Vol.9 n°11 october 1984

Vol.9 n°11 october 1984

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.107 INTRODUCTION

p.108 THE IBM PC AT

IBM's latest offering provides powerful hardware with a split personality.

[author : BYTE Staff]

p.112 CIARCIA'S CIRCUIT CELLAR: AN ULTRASONIC RANGING SYSTEM

Build your own SonarTape to measure distances from 1½ to 35 feet using sound waves.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.124 USING A MOUSE WITH LOTUS 1-2-3

You can write a driver to adapt a Microsoft mouse for use with this popular interactive software package and other programs.

[author : John Doolittle]

p.126 IMPLEMENTING CRYPTOGRAPHIC ALGORITHMS ON MICROCOMPUTERS

The muMath/muSimp package lets you build 200-digit crypotographic keys on an Apple.

[author : Charles Kluepfel]

p.128 GENERATING AND TESTING PSEUDORANDOM NUMBERS

When you want to analyze haphazard occurrences, some random-number generators may be more useful than others.

[author : Charles A. Whitney]

p.130 DATA ABSTRACTION

A BASIC program illustrates abstraction techniques that let you manipulate data structures without concern for the type of data that will populate these structures.

[author : Gary F. Simons]

THEME: DATABASES

p.135 INTRODUCTION

p.137 DATABASE TYPES

There's more than one way to manage information.

[author : Rich Krajewski]

p.147 TEXT DATABASES

Integrating database and editing functions simplifies the creative process.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.155 THE DAYFLO ARCHITECTURE

Two DayFlo designers describe the internal workings of a free-form word-oriented database.

[author : Robert W. Atkins and Walter L. Mazur]

p.167 LOW-COST ON-LINE DATABASES

Using your computer to track down information doesn't have to be expensive.

[author : Matthew Lesko]

p.177 THE PICK OPERATING SYSTEM , PART 1 : INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

This information-oriented operating system has a built-in relational database and multiuser capabilities.

[author : Rick Cook and John Brandon]

p.203 ADDING A HARD DISK

An engineer discusses kits, components, and expansions for the IBM PC.

[author : Roy M. Matney]

p.215 OPTICAL MEMORY: DATA STORAGE BY LASER

The technology continues to develop, and erasable media may soon be available.

[author : Edward S. Rothchild]

p.227 A DATABASE CATALOG

This survey of 47 database-management programs may lead you to the system you need.

[author : George Bond]

REVIEWS

p.243 INTRODUCTION

p.245 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

BYTE's product-review editor comments on XyWrite, two IBM compatibles, and more.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.246 THE FUJITSU MICRO 16s

Adaptability is the system's greatest strength.

[author : Alex Pournelle]

p.254 THE PANASONIC SR. PARTNER

This IBM PC-compatible portable packs its own printer.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.263 VOLKSWRITER DELUXE

Lifetree Softwares new package for the IBM PC is a serious word processor that's easy to use

[author : Stevanne Ruth Lehrman]

p.271 HOMEWORD AND CUT & PASTE

Both these word processors, intended for home use, are cheaper and simpler to use than those designed for the office, and both run on the Apple II series.

[author : Keith Carlson]

p.279 CLOUT AND SALVO

Two natural-language query programs for the IBM PC attempt to simplify the task of data retrieval.

[author : George Bond]

p.289 DATAEASE VS. CONDOR AND dBASE II

Find out how the menu-driven program compares to two command-driven programs.

[author : Bill Jacobson]

p.306 REVIEW FEEDBACK

Readers respond to previous reviews.

KERNEL

p.315 INTRODUCTION

p.317 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR: MINOR PROBLEMS

Jerry resolves a difficulty with his CompuPro 8/16 and goes on to report on a wide array of hardware and software.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.346 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

Jerry's readers write, and he replies.

p.357 BYTE WEST COAST: FIDONET, SIDEKICK, APPLE, GET ORGANIZED!, AND HANDLE

Two California-based editors comment on homebrew electronic mail, some integrated software, and other tidbits.

[author : John Markoff and Ezra Shapiro]

p.369 BYTE JAPAN : BITS AND PIECES

Highlights from the Japanese computing scene include news on the Hitachi CMOS 68000, the Brother EP-44, and the Casio FP-6000.

[author : William M. Raike]

p.381 BYTE U.K.: POP AND SNAP

Two artificial-intelligence languages offer alternatives to LISP and Prolog.

[author : Dick Pountain]

(Nucleus)

p.6 EDITORIAL: THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOME COMPUTER

p.9 MICROBYTES

p.14 LETTERS

p.33 FIXES AND UPDATES

p.39, 473 WHAT'S NEW

p.48 ASK BYTE

p.59 CLUBS AND NEWSLETTERS

p.65 BOOK REVIEWS

p.89 EVENT QUEUE

p.468 BOOKS RECEIVED

p.525 UNCLASSIFIED ADS

p.526 BYTES ONGOING MONITOR BOX, BOMB RESULTS

p.527 READER SERVICE