Vol.7 n°7 july 1982

Vol.7 n°7 july 1982

p.3 In the Queue (table of contents)


p.34 The Input/Output Primer, Part 6 : Interrupts, Buffers, Grounds, and Signal Degradation

The conclusion of a six-part series that covers fundamental issues in computer interfacing.

[author : Steve Leibson]

p.50 Computers, Fiction, and Poetry

Computer-generated stories and poems shed some light on the complex process known as creativity.

[author : Kevin McKean]

p.60 Add Programmable Sound Effects to Your Computer

Silicon replaces gunpowder for producing sound effects.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.76 Breaking the Jargon Barrier: Designing Programs for Humanists

Two archaeologists design practical programs in the language their colleagues understand.

[author : Ned Heite and Lou Heite]

p.108 Microcomputers in the Study of Politics, Predicting Wars with the Richardson Arms-Race Model

A Pascal program helps predict the outcome of arms races and other two-party conflicts.

[author : Philip A. Schrodt]

p.138 Software Tools for Writers

Your computer can take the tedium out of the process of writing and put new life into the final product.

[author : Wayne Holder]

p.166 The Historian and the Microcomputer, A Student of the Past Meets the Machine of the Future

The microcomputer promises to change the nature of historical research methods and the teaching of history.

[author : Don Karl Rowney]

p.178 Simulating Neighborhood Segregation

A BASIC program gives surprising insights into some of the forces that hamper integration.

[author : Edwin Dethlefsen and Carlisle Moody]

p.208 Measuring Attitudes with a PET , A BASIC Program That Finds Out How People Feel

This BASIC program gives microcomputer owners sophisticated attitudemeasurement tools once the domain of politicians and big corporations.

[author : David R. Heise]

p.250 Microcomputers in Cultural Anthropology, APL Programs for Qualitative Analysis

Microcomputers on-site help the study of Navajo and other cultures.

[author : Oswald Werner]

p.290 User's Column: Ada, MINCE, CP/M Utilities, Overpriced Documentation , and Analiza II

An inveterate user of microcomputers expresses firm opinions on hardware, software, and other subjects.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.330 Upward Migration, Part 2 : A Comparison of CP/M-86 and MS-DOS

An end user and a system programmer examine the two operating systems vying for dominance in the 16-bit arena.

[author : Roger Taylor and Phil Lemmons]

p.360 Using the Model I/III RS-232C Port

Some mysteries of the TRS-80 Model I and III RS-232C interface are solved and instructions are given for building a data communications plugboard.

[author : William Barden Jr.]

p.378 Programming the Critical-Path Method in BASIC

This program helps managers assess the productivity trade-offs of time and money.

[author : Steven Zimmerman and Leo M. Conrad]

p.392 Computers for Humanity

A firsthand report on the newest products introduced at the Seventh West Coast Computer Faire.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]


p.54 Scion Color System

[author : Mark Dahmke]

p.284 Mediamix's ETI2

[author : Robert Welborn]

p.312 Color Computer Disk System

[author : Colin Stearman]

p.408 It All Depends on Your Viewpoint

[author : Allen D. Moore]

p.412 Database Management with Ashton-Tate's dBASE II

[author : Jack L. Abbott]


p.6 Editorial: The Briefcase Computer Market Heats Up

p.14 Letters

p.32 BYTE's Bugs

p.402 Book Review: Computer Power and Human Reason

p.406 Technical Forum: INS8070 Series Instruction Set Summary

p.417 Clubs and Newsletters

p.417, 432, 440 BYTE's Bits

p.418 Software Received

p.420 Ask BYTE

p.422 Event Queue


p.431 Books Received

p.434 Desk-Top Wonders. Draw Poker for the TI-59

p.441, 452 Programming Quickies: Generate Huffman Codes; Idiot-proof Input in Pascal

p.442, 448 System Notes. Tuning Up the 1802; Double Your TRS-80's Graphics Resolution

p.454 What's New?

p.509 Unclassified Ads

p.510 BOMB, BOMB Results

p.511 Reader Service

In this Issue

The availability of small, powerful, and inexpensive computers has brought the power of the computer out of its traditional domain-science, mathematics, engineering, and business-data processing-and into the hands of historians, anthropologists, artists, musicians, political scientists, and others involved in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Philip Schrodt (of "The Generic Word Processor" fame) presents a program to predict wars in his article "Microcomputers in the Study of Politics." Kevin McKean shows how computers can spin tall yarns in "Computers, Fiction, and Poetry,"and Wayne Holder helps you spin them yourself in "Software Tools for Writers." Ned and Lou Heite present their views on what is needed to advance the use of computers in the humanities in "Breaking the Jargon Barrier: Designing Programs for Humanists." We also have a computer simulation of neighborhood segregation, a program for measuring people's attitudes, and more. Roger Taylor and Phil Lemmons conclude their two-part article "Upward Migration" with an in-depth comparison of CPIM-86 and MS-DOS, and their findings may surprise you. Jerry Pournelle gives his impressions of the West Coast Computer Faire in "Computers for Humanity," Steve Ciarcia shows you how to create sound effects with your computer, and William Barden Jr. illustrates how to use the RS-232C port on TRS-80 Models I and III. A generous sprinkling of product reviews and regular features round out our July issue.