1986 12.14 1988

Vol.12 n°14 december 1987


p.67 What's New

p.97 Short Takes

Toshiba PageLaser12

Lahey Personal FORTRAN 77

PC-Elevator 386


The Complete Answering Machine


Awesome I/O Card

MacScheme + Toolsmith

First Impressions

p.109 HyperCard

Become your own Mac programmer.

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.120 New Generation: Fast Math

A comparison between the new Motorola 68882 and the current 68881.

[author : Tom Thompson]


p.124 High-Speed Memory Boards for ATs

Upgrade your AT's memory without downgrading performance.

[author : Barry Nance]

p.133 BIX Product Focus: Memory-Expansion Boards for the IBM PC AT

Subtle considerations to bear in mind when planning a memory upgrade.

[author : Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.141 The PC's Limited 38616

A PC AT-compatible that's built for speed.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.145 The Zenith Z-183

Zenith's latest laptop is better than others, but not the best.

[author : John Unger]

p.153 Atari's Mega 4

This 4-megabyte machine is a new version of the ST.

[author : Jim Kent]

p.161 Three Accelerator Boards for the Macintosh Plus

Hardware add-ons that significantly boost the Mac Plus's performance.

[author : Chris Crawford]

p.165 Saba Handscan

A hand-held text scanner for use with IBM PC programs.

[author : John McCormick]

p.169 Three PC-based Desktop-Publishing Programs

PageMaker, Ventura Publisher, and GEM Desktop Publisher.

[author : James Cavuoto]

p.178 FastCAD 1.10

Computer-aided design for the IBM PC and compatibles.

[author : Phillip Robinson]

p.180 Carbon Copy Plus

A comprehensive telecommunications software package.

[author : Ruse! DeMaria]

p.185 Marshal Pascal and Pascal-2

Two compilers that offer more power than Turbo Pascal 3.0.

[author : Mark Bridger]

p.190 SCO Xenix 386

Unix for 80386-based personal computers.

[author : Edwin J. Lau]


p.199 Computing at Chaos Manor: The Old Shell Game

Looks at Zenith's eaZy PC and Mannesmann Tally's MT-910 laser primer.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.215 Applications Only: Holiday Cheer

Looking for fun, our man falls in love and replaces his old rodent.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.223 IN DEPTH: Natural Language

p.224 Introduction

p.225 Natural-Language Processing

A look at the various approaches used in this area of artificial intelligence

[author : Klaus K. Obermeier]

p.233 Natural-Language Resource Guide

p.237 Modeling the Brain

A neural-network approach to natural-language processing and similar problems may be the key to building systems that "learn."

[author : Matthew Zeidenberg]

p.251 The Intelligent Assistant

The design decisions behind Q&A's natural-language interface.

[author : Gary G. Hendrix and Brett A. Walter]

p.261 DOS in English

A Turbo Prolog program can get your message across to an IBM PC in your own words.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.269 Natural-Language Processing in C

Opening the door for direct human-computer dialogues.

[author : Herbert Schildt]


p.283 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Build the Circuit Cellar IC Tester Part 2: Software and Operation

Turbo Pascal software makes this inexpensive tester possible.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.291 Information Theory

Measuring how much information a message contains.

[author : Ramachandran Bharath]

p.301 The State of Chinese Computing

The twenty-first century might be the century of the Pacific Basin.

[author : John H. Maier]

p.307 Three-Dimensional Perspective Plotting

With perspective, you can realistically depict a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional screen.

[author : Tyrone Daulton]

p.317 Ferret: An Image Processor

The age of visual discovery in astronomy is drawing to a close as electronic devices replace human observers.

[author : Clifford Harris]

p.329 Mapping the World in Pascal

Five procedures that let you map the Earth on a computer.

[author : Robert Miller and Francis Reddy]

p.337 Mimicking Mountains


[author : Tom Jeffery]


p.6 Editorial: The "B" Word

p.11 Microbytes

p.18 Letters and Review Feedback

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.36 Ask BYTE

p.44 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.51 Book Reviews

p.387 Coming Up in BYTE


p.386 Editorial Index by Company

p.389 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.391 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 392


From BIX: see 304

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 345