document as normal highlighting the 

words to be indexed with a LocoSchpt f+RV} code. The pro- 
gram wilt then compile an alphabetical list of entnes complete 
with the page number on which they appear. A friendly, useful 
little package 
PLUSES - MINUSES 

A Don't need to convert files Into ASCII files 
A Word counter also included 
A Runs with both LocoScripl 1 and 2 



SIM PLUS August 90 75 




Software Guide 




a One index can be created for a series ol documents 
A Indexes can be edited on screen 
A Index entries can be inverted; instead Of 'mutton pie/ for 
exam pit?, 'pie, mutton/ 



Accounts 



VITAL PROCES 
SERIES 

£29,95 • 39.95 each • VftaTSefMSe ■ 0732 810330 

Series of three* programs designed to help you look after your 
money and your assets. The Savings Processor is ideal tor 
someone with a portfolio of stocks and shares: it teits you 
your 'net worth' like a balance sheet. The Insurance 
Processor helps you make an inventory of atlyour posses- 
sions and put a value on them, white the Income Processor 
helps you keep tabs on your incomings and outgoings. 
PLUSES MINUSES 

A Income Processor allows you to budget efficiently 
A Insurance Processor can complete Inventories room by room 
A Savings Processor is a fasl and efficient way ol keeping 
irack of share values 

▼ You have to be keen to do all the research 

▼ It can be time-consuming 

▼ With the Income Processor, it's difficult getting all the 
information you need from the manual 

▼ Its not always clear how some of the operations work 

CHECK ACCOUNT II 

£14,95 -Molesoft- 03722 75053 

Written specifically (or the home user this program maintains 
four accounts per disc in familiar hank-statement form. Us 
analysis feature shows trends and forecasts how much you 
can afford to spend. The interest-estimating feature can keep 
track of Building Society accounts where interest earned 
varies with the amount deposited. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 
A Designed solely tor home accounts 
A Easy to learn from demo tile 

V Relatively slow screen update 

▼ You have to be organised to keep it up to date 

DIGITA BUSINE 
CONTROLL 

£69.95 • Digita Internatio 

Not a full accounting system, hut a very easy-to-use package 

with an excellent manual Nominai ledger already set up and 

you can be up and running in minutes. No aged creditor/debtor 

lists can be produced, and problems with VAT handling- not 

realty tor VAT businesses. For other small business its very 

good value. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

a Delight to use with a very good manual 

A You can gel Ihe system working in minutes 

a Financial ratios can be included m reports 

▼ No facility tor producing aged debtors/creditors Irst 

BOOK-KEEPING 
AND ACCOUNTS 

£69 (with invoicing, £80.50; with invoicing and 
stocks, £92) • Manx Tapes • 0624 813071 

Recently updated suite of programs advocating a very tradi- 
tional style of double-entry book-keeping. Useful demonstra- 
tion disc also suppiied with more than 200 example accounts. 
PLUSES^ MINUSES 
A Solid, traditional approach to double-entry book-keeping 

▼ Program doesn't make full use ol Ihe PGW 
V' Screen prompts not always that helpful 

V Written in BASIC, SO prone to sluggishness 

COMPACT ACCOUNTS 

£199,00 • Compact Software Ltd • 0628 777456 

Another very targe integrated package suppiied on several 
discs and consisting of safes, purchase and nominal ledger 
together with invoicing. The package is available on much 
larger micros, and since the format in which data is produced 
is Ihe same as on PCWs, the system is particularly suitable 
for users planning to upgrade their hardware at afater date. 





PLUSES- MINUSES 

▲ Audit traits are an auditor's dream 

A Data can be used in WordStar. Muttplan or SuperCaJc 2 

▲ Superb prepayment facility 

A Can run a number of companies separately 

A Easily transported to bigger computers 

▼ Lois ol disc swapping necessary 

▼ Can be slow lo use - It runs in Mallard Basic 

▼ Quirks in cash allocation routine and account code system 

MAR INTEGRA 
ACCOUNTS 

E249WAT ■ HAP Systems • 061 62T5662/3 

Ttiis ts a very powerful package moved onto the PCW at a 
traction of its cost on larger micros. The size makes it a little 
cumbersome to use. but apart from that there are very tew sig- 
nificant problems. The Integrated suite includes the same five 
modules as Camsott, but they are suppiied on four sides of 
disc r making it effectively impossible for the software to be run 
as an integrated system on an unexpanded 8256. 
PLUSES MINUSES 

a. A very comprehensive and professional package 
A Very good audit trails 

A Sales/purchase ledgers can am over different periods 
A. Facility for handling prepayments and accruals 
A Able to print full management accounts 

▼ The size ol Ihe programs means lots ol disc swapping 

▼ AH normal responses need to be in upper case 

CORNIX SIMPLE 
ACCOUNTS 

£69.95 'Comix -0234 219969 

Simple cash-book style package which allows you to keeptrack 

of debtors and creditors f though not aged ones). Simple to use 

and you can make changes if you make a mistake.Siow So use 

for complex operations and number of entries In given period is 

limited, but very good simple program for small businesses. 

PLUSES MINUSES 

A Simple, easy-to-use program 

A Can correct errors 

A Keeps track of debtors and creditors 

▼ Slow lor complex operations 

▼ Ability to alter figures won't please accounting purisls 

CAMSOFT PSIL 

E180.14+VAT . Cambrian Software • 0766 831878 

Consists of five integrated packages: Sales, purchase and nom- 
inal ledgers, invoicing and slock control, in terms of sophistica- 
tion it talis somewhere between the Sagesofl package and the 
larger systems from MAP and Compact. Bui its easier to run 

than the larger packages since all the softwarecan be squeezed 

into she M drive. Good package for a small company. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Already set up for 8256 or 851 2 

A No need lor pre printed stationery 

A Excellent sort and search facilities 

A Invoices shown on screen as you create them 

▼ Constant need to Input full five-digit accouni codes 

▼ No final 1 accounts reports available on nominal ledger 

▼ No facility to run the ledgers in different accounting periods 

IN BUSINESS 

£149,90 • Cavalier Software • 01-639 6683 

A comprehensive integrated package. Comprises Intact' 
accounts and Instock' stock control available separately tor 
£59,95 each. Wet! designed, easy to run and powerful enough 
for most businesses 
PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Other packages (eg: 'Teleadd' address book) can be added 
A Comprehensive range of features when used as a package 
A Sophisticated pricing and order features m Inslock section 
A Flexible accounts, traps most mistakes, useful summaries 
A Interesting forward planning facility in stock control 

▼ M a n u a l g ives yo u a confusing number of options 

SMALL BUSINESS 
ACCOUNTS 

£69.95 'NewStar- 0245 265017 

Using the split-screen method, the prompt-driven program 

leads you through the hazards ol double-entry book-keeping 

as painlessly as possible. Again, very useful demonstration 

files supplied with Ihe program, ft aiso handles VAT easily. 

PLUSES' MINUSES 

A Excellent system of screen prompts 

A Good demonstration files 

A Ore of the easiest double-entry systems lor Ihe novice 

▼ Manual is really for the PC 




SAGE POPULA 
ACCOU 

£87 • Sagesotl • 

An integrated accountspUckage consisting of purchase, sales 
and nominal ledgers. For another £50 you can buy Accounts 
Plus which also has invoicing and stock control. Aimed at small 
companies with the emphasis on ease of setting up. But a 
number of limitations, eg. the package cannot cope too easily 
with rapidly increasing numbers of customers and suppliers, 
PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Clean, tidy and logical screen layouts and menus 
A Easy to set up and use with excellenl documentation 
A Good audit trails and VAT reports 
A Can produce formatted trial balances 

▼ Restrictive account numbering system 

▼ Only single Nomina) ledger and VAT analysis per item 

▼ Does not cater tor settlement discou n ts 
T Won't print remittance advice slips 

▼ C ramped on 95 1 2 pri nter - need 1 7 pitch daisywheel 

M.A.P PAYROLL 

[1 99+VAT ■ MAP Systems - 061 624 5662 

PLUSES* MINUSES 

A Can amend and re-run at any stage (even alter printing) 

A Cash analysis is broken down into departments 

A System prevents re-use or amendment of leavers 

A Can hold up to 40 standard hourly and weekly wage rates 

▼ No SSP calculation facility (but can record all amounts paid) 
Y Programs necessitale a lot of disc swapping 

▼ No printed record of automatic tax code changes 

SAGESOFT POPULAR 
PAYROLL 

£61 • Sagesott - 091 2131555 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Any or all employees payroll can be rerun at any stage 

A Full pay history available lor all employees and leavers 

A Calculates average pay for holidays etc 

A Very easy to install 

▼ Limited number of additions/deductions 

▼ Doesn'i print a list of cheques 

▼ No analysis ol additions/deductions 

COMPACT PAYROLL 

£139.00 * Compact Software Ltd • 0628 777456 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Supplied with lest data 

A Facility to change employees tax codes Hollowing budget 

A Can run payroll lor several companies 

A Program available for PC compatibles - data transportable 

▼ Must be run from the master discs 

▼ Needs input form and check calculation lor each, 
¥ Once payslips are printed nothing c 

▼ Most expensive payroll progran 




CAMSOFT PA1 

E60+VAT * Cambrian Software • 0766 631878 

PLUSES MINUSES 

A Pull payslip displayed on screen, any Hern can be amended 

A Facility for freehand narrative on any payslip 

A Uses M drive for programs to speed operation 

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EASI-ACCOUNTS SYSTEM 

£23.95 • Arctan Computer Ventures ■ 1 Foxwell 
Square, Southfields, Northampton NN35AT 

Another PC W accounts package this time tor the smalt busi- 
ness man or the very organised home user. Works on the tra- 
ditional system of ledgers with up to 500 entries (or individual 
transactions) allowed per tedgar. 
PLUSES "MINUSES 

a Comprehensive Lisi and Search facilities 
A Manual assumes you know nothing about accounting arid 
is. on the whole, weli-wntten 

▼ Not a particularly easy package to use 

▼ You would have to be exceptionally well-organised to use it 

MONEY MANAGER PCW 

£49.95 • Connect Software Ltd • 081 743 9792 

This accounting package has been designed for individuals, 
smatl businesses and clubs - anyone who might find a larger 
accounting package daunting. The program concentrates on 
income and expenditure, each file covering a 12-month period 
with up to 500 entries per month. 
PLUSES i MINUSES 

A Up to 20 different kinds ol accounts are catered lor 
A Up to 50 transaction codes help categorise income and 

expenditure 
A Needs little computer or accounting expertise 
A Information can be displayed in the form of a bar or pie chart 
t Too limited for bigger businesses 

▼ Over-featured for domestic use 




BRAINSTORM 

£29,99 • Brainstorm Software Ltd > 0895 677845 

A new improved version, reconfigured for easier use on the 

PC W. Works as an 'ideas processor'; you throw your ideas 

in any order and then use the program to rearrange them and 

impose a structure. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

a Quick and efficient rind easy to use 

A Encourages structured thinking 

A Versatile; many different editing facilities 

A Results can be fed into a word processor for polishing up 

▼ Namesakes must be exact matches 

▼ Manual is on disc, so you can't consult while using 
BrainStorm unless you print it out 

PCW DRAW 

£39.95 ■ HTB Computing ■ 0794 516279 

Draughting package written specifically tor the PCW 

machines Program is teaming with features ■ built-in 

shapes and free-hand drawing facility - which, used with 

practice and Imagination, could provide professional-looking 

output. 

PLUSES* MINUSES 

A Very comprehensive text entry and printout lormat options 

A ZOOM lacility allows you to edit small sections of a draught 

pixel by pixel 
A Many useful functions: different line thicknesses, hatching ., 
V No support for plotting devices like mouse or light-pen 
T PCW Draw doesn't consider the PCWs screen aspect 

ratio: on-screen drawings look twice as high as wide 

PCW TOOLKIT 

£24.95 • Moonstone Computing • 041 941 3120 

4 user- friendly data recovery package for the PCW. 
Provided you can find the contents of the damaged tile, 
toll out a new one, sector by sector, on M using PASTE. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 
A Perfect for trie complete novice 
A Clear confidence-boosting manual 
a Can recover data varying in amounts from a 
few bytes to a complete disc. 

PRO-PERFORMER 

£59 JO ■ Etectromusrc Research « 0702 335747 

7?re only real musical add-on for the PCW. Easy to use soft- 
ware runs on CP/M, has a wide variety of powerful features 



and is icon-driven. Sophisticated recording facilities and the 

program will alfow you to save compositions as tracks, songs 

or performances. Ideal for pop and classical musicians, 

PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Icon-based screen 

A Can record lines independently or In an arrangement 

A Punch-in editing facilities 

a Facility lor sfow recording and last playback 

A Step-time recording lor strict in tempo lines 

A Tracks can be looped (made to repeat) 

▼ Manual glosses over arrangements 

▼ Cant edit notes individually 

T No musical notaiion anywhere 

JOB ESTIMATING & 
PRODUCT COSTING 

£79.90 each • Comix Software • 0243 219969 

Both programs aim to provide help to smalt businesses by 
keeping track of costs. You break down the product you're 
costing or the job you're doing into a series of costing lines - 
recording quantity and price per component. Program analy- 
ses profit margins and can produce customer printouts. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 
A E xceile ntiy-wrilten manuals 
A Simple and robust to use 

A Changes In material costings instantly reflected n all quotes 
A Neat way of doing on-the-spot quotes 

▼ Only suitable for small to medium-sized businesses 

▼ Can't add new components to a description 



TEMPDISC 8.2 

£19.95 • Thurston Techniques 0395 
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Disc of ready-made templates to be used inside LocoScripl.2. 
AH you have to do is find the particular template to suit your 
requirements and then fill in the details. Vast selection of bor- 
ders is excellent for personalising labels and envelopes, 
PLUSES- MINUSES 
A Has included files to complement LocoMalls 

invoicing facilities 
A Very easy to use 
A Vast range of templates available 

▼ Not so good if you don't like tots ot visual trimmings 

FORMS BOX 
COMPENDIUM 

£19.95 -Disc Design -0337 7444 

Fully compatible with LocoScript 1 and 2, this disc provides 
70 different kinds ot forms for home and office use. You can 
either fill them in on the screen, save and print them out or 
print them out and fit! them in later, A sotid, no frills product. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 
A Very easy to use 

▼ Will only print out on A4 size paper 

POOLS MASTER 

£19.95 • Intraset Ltd • 02572 76800 

This program helps you select the numbers to cross on your 

pools coupon taking Its recommendations on the recent form ot 

each team or simply on the basis of sequence prediction (going 

on the numbers which have provided draws in the past), 

PLUSES* MINUSES 

A Very easy to use 

A More accurate lhan the newspaper pundits 

▼ Entering (orm results from week to week is tedious 

L0C0F0NT I 

£19.95 ■ Locomotive Software (0306 740606} • 
8000s only 

A selection ot new fonts to help you break out ot the 

standard LocoScript typeface. There's a very good selection 

of styles to choose from: "handwritten' styles look very good 

as do the Copperplate and Script styles. The Roman and 

Standard fonts are more practical. The new characters are 

reproduced very well indeed. A further six fonts are 

available, including Old English and flowing script, on 

LocoFont It for £14.95. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Eight new fonts, one coming for free 

A Each style supports all accents, characters, etc. 

a Relatively cheap and easy to use 

A Can break out of that one-pattern printout. 

T Cant mix styles in one document 

▼ Limitations of a 16 dot pattern means that the 
quality cannot be brilliant 



PS HEADINGS 

£11.95 -Orb Systems -081690 8534 

An updated version of the original product, with a major 

improvement in spaed. A must for all Protext users who need 

to incorporate high quality targe print for letter headings and so 

on. Facility to alter stylistic details such as shading, underlining 

and triple-strike printing. 

PLUSES- MINUSES 

a Easy to use 

A Range of styles 

A Good manual 

T Only one font available (although in two sizes) 

TAS-SIGN 

£29.95 * Tasrrtan Software • 0532 438301 

Takes time to print out but you can print signs ot up to five 

tfrtss of text up to seven inches high with up to 32 characters in 

each. Four fonts, eight hatching patterns, and you can print 

lengthways on continuous paper tor long signs. 

PLUSES' MINUSES 

A. Wide range of fonts and shadings 

A Long signs will print out in landscape ' (sideways) format 

▼ Long signs lake lime 

▼ Some symbols [yen signs etc) won't pnnl out on PCW 



GILLIGAN'S GUIDE 

£29.95 ■ 49.95 • NG Gilligan • 0629 56347 

A geographic information program based on the Ordnance 
Survey system. Concentrates on a given area loosely 15 
square miles; it will list all the places included on the map in 
alphabetical order with their grid references. Also gives you 
information about the sites and wilt locate them on the 
map. You can also interrogate the system so that it only gives 
you details and locations of sites of special interest. 
PLUSES -MINUSES 

A A thorough, versatile and easy to use package 
A System can be interrogated in a number ol 

interesting ways 
A Breaks sites down into areas ol specific interest 
A You can commission you own made-to-measure guides 

STAR TRACK 

£14.95 • Discovery Software • 081 840 5252 

A fun and informative program with which you can display on 
your computer screen all of the 88 constellations and 600 or 
so stars that are recognised by todays astronomers. You can 
also see how their positions in the sky change depending on 
your location (which could be anywhere in the world} and the 
time (any time between J 000 and 2999 AD). 
PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Excellent manual with helpful practice exercises 
A Comprehensive list of ready-made latitudes and 

longitudes supplied 
A Cycle option transports you forward a month at a time so 

that you can chart the stars' progress 

▼ Screen displays could be more exciting 

▼ Moon and planets aren't included 

POCKET DATADATE 

£24.95 «A4 Ideas -0249 815082 

An invaluable utility for those who crave date-related trivia. 

Fully operational under LocoScript 2, Pocket Datadate even 

prints fitofax-stzed text. 

PLUSES MINUSES 

A Program recently updated 

A Very informative 

A Ideal for quizmasters 

▼ Only works with LocoScript 2 

▼ Documentation currently on disc 

PCW SUPERDOS 

£29.95 • Encyclasoft • 0270 811890 

Fills the gap between the friendliness of LocoScript and spars! 

ty of CP/M. Has the ability to copy multiple files at once, and 

can back up an entire directory. 

PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Printable 'notepad'' facility 

A Makes CP/M tess daunting to use 

▼ Need to leave SuperOOS for some functions 



FACTOTUM 

£14.95 • Tudor Systems • 0622 861775 



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give you access to this extremely useful catalogue of 

information. As weli as a diary, incorporating special date 

reminders, there is an address and telephone list. 

and a lax planner. 

PLUSES 'MINUSES 

A Works from LocoScript 

A Very efficient letters section 

A Easy to use 

▼ Poor presentation 

▼ Won't work with an unexpanded 8256 

▼ Assumes knowledge of LocoScript 



SUPERZAP 

Public Domain ■ Various suppliers 

A disc editor with a difference - one key commands taken from 

adequate menus permit easy operation. Superzap allows you 

to examine both the structure and contents of the M Drive. 

Lack of print function is an irritating pittail -this command is 

even diasbled in CP/M 

PLUSES MINUSES 

A Vary easy lo use 

A Simple one key commands 

A Menu driven 

A Fast "find" function 

▼ No copier 

T Numbers can only be entered in hex 



DATA DIARY 

£16,95 <A4 Ideas -0249 815082 



More PCW-generated diary inserts for use at home or in 

the office. The program works from within LocoScript so 

you can make use of ait LocoScript 2's text and style 

enhancements. Inserts feature year lo a page 

calendars, month at a glance planners and page a 

day formats. 

PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Buy it at any time of ine year and you will be supplied 1 with 

next 1 2 months 1 supply 
A 2 versions available - for A4-size and Fitotax-stee printout 
A A solid, no frills product thai's easy to use 



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£29.95 ■ B & BB Software • 0240 242946 

Program has been designed to assist the share-owner in the 
management of a portfolio and to help in the choice of shares 
to buy and sett, it allows up to 300 stocks, shares or unit trusts 
to he kept in its library. Stocks are listed in order of their perfor- 
mance and you can cali up graphs ot price movement for indi- 
vidual stocks, 
PLUSES MINUSES 
A Manual is very easy to follow 
A Records share-holdings, dividends and cash accounts 
A Dividend printout tor tax purposes 
A Four methods ot share price analysis 

▼ No abiliiy to calculate taxable gains 

▼ Graphs are small and lack expansion facility 

▼ 9512 owners won't be able lo print out the graphics 

PERSONAL TAX 
PLANNER 

£24.95 • Digita International • 0395 270273 

Simple program which asks you ait the questions relevant 

to your year's tax affairs, and prepares your tax return claim 

(or bifli) Can, for example, find out whether married couples 

would be belter assessed separately or not. Personal Tax 

Planner i$ updated every year - look out fur the most 

recent version following March's budget . 

PLUSES ■ MINUSES 

A Simple lo use 

A Needs a minimum knowledge of the tax law 

A Forces you to keep your lax details in one place 

▼ Limited application - mighl only use ft once a year 

▼ Can't handle unusual cases 

▼ Program updates (for a new allowance level) cost £10 

KNIFE PLUS 

£19.95 • Hisofl • 0525 718181 

An essential tool for retrieving data from cormpted discs. 
Knife Plus will copy all uncorwpted sectors on to a fresh 
disc which you can then patch up without risking the original. 
PLUSES* MINUSES 

A Copies all uncorrupied data from damaged discs 
A W boot sector damaged, will copy good bool 
sector onto disc 

▼ Requires some knowledge of basic disc structure 

▼ Manual not whiten lor beginners 



WISE ONE 



£34.95 ■ Swallowsoft Publications • 0420 63793 

An expert system - you input rules and infonnation and Wise 

One becomes an intelligent' program which can. for example, 

do simple diagnoses according So symptoms you type in. 

From POBox 107, Waiton on Thames. Surrey KT12 5PQ 

PLUSES' MINUSES 

A Power to be genuinely useful 

A Elementary arithmetic 

A Help screens can be set up for the user 

▼ Obscure way of writing rules - need programming instinct 

▼ Manual dry and academic 

FLIPPER 2 PLUS 

£29.95 ■ Software Imperative • 0225i253WT> 
9512/8512 only. (\£s§£!i> 

Can do everything the original Flipper did^soo^rlbre. You can 

now flip Mini Office and Locofite and will have no problems 

with whatever version of LocoScript you're using. 

PLUSES ^MINUSES 

A Easier to install than its predecessor 

A Can fiip between environments in as little as 2 seconds 

A Professionally-presented documentation 

A Works with most CP/M programs, LocoScript and BASIC 

T Still won't work with many self-loading games 

▼ Be careful of state of printer and disc drives when flipping. 

SUPER TYPE II 

£14.95 • Digita International * 0395 270273 

A program lor users ot LocoScript and CP/M programs. 

which modifies the fonts used by the PCW printer. 

SuperType has 4 'business' and 'novelty' fonts. It mirks 

by directly altering the relevant files lor LocoScript or 

CP/M, so you only need run it once - after that, the new 

chosen lont is available. 

PLUSES' MINUSES 

A Once installed, you can totally foiget il's there 

A Genuinely useful range of fonts available 

A All LocoScript 1 5 print size and style options still work 

T You can't mix different fonts in the same document 

DMTAFAX 

Basic version £39.95 (with Microfile 
£49.95/wltn. mouse £79.95) • Kempston Data ■ 
0234855666 

Used with personal ring-binder, it helps you keep track ot 
names, addresses and appointments. Prints out data in a form 
that wilt fit the average organiser, 

PLUSES ■ MINUSES 

A Flexible and easy to use; saves buying inserts 

▼ Not very sophisticated: keeping it up to date is tedious 



DHCP 12-TRACK 
SEQUENCER SOFTWARE 

£45 -DHCP -0440 61207 

The second add-on 'recording studio' tor the PCW consisting 

ot MIDI interface and software. Can cope with up to IS tracks. 

ell of which are polyphonic and which can be as long as the 

PCW memory allows. Can also cope with quite advanced 

instruments. 

PLUSES . MINUSES 

A Cheaper than as competitor 

A Tracks can be bounced lo enable several tracks to all 

be put into one 
A Looping can start/end at any oaf 
T Manual is skimpy 
▼ No editing possible without re-recording whole tracks 




THE COMPOSER'S PEN 

£75,00 (£30.00 pocket version) t Composit 
Software #0952595436 

A sophisticated program which allows you to write musicai 



manuscripts, complete with time signatures, key signatures and 
any other notation you require. Changes to the manuscript can 
easily be accomplished, and it can even transpose music into dif- 
ferent keys. A vital tool for the composer of every kind of music 

PLUSES* MINUSES 

A Good phnt quality 

A Easy to use 

A Allows mulli-parf compositions 

A Complete range of musical notation 

A Transposes from key lo key 

▼ Slow In use 

NEWSDESK 
INTERNATIONAL 

£25 (with lightpen £50) • The Electric Studio • 
0462420222 

Versatile package with a very wide range ot graphics facilities 

and high quality headline text. Page make-up is flexible, though 

the program can be a bit cumbersome, mainly in tent handling. 

Same graphics facilities as Electric Studio's 'Art' package which 

it supersedes. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Good control over the elements on the pane 

A Powerful graphics facilities 

A Good quality print in headlines and large fonts 

A Can use font editor to create your own high quality fonts 

▼ Text- handling slow and cumbersome; editing is difficult 

STOP PRESS 

£49.95 -Database -051 3572961 

An excellent DTP Package, very strong on graphics, very well 

designed, and once you get used to it, easy to use. 

Sophisticated text handling features such as autoflow t but cant 

edit text - that all has to be done in your word processor before 

flowing the text in. A lot ot good fonts supplied too. 

PLUSES- MINUSES 

A Excellent graphics facilities, good as any graphics program 

A Wide range of text styles with text autotlow 

A Menu and key commands system suits beginner and expert 

▼ No text editing ability 



THE DESKTOP 
PUBLISHER 

£29.95 • Database Software • 051 3572961 

Tremendous value tor money. Graphics and text boxes can be 

easily moved around and page layout is clear. You can edit text 

from within the program, using LocoScript-like commends to 

set bold and italics. Good range of fonts and graphics too, at 

halt price ot its rivals! Mouse optional tor £50 more. 

PLUSES -MINUSES 

A Text editor allows you to edit articles to fit the space eaily 

A Boxes and general layout easy to manipulate 

A Works with three mice, but fine with keyboard alone 

A Halt itie price ot other packages 

A Good range of fonts and graphics, and can design your own 

T Can! fix size of text boxes - Ihey expand lo take all the text 

▼ Headlines cs n look a bit jagged 

LATE EXTRA 

£19.50 • Exemplar Designs • PO Box 683, Bath, 
BA1 1XU 

A Stop Press add-on consisting of a collection of 1 1 lonts that 
cover the range of type styles and sizes needed to create a bal- 
anced page. Also supplied on disc is a 13-page book, describ- 
ing how to create your own professionally-produced publica- 
tion. Allows you to create a good-looking page with clear text. 
PLUSES ' MINUSES 

A Good range ot 11 complementary fonts 
A Can adapt template tor own use 
V Time-consuming 
T Text needs reducing for best results 

MICRODESIGN II 

£59.95 • Creative Technology - 0889 567160 

The ultimate DTP package for sheer printout quality; Creative 

Technology regard the words and the graphics as being equally 

important hence the programs 'integrated page processor' 

label, Runs on all three machines with high quality results. 

PLUSES ■ MINUSES 

A Has full 24-pin printer compatibility 

A Easy and fun lo use 

A Excellent text-editing facilities 

A Fully compatible wllh other word processor and DTP packages 

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Postscript 



Have you any axes to grind or causes to defend? 

An anthology of praise, scepticism and complaint is here 
compiled from your letters this month. If you have any- 
thing to say about 8000 Plus or PCW-dom in general, 
please write to us; after all, these are the pages where you 
have your say. Send your missives to 8000 Plus, Postscript, 
30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2XF. 



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Could you please be so kind as to let 
me know if the Electric Studio who 
used to advertise in your 8000 Plus a 
good while ago are still trading? Many 
thanks. 

M.I Allen, Kent 

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'phone number is 0462 420222. They 
are currently selling their DTP pro- 
gram/or the PCW, Newsdesk 
International, at £25 plus VAT. 

To case or not to case? 

I recently bought an AM SOL disc 
storage box which holds 15 cased or 30 
uncased discs. Could you advise me 
whether you consider thai storing discs 
uncased renders them more liable to 
damage or corruption than if they are 
cased? Somehow 1 feel that this must 
be so, assuming that in each instance 
they are handled with reasonable care. 
Peter Jennings, Swansea 

8000 Plus: It makes absolutely no dif- 
ference whatsoever. 3 inch discs are, 
on the whole, fairly resilient. The plas- 
tic disc cases are only really necessary 
for protecting the discs when they're in 
transit. 

The Times are a-changing 

Congratulations on having the bravery 
to revise what was and still is an attrac- 
tive and individual layout. I'm glad 
you've retained the outer margin on 
pages. But may I suggest you have 
another took at the setting of your edi- 
torial on page 5 of the June issue. 
Reverse blocks can be tricky and t find 
that this one is not easy to read. By 
contrast, the yellow-on-black reverse 
on page 90 of the same issue is easy to 
read and comes out well. 

Eric Newell, Mersey side 

The redesigned 8000 Plus is absolutely 
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coloured gimmicks and the distracting 
vertical rulings. 



Do what you like on the front 
cover and let the advertisers do what 
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us clear black print of reasonable size 
on semi-matt white paper on the pages 
that we are supposed to read. 

PN Ridout Andover, Hants 

8000 Plus: Thank you for your tetters. 
The new took of the magazine continues 
to provoke more tetters than we know 
what to do with. It's not a subject that 
leaves many of you indifferent, either. 
But in a bid to soothe your frayed eye- 
sight once and for all, we've increased 
the size of the type further this month. 
Here's hoping. 

Spot the difference 

Dear Auntie Sharon, please can you 
help me with my latest problem? 

I am old, grey and retired, but 
really do try to keep up with modem 
life. I got used to males wearing ear- 
rings (only last week, acutally) but have 
just read in a computer magazine this 
article by a chap called Tim Smith. The 
photo-illustrations clearly show him 
wearing a bracelet on each wrist. 




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Am 1 getting staid? I can hardly 
wait for your reply. PS: Apart from the 
worrying point mentioned, the photo- 
illustrations are extremely helpful, and 
technically brilliant. Speaking as a for- 
merly obsessive amateur photographer 
who has (almost) kicked the habit, I 
must admit that 1 couldn't have done 
them better myself! 

"Anxious" of Ashtead 
(AKA Leslie Griffiths), Surrey 

8000 Plus: You're absolutely right. In 
fact, we spotted it too. Which is why. 
under Article 2, Subsection 41 of the 
8000 Plus Employment Act, Tim Smith 
was immediately placed on trial for 
being in possession of a pair of 
remarkably feminine-looking hands 
becomingly embellished with two gold 
bracelets. After some eleventh hour 
rhetorics of the most agile nature on 
the part of Mr Smith, he was found 
guilty as charged. 

He is now working for another 
magazine within the group and can be 
found on the third floor, gold bracelets 
intact, sporting a set of perfectly mani- 
cured nails and a rather pleasing pair 
of pink pyjamas . 

Nimble rams 

Reading this month's mag, 1 saw in 
Postscript that you intended to 
discuss castrated rams and my hopes 
soared that my query on how to 
eliminate this beast (humanely, of 
course) from my LocoSpell dictionary 
would have been answered. However, 
it appears that this nimble animal 
has escaped from your pages, 
presumably able to jump as high as it 
can bleat. 

Bernard Wilkie, Coulsdon, Surrey 

8000 Plus: Sorry about that, Mr Wilkie. 
The letter in question (was it yours?) 
had to be removed at the last minute 
because of a lack of space. However, 
we add/ ess this problem and other 
LocoSpell snags in the first of a two- 
part tutorial on pages 24 and 25 of the 
current issue. 

Up and under 

I am never sure whether to take the 
people who complain about sexism 
seriously. I have a sneeking suspicion 
that they are having a laugh at us. 
However, let's take them seriously for 
the moment because I would like to put 
straight a comment that you made in 
June's Postscript, in answer to Philip; 
Taylor, "Pigs and Pins." I am an old 
instrument maker from long before the 
term "electronics" was derived. 
As far back as I can remember, the two 
parts of a pair that fitted inside one 
another have always been referred to 
as male and female parts. With regard 
to plugs and sockets, some plugs have 
pins and some have holes. A mains 
socket on an amplifier has pins, the 
plug that goes into it has holes so that 
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according to how you want to use it. In 
the old days people weren't so sensitive 
' about such inconsequential things. 

RS Chamberlin, Leeds 

8000 Plus: Couldn't agree with you 
more. Mr Chamberlin. Bui now thai 
we've filled thai gap, maybe we van 
withdraw from this subject for the time 
being. 

Where there's a will ... 

Having one foot in the grave and the 
other on a banana skin, thoughts turn to 
j writing a will. 

Is there any software anywhere for 
PC or PCW (preferably PCW) which 
would help me to write a will? 

D Barnett, Clwyd 

8000 Plus: Talk about going from the 
ridiculous to the sublime. As far as the 
PCW is concerned, Brian Thurston of 
Thurston Techniques fame (0395 
277496) is the man to talk to. 

For the PCW 8256 using 
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If you're using an 8256 with LocoScript 
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If you're using an 8512, there's one 
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Dr James Willis speaks a lot of truth 
about the excellence of the PCW, its 
ease of learning and use, and the cheap- 
ness of the software. As a basic rule of 

thumb one could say that the PCW 
costs one third of a PC to purchase and 
run for equal output ... For individuals 
and small businesses the only valid rea- 
son to "upgrade" to a PC is if compati- 
bility with business machines is abso- 
lutely essential. 

Amstrad arc failing to recognise 
the gem they have produced and are los- 
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throat PC market. What is really needed 
is an upgrade of the PCW totally com- 
patible with the present machines. The 
present model is showing its age and 
may go the way of the Commodore PET 
unless something is done. 

The PCW is 1 )short of memory 
requiring bolt -on packs 2)short of 
extension ports (5 should be the mini- 
mum) requiring either piggy-backing or 
frequent changing of edge connectors 
3)needs a second 3.5 inch drive fitted as 
standard 4) the complete LocoScript II 
system with LocoFile supplied with 
the hardware and 5)a slightly more 
modern keyboard. 

Dr Des Keenan, Middlesex 

Thank you for the article by Dr Willis 
which expresses my sentiments entirely. 
I bought a PCW 85 1 2 three years ago 



and even as a word processor for lecture 
notes and correspondence, it has paid 
for itself many times over. Because we 
had IBM machines at college, I 
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The great thing is that it is relatively 
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bits and pieces. We can have increased 
memory - 5 1 2K in a Rampac for a hun- 
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about expanded or extended memory - 
no blinding with science. Same with the 
magazines; 8000 Plus I can read and 
understand - it's all relevant to my sys- 
tem. PC Plus has to deal with so many 
variations that so much 1 find irrelevant. 
Of course, the 1 5 1 2 is now old hat, we 
have moved on, but to the home user, 
where to? 

NP Harris, Lincoln 

8000 Plus: Dr Willis's column last 
month seems to have struck a few 
chords with readers. Thanks for your 
comments. 

... and moving out 

Your 'Next month' column of a few 
issues ago indicated that the June issue 
would contain an article on programs 
for estate agents. It appears to have 
gone to cover and is not mentioned any- 
where. My quest ion- is do you plan, at 
some stage, to publish such a review? 
R Fur longer Christchurch, Dorset 

8000 Plus: Sorry about that, but having 
planned a comparative review, we were 
rather let down at the last minute when 
one of the software houses involved — 
for reasons stilt best known to them- 
selves - decided to withdraw their pro- 
gram, from the market, apparently for 
good. 

That notwithstanding, we are plan- 
ning ahead with the article in two to 
three months' time. 

Pounds, shillings 
and recompense 

I write in reply to Martin Evans' letter 
about the review of Cashm aster. 
Although it is true the program will 
not accept the direct input of non-exis- 
tent dales, it will do so through the 
'repeal postings' routine. Thus, a 
monthly sianding order starting on 
3 1 st January will show on 3 1 si February 
etc.. (This did show in the screen 
dumps as submitted but ii was near the 
bottom and the published dumps were 
shortened.) 

Flippancy may be acceptable in 
the manual for a game but is out of 
place in the manual for an accounting 
package which is aimed at business use. 
A large proportion of PCW software 
is bought by mail order and the 
reviewer is under an obligation to 
provide an accurate description of the 
program with its good and bad points 
so that potential purchasers know what 



they are getting. 

Programmers also benefit and 
Cashmaster is the third program to have 
had changes made as a result of my 
review comments in 8000 Plus. 

DT Frost, High Wycombe, Bucks 

8000 Plus: Thanks for your letter. 

Shrinking violet 

In issue 44, George Meredith from 
Exeter expected no reader knew less 
about computers than he. Not true! I had 
hoped to keep my head above moun- 
tains of paperwork by getting 'with it' 
and computerising - until I opened the 
pages of your magazine to discover, 
with horror, that it is written in a foreign 
language. 

A 9512, complete with printer and 
sheet feeder, caught my eyes in the local 
electrical superstore and the high-fore- 
headed salesman suggested it could be 
the answer to my prayers. 

Tell me, honestly, without pulling 
any punches, is there any hope for a 50 
plus year old to enter the 
computer/word processor world to deal 
with the paperwork involved in running 
a florist business, or should I stick to 
my Abacus and steam-driven 
Remington portable? 

Brian Appleton, Slough, Bucks 

8000 Plus: It is a universal truth that 
standing on the side-lines, watching the 
action, always gives a worse impression 
of what's going on than rolling up your 
sleeves and actually getting stuck in. 
Reading a computer mag (no matter 
how rudimentary the subject matter - 
and 8000 Plus is certainly not shy of 
stating the obvious from lime to time) is 
bound to give you a headache if you 
haven't got the equipment switched on 
and ready to go in front of you. 

It sounds to me as if you're high 
foreheaded salesman was right. A word 
processor like LocoScript (it comes with 
the machine), a simple spreadsheet 
(Mini Office or SuperCalcl - even a 
friendly little database - are all that 
you need to shift the avalanche of 
paperwork that is clogging up your 
business. Then there are books to read, 
magazines to buy, training courses to 
go on - the list is endless. 

So, don't sell yourself short; you 
can do it - honestly. 

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again it involved a relatively old disc, so 
I put it down to coincidence; at the third 
occurrence 1 started to climb the wall! 

'Dirty drive head' was my immedi- 
ate reaction but 1 remembered the warn- 
ing about cleaning heads given in 8000 
Plus so I looked through the advertise- 
ments for a repair outlet which was 
fairly near. Now, in the past, I have 
'always been sceptical when reading let- 
ters in the magazine praising advertisers 
but I was delighted to see the letter from 
F J Pidgeon in the May issue about 
Suredata. 

I rang Mr Serlin on a Monday 
morning and within 40 minutes 1 was 
handing the PCW to him in his work- 
shop at Wembley. At 4pm, 1 had a 
'phone-call to say that a full diagnostic 
check had not revealed any faults amd 
that I should make sure that bright light 
could not fall onto the back of the 
machine. Thanks to 8000 Plus, I knew 
that this could cause trouble and since 
our summer had arrived (and departed) 
Nearly, I now have a screen behind the 
machine since I work facing a window. 
Thank you Suredata, 

And thank you, 8000 Plus, for your 
consistently high standards and for your 
sense of humour which is so refreshing 
in a journal dealing with a technical 
subject. 

Robert S Williams, Slough, Berks 

8000 Pius: Thank you, Mr Williams, 
Please don't be sceptical, in future, 
when reading readers' tetters praising 
advertisers' sen'ices; they are all gen- 
uine testimonials, just like yours. 

As for bright light falling onto the 
hack of the machine and causing prob- 
lems, that's something we haven't heard 
a lot of Problems are usually generated 
by light failing directly onto the drives 
from the front. Anyway, thanks for the 
information. 

In praise of woman? 

No particular reason for writing other 
than to express my appreciation for 
what is a thoroughly excellent maga- 
zine. I have been buying 8000 Plus 
since issue 1 and have found it both 
entertaining and informative. 

Your style and general content are 
superior to the only remaining rival 
publication which I confess that I do 
occasionally have to buy because there 
are some advertisers with no taste, and I 
like to keep up to date on what's 
available. 

1 wonder if your appeal is anything 
to do with the high female content of 
your staff? 

Rojer T Bunting, Sheffield 

8000 Plus: Well, it's very nice of you to 
say so, Mr Bunting, hut I'm not too sure 
how Simon Lankenau, new technical 
^writer Carter Donaghay. not to mention 
brand new art editor, Harry Athay 
will feel about your last comment. 
High female staff content? Don't know 
what you're talking about. 



Mastering the 9512 

With all your superior knowledge of 
computers, could you please tell me if 
there is any way I can get MasierScan to 
run on my 9512 and Star printer. 

1 have managed to mount the scan- 
ner onto my printer (no problem) but I 
cannot copy the original MasterScan 
disc onto a 720K disc using 8000COPY. 

The User Guide says that 
MasterScan is not copy protected, and 
advise the user to make a back-up copy, 
so why can't I copy MasterScan onto a 
720K disc. Where am I going wrong? 

I wrote to Database Software about 
my problem, but they were not very 
helpful, considering that I'd just spent 
£56.95 on their product, they just told 
me it was not compatible with the 9512 
(sorry to have bothered them really). 

There must be hundreds of 95 12 
owners with dot matrix printers who 
would like to use such a program as 
MasierScan. 

Hope you can help, and, of course, 
I do love and buy 8000 Plus every 
month (crawl, crawl). 

D Walker Wallasey, Mersey side 

8000 Plus: We've fltst spoken to some- 
one at Database Software who has 
informed us that that there is no way 
MasterScan will ever work with the 
9512. 

First off, the program's machine 
code is compatible only with 8000 series 
machines; secondly, the program won't 
recognise anything but the machine's 
native printer. Bad luck, Mr Walker. 

Desert drives 

I am in Abu Dhabi with my PCW 9512. 
[ have to correspond regularly with an 
office in the UK equipped with an 
Amstrad PC 2086 (640K) using 
Microsoft MS DOS operating system 
version 3.3 (that bit is totally beyond 
me. I Just copied it!) 



Some of the stuff I produce for 
them and which they produce for me is 
very long and correspondingly expen- 
sive to post by air mail. Were I to install 
a 3.5 inch disc drive as shown in this 
month's issue of the magazine, is there 
any way we could correspond by merely 
sending the discs through the post? 

1 should be grateful for your help. 
Many congratulations on the magazine 
from which 1 have learnt a great deal 

MJ Hall, Abu Dhabi 
United Arab Emirates 

8000 Plus: Exactly so. We recommend 
Compact Micro's 3.5 inch disc, now 
retailing at £79.95. Their address and 
'phone number are as follows: 
Compact Micros, 212 Dudley Hill Road, 
Bradford, West Yorks BD2 3DF (0274 
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When a dealer tried unsuccessfully to 
demonstrate a 24-pin printer with my 
PCW85 1 2 he suspected a fault in the 
SCA serial/parallel interface. 

I telephoned SCA Systems Ltd in 
the afternoon. They explained how to 
test the interface and offered to supply 
another one on loan - no questions 
about warranty, no written order, no 
payment. It arrived the next morning. 

The printer worked at a second 
demon stral ion. There had been nothing 
wrong with my original interface; 
1 feel the prompt and trusting service 
from SCA Systems should be widely 
known. Be kind to your advertisers and 
publish this. 

Gunter Wittenberg, Pinner, 
Middlesex 

8000 Plus: Thanks for your letter. 
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Can you explain why PCW spares 
prices are so high - when they are 
available, that is? 

A replacement keyboard for the 
PCW 9512 is £135 (plus VAT). The 
PCW keyboard has 82 keys. In the ad, I 
am looking at a 102 keyboard for a 
PC which is £55! 

The only good news in this unequal 
relationship is that 8000 Plus is £1.75 
compared with the PC mag I read at 
£2.30. Could you take over Amstrad 
please? 

Mike Maber, Weymouth 

8000 Plus: if one of your PCW periph- 
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might he fairly terminal, it is possible, 
instead of buying the whole peripheral, 
to just buy the bit, or hits and pieces, 
which you supect of being faulty. You 
can do a re-assemhly job yourself. One 
of the best dealers in spare parts for out 
of warranty machines is CPC in 
Preston. Lancashire. Phone them on 
0772 555034 for further information. 
It's worth remembering that they also 
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his month's prize is all about 
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M hour or so, relaxing and Kaving a 
spot of fun with your PCW. If you read 
last month's review of CDS's The 
Complete Home Entertain mem Centre, you 
will know that it is worth putting your 
spreadsheet on hold for a moment or two 
while you sit down and peruse your way 
through this rather unusual package which 
constitutes five games in one. 

There's something here for just about 
everyone: darts, backgammon, dominoes, word 
searches and a number of card games (you take 
your pick from Poker Royale. High-Low or 
Twenty One). The Entertainment Centre also sees, 
incidentally, the very first introduction -ever — of 
darts to the PCW screen. 

One of the best things about the package is that 
you don't have to drag any unwilling adversaries to your PCW to play with you; you 
can play and enjoy all the games on your own if you prefer. And, bar the usual 
excess, you're not likely to gel bored quickly either; the games are pretty challenging, 
especially the word search. The rather indiscriminate directions of the word placings 
will have you squinting and generally performing all sorts of grotesque facial contor- 
tions for hours. 

So if you're interested in winning twenty quids' worth of game compilation that 
will provide you and your family with hours of amusement, send in your answers to 
the following questions (on the back of a postcard) to: Games Competition, 8000 
Plus, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA 1 2AP. Hurry though, there are only three 
Entertainment Centres to be won. Closing date for entries is the 29th August. 

1) In which country did backgammon originate? 

a) Japan b) Persia c) Greece 

2) What is the name of the line behind which the players 
must stand during a game of darts? 

a) the "hockey" b) the "beehive" c) the "stock" 

3) Sebastopol is the name of a game played with 

a) cards b) dominoes 

4) The term "trumps" comes from the French "triomphe" 

TRUE or FALSE 

5) How many indentations are there on a solitaire board? 

a) 33 b) 45 c) 59 



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Well, it's the moment you've all been wailing for: time to announce the three lucky winners of June's 
AgendA competition. Our congratulations - not to mention Micro Writer's electronic organisers - go to 
Mr Brian Tiinson from Cardiff, Mrs K Smith from Canterbury and HI. Ojwup from Denmark. 
They correctly spotted ihe words AGENDA, (LCD) SCREEN, CABLE(S), MICROWRITH. 
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Disappointed contenders shouldn't forget that this month sees the close of our AgendA special offer. 
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Next month 

Index we trust 

Next month sees the fourth birthday 
of 8000 Plus. Of course, the more 
issues there are, the harder it is to 
find that one crucial review of 
which you suddenly have dire need. 
Consequently, we will be taking 
upon ourselves the mammoth task 
of cataloguing all the subjects 
we've covered in the past twelve 
months - in alphabetical order - 
along with issue and page numbers. 
So tear it out and keep it safe! 

Get the picture 

In this month's first Cracker II 
tutorial, we showed you how to 
create a simple, workable spread- 
sheet that will revolutionise your 
home accounts. Next month, we 
will be showing you how to present 
that same information in the form 
of graphs - whether bar, pie or line 
charts. Don't miss next month's 
instalment. 

Refresher course 

It's one of the most important parts 
of your printer; without it, you 
won't get anywhere. What are we 
talking about? Ribbons, of course. 
Just because your ribbon has turned 
grey, is it really necessary for you 
to sting your ribbon cassette and 
buy a new one? The solution may 
lie in re-inking; after all, it's not 
only cheaper, it's greener, too. To 
discover all the facts and figures 
behind successful ribbon mainte- 
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long they are, what colours they 
come in, and how much they cost - 
don't miss next month's issue. 

Do the Locomotion 

Next month sees the beginning of a 
regular LocoScript spot in the 
magazine. We'll be addressing 
common problems, mistakes and 
misunderstandings - especially the 
kind to which newcomers to word 
processing so often fall prey. There 
will also be plenty of hints, tips and 
advice from professionals in the 
know. If you would like to 
contribute to the success of our new 
LocoScript forum, please continue 
to air your queries and snags at the 
usual address: LocoScript Forum. 
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NewStar Software Catalogue 




By popular demand the PCW 
section has been expanded, 
and includes the complete 
Loco selection from File to 
Font. 

Displaying its usual 
commitment to be much more 
than just another software 
vendor's flog sheet, the 
NewStar Software Buyers' 
Guide and Catalogue is 
available free of charge - just 
call or write for your copy. 

There are 64 pages describing 



More for the PCW 
owner than ever 

• More products 

• Prices shown irtcl. & excl. VAT 

• Extensive buyers' guide 
information 

• Network and multiuser 
pricrtg 

• Features cross-ret. charts 

• Expanded PCW section 

• Business software 

• Entertainment software 

• Ifs FREE -just ask! 

a complete range of IBM PC 
(and compatible) software, 
plus a lengthened section 
covering the best of the PCW 
software. 

Accounts, wordprocessing, 
database and graphics are all 
covered. 

Check and see if your local 
software stockist has the 
NewStar catalogue avail- 
able - and if not, ask them to 
get some in, but don't delay 
about getting your free copy! 



Poly System 

A su ite of ea sy to use soft w are 
tools, designed specifically 
for the PCW, which enables 
the user to present informa- 
tion attractively, show fig- 
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grams. 

• Full Poly System £60.83 



Prices here are EXCLUDING VAT 



Touch'n'Go 

Typing Tutorial 

Can't type? Touch'n'Go will 
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effort, you can achieve 
mastery of the QWERTY 
keyboard in just 24 hours! At 
the end of the course you 
should reach speeds of 
40 words per minute, with an 
alphabetic accuracy of 95%. 

• Touch'n'Go £21.70 



NewStar Software ongmai and test 



Over 4 years of supplying software 
for the PCW user makes NewStar 
probably the most experienced com- 
pany In the market place. 

We were there from the launch of 
the PCW with any CPM software 
transferred to 3' disk on request; and 



our classic CPM applications Touch 
'n'Go, NewWord and Cracker ate still 
the best in their respective fields. 

Several feature data and skill porta- 
bility to MSDOS (IBM PC)systems, so 
skills teamed on the PCW can be car- 
ried forward with no wasted effort. 



Cracker 2turbo 

Still the only high res 

graphic spreadsheet 

for PCW users 




The range of features and 
functionsinCrackerremains 
unsurpassed for the serious 
spreadsheet user. 
And don't forget, like 
NewWord, Cracker users can 
upgrade to MSDOS and 
CDOS systems, taking all 
data and experience as you 
go! 

• Cracker2 £42.61 



From PCW 
to PC 

...and back again! 



Included in the expanded 
PCW catalogue section is the 
latest edition of Software 
Technology's versatile 
CSTAM: the simple to use 
serial file transfer utility. 
Available with 3" PCW disk, 
3.5" and 5.25" PC disks. 

Move files between any 
combination of these 
systems. Serial connector 
lead supplied. 

• CSTAM £43.43 

• PCW Serial interface 
£59.95 

• CSTAM and interface if 
purchased together £99.00 



NewWord 2 



Lost in LocoScript? You may 
be surprised to learn that the 
most refined WordStar 
workalike of them all has 
been available to run on the 
PCW since long before 
LocoScript was dreamed of! 
NewWord2 operates under 
the CPM operating system, 
and uses the universally 
recognised codes that allow 
transportability of the skill to 
virtually any micro computer 
- including systems operating 
under CDOS and Unix! 



the classic alternative WP for the PCW 



What's more, the files are 
directly transferable! 

• NewWord2 PCW £60.83 

• NewWord2 with Polyprint 
typeface sets, if purchased 
together £99.95 

• Upgrade NewWord2 PCW 
to IBM PC edition £39.95 

• Upgrade NewWord2 PCW to 
IBM PC edition with CSTAM 
file transfer utility suite £60.00 

(Return of original master disk required 
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