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COVER STORIES

Gremlins, Goblins, 110

And Glitches/ Paul

Somerson

What can you do when there's a mischievous ghost in the machine?

Run It Till It

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Breaks/Bill Machrone

How many ounces of prevention does a PC really need?

HARDWARE

A Measure Of 184

Genius/Corey Sandler

This expensive. 57-line-high screen displays a letter-sized page.

The Hyperion Earns 215

Its Star/Bill Machrone

A Canadian computer with speed and power in a small package.

Putting It On Paper 257

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Impact, matrix, ink jet. and 'aser are some of the vailable printing methods.

A Plentitude Of 284

Printers/ Winn L. Rosch

A review of advanced dot- matrix printers.

Interfacing With 323

Okidata/Frank J. Derfler, Jr. The secret of using this desirable printer with the IBM PC.

SOFTWARE

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You don’t always reach data the way you expect.

MARS: Beyond 433

Spreadsheets/ Diane Crayne

An accounting system that produces reports with a difference.

Home Financial 441

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Three modest packages for your checkbook and budget records.

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The Next Step in File Management?/ Jared Taylor

An advanced information retrieval system.

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VEDIT. PMATE, and IBM's Personal Editor.

The PC Becomes

Should you turn to your dealer or a third party for repairs?

On The Road With 152

A Traveling Computer Repairman/Vanessa Schnatmeier

A sampling of the professional service Sorbus offers PC users.

What Hath IBM 173

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Computer 203

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Child's Play: 349

Preschoolers And PCs/ Marianne Paul The 2-year-old PC has some users younger than itself.

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COVER

Illustration by Gahan Wilson

I Was A Programming 562 Virgin/Eric Freedman And how was it your first time . . . with BASIC?

LANGUAGES

Two Implementations 369 Of APL/Robert S. Lee

How does IBM’s version compare with APL*PLUS/ PC?

C Unveiled: 503

Microsoft’s C Exceeds Expectations/ Doug Clapp

This C compiler has family ties to PC-DOS and Xenix.

WORD PROCESSING

Programs That Polish 411 The Processed Word /

Lindsy Van Gelder

Spelling checkers and a thesaurus-on-a-disk.

PC ARCADE

From Sesame Street 569 To Wall Street/Corey

SIGHT AND SOUND

PC: The Quick Sketch Artist/Tom

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New On The Market 586 PC.BlueBook 613

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Control Financial Performance/ Dennis P. Curtin, Jeffrey R. Alves, and Anne K. Briggs From Controlling Financial Performance For Higher Profits.

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SPINNAKER’S UNE OF EARLY LEARNING GAMES BGROWMG AS EAST AS HOUR CHILD’S MIND.

Watching your kids grow up is a lot of fun. But making sure their minds grow as fast as their bodies is even more rewarding. That's where we can help. With a growing line of Early Learning Programs that are not only lots of fun to play but also educational.

Some of the games you see on these two pages help exercise your child's creativity Others help improve vocabulary and spelling skills. While others

improve your child's writing and reading abilities. And all of them help your child understand how to use the computer.

So if you're looking for computer programs that do more than just "babysit" for your kids, read on. You'll find that our Early Learning Programs are not only compatible with Apple® Atari.® IBM® and Commodore 64™ computers, but also with kids who like to have fun.

FRACTION FEVER™ brings fractions Into play. Ages 7 to Adult

FRACTION FEVER is a fast- paced arcade game that challenges a child's under- standing of fractions. As kids race across the screen in search of the assigned fraction, they're actually developing a basic understanding of what a fraction is and of relationships between fractions. They're even discovering that the same fraction may be written in a number of different ways.

All in all, FRACTION FEVER encourages kids to learn as much as they can about fractions - just for the fun of it!

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The stoiy of STORY MACHINE™ Ages 5 to 9.

STORY MACHINE is like a storybook come to life. Using the key- board, your children write their own fun little stories. The computer then takes what they've written and animates their story on the screen, com-

plete with full color graphics and sound.

STORY MACHINE helps your children learn to write correctly, become familiar with the keyboard, and lets them have fun exercising their creativity at the same time.

KINDERCOMP.™ Numbers, shapes, letters, words and drawings make ftm. Ages 3 to 8.

KINDERCOMP is a game that allows very young children to start learning on the computer. It's a collection of learning I exercises that ask your children to match shapes and letters, write their names, draw pictures, or fill in missing numbers. And KINDER- COMP will delight kids with color-

ful rewards, as the screen comes to life when correct answers are

given.

As a parent, you can enjoy the fact that your children are having fun while improving their reading readiness and counting skills.

FACEMAKER™ makes faces fun. Ages 4 to 12.

FACEMAKER lets chil- dren create their own funny faces on the screen. Once a face is completed, your children will giggle with delight as they make it do all kinds of neat things: wink, smile, wiggle its ears, or whatever their imagination desires.

Plus. FACEMAKER helps children become com- fortable with computer fundamentals such as: menus, cursors, the return key, the space bar, simple programs, and graphics. FACEMAKER won't make parents frown because their children will have fun making friends with the computer.

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Incredible Trainers!

No matter what level IBM Personal Computer training you want, our inter- active tutorial software gives you the answers. Easier, faster, smarter.

Take The INSTRUCTOR, for first-time users. PC Magazine called it, “The best . , . introduction to the PC around.” It's H I because it takes the work out of learning initial PC operations.

And Now! Brand New! Setting a new standard for interactive training, we give you . . .

PROFESSOR DOS.

You’ve got to see (and hear) it to believe it! Designed for PC users ready to learn higher level PC concepts, including DOS commands.

Professor DOS will challenge you, amuse you, and amaze you.

Both programs use vivid graphic images, creative animation, sound and living color to take you from mystery to mastery of your IBM PC. Each is totally self-paced. And they’re “people-literate." So you really do learn.

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Requires MS DOS, any IBM Personal Computer or Compaq Personal Computer with at least one diskette drive and a monochrome or color display. Phone and dealer inquiries welcome.

Chart-Master “turns volumes of complex data into easy-to-understand graphics.

“A picture is worth a thousand words." With this simple concept as a building block, Chart-Master is changing the way busy executives, analysts and secretaries look at, interpret and present information. In a fraction of the time required to wade through volumes of printouts, you can

Values printed at data points; both tell and right Y-axis scales; floating legends 4 bars; both horizontal 4 vertical formats; exploded pie sections.

produce easy-to-understand bar charts, pie charts and scatter diagrams quickly and dramatically. Chart-Master makes it easy to customize reports and presentations with six different fonts, label placement, proportional pie charts and more.

Menu-driven Chart-Master allows you to enter data and select a chart format at the press of a button. You then preview your selection on your personal computer screen as it would appear tn-fiojilform. Or, you can review the various Chart-Master grapRTc-eptigns to make sure you have selected the most effective fonftaM/Vhen satisfied,

you can transfer your selection to paperfcr acetate trans- parencies for a colorful,, presentation-quality chart in seconds. S'

Chart-Master presents a clear picture of the “bottom line," which conveyors of information understand and deci- sion makers appreciate. That's why major corporations like GE, Eastman Kodak, Exxon, Union Carbide, GM, AT&T, DuPont, 3M, Citibank, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, and GTE rely on Chart-Master to translate “volumes of com- plex data into meaningful information."

Chart-Master supports the IBM Instruments XY750, Panasonic VP Series, Houston Instruments DMP29, Yokogawa PL1000 and Strobe plotters, in addition to the Hewlett-Packard family of plotters, for use with IBM PC and other compatible computers.

The retail price of Chart-Master is $375. For a complete information kit and name of your nearest dealer, contact Decision Resources, Inc., 25 Sylvan Road S., Westport, CT 06880. (203) 222-1974.

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