Vol.10 n°7 july 1985

Vol.10 n°7 july 1985

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.104 INTRODUCTION

p.106 PROGRAMMING PROJECT: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON NEARBY STARS

This program, develooed on a Macintosh using MacAdvantage:UCSD Pascal, takes a list of stars and shows yuu where they are in respect to one another.

[author : Bruce Webster]

p.119 LIQUID-CRYSTAL DISPLAYS FOR PORTABLES

The author presents an in-depth look into the workings of LCDs.

[author : Glenn J. Adler]

p.129 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: THE GRIDCASE

One member of this family of portables has a gas-plasma display.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.141 CIARCIA'S CIRCUIT CELLAR: LIVING IN A SENSIBLE ENVIRONMENT

Steve looks into his junk box for items to use with the Home Run Control System.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.163 PROGRAMMING INSIGHT: TRAVESTY REVISITED

Travesty is rewritten in compiled BASIC.

[author : Murray Lesser]

p.171 PROGRAMMING INSIGHT: REAL-NUMBER FORMATTING YOUR APPLE

Specify the decimal length of any real number.

[author : Brent Daviduck]

THEMES

p.176 INTRODUCTION

p.179 UPDATING THE OLDEST SCIENCE

Observers around the globe are using microcomputers in a variety of astronomical applications.

[author : Russell M. Genet]

p.192 MICROCOMPUTERS IN NASA's SIR-B

The Shuttle Imaging Radar experiment employs a network of personal computers for data acquisition and analysis.

[author : Richard Wilton]

p.203 COMET LINES IN FORTRAN

The program described calculates the positions of asteroids and comets.

[author : David S. Dixon]

p.215 TRACKING EARTH SATELLITES

The Stumpff program can help you calculate earth-orbiting satellite positions with high precision.

[author : E. H. Weiss]

p.227 AUTOMATING A TELESCOPE

A codirector of the Fairborn Observatory describes ways of computerizing the repetitious tasks in variable-star photometry.

[author : Louis J. Boyd]

p.239 ASTRONOMICAL COMPUTING WITH MICROS

Small systems increase the amateur astronomer's reach.

[author : Richard Bochonko and William T Peters]

p.244 ASTRONOMY SOURCES

p.245 AN ASTRONOMY GLOSSARY

REVIEWS

p.248 INTRODUCTION

p.251 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

[author : Glenn Hartwig]

p.252 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS' PRO-LITE PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER

A briefcase-size machine that runs MS-DOS.

[author : Richard Grehan and Eva White]

p.258 NCR PERSONAL COMPUTER MODEL 4

An IBM PC-compatible with a RAM-disk utility.

[author : Elaine Holden]

p.265 MONITORING HALLEY'S COMET

Three programs for tracking the return of the celestial visitor.

[author : John E. Mosley]

p.269 SPACE-FLIGHT SIMULATORS

Link up with a space station or travel to Saturn.

[author : Benjamin Bernar]

p.279 MAXTHINK

An outline processor for the IBM PC.

[author : William Hershey]

p.287 THE ANCHOR AUTOMATION SIGNALMAN MARK XII MODEM

It's similar to the Hayes Smartmodem but not fully compatible.

[author : George V. Kinal]

p.295 REVIEW FEEDBACK

Readers respond to previous reviews.

KERNEL

p.306 INTRODUCTION

p.309 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR: COME TO THE FAIRE

Trips to shows and a visit with Niklaus Wirth highlight Jerry's month

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.338 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

Jerry's readers write, and he replies.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.341 BYTE WEST COAST: SNOBOL AND ICON

Our West Coast staff interviewed one of SNOBOL4's authors. Ralph E. Griswold. who has gone on to create a new language called Icon.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.353 BYTE U.K.: STARLIT SPECTRUM

Dick reports on an astronomical application for the Sinclair Spectrum.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.363 BYTE JAPAN: PERIPHERALS, CHIPS, AND NEW COMPUTERS

Bill looks at the Silver-Reed EB50, Fujitsu's new optical-disc coating material, and more.

[author : William M. Raike]

p.367 ACCORDING TO WEBSTER: START-UP

The debut of this column covers an assortment of Macintosh products.

[author : Bruce Webster]

p.385 MATHEMATICAL RECREATIONS: PARSING AND SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS

Set up and solve simultaneous linear equations.

[author : Robert T. Kurosaka]

p.391 CIRCUIT CELLAR FEEDBACK

Steve answers project-related queries from readers.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.393 BYTELINES

News and speculation about personnal computers.

[author : Sol Libes]

(Nucleus)

p.6 EDITORIAL: EQUAL ACCESS TO COMPUTERS SCRUPLES OR RUBLES ?

p.9 MICROBYTES

p.14 LETTERS

p.33 FIXES AND UPDATES

p.39, 406 WHAT'S NEW

p.48 ASK BYTE

p.58 CLUBS & NEWSLETTERS

p.65 BOOK REVIEWS

p.85 EVENT QUEUE

p.395 BOOKS RECEIVED

p.461 UNCLASSIFIED ADS

p.462 BYTE'S ONGOING MONITOR BOX, BOMB RESULTS

p.463 READER SERVICE