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TRIVIA 23A

$160)
	What is wrong with the above statement?

	Variables can indeed be longer than 5 characters.

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$161)
	What causes the variable ABCDEF to fail?

	The variable name fails becase the BASIC keyword "DEF" in it.

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$162)
	How long can variable names really be?
        Extra Credit:  Who was the book publisher?

	As long as the maximum command line length.  Theoretically, using
        automated code generation, you can get a variable name that is
        just shy of 255 characters in length.
        
        Oh, and Abacus wrote the offending book.
        The Commodore LCD Computer system, much like the Commodore 65,
        was a product that never reached the market.  Do you remember this
        pint-size CBM machine?

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$163)
	How many keys were on the CLCD keyboard?

	72 keys, including 8 function keys and 4 separate cursor keys.

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$164)
	What does LCD in the Commodore LCD stand for?

	Liquid Crystal Display.

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$165)
	Was an internal modem to be includes?

	Yep, A 300 bps auto dial/auto answer modem.

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$166)
	Like the Plus/4 the CLCD unit had integrated software.  What programs
        were included?

	As referenced in $158, there are 8 integrated programs:
        Word Processor
        File Manager
        Spreadsheet
        Address Book
        Scheduler
        Calculator
        Memo Pad
        Telecommunications Package

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$167)
	How many batteries of what type did the CLCD use for power?

	4 AA alkaline batteries.

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$168)
	Approximately how much did the CLCD unit weigh?

	5 pounds.

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$169)
	What version of BASIC was to be included with the CLCD computer?

	3.6.  It contained all of Basic 3.5 plus a few extras.

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$16A)
	The CLCD unit contained a port that could be used with a 
        Hewlett-Packard device.  What did the device do?

	An HP bar code reader.  

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$16B)
	What microprocessor did the CLCD unit utilize?

	The 65C102 CPU.  This CPU was built using the 65C02 core from
        Western Design Center, who licenses the popular 65C816S CPU
        as well.  CBM licensed this chip at little or no cost as a result 
        of a lawsuit settlement between WDC and CBM over 6502 architecture
        patent infringements.

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$16C)
	In addition to the usual inclusion of standard Commodore ports,
        what two industry standard ports were included on the CLCD?

	Centronics Parallel (printer) port, and an EIA-232 (RS-232C) port.

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$16D)
	How much RAM did the CLCD computer include?

	32kB of battery backed RAM.

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$16E)
	How many pixels are on the LCD screen on the CLCD machine?

	480 x 128 or 61440 pixels

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$16F)
	How much ROM did the CLCD computer contain?

	96kB of ROM, which held the OS and the integrated programs.
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