Vol.8 n°10 october 1983

Vol.8 n°10 october 1983

p.2 In the Queue (table of contents)

Cover Story

p.36 Product Preview: The HP 150

"Magic" is the code name for Hewlett-Packard's latest personal computer project-and it fits. In this preview, we take a look at the hardware and software that make the machine so special.

[author : Phil Lemmons and Barbara Robertson]

p.51 An Interview: The HP 150's Design-team Leaders

Jim Sutton and John Lee talk about the development of the HP 150.

[author : Phil Lemmons and Barbara Robertson]


p.61 Build the Micro D-Cam Solid-State Video Camera, Part 2: Computer Interfaces and Control Software

In this final article in the series, you'll learn how to attach the camera to the expansion buses of the Apple II Plus and the IBM PC and how the camera is programmed to work.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.94 BYTE West Coast: Shaping Consumer Software

In an interwiew, Trip Hawkins, president of Electronic Arts, discusses the criteria he uses to judge software and explains his view of the programmer as artist.

[author : Phil Lemmons and Barbara Robertson]

p.101 User's Column: New Computers, Boards, Languages, and Other Tidbits

A medical diagnosis-by-computer program is the star attraction this month.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]


p.130 The Unix Operating System

The multiuser, multitasking operating system developed at Bell Laboratories offers powers and abilities far beyond those of normal microcomputer operating systems. Our theme articles explore the reasons behind Unix's popularity

[author : Bruce Roberts]

p.132 The Unix Tutorial, Part 3: Unix In the Microcomputer Marketplace

The final article in th is series explains the differences between various Unix versions and between true Unix systems, work-alikes, and look-alikes.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.160 Unix and the Standardization of Small Computer Systems

The Unix operating system and the C language will be major factors in the standardization of file handling and compatibility across small systems and mainframes.

[author : Jean L. Yates]

p.170 A Tour Through the Unix File System

A devoted Unix user surveys points of interest in Unix's hierarchy of files.

[author : James Joyce]

p.187 The Unix Shell

The author of the standard Unix shell presents the program that interprets users' commands and is a programming language in its own right.

[author : Stephen R. Bourne]

p.209 Unix as an Application Environment

Unix is the operating system of choice for many programmers because it offers portability, communications capability, a rich set of utilities, and a large body of applications.

[author : Mark Krieger and Fred Pack]

p.219 Usenet: A Bulletin Board for Unix Users

A look at a network of more than 500 Unix systems and its various and sundry uses.

[author : Sandra L. Emerson]

p.241 The Unix Writer's Workbench Software

This applications package can improve your writing by analyzing rough drafts and suggesting improvements.

[author : Lorinda L. Cherry and Nina H. Macdonald]

p.253 Typesetting on the Unix System

With troff. you can typeset manuscripts, tables, and equations with Unix.

[author : Bill Tuthill]

p.266 Moving Unix to New Machines

Unix is highly portable, but transporting a large body of software can present problems.

[author : Michael Tilson]


p.280 The NEC Advanced Personal Computer

The author met the microcomputer of his dreams in the form of high-resolution graphics, color, and 16-bit performance.

[author : David B. Suits]

p.292 Radio Shack's TRS-80 Model 4

Offering a host of new features and a new, improved price tag, the Model 4 is proof that large corporations can be responsive to the needs of their customers.

[author : Rowland Archer Jr.]

p.306 The Morrow Micro Decision

A review of the company's first effort at a single-board, stand-alone personal computer.

[author : Tom Wadlow]

p.316 The Microneye

Until now, the cost of adding vision to a computer has been out of reach for most users. Now there's the Microneye solid-state camera, which interfaces easily with a variety of popular microcomputers.

[author : Chris Wieland]

p.324 The M68000 Educational Computer Board

For $495, you can get acquainted with a 68000-based single-board computer with 32K bytes of RAM and what the author says may be the best monitor program in RAM ever developed.

[author : Robert W. Floyd]

p.341 Fancy Font

With this easy-to-use program and an Epson printer, you can design your own type styles.

[author : Paul E. Hoffman]

p.428 More Unix-style Software Tools for CP/M

The Microtools package includes the most popular utilities available for the Unix operating system.

[author : Christopher O. Kern]


p.350 Photographic Animation of Microcomputer Graphics

By interfacing a movie camera to a computer, you can achieve the animation quality of commercial movies or television.

[author : Peter Cann]

p.366 The Fourth National Computer Graphics Association Conference

This year's NCGA conference offered improved graphics hardware, but graphics software still leaves a lot to be desired.

[author : Alexander Pournelle]

p.384 Echonet, Part 2: The Compiler

In the conclusion of this series, the author explains how his system produces relocatable code from English-like programs.

[author : C. Bradford Barber]

p.398 Computer Crime: A Growing Threat

The machine that provides businesses with a competitive edge is also placing them at the mercy of a new type of lawbreaker the computer criminal. Fortunately there are ways to prevent unauthorized computer access.

[author : Collen Gillard and Jim Smith]

p.439 Mainframe Graphics on a Microcomputer

If you have a smart terminal program and a microcomputer capable of high-resolution graphics, you can display complex graphics.

[author : Mahlon Kelly]

p.447 Talker

Writing a talking program is simple, says the author, if you can use PRINT and INPUT statements to automatically transfer information to a speech synthesizer.

[author : Heyward S. Williams]

p.480 Bitmaps Speed Data-handling Tasks

Strings of ones and zeros can make short work of ordered-list comparisons and file searches.

[author : Eric Sohr]

p.499 Simplified Program Interfacing

A programming technique based on jump and data tables simplifies the interface between two programs when at least one of them has fixed entry points and data addresses.

[author : Raymond Irvine]


p.4 Editorial: A Challenge to Education


p.12 Letters

p.540 User to User

p.548 Ask BYTE

p.556 Software Received and BOMB Results

p.566 Clubs and Newsletters

p.570 Books Received

p.574 Event Queue

p.586 What's New?

p.669 Unclassified

p.669 BYTE's Ongoing Monitor Box

p.672 Reader's Service