Vol.9 n°10 september 1984

Vol.9 n°10 september 1984

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.105 INTRODUCTION

p.107 CIARCIAS CIRCUIT CELLAR : BUILD THE AC POWER MONITOR

Your computer can measure electrical power consumption.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.123 KAMAS: AN UNLIKELY COMBINATION

This product preview covers a software package offering outline processing and a FORTH-like language for Z80 systems.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.129 CLUSTER ANALYSIS

A BASIC program illustrates this pattern-recognition technique.

[author : Rob Spencer]

p.135 THE 65816 MICROPROCESSOR, PART 2: HARDWARE

The concluding article of this series deals with system-design considerations.

[author : Steven P Hendrix]

p.141 THE FLOPPY DISK

A trio of articles focuses on this often-overlooked component.

[author : Glenn Hartwig]

p.142 COMPARING FLOPPY DISKS

A software consultant offers a subjective evaluation of several brands of disks.

[author : Robert Rodina]

p.145 THE THEORY OF DISK-ERROR CORRECTION

The algorithms presented can help you recover data from "unreadable" disk sectors.

[author : Thomas Sterling]

p.147 FLOPPY-DISK FORMATS

The author attempts to dispel some of the mystery surrounding incompatibility and standardization.

[author : Lester E. Thompson]

p.150 BIG PROJECTS ON SMALL MACHINES

Project management and organization are the keys to the successful development of large software projects.

[author : William F. Appelbe and Alex Pournelle]

THEME: GRAPHICS

p.155 INTRODUCTION

p.157 FRACTALS

In the unexplored territory of fractional dimensions, mathematical pioneers are making intriguing discoveries.

[author : Peter R. Sorensen]

p.177 LASER GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION

A microprocessor can program some sophisticated light effects.

[author : Joan Collins and Doug Tucker]

p.189 THE COMPUTER AS AN ARTISTIC TOOL

The imaging process doesn't change, only the medium does.

[author : Isaac Victor Kerlow]

p.211 COMPUTER LANDSCAPES

Computer graphics merge with silk-screen printing.

[author : Daniel Cooper]

p.221 EDITOR'S CHOICE

Various graphics techniques are illustrated in this selection of computer-generated art.

[author : Jane Morrill Tazelaar]

p.227 COLOR CONSIDERATIONS

The author explores the use of color as an emotive and persuasive psychological force.

[author : Lee Baldwin]

p.251 REAL-TIME 3-D GRAPHICS FOR MICROCOMPUTERS

A simplified drawing algorithm coded in assembly language permits 3-D animation in real time.

[author : Marcus Newton]

p.289 FROM PIXELS TO MICRODOTS

New developments in image resolution increase microcomputer graphics potential.

[author : Jane Morrill Tazelaar]

REVIEWS

p.297 INTRODUCTION

p.299 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

BYTE's product-review editor comments on the Geneva PX-8 briefcase unit, the Telecomp 1000, and more.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.300 THE LILITH PERSONAL COMPUTER

High performance results from a computer architecture built around Modula-2.

[author : Paul A. Sand]

p.312 THE LEADING EDGE PERSONAL COMPUTER

This desktop system has an impressive word-processing program.

[author : Jeffrey Mazur]

p.325 THE MORROW MD-11

A large software library and an unusual disk controller distinguish this system.

[author : John Heilborn]

p.337 FIVE VOICE SYNTHESIZERS

Linear predictive coding ICs provide quality output.

[author : George H. Smith]

p.351 VOLITION'S MODULA-2 ON THE SAGE

It's an enticing combination.

[author : Edward Joyce]

p.355 REVIEW FEEDBACK

Readers respond to previous reviews.

KERNEL

p.361 INTRODUCTION

p.363 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR : ON THE ROAD

Jerry's potpourri of observations includes a look at Thinkbnk, some PC clones, NewWord, and more.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.385 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

Jerry's readers write, and he replies.

p.393 BYTE WEST COAST: NEWS FROM ALL OVER

A new artificial-intelligence product and the latest upgrade of the ZCPR command processor for the Z80 are discussed.

[author : John Markoff and Ezra Shapiro]

p.407 BYTE JAPAN: SHOW TIME

Our correspondent reports on the 1984 Tokyo Microcomputer Show.

[author : William M. Raike]

p.415 BYTE U.K,: THE SINCLAIR QL

Sinclair Research may have been hasty in announcing its new 68008-based system.

[author : Dick Pountain]

(Nucleus)

p.6 EDITORIAL: MISSING SOFTWARE

p.9 MICROBYTES

p.14 LETTERS

p.33 FIXES AND UPDATES

p.39, 468 WHAT'S NEW

p.48 ASK BYTE

p.57 CLUBS AND NEWSLETTERS

p.63 BOOK REVIEWS

p.83 EVENT QUEUE

p.453 BOOKS RECEIVED

p.457 PROGRAMMING INSIGHT

p.462 TECHNICAL FORUM

p.525 UNCLASSIFIED ADS

p.526 BYTES ONGOING MONITOR BOX, BOMB RESULTS

p.527 READER SERVICE