Vol.9 n°2 february 1984

Vol.9 n°2 february 1984

p.2 In the Queue (table of contents)

Cover Story

p.30 The Apple Macintosh Computer

The firm that brought forth the Lisa now offers mouse-window-desktop technology in an under-$2500 system.

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.58 An Interview: The Macintosh Design Team

The "wizards" behind the Macintosh discuss the design goals and philosophy that influenced the development of Apple's new computer.

[author : Phil Lemmons]

Columns

p.88 Build the Circuit Cellar Term-Mite ST Smart Terminal, Part 2: Programming and Use

The supplied standard control software supports several character attributes and various configuration options.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.113 User's Column: Chaos Manor Gets Its long-Awaited IBM PC

Of mice and men, Eagles, Shirley, the ol' mailbag, and much more.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.147 BYTE West Coast: A Business Computer, a Business Program, and More on Voice Recognition

Recent developments on the computing scene raise some questions about perceived industry trends.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

Themes

p.158 Benchmarks and Performance Evaluation

This month's articles discuss benchmarks, their limitations, and alternative methods of product evaluation.

[author : Bruce Roberts]

p.160 Don't Bench Me In

Benchmarks are a popular way to compare both hardware and software. But how meaningful are they?

[author : Jerry Houston]

p.168 Beyond MIPS: Performance Is Not Quality

Two users observe that there's more to overall system quality than speed of operation.

[author : John M. Carroll and Mary Beth Rosson]

p.175 Software Performance Evaluation

This article presents some helpful guidelines borrowed from a successful hardware model.

[author : Brian Boyle]

p.193 The Art of Benchmarking Printers

An exhaustive set of benchmarks helps you determine how fast your printer really is.

[author : Sergio Mello-Grand]

p.218 Benchmarking FORTRAN Compilers

The author offers insights into determining which compiler creates the fastest code.

[author : Avram Tetewsky]

p.227 Benchmark Confessions

Understanding the background and intentions of benchmarks is the key to interpreting the results.

[author : Peter Marvit and Mohandas Nair]

p.235 The Word-Processing Maze

How to find your way through all those "new" features.

[author : Andrea Lewis]

p.243 Evaluating Word-Processing Programs

A 100-point checklist simplifies the decision-making process.

[author : Arthur Naiman]

Reviews

p.251 Reviewer's Notebook

A plotter from Hewlett-Packard, a Mannesmann Tally printer, and two software packages for the IBM PC are featured in this month's notes.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.252 ProDOS

Apple computer presents a powerful new operating system for Apple II computers.

[author : Rob Moore]

p.267 Knowledgeman

A new, fully integrated management system offers full database and spreadsheet capabilities in one package.

[author : James W. Walker]

p.278 The IBM CS-9000 Lab Computer

A closer look at IBM's "other" microcomputer.

[author : Thomas R. Clune]

p.292 The Rixon R212A Intelligent Modem

This device can emulate the Hayes Smartmodem and do a few other tricks besides.

[author : Chuck Weger]

p.303 Savvy

This easy-to-use system actually learns from you.

[author : Peter V. Caliamaras]

p.308 The Micro-Sci Gameport III for the Apple III

With this card in place, your Apple III can run most Apple II game software.

[author : William J. Purpura and Paula K. Purpura]

p.310 The Videx Ultraterm

Easy to install and use, the Ultraterm video-display card enables the Apple II to display up to 160 columns or 48 lines.

[author : Peter V. Callamaras]

p.318 Apple Disk Emulators: Axlon, Legend, Pion, and Synetix

Four RAM disk emulators for the Apple II allow faster execution times for applications requiring numerous disk accesses.

[author : Michael W. Gilbert]

Features

p.84 Apple Announces the Lisa 2

Macintosh compatibility is a key feature of the new Lisa.

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.331 IBM/Apple Communication

Robert Jones' Sending text files between Apples and IBM PCs is easy with these simple programs.

p.342 A Low-Cost, Low Write-Voltage EEPROM

Seeq Technology's $10 EEPROM can be programmed in your computer with simple and inexpensive circuitry.

[author : Joe D. Blagg]

p.346 Foot Control

Adding a foot-operated Control key to your keyboard simplifies control sequences.

[author : Dennis M. Pfister]

p.349 Inside a Complier: Notes on Optimization and Code Generation

A look at Pascal/MT+86 and Pascal-86 show s you how to evaluate these and other compilers.

[author : Kaare Christian]

p.370 Writing Device Drivers for MS-DOS 2.0 Using Tandon TM100-4 Drives

The increase in flexibility can be worth the added effort.

[author : J. Eric Roskos]

p.383 Deciphering Word Games

Two BASIC programs can help you solve cryptograms and anagrams.

[author : Mark C. Worley]

p.388 Five Original Graphics

Improving on the Spirograph.

[author : Robert Sussman and Ted Sussman]

p.395 Bubbles on the S-100 Bus, Part 2: The Software

Making Micropolis MDOS and CP/M work on a bubble-memory board.

[author : Louis Wheeler]

p.416 Calculating Overhead Costs by Computer

A simple, foolproof arithmetic procedure determines the distribution of indirect costs quickly and accurately

[author : G. Truman Hunter]

Nucleus

p.4 Editorial: The Compatibility Craze

p.7 MICROBYTES

p.12 Letters

p.428 Programming Quickie

p.436 Technical Forum

p.438 Ask BYTE

p.446 Software Received

p.457 Event Queue

p.466 Books Received

p.469 Clubs and Newsletters

p.472 BYTE 's User to User

p.478 Book Review

p.481 What's New?

p.541 Unclassified Ads

p.542 BYTE's Ongoing Monitor Box, BOMB Results

p.543 Reader Service