Vol.8 n°5 may 1983

Vol.8 n°5 may 1983

p.3 In the Queue (table of contents)


p.38 The Osborne Executive and the Executive II

Adam Osborne's second and third machines come with more standard equipment, offer more options, and have a slightly larger video screen than the Osborne I.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.49 Build an RS-232C Code-Activated Switch

This device will let you switch between several peripherals connected to one serial port.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.59 The Electronic Office

A short introduction to our theme articles.

[author : Pamela A. Clark]

p.60 Local Area Networks

The proliferation of office communication systems makes standardization all the more imperative.

[author : Harry Saal]

p.104 The Movable Conference

Computer moderated conferencing is not bound by time and geographic restrictions and is sure to change the structure of the executive business meeting.

[author : Irving A. Lerch]

p.124 Electronic Publishing: The New Newsletter

How a newsletter evolved from its traditional format to a computer-accessed, interactive investment advisory service.

[author : Arthur S. Bechhoefer]

p.154 Achieving Greater White-Collar Productivity In the New Office

The conversion to automated tools in an office must address many issues, especially human factors.

[author : Randy J. Goldfield]

p.203 Full Use of the Epson MX-80 Under Wordstar

How to upgrade Version 3.2 of Wordstar to use more of the capabilities of the Epson MX-BO equipped with Graftrax-Plus.

[author : Neil G. Wallace]

p.232 Stalking the East-Asian Microcomputer

The author chronicles his five-nation tour and reports on the state of microcomputing in East Asia as revealed by attending six electronics trade shows.

[author : Phil Lemmons]

p.236 The Japanese Microcomputer Marketplace

A short report on the current state of microcomputing in Japan.

[author : Kurt Veggeberg]

p.242 An Inexpensive letter-Quality Printer

If low cost and letter quality are two of your priorities for a printer, consider this Interface between a personal computer and the Olivetti Praxis 30.

[author : Stuart Brown]

p.266 BYTE West Coast: Ferment In Silicon Valley

Profiles of four start-up companies suggest the dynamism of the region and illustrate several ways in which firms get started.

[author : Phil Lemmons]

p.272 NAPLPS: A New Standard for Text and Graphics, Part 4: More Advanced Features and Conclusions

A standard way to encode color mapping and animation, closing with some predictions on how NAPLPS will be used by personal computers.

[author : Jim Fleming]

p.286 Better Software Manuals

The quality of a product's companion documentation could make or break a sale. Tips on whal constitutes a good manual.

[author : Dana Sohr]

p.298 User's Column: Ulterior Motives, Lobo, Buying Your First Computer, JRT Update

Our resident critic takes his first look at Modula-2.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.331 The Enhanced VIC-20, Part 4: Connecting Serial RS-232C Peripherals to the VIC's TTL Port

The last in this VIC series discusses port connections.

[author : Joel Swank]

p.342 Design Philosophy Behind Motorola's MC68000, Part 2: Data-movement, Arithmetic, and logic Instructions

A look at the capablillies of the MC68000's instruction set.

[author : Thomas W. Starnes]

p.368 Building a Hard-Disk Interface for an S-100 System, Part 3: Software

How to alter the CP/M operating system so that it will accommodate a Winchester disk drive and controller.

[author : Andrew C. Cruce and Scott A. Alexander]

p.402 Using IBM's Marvelous Keyboard

It's a fairly simple procedure to change IBM's keyboard to the Dvorak layout, or even use the keyboard with other computers and software.

[author : David B. Glasco and Murray Sargent III]

p.418 Strongly Typed Languages

Ada, Pascal, and other new languages let you define your own data types.

[author : Earl E. McCoy]

p.438 The Ins and Outs of the TRS-BO Color Computer

Find out how the Color Computer interfaces with the outside world.

[author : Colin J. Stearman]

p.452 A Conceptual Approach to Real-Time Programming

You can use various real-time programming techniques to turn a lazy computer into a real worker.

[author : Craig R. Wyss]

p.474 Regression Fitting to Economic Indexes

An Apple II program can help determine base rates of innation through analysis of the Consumer Price Index.

[author : Dr. John R. Merrill]

p.482 Sorting Algorithms for Microcomputers

Programmer ingenuity and search of the existing literature can significantly improve sort performance.

[author : Terry Barron and George Diehr]


p.14 Little Big Computer, The TRS-80 Model 100 Portable Computer

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.82 The Fortune 32:16 Business Computer

[author : Steven H. Barry]

p.134 What a Concept! A View of the Corvus Computer

[author : Curtis Feigel]

p.176 Word Tools for the IBM Personal Computer

[author : Richard S. Shuford]

p.220 A Comparison of Five Database Management Programs

[author : Jack L. Abbott]

p.263 Painter Power

[author : Chris Pappas and William H. Murray]

p.426 Solarsoft

[author : Winslow H. Fuller]


p.6 Editorial: Disenchantment with Detroit

p.8 Letters

p.326 Book Review: Microprocessor Systems, Interfacing and Applications


p.499 Event Queue

p.509 Software Received

p.51 3 Books Received

p.515 Ask BYTE

p.521 Clubs and Newsletters

p.524 What's New?

p.589 Unclassified Ads

p.590 BOMB, BOMB Results

p.591 Reader Service

In This Issue

The complete and integrated electronic office is still a few years away, Yet with each new product that computerizes an individual task or an entire procedure, we move one step closer to the day when paper shuffling is just a memory, Someday, as Robert Tinney suggests in his cover painting, workers at all levels will electronically communicate with the aid of the mighty microprocessor, In "Local Area Networks" Harry Saal discusses the need for standardizing communication protocols for physically separated equipment, such as personal computers, mainframes, printers, and disk drives, Steven Barry describes "The Fortune 32:16 Business Computer," a multiuser, multitasking system that runs enhanced Unix, In "The Movable Conference" Irving A. Lerch reports on computer-moderated conferencing, and in a companion piece, "Electronic Publishing: The New Newsletter," Arthur S, Bechhoefer talks about how a traditional newsletter became a computer-accessed interactive investment advisory service, We have reviews of Radio Shack's new Model 100 portable computer and of two versions of a new computer from Osborne, the Executive and the Executive II. In "Stalking the East-Asian Microcomputer," Phil Lemmons chronicles his five-nation tour of the Far East, Steve Ciarcia's project is to "Build an RS-232C Code-Activated Switch," Plus our regular features and more reviews,