The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on March 5, 1983 · 35
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 35

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3 Saturday March 5 1983 The Miami Herald 3C ust you be an engineer ? Shuttle won’t put you in orbit but it keeps thieves grounded By CHRISTINE WINTER Chicago Tribune Service Sony may have come up with a way to thwart those nasty thieves who delight in stealing car stereo systems All you have to do is take it with you when you leave the car — and you can even be trendy about it That’s the principle behind Sony’s innovative new “shuttle” device: You simply slide the cassette player out of the in-dash AM-FM receiver unit add a battery pack carrying case and headphones and voila: You have a sporty personal cassette player to carry along and an AM-FM radio that thieves are unlikely to be interested in to leave behind It’s called the XRM-10 Music Shuttle and can be bought as a complete system including the gear to transform the cassette player into a Walkman-type unit But the people at Sony are always thinking as you may have figured out by now and you can buy individual Shuttle components That way if you have more than one car or a boat or camper you can buy several radio sets and simply “shuttle” the cassette player back and forth to whichever one you are using The whole system will sell for $380 and should be available soon Tha Top 10 Games These are the best-selling home video games for the week ending March 5 compiled from retail outlets by the Billboard research department They are listed by title manufacturer and catalog number 1 PITFALL — Activision AX 108 2 RIVER RAID — Activision AX 020 3 FROGGER — Parker Bros 5300 4 VANGUARD — Atari CX 2669 5 DONKEY KONG — Coleco 2451 DRAGON FIRE — Imagic IA 361 1 7 MS PACMAN — Atari CX 2646 8 PAC-MAN — Atari CX 2646 9 REAL SPORTS — Atari CX 2668 10 SPIDER FIGHTER — Activision AX 021 Videocassettes These are the 10 best-selling videocassettes this week including releases in both Beta and VHS formats 1 JANE FONDAS WORKOUT — KVC-RCA Karl Video Corp 042 2 STAR TREK II-THE WRATH OF KHAN - Paramount Pictures Paramount Home Video 1180 3 POLTERGEIST — MGM-UA Home Video 800165 4 ROCKY III — CBS-Fox Video 4708 5 PLAYBOY — CBS-Fox Video 6201 6 AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN — Paramount Pictures Paramount Home Video 1467 7 THE BOAT (DAS BOOT) — RCA-Columbia Pictures Home Video 10149 8 THE COMPLEAT BEATLES — MGM-UA Home Video 700166 9 ANNIE — RCA-Columbia Pictures Home Video 10008 10 STAR WARS — CBS-Fox Video 1130 ' AUDIO VIDEO From 1C the unit that suffers not the caller Water is a common enemy in Florida which led the nation last year in cordless sales per capita says Robert Petkun marketing vice president for Phone-Mate Inc of Torrance Calif People use the phones in bathtubs and hot tubs and leave them outside vulnerable to rain sprinklers and pool splashers To alleviate the nosy neighbor problem the electronics industry has requested that the Federal Trade Commission quintuple the current five frequencies allowed for cordless telephone use A decision is expected by fall In the meantime the only recourse is to take the phone back to the store for exchange or reprogramming The work can be done for free if the phone is still under warranty but unless you’ve bought from a manufacturer that has established local authorized repair shops the phone may have to be returned to the company for fixing Lengthy delays can result As for other repairs Smith contends most of what he sees are problems resulting from customer abuse not manufacturer defects Antennas are particularly vulnerable and water damage is also com-- mon Repair costs range from $35 to $65 he says Cordless phones come in two parts: the base unit and the handset The base plugs into the phone jack and into an AC outlet for battery recharging The handset is the phone itself It has an antenna a dialing panel and inside rechargeable batteries It can be used anywhere within range of the base which varies by model from 50 to 700 feet and some are designed to clip to a belt or slip into a pocket It does however have to return to home’ base for recharging after about eight hours It doesn’t cost anything extra to own a cordless The FCC requires that you notify Southern Bell of the registration number of any phone you purchase but unless you have a Touch-Tone line which costs $1 per month per phone number you’re home free and unfettered I was beginning to feel pretty smart I could handle this I thought A survey for Phone-Mate had shown an industry growth in cordless sales from 50000 in 1980 to more than 1 million in 1982 with predictions that sales would double this year I knew at least I was not alone Furthermore I was among a rather upscale crowd A survey conducted by Mart magazine shows that the typical cordless phone buyer is a 35-year-old man earning $35000 a year The phones are also popular with retirees who tike the convenience of being able to take the phone upstairs or down to the porch yard or pool "Think of the possibilities” Petkun urges “the 17-year-old who wants privacy can go into the bathroom and lock the door a mommy bathing her baby” Even the backyard gardener can answer the phone without tracking through the house with dirty feet Thus assured I hurried home opened the box and stared at my space-age companion It didn’t exactly stare back but little red lights labeled “power” and “charge and secure” did blink when I plugged it in I removed the handset from its cradle Nothing No dial tone No Gsmos ET game is extra-tough but worth the effort By RICK VOGT ET is a difficult game to get the hang of but the time it takes to learn is well-spent This game by Atari for the Atari 2600 is as much fun as the movie For all its difficulty we found it was easier for youngsters to grasp the intracies of the game than adults Object of the game is to maneuver ET around Earth collecting Reese’s Pieces and parts to a telephone and get back to a spaceship landing zone before time and energy run out Unfortunately the directions aren’t as clear as they could be Our main tip with ET is to start with game 3 (the easiest version) and then work your way up to the other games The key obstacles of the game are the pits in which the phone pieces may be located ET can use up valuable energy trying to elevate himself out of the pits Our testers hated these pits If ET uses up all his energy Elliot will come (three times) and feed him enough Reese’s Pieces to continue playing If ET has nine candy pieces he can call Elliot who will chase away humans track down a missing phone piece and bring it to the space creature Many testers disliked the difficulty in learning the game though they agreed it was one of the better video games they have played Price: $29 Kids’ Rating: B Adult Rating: B The two-piece phone is really quite easy to use but it does have its idiosyncrasies blips No light show I pulled out the antennas on the handset and base Finally I reread the manual which said the handset had to charge for eight hours before it would work There remained but one unanswered question Was the on-off switch in the handset supposed to be on or off while charging? The manual didn’t say so I was left to my own devices I flicked it on and left Eight hours later it still wasn’t working On my standard dull beige dial Southern Bell telephone which bless its heart was working I called Gifford’s The switch should have been off I was told to wait another eight When I at last got that much-sought-after dial tone my Ultima I Model 1-700 immediately began earning its keep When the switch was on “standby” it signaled incoming calls with a pleasant chirp and I had a choice of high or low volume when talking back Reception was good in all the rooms in my seventh-floor apartment (yes even in the bathrooms fluorescent lighting and all) though sometimes a low-grade hum and tinny echo underscored conversation there Heartened I ventured into the hallway and down the elevator The static became intense and the phone disconnected I’m told it’s happier in one- and two-story dwellings I called my friend back from the lobby and toured the grounds the pool and about half the block with varying degrees of success It suffered a particularly bad static attack when I drove from the basement garage to the outdoor driveway But all in all I was growing rather fond of Ultima I Model 1-700 which offered such other features as an intercom and an automatic redial function In an apartment the size of mine two-bedroom two-bath it really was an extravagance but hey seven floors below is the pool I may not be a gadget freak but I am one of the always-knock-yourself-out-to-answer-the-phone sort This surely would save a lot of bruised and breathless arrivals at the shrine of my standard dull beige but you know all that If I could spare the change I decided I buy it Several days into this romance a friend called long distance As we chatted I moseyed from refrigerator to couch to balcony and back to the kitchen What convenience I bragged what freedom Yet when she asked for another friend’s number I put the phone down on the counter and went to fetch my address book Old habits die hard Wedding Beck — Skeen Nancy Lee Skeen and Gene Edward Beck were married Friday in Christ the King Lutheran Church Miami The bride is the daughter of Alice E Murphy Homestead and Mrs Wilbur D Black-well Tavernier The bridegroom is the son of 1m-ogene and Glenn E Beck Thomas-ville N C jujl CALL 350-2462 TO ADVERTISE IN THE MARKETPLACE LEflRn COTPUTER flppucffnon in just a hours NOW A REVOLUTIONARY SERIES OF COMPUTER CUSSES only $2750 to $32 Beginning and first-time user classes in: DATABASE MANAGEMENT ELECTRONIC SPREADSHEET WORD PROCESSING EVERY SAT and SUN HOURS: 9-121-4 5-8 Above Programs For: BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL APPLICATION For First-Time users taught by local experts and backed by a certificate of completion All courses are supported by national software development companies Invest in Your Personal Advancement Each class is limited to 10 attendees CALL NOW! for advance registration DADE 387-1 708 BROWARD 467-0530 Advanced Ceunee To Bo Announced CLASSES HELD AT: v- wccomputcr CONSORTIUM— s No to build your fortune without spending one See us lodoy nod the incredible OSBORNE Parteeal letieeu Counter HURRY! 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