INMC News

  

Autumn 1979, Issue 4











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In general terms, all the parts to fit an expanded Nascom together are supplied in the kits, although the frame kit is a bit short on nuts and bolts for fitting a large number of cards. Well nuts and bolts are easily found.

WHAT’S AVAILABLE? WHAT’S AVAILABLE? WHAT’S AVAILABLE?

Many of you have enquired what Nascom products are available as opposed to “coming shortly ..... next week .... next month ....”

Some snooping behind the scenes reveals the following items to be generally available ex-stock:–


Nascom 1
3A PSU
Vero Frame
Mini-motherboard
Motherboard
RAM board (8/16/32K)
Buffer board
Nasbug T4
Tiny Basic
Super Tiny Basic
8K Basic Tape
Zeap on Tape
Z80 Programming Guide

Also certain other smaller items such as edge connectors, Vero DIP boards, 2708s etc. are available.

There are several other products “in the pipeline” and we believe one or two to be virtually ready. The only real way to check up on the current.situation is to contact either Nascom themselves or your local distributor.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS THAT NO-ONE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT (1)

Did you know that as most of the machine code dumps that appear in this news letter were printed using the ‘T’ command (having set the ‘X’! command to drive the printer), and as the ‘T’ command outputs a checksum at the end of each line (then backspaces over it on the screen); you could type machine code into your Nascom using the ‘L’ command. Hence the whole exercise becomes self checking. No more errors from mistyped code. Think about that for a while!

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS THAT NO-ONE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT (2)

Did you know that to speed up the Tiny Basic you should use the ‘LET’ (or faster still, the ‘L.’) command as a prefix to declaring the variables. Thus:

20 A=1;B=2;C=3;D=4 ...... etc, becomes
20 L.A=1,3=2,C=3,D=4 ......etc

Note that the semicolons become commas to further speed up the process.


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