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|This is the Daily Tech News for July 1983, From DTNS HQ in Greenville, Illinois, I'm Tom Merritt|
|From Sebastopol, California, I'm Sarah Lane|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few computer things you should know...|
|tm||Grolier Electronic publishing has made the Academic American Encyclopedia, first unabridge online encyclopedia, accessible from Dow Jones News/Retrieval or BRS Inc. The encylopedia is searchable by subject and biogrpahical name. On BRS you can also choose two words and the system will retrieve every sentence that contains both words, even if the words aren't next to each other in the sentence! The encylopedia was tested in Videotex in Colubus, Ohio and is scheduled to go live later this year on Viewtron, a videotex service in southern Florida. Grolier plans to make a videodisc version of the encylopedia available with annoucnements coming later this ummer.||July 1983 - Page 26|
|sl||According to Byte magazine.... Radio Shack has unveiled the TRS-80 Model 4. The new machine features an in-built 12 inch monochrome 80 column display, 70 key typewriter like keyboard with 12 key numeric keypad, 4-MHz Z80A microprocessor, 64 kilobytes of memory that can be expanded to 128 kilobytes, a RS-232C serial port and a two 184k byte floppy-disk drives. The Model 4 is compatible with all Model III software including OS's like CP/M Plus, LDOS and TRSDOS although Radio Shack is planning writing new software to take advantage of the monitor's 80 column mode like a spreadsheet calculator and word processor. The Model 4 will retail for $1999.||https://archive.org/stream/byte-magazine-1983-07/1983_07_BYTE_08-07_Videotex#page/n519/mode/2up|
|tm||In other Radio Shack news... In its latest issue Compute says the Fort Worth based company has introduced a new portable computer that fits on your lap. Called the TRS-80 Model 100 this pint sized machine measures a measely 2" thick and is 11-7/8" wide and 8-1/2" long and weighs in at 4lbs. It has a built-in Liquid Crystal Display that is 40 characters wide and 8 lines deep and features a full-size typewriter keyboard. The Model 100 uses 4xAA batteries which can power the machine for around 20hrs or owners can optionally use an AC adapter. A built-in nickel cadmium batteries keep data in the memory for up to 30 days when the Model 100 is turned off. The 8K RAM model sells for $800 and 24k RAM version sells for a $1000. Either machine can be expaneded to 32K.||https://archive.org/stream/1983-07-compute-magazine/Compute_Issue_038_1983_Jul#page/n267/mode/2up|
|sl||"Children's Computer Workshop, a new division of Children's Television Workshop announced new educational programs for the Radio Shack Colour Computer and Atari 2600 VCS, with more systems to follow. These games feature Sesame Street characters like Cookie Monster, Ernie, and Grover while aiming to increase math and reading readiness skills. Atari and Children's Computer Workshop also introduced a new Atari Kid's Controller to make playing more accessible for young children without requiring a full keyboard."||https://archive.org/stream/1983-07-compute-magazine/Compute_Issue_038_1983_Jul#page/n137/mode/2up|
|tm||Shelly Heller and Judith Axler Turner of Popular Computing magazine notes that Los Angeles programmer Steve Grumette has rewritten the 1960s-area computer conversation program Eliza in BASIC. His company, Artificial Intelligence Research Group fro $25 or $45 with unprotected source code that you can customize. It works on the Apple II, IIe and II, the IBM PC, Osborne 1 and other CP/M based omcputers. There's also a version of Eliza called Terry for Atari 400 and 800 with 32K RAM for $15.95 and a version called Abuse whichinsults you if you insult it. That one is $19.95 for the Apple II and IIe with 48k RAM and Atari 400 and 800 with 40k RAM.||July 1983 Page 187|
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|:45||Is Software Piracy Justified?||July 1983 page 48|
|A. Richard Immel has a column out in the lates Popular Computing magazine asking "Is Software Piracy Justified?"|
|It sells hint books|
Makes money for company's like Central Point Software and Copy II PC.
|The premise of the argument is, is software artificially expensive, thus justifying software piracy, or is it in fact the piracy that's driving up the prices?|
- Game piracy by hobbyists
--- Sometimes sell them, sometimes not
- Corporate piracy engaged in my corporate officers
--- Generally just run on multiple machines, crack into code to fix bugs, make backup copies (Locksmith fro Apple, Copy II PC for IBM)
Mr. Finance - 4 copies of Visicalc for 12 computers. Convenience.No more than one version running at a time. Spent $1500 on the 4 copies and feel that's enough.
Mr. Consultant. Keeps programs like word processors in a library where they can be checked out when needed. However each copy is supposed to be licensed to a single machine.
Mr. Officeman - 20 copies per 100 employees. Don't like it will stop doing business with you. They use Copy II PC so programs can be loaded onto hard disks. Loading onto hard disks usually is prevented by copy protection.
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|sl||Charles D. Case from Raleigh, NC writes " Campbell University School of Law where I am an adjunct professor of Computer Law began offering a course in computer law three years ago. Campbell also requires each law student to take a course int he use of microcomputers in the law office and offers courses in the use of Westlaw legal-research system. |
As is typical for other high-technology areas around the country, the microelectronics and inforamtion industries located in Research Trinagle Park offer excellent opportunities to private practitioners such as myself engaged in the wide range of issues involved in "computer law" . Because of the pervasiveness of information technologies, lawyers and law students must develop a working knowledge of computers and computer law in order to provide complete services to clients who must rely on those technologies.
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