Vol.7 n°4 april 1982

Vol.7 n°4 april 1982

p.3 In the Queue (table of contents)


p.32 The Generic Word Processor, A Word-Processing System for All Your Needs

You'll be amazed by this product's versatility.

[author : Philip Schrodt]

p.40 Use Infrared Communication for Remote Control

Texas Instruments' SN76832AN Infrared Remote-Control Receiver simplifies the tough job of receiving modulated infrared light.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.50 How to Use Color Displays Effectively , A Look at the Elements of Color Vision and Their Implications for Programmers

Color is becoming an affordable option for personal computers, but like any new tool, it has special limitations and requirements.

[author : John Durrett and Judi Trezona]

p.56 A Human-Factors Case Study Based on the IBM Personal Computer

Members of a human-factors evaluation team put the Personal Computer to the test.

[author : Robert G. Cooper Jr., Paul Thain Marston, John Durrett, and Theron Stimmel]

p.108 A Human-Factors Style Guide for Program Design

Design considerations that make programs userfriendly.

[author : Henry Simpson]

p.134 The Atari Tutorial , Part 8 : Generating Sound with Software

The sound capabilities of the Atari 400 and 800 are influenced by the software technique used.

[author : Bob Fraser]

p.158 A Po(r)tpourri of Ideas, Fifth In a Series

Three inexpensive hardware and software projects for a tone generator, a telephone dialer, and an RS-232C output channel.

[author : William Barden Jr.]

p.186 The Input/Output Primer, Part 3 : The Parallel and HPIB (IEEE-488) Interfaces

An introduction to two common interfaces between computers and other devices.

[author : Steve Leibson]

p.212 User's Column: The Osborne 1, Zeke's New Friends, and Spelling Revisited

A seasoned computer user takes a look at new products and updates.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.242 Designing the Star User Interface

The Star User Interface adheres rigorously to a small set of principles designed to make the system seem friendly by simplifying the human-machine interface.

[author : Dr. David Canfield Smith, Charles Irby, Ralph Kimball, Bill Verplank, and Eric Harslem]

p.284 Designing a Text Editor? The User Comes First

A system's power is measured in ease of use.

[author : Steven Jong]

p.302 Managing Words: What Capabilities Should You Have with a Text Editor?

The ideal text editor is defined drawing on the experience of many users.

[author : Craig A. Finseth]

p.322 A Disk Operating System for FORTH, An In-depth Look at How a DOS Operates

Develop a DOS for the FORTH language and gain an understanding on how all DOSes operate.

[author : Peter Reece]

p.380 MOD III: TRS-80 Model III Features for Your Model I

Add video line print, selectable cursor, and automatic key repeat to your TRS-80 Model I.

[author : Joe W. Rocke]

p.398 Binary-Coded Text, A Text-Compression Method

You can trim text size by 40 percent by encoding common character strings.

[author : Dr. Richard Tropper]

p.439 Career Opportunities in Computing

Hobby-level interest in computers can lead to a career in the computer industry.

[author : Jacqueline Johnston]

p.447 Converting Apple DOS and Pascal Text Files

Now you can exchange information between DOS 3.3 and Pascal Operating Systems.

[author : John B. Matthews]

p.464 A Simple Multiprocessor implementation

A simple connection can be the start of a multiprocessing, multitasking system.

[author : John Harrington]

p.472 An introduction to NSC Tiny BASIC, The Language of the INS8073

National Semiconductor's unique version of Tiny BASIC combines the elegance and efficiency of assembly language with the convenience of a high-level language.

[author : Jim Handy]


p.76 The Hewlett-Packard Interface Loop-HPIL

[author : Robert Katz]

p.96 Strawberry Tree's Dual Thermometer Card for the Apple

[author : Dr. William Murray]

p.312 Two Word Processors for North Star

[author : Edgar F. Coudal]

p.371 Selector IV by Micro-Ap, An Information-Management Program

[author : Jack L. Abbott]


p.6 Editorial: A Revolution in Your Pocket

p.20 Letters

p.102, 155, 240 Book Reviews: Software Psychology: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems; The Mind's I: Handbook of Digital IC Applications

p.104 Product Description: The Epson HX-20, The First Byte-sized Computer

p.362 Technical Forum: MicroShakespeare


p.418 BYTE's Bits

p.419 What's New?

p.429 Ask BYTE

p.432, 436 Programming Quickies: A BASIC Program for Home Cryptography; Base Conversion on the TRS-80 Pocket Computer

p.435 Software Received

p.482 System Notes: Easy-Entry Program for Radio Shack's Color Computer

p.489 Clubs and Newsletters

p.490 Books Received

p.491 Event Queue

p.542 Unclassified Ads

p.542 BOMB. BOMB Results

p.543 (p.544) Reader Service

In This Issue

As computer technology continues to make inroads into our lives, the man/machine interface assumes greater importance in the total system design. Human-factors engineering, our theme this month, is the discipline concerned with the need for friendly computers. Our cover, photographed by Paul Avis, features a new, user-friendly product, the IXO Telecomputing System. For a detailed description of this hand-held terminal see Chris Morgan's editorial.

To help you make your systems user-friendly, we present "A Human-Factors Style Guide for Program Design" by Henry Simpson and "Designing the Star User Interface" by Dr. David Canfield Smith, Charles Irby, Ralph Kimball, Bill Verplank and Eric Harslem. In "A Human-Factors Case Study Based on the IBM Personal Computer," Robert G. Cooper Jr., Paul Thain Marston, John Durrett, and Theron Stimmel discuss the Personal Computer from a human-factors perspective. Steve Ciarcia demonstrates how to use infrared systems, William Barden Jr. presents a collection of projects for the TRS-80 Color Computer, Gregg Williams treats us to a sneak preview of Epson's new portable computer, and Bob Katz reviews the Hewlett-Packard Interface Loop.