Vol.7 n°5 may 1982

Vol.7 n°5 may 1982

p.3 In the Queue (table of contents)


p.34 Everyone Can Know the Real Time

Technological advances have made real-time clocks simple and inexpensive.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.60 Six Personal Computers from Japan

[author : Christopher P. Kocher and Michael Keith]

A comparative review of the BMC if800, Canon CX-1. Hitachi MB-6890, NEC PC-8001A, Fujitsu FM-8. and Systems Formulate Corporation Bubcom80.

p.106 Japan Update

The semiannual Consumer Electronics Show is on its way to becoming a showcase for new computer products.

[author : Mark Haas]

p.114 The Machines Behind the Machines

Several Japanese companies, both large and small, have their eyes on the American market.

[author : Phil Lemmons]

p.118 The Japanese Manufacturers-How Successful Will They Be?

How they fare depends largely on their ability to meet the needs of the American marketplace.

[author : Tod Zipnick]

p.140 Japan Maps Computer Domination

Ten-year R&D effort aims to leapfrog U.S. technology.

[author : Tom Manuel]

p.148 The Atari Tutorial, Part 9: Even More Colors

Television artifacts and the new GTIA chip allow even more colors to be displayed on Atari computers.

[author : Kathleen Pitta and Lane Winner]

p.162 Ports of Entry and Soft Breezes for the Color Computer and Model III

A $10 anemometer and other remote-sensing projects using the cassette interface.

[author : William Barden Jr.]

p.202 The Input/Output Primer, Part 4: The BCD and Serial Interfaces

A look at one of the least understood interfaces - the RS-232C - and one of the first instrument interfaces.

[author : Steve Leibson]

p.226 The User's Column: Supercalc, Spelling Programs, BASIC Compliers, and Home-Grown Accounting

A critical computer user surveys new programs, including one of his own.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.274 More Maze Building

A Pascal program to generate mazes efficiently on a printer.

[author : Thomas Edward Neldner]

p.318 TRS-80 BASIC Program Hang-ups: The Reasons and Some Solutions

Understand and eliminate those mysterious crashes on your TRS-80 Model I.

[author : Glenn Tesler]

p.334 Anatomy and Development of a Batch-Processing System

A software system that lets your computer run a series of programs without your intervention.

[author : Gene Walters]

p.426 CHEDIT: A Graphics-character Editor

Define your own character set for Apple Pascal.

[author : Jerry N. Sweet]

p.446 Give Your Apple a Voice: A Speech-Development System Using the Radio Shack Speech Synthesizer

How to make your Apple II talk.

[author : John Blankenship]

p.465 Programming PERT In BASIC

A method for planning complex activities where no precedents exist.

[author : Steven Zimmerman and Leo M. Conrad]

p.479 CP/M, Your Time Has Come: A Real-Time Clock for the Most Popular Microcomputer Operating System

All the hardware and software you need to get time-of-day printouts whenever you like.

[author : J. L. Calaway and B. Hill]


p.224 Alien Typhoon

[author : Walt Latocha]

p.246 PL/1 for Microcomputers

[author : John A. Lehman]

p.252 Apple II 80-Column Video Boards, Five Popular Units

[author : John E. Howland]

p.266 More Apple 80-Column Boards

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.286 Colne Robotics Armdroid, The Small-Systems Robot

[author : Steven W. Leininger]

p.296 Super FORTH Isn't

[author : Gregg Williams]


p.6 Editorial: Japan and the "64K" Question

p.14 Letters

p.20, 307 BYTE's Bits

p.22 BYTE Comment: Copyrights. Computers. and the Betamax Case

p.300, 302, 304 Book Reviews: Fifty BASIC Exercises; Programmer's Guide to the 1802; TRS-80 Color Computer Technical Reference Manual

p.300 BYTE's Bugs

p.308 Programming Quickies: Structured Strings in BASIC


p.398 Ask BYTE

p.408 Event Queue

p.457 Technical Forum: Hierarchical Interrupts

p.460 Books Received

p.462 Clubs and Newsletters

p.463 Software Received

p.494 What's New?

p.542 BOMB. BOMB Results

p.542 Unclassified Ads

p.543 Reader Service

In This Issue

The Japanese entered the American personal computer market in earnest this year, and as one might expect, their products come standard with a host of "extras" at a price competitive with current American designs. This month we look closely at several Japanese perrsonal computers-some that are already on the market, some that are on the horizon, and some that may never be sold in this country. Six machines, from Hitachi, BMC (Oki), Fujitsu, Canon, Systems Formulate, and NEC, are featured on the cover (photographed by Paul Avis; Pauline Elkin, stylist). For reviews of these computers see "Six Personal Computers from Japan" by Christopher P. Kocher and Michael Keith. Phil Lemmons discusses the companies responsible for these computers in "The Machines Behind the Machines." For a brief introduction to three new Japanese computers that were shown at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas see "Japan Update" by Mark Haas. Steve Ciarcia tells you how you can build a real-time clock simply and inexpensively. Steve Leibson continues the Input/Output Primer with Part 4, in which he describes BCD and serial interfaces. Part 9 of the Atari Tutorial is on colors, and William Barden Jr. talks about ports of entry for the Color Computer and Model III.