Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°1 january 1988

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.97 Short Takes

MultiSpeed HD

GOfer

Translmage 1000

RuggedWriter 480

Velan-2V

Book One

Surpass

Reviews

p.111 SQL Database Management Systems

A look at Informix-SQL, Ingres, Oracle, SQLBase, XDB II, and XQL.

[author : Richard Finkelstein and Fabian Pascal]

p.121 BIX Product Focus: SQL-based Database Managers

BIX users comment on the most popular packages.

[author : Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.127 Cache in the Chips

The PC Designs GV-386 combines high performance with full IBM PC AT compatibility.

[author : Ed McNierney]

p.133 The Toshiba T3100/20

An AT-compatible laptop with impressive speed and portability.

[author : Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.141 The Symmetric 375

A look at Symmetric's portable Berkeley Unix system.

[author : Patrick Wood]

p.151 High-Performance Graphics Boards

Two super-high-resolution PC graphics boards from Vermont Microsystems and Verticom.

[author : Bill Nicholls]

p.155 GCC's Personal Laserprinter

Low-cost laser printing for the Macintosh.

[author : Donald Evan Crabb]

p.163 Allegro CommonLISP

A complete Common LISP for the Macintosh.

[author : Ernest R. Tello]

p.167 Personal REXX

A powerful batch language for the IBM PC.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.173 @Liberty and the Baler

The first generation of spreadsheet compilers.

[author : Paul Schauble and Rick Cook]

p.176 Microsoft's Bookshelf

A powerful reference library on your PC.

[author : Rusel DeMaria]

p.178 MGMStation CAD

A CAD package for precision design work on the Macintosh.

[author : Rusel DeMaria]

Columns

p.185 Computing at Chaos Manor: A Writer's Tools

Editors, spelling checkers, and CD-ROMs: searching for the perfect package from Microsoft, Symantec, Oasis, and others.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.205 Applications Only: Real-World Answers

Reflex Plus, PhoneNET, and a TOPS network solve some practical dilemmas.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.213 IN DEPTH: Managing Megabytes

p.214 Introduction

p.215 A Better Way to Compress Images

A new technique can achieve compression ratios in excess of 10,000 to 1.

[author : Michael F. Barnsley and Alan D. Sloan]

p.225 Managing Immense Storage

The "xanalogical" model provides a radical new approach to mass storage.

[author : Theodor H. Nelson]

p.243 Fast Data Access

Using query optimizers for efficient handling of large databases.

[author : Jonathan Robie]

p.255 Achieving Mainframe Performance

Expanded memory in personal computers opens the door to programming techniques that speed performance significantly.

[author : Wink Saville]

p.265 Managing Megabytes Resource Guide

p.269 FEATURES

p.271 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: The PCC180 Multitasking Controller Part 1: The Hardware

A small controller that is both fast and powerful.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.285 Focus on Algorithms: Changing Reverse Polish to Infix

Computers perform math using reverse Polish notation.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.291 Using Financial Tools for Nonfinancial Simulations

Using spreadsheets as a fast way to simulate real-world problems.

[author : James L. Conger]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Show Time

p.11 Microbytes

p.16 Letters and Review Feedback

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.36 Ask BYTE

p.38 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.51 Book Reviews

p.339 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.338 Editorial Index by Company

p.341 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.343 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 344

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 282

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 32

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°2 february 1988

Cover Story

p.100 Multiscan Color Monitors

These versatile displays let you use today's wide range of graphics adapters.

[author : George A. Stewart]

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

QuickShare

Agenda

Word 4.0

Portable Vectra

Coldblue

Ask Dan About Taxes & Tax Preparer

VOPEX-2M

Reviews

p.117 Compaq Flexes Its Muscles

The Compaq Deskpro 386/20 offers the highest level of PC performance yet.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.129 The Tandy 4000

A solid AT-compatible 80386-based system.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.135 Datavue's Spark and Snap 1+1

Two laptops that attempt to break away from the crowd.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.142 Micro Channel Memory Boards

A look at seven memory boards for the IBM PS/2 Models 50 and 60.

[author : Jonathan Shiell, Bud Smith, and Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.146 A Quintet of WORMS

Five write-once optical disks for the IBM PC and compatibles.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.153 Turbo Pascal 4.0

A new modular design disintegrates the 64K-byte barrier of earlier versions.

[author : Walter Banks]

p.156 MPW C for the Mac

A software development environment for the 68020/68881.

[author : Mike Wilson]

p.165 dBASE Mac vs. McMax

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

Ashton-Tate and Nantucket Corp. move into Macintosh software with database packages.

p.168 MathCAD 2.0

A mathematical scratchpad for MS-DOS computers.

[author : George A. Stewart]

p.172 RS/1 Research System

[author : Harley P. Macon]

A powerful and easy-to-use data-analysis package.

Columns

p.179 Computing at Chaos Manor: Life after Las Vegas

Jerry tries out new products for the 386, a Mega ST, and a huge COMDEX.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.199 Applications Only: Shortcuts for Simplicity

MacInTax and TaxView, a brainy printer cable, TopDOS, and PowerStation.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.205 IN DEPTH: Lisp

p.206 Introduction

p.207 Lisp: A language for Stratified Design

Lisp's power to express abstractions is illustrated in several programs written in the Scheme dialect.

[author : Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman]

p.221 Semantics of Scheme

This modern dialect of Lisp is an excellent medium for learning about semantics.

[author : William Clinger]

p.229 How Lisp Has Changed

An orphan for many years, Lisp now enjoys widespread support.

[author : David S. Touretzky]

p.236 Lisp Resource Guide

p.241 FEATURES

p.243 The New LIM/EMS

The major players in the microcomputer industry get together again to improve the Expanded Memory Specification.

[author : Peter Immarco]

p.249 The DSI Transputer Development System

DSI's new Transputer coprocessor board puts concurrency in your IBM PC.

[author : John Poplett and Rob Kurver]

p.259 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: The BCC180 Multitasking Controller Part 2: EPROMs and Compilers

A further discussion of the hardware, and a look at BASIC-180.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: News and Technology

p.11 Microbytes

p.22 Letters

p.34 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.40 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.51 Book Reviews

307 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.306 Editorial Index by Company

p.309 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.310 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 312

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 238

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 288

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°3 march 1988

p.2 Contents

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

SideKick Plus, a major upgrade of Borland's TSR

Manuscript 2.0, Lotus 's word processor enhanced

Friendly Finder, a dBASE file-retrieval program

Focal Point, a Mac HyperCard application

PC WeatherPro, a weather monitor for your PC

Tech*Graph*Pad 2.1, a technical graphing program

REVIEWS

p.102 Product Focus: Enhanced EGA and VGA Boards

Should you buy a VGA or will an enhanced EGA suffice for less money?

[author : Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.115 The Zenith Z-386

Zenith's powerful desktop provides outstanding performance and flawless compatibility.

[author : Ed McNierney]

p.121 NEC PowerMate 2 and HP Vectra ES/12

Two 80286-based AT compatibles that offer high performance and excellent expansion capability.

[author : John Unger]

p.127 The Tandy 1400 LT

A low-cost, lightweight laptop with good performance.

[author : David Satz]

p.134 Screening Macintosh II Color Monitors

Three monitors that take advantage of the Mac II's flexible display capabilities .

[author : Joel West and Neil Rhodes]

p.139 Pushing the Mac SE

A look at two accelerator boards: Do they really double the Mac SE's processing power?

[author : Laurence H. Loeb]

p.145 Trilogy: A New Approach to Logic Programming

An alternative to Prolog with windows and other interesting twists.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.155 Excel Extraordinaire

Microsoft's successful Macintosh spreadsheet shines on the IBM PC AT.

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.157 Microsoft Works

The flexible exchange of data is this package's real strength.

[author : Nicholas M. Baran]

p.162 Reflex Plus for the Macintosh

Reflex has evolved into this faster and easier relational database manager.

[author : Charles Spezzano]

COLUMNS

p.169 Computing at Chaos Manor: Transparent Conversions? Hah!

A look at QuickBASIC 4.0 and Turbo BASIC, and Jerry presents his awards for 1987.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.187 Applications Only: Annual Revelations

Ezra's yearly look at the products he uses.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.195 IN DEPTH: Floating-Point Processing

p.196 Introduction

p.197 Avoiding Coprocessor Bottlenecks

Memory mapping helps overcome bandwidth problems between the CPU and floating-point coprocessor.

[author : by Mauro Bonomi]

p.205 The Intel 80387 vs. The Weitek 1167

[author : Tom Thompson]

p.207 Programming the 80387 Coprocessor

A look at the key differences between this floating-point unit and the earlier 8087 and 80287.

[author : Prakash Chandra]

p.217 Floating-Point Survival Kit

An overview of floating-point arithmetic, standards, benchmarks, and high-performance designs.

[author : Pete Wilson]

p.229 How to Get Better Floating-Point Results

A look at the trade-offs involved in emulating floating-point hardware, and the implications for programmers.

[author : Carl Byington]

p.238 Resource Guide

p.241 FEATURES

p.243 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: The BCC180 Multitasking Controller Part 3: Memory Management and Windowing

The BCC 180's multitasking BASIC compiler can operate on a variety of hardware.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.249 Better Bit-Mapped Lines

Bresenham's line algorithm provides a quick way for your computer to draw a straight line.

[author : Jerry R. Van Aken and Carrell R. Killebrew Jr.]

p.255 Focus on Algorithms: Multicolumn Paged Text

This program will help you to explore desktop-publishing software technology.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.265 It's All in the Symbols

We are beginning to suspect that the "things" that can be represented by numbers might be in the minority.

[author : Merrill Cornish]

p.273 System Calls in Modula-2

Pascal's successor gives you easy control over your PC's BIOS and DOS functions.

[author : Richard Rankin]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Not Just for the Macfaithful

p.11 Micro bytes

p.22 Letters

p.34 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.42 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.51 Book Reviews

p.323 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.322 Editorial Index by Company

p.325 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.327 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 328

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 278

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 296

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°4 april 1988

p.2 Contents

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

Sharp PC-4521, a laptop with a hard disk drive

Sprint 1.0, Borland's third-generation word processor

Quad386XT, Quadram's booster board for the PC

Desk Jet, a quiet ink-jet printer from HP

WordStar 2000 3.0, an upgrade with 662 features

ZCM-1490, Zenith's high-resolution color monitor

Microsoft Windows 2.0, a step toward OS/2

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.103 Microsoft Languages Update

These new versions of five language products offer a bridge to OS/2.

[author : the BYTE Staff]

p.113 dBASE IV: A Paradox Killer?

The new version of Ashton-Tate's package is going to make life tougher for competitors like Paradox and R:base.

[author : Nicholas Baran]

REVIEWS

p.118 Product Focus: The Best of the 24-pin Printers

Dot-matrix printers are now good enough that you don't have to apologize for using one. BYTE Labs looks at 37 of the finest.

[author : George A. Stewart]

p.131 The WYSEpc 386

Price, performance, and ciesign highlight this 80386-based system.

[author : Ed McNierney]

p.137 Commodore Opens the Amiga

The expandable Amiga 2000 can provide MS-DOS compatibility.

[author : Charlie Heath]

p.144 Laser Printing Without Lasers

The Taxan Crystal Jet and the Data Technology CrystalPrint VIII demonstrate the potential of liquid-crystal-shutter printers.

[author : Rick Cook and Paul Schauble]

p.150 Getting the Bugs Out

AT Probe and Periscope III-two hardware-assisted debuggers with some unique features.

[author : Ross M. Greenberg]

p.163 Two Fast C Compilers for PCs

Microsoft introduces an improved version of its C Compiler and QuickC.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.168 New Power for FORTRAN

SVS FORTRAN from SAIC and Micro Way's NDP FORTRAN take advantage of the 80386 and its coprocessors.

[author : Carl Byington]

p.181 Interleaf Publisher for the Macintosh II

This publishing system includes good and bad features from the personal-computer and workstation worlds.

[author : Paul Kahn]

p.189 Review Update

COLUMNS

p.193 Computing at Chaos Manor: Memories, Memories

Jerry looks at Fastback Plus, Golden Bow products, extended versus expanded memory, and new items from Logitech.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.211 Applications Only: Two Big Winners

Ezra highly recommends both Decision Pad and QuicKeys.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.217 IN DEPTH: Memory Management

p.218 Introduction

p.219 Overview of Memory Management

Many of the memory management techniques for mainframes are migrating to the world of microcomputers.

[author : Randall L. Hyde]

p.227 OS/2 Virtual Memory Management

A look at how OS/2's hardware and software data structures work together to provide virtual memory, dynamic linking, and sharing of code.

[author : Vic Heller]

p.237 Marrying Unix and the 80386

How a Unix kernel design takes advantage of the 80386's memory management hardware.

[author : Carl Hensler and Ken Sarno]

p.249 Macintosh Memory Management

With the Mac's generalized design, you can use the same software on a Mac 512KE or on a Mac II.

[author : Alan Anderson]

p.256 Resource Guide

p.261 FEATURES

p.263 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: The SmartSpooler Part 1: The Spooler Hardware

SmartSpooler improves computing throughput with slow peripherals.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.273 Dynamic Linking in OS/2

Dynlinks make OS/2 programs smaller, more efficient, and easier to upgrade.

[author : Gordon Letwin, Chief Architect, Systems Software, Microsoft Corp]

p.285 When Facts Get Fuzzy

Add fuzzy logic to your Turbo Prolog programs and they'll be able to cope with the uncertainties of real-world situations.

[author : Bradley L. Richards]

p.293 Faster Than Fast Fourier

The fast Hartley transform is twice as fast as the fast Fourier and uses only half the computer resources.

[author : Mark A. O'Neill]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: The New BYTE Lab

p.11 Microbytes

p.22 Letters

p.32 Chaos Manor Mail

p.36 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.339 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.338 Editorial Index by Company

p.341 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.343 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 344

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 282

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 320

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°5 may 1988

p.2 Contents

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

TurbosPort 386 Model 40, Zenith's new portable

Bridge-File, a safety net for the PS/2 user

ELM2 version 2.07, Fujitsu 's finite-element program

HP-19B and HP-28S, Hewlett-Packard 's calculators

WordPerfect for the Macintosh, with dozens of features

Optasm, a new IBM PC assembler

Think'n Time, a Macintosh desk accessory

REVIEWS

p.102 Product Focus: Word Processors for Desktop Publishing

Advanced packages can perform some desktop-publishing functions, but a gap still exists.

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.121 Upscaled Power in a Downscaled Box

The Amdek System/386 provides high-speed performance and a well-thought-out design.

[author : John Unger]

p.127 Dynamac's Portable Mac

The Dynamac EL: the first truly portable Macintosh.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.134 Remaking a Classic

Apple's new series of Laser Writer IT printers: powerful, fast, and easy to upgrade.

[author : Curtis Franklin Jr.]

p.143 PCs and Macs Working Together

[author : Emil Flock]

QuickShare, DaynaFile, and MatchMaker bring harmony to a two-computer desktop.

p.153 Microsoft Windows 2.03 and Windows/386

An improvement in an old version and a new multitasking environment designed for 80386-based systems.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.157 Improved Command Processor

Get more versatility out of MS-DOS with Command Plus.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.160 So Many Options-So Little Room

Wendin-DOS promises a lot for $99.

[author : John McCormick and Jane Morrill Tazelaar]

p.171 Database Management via 1-2-3

Two new add-in products, Silverado and @BASE, add the capabilities of a good database manager to Lotus 1-2-3.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

p.176 Byline

Desktop-publishing software for the PC that doesn't need extensive hardware.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

p.180 A New-Wave Spreadsheet

NexView combines spreadsheet practicality and relational power.

[author : Keith Weiskamp]

COLUMNS

p.191 Computing at Chaos Manor: Shifting into High Gear

Realizing that 9600 bits per second is the wave of the future, Jerry switches to a USRobotics Courier HST modem.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.207 Applications Only: Pin-Money Programs

A grab bag of inexpensive programs: Electronic Call Screening, The Worksheet Utilities, LaserSpeed, and Celebrity.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.211 IN DEPTH: CPU Architectures

p.212 Introduction

p.213 The CPU Wars

An overview of the fundamental design decisions inherent in processor architectures.

[author : Pete Wilson]

p.239 What They Did Wrong

We conducted an informal poll on BIX to find out what peeves people about specific microprocessors.

[author : Richard Grehan and Jane Morrill Tazelaar]

p.253 Modeling Chaos

Such complex mathematical problems as fluid-flow simulations are tailor-made for parallel-architecture machines.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.263 Real-World RISCs

Today's RISC microprocessors are pushing operational speeds beyond the capabilities of current system designs.

[author : Trevor Marshall]

p.273 FEATURES

p.275 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: The SmartSpooler Part 2: Software and Operation

SmartSpooler can function as a complete remote data-processing computer to analyze data.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.285 POP Goes the Macintosh

POP-11, a powerful AI programming language, is finally available on a microcomputer.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.297 Searching for Text? Send an N-Gram!

Short character strings called n-grams give every document a unique signature.

[author : Roy E. Kimbrell]

p.315 Juggling Multiple Processes

With Pascal-S, you can experiment with the fundamentals of concurrent programming.

[author : Gary Bricault]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Graphics, DTP, and Price Wars

p.11 Micro bytes

p.22 Letters

p.32 Chaos Manor Mail

p.36 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.362 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.362 Editorial Index by Company

p.364 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.366 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 368

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 294

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 336

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°6 june 1988

p.2 Contents

p.65 PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

PixelPaint 1.0, color painting for the Mac II

The Norton On Line Programmer's Guides : OS/2 API, for OS/2 functions

FreeHand 1.0, a Mac drawing package

Datacomputer DC 3.0, a hand-held PC compatible

PopDrop and RAM Lord, help for managing TSRs

Delta Voyager, a $99 powerhouse modem

REVIEWS

p.102 Product Focus: High-Speed Modems

These modems take transmission rates to a blazing 9600 bps and beyond .

[author : John H. Humphrey and Gary S. Smock]

p.117 ALR's FlexCache 20386 Catches Compaq

With a 20-MHz processor and FlexCache architecture, the FlexCache 20386 has power to spare.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.127 A Tale of Two Laptops

The NEC MultiSpeed HD and the HP Vectra CS Model 20 emphasize different aspects of portability.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.128F Revitalize Your Old AT

Four 80386 replacement motherboards bring new life to tired ATs.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.137 An AT in a Mac II?

AST Research's Mac286, essentially a complete AT motherboard, brings PC processing capability to the Mac II.

[author : Naor Wallach]

p.145 IBM OS/2 Standard Edition

PC-DOS compatibility and a robust environment for new multitasking applications.

[author : Eva M. White]

p.159 Two Mac Databases Go Toe-to-Toe

Double Helix II and 4th Dimension are two relational database systems with very different personalities.

[author : Charles Spezzano]

p.167 Double Threats to Lotus 1-2-3

Quattro and Surpass are 1-2-3-compatible and offer even more features.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

p.173 A Spreadsheet for Unix

Q-Calc Standard promises Lotus 1-2-3 compatibility.

[author : Paul Schauble]

COLUMNS

p.181 Computing at Chaos Manor: A New Member of the Family

Zanna Lee, a Zenith Z-386, joins the Chaos Manor household.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.197 Applications Only: Planning and Publishing

Ezra likes InstaPlan but has a few reservations about RagTime 2.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.205 IN DEPTH: Benchmarks

p.206 Introduction

p.207 That "B" Word!

Designing a good benchmark test is a lot more difficult than it appears. Here's a look at the complications involved.

[author : Bill Nicholls]

p.217 Problems and Pitfalls

Casting a critical eye on the current crop of computer benchmarks.

[author : Alfred A. Aburto Jr.]

p.225 Why MIPS Are Meaningless

A typical computer system consists of several component systems; micro benchmarks are designed to measure the performance of these subsystems.

[author : Ron Fox]

p.239 Introducing the New BYTE Benchmarks

A suite of low-and high-level tests that gauge total system performance.

[author : Richard Grehan, Tom Thompson, Curtis Franklin Jr., and George A. Stewart]

p.271 FEATURES

p.273 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Computers on the Brain, Part 1

Steve presents HAL, an EEG device utilizing a cleverly crafted amplifier and AID converter circuitry.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.289 Error-Free Fractions

Computers can store rational numbers exactly by using factorial-base format.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.303 A Personal Transputer

Atari is developing a small system around the Transputer, with a new operating system to match.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.313 Dynamic Memory Management in C

Use C and its built-in memory functions to produce better programs, plus some debugging code to help use them.

[author : David L. Fox]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Our New Benchmarks

p.11 Microbytes

p.22 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.363 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.362 Editorial Index by Company

p.365 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.367 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 368

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 310

From BYTEnet : call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 224

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°7 july 1988

p.2 Contents

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTfVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

Dell System 310, a fast 80386 machine

UR/Forth 1.10, Forth under OS/2

SoftPC, emulates an IBM PC XT in software

EasyTalk, souping up the Toshiba laptop

GrandView, for planning and project managing

Forget-Me-Not, a calendar/timer TSR program

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.103 Sun's Newest Workstation: the Sun386i

A microcomputer workstation that has Unix multitasking with a window-based interface, and can run several virtual MS-DOS PCs.

[author : Tom Thompson]

p.111 IBM's OS/2 Extended Edition

All the features of the Standard Edition, plus its own database manager and an array of communications interfaces.

[author : Rich Malloy]

REVIEWS

p.118 Product Focus: Fast Drives for Modern Times

40-megabyte hard disks are becoming standard equipment.

[author : Stan Miastkowski]

p.134 Outclassing the AT

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of systems from Amdek, Arche Technologies, Epson, Leading Edge, and PC's Limited.

[author : John Unger and Stan Miastkowski]

p.147 Seeing Colors on the Mac SE

With the ColorVue SE, the Mac SE shows its true colors.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.155 VM/386: A Virtual Solution

A multitasking program manager for 80386-based machines.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.163 Concurrent DOS 386

This multitasking operatingsystem also supports additional terminals.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.173 A Supercharger for BASIC Compilers

ProBas subroutines add speed and power to Microsoft BASIC.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.181 Graphic Design for the PC AT

Designer bridges the worlds of drawing and bit-mapped images.

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.189 Need Some Space?

Increase the capacity of your hard disk with NewSpace.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

COLUMNS

p.197 Computing at Chaos Manor: Dr. Pournelle vs. the Virus

Jerry observes the West Coast Computer Faire and gives a prescription.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.211 Applications Only: From Shareware to Hyperware

Ezra looks at MindReader, PC-Write, the Pointing Device Adapter, XHELP, and HyperDA.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.217 Some Assembly Required: The Pitfalls of Porting, Part 1

Our newest column illustrates the programming techniques that underlie today's and tomorrow's software, and gives you lots of useful, hands-on code besides.

[author : Rick Grehan]

IN DEPTH

p.226 Introduction: Multitasking

p.229 Fair Share

However you choose to implement it, resource sharing provides more efficient use of your system.

[author : Jonathan Robie]

p.239 It's a Natural

From virtual memory to virtual machines, the 80386 is designed for the multitasking world.

[author : Bud E. Smith]

p.251 Weighing the Options

A look at the inner workings of multitasking systems, and a comparison of products currently available.

[author : Brett Glass]

p.259 First Come, First Served

With Mailbox, you can write multitasking programs that you can port to many different machines and operating systems.

[author : Michael Benjamin Parker]

p.274 Resource Guide

FEATURES

p.278 The Ultimate Link?

ISDN-a new technology that could change the way we use computers and telephones.

[author : Jay Duncanson and Joe Chew]

p.289 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Computers on the Brain, Part 2

A look at the system software and some directions for HAL's use.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.301 A Turbo TSR

Turbo Pascal has everything you need to craft your own TSRs.

[author : Scott Robert Ladd]

p.305 Fast Track vs. Failsafe

It may not be as fast as other RISC chips, but VIPER's error-free design could be a life-and-death matter at Mach 3.

[author : Dick Pountain]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Dribbleware

p.11 Microbytes

p.22 Letters

p.35 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.351 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.350 Editorial Index by Company

p.352 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.354 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 356

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 298

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 324

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°8 august 1988

p.2 Contents

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

Dell System 220, a small but powerful desktop system

T-DebugPLUS 4.0, symbolic debugging for Turbo Pascal 4.0

Cambridge Computer Z88, small is beautiful

Grammatik III, comprehensive grammar checking

Watcom C 6.0, a class act

Paradox OS/2, a solid entrée into OS/2 applications

EXPERT ADVICE

p.101 Computing at Chaos Manor: A Fond Farewell

Is Jerry's old friend Zeke II retiring to greener pastures?

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.115 Applications Plus: New Directions

The column's horizons are expanded, and GrandView defines a new class of software.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.121 Down to Business: Staking Out the Territory

What trends are most important to business users? This new column starts with some thoughts on networking and database servers.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.125 Macinations: What's Up with Apple?

New columnist Don Crabb discusses Macintosh products and issues.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.131 OS/2 and You: Why OS/2?

The debut of this column covers some of OS/2's attractive features.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.135 COM1: The Wired Society

Noted telecommunicator Brock N. Meeks surveys the communications landscape.

[author : Brock N . Meeks]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.140 25-MHz Computing Buzzsaws

From Compaq, Everex, Intel, and SimpleNet, here they come: the first of the 25-MHz 80386-based AT clones.

[author : Rick Grehan]

REVIEWS

p.148 Product Focus: Communications According to Script

Stand-alone communications packages that can handle a communications session unattended.

[author : Steve Apiki and Stan Diehl]

p.162 Variations on the 20-MHz Theme

The Tatung TCS-8000, Proteus 386A, and Everex Step 386/20 offer a range of performance and capabilities.

[author : Ed McNierney]

p.173 Four Surrogate Mice

PC-Trac, FastTRAP, Trackball Plus, and Felix offer the functionality of a mouse without the hassle.

[author : Jeff Holtzman]

p.185 Unix for the Mac II

Transform the Mac II into a Unix workstation with A/UX.

[author : David Betz and Eva M. White]

p.195 VersaCAD on a Mac

The MS-DOS-based drafting tool is now available in a Macintosh edition.

[author : Paul Tuten]

p.200 Review Update

IN DEPTH

p.202 Introduction: The C Language

p.205 The State of C

Originally designed for systems programming, C has become one of the most widely used languages in the world.

[author : Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie]

p.215 A Better C?

The C++ language is a superset of C that supports data abstraction and object-oriented programming.

[author : Bjarne Stroustrup]

p.219 It's an Attitude

A mechanism for doing object-oriented programming in conventional C.

[author : Jonathan S. Linowes]

p.226 Resource Guide

FEATURES

p.229 Making the Move to OS/2

[author : Robert E. Shostak, John Socha, Linda Dudinyak, and David P. Reed]

Top programmers from Borland, Norton, and Lotus talk about what it took to port their programs to OS/2.

HANDS ON

p.239 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Why Microcontrollers?, Part 1

A tutorial perspective of the Intel 8031/8051 microcontroller family.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.249 Some Assembly Required: The Pitfalls of Porting, Part 2

Porting an MS-DOS application to the Mac is discussed.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Touching All the Bases

p.11 Microbytes

p.22 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.291 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.290 Editorial Index by Company

p.292 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.294 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 296

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX : see 182

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 248

SPECIAL ALL-MACINTOSH SUPPLEMENT

Contents

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°9 september 1988

p.2 Contents

FIRST IMPRESSIONS / COVER STORY

p.154 IBM and Tandy-Same Channel, Same Plan for Growth

IBM's PS/2 Model 70-A21 and Tandy's 5000 MC provide extra computing power in an open design.

[author : Rich Malloy and Tom Thompson]

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

TSI-020MX and Radius Accelerator 25, two 25-MHz Mac SE accelerator boards

Turbo Prolog 2.0, adding a number of features

SOTA MotherCard 5.0 and Microsoft Mach 20, running OS/2 on an IBM PC

Choice Words, Webster's dictionary on a hard disk drive

Tentime, Konan's new hard disk drive controller

EXPERT ADVICE

p.103 Computing at Chaos Manor: The Edge of the Envelope

Jerry combines his right stuff with the right hardware and the right software.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.123 Applications Plus: A Wolf and a Killer Shark

The wolf is Word 3.01; the killer shark is FullWrite Professional.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.129 Down to Business: Is More Always Better?

Too often, companies make installations on the basis of comfort rather than functionality.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.135 Macinations: Comebacks, Backups, and Updates

Some Mac software is born great, some is made great, and some is merely updated.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.143 OS/2 Notebook: All Together Now

Under OS/2, your programs don't step all over each other.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.147 COM1: Computer Conferencing Homecoming

Although computer conferencing is still in its infancy, it's locked into a niche market.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

REVIEWS

p.164 Product Focus: PostScript Printers Come of Age

New printers that are tops in quality and versatility.

[author : Steve Apiki and Stan Diehl]

p.183 Two for the Road

The Toshiba T5100 and GRiDCase 1530 prove that portable computers have come a long way.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.195 An 80386 with a Twist

The AST Premium/386 approaches the Compaq 386/20 in power but not in price.

[author : Jeff Holtzman]

p.203 Fax Board Faire

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of 10 microcomputer fax cards.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

p.213 Ada Comes to the Mac

Does the Mac make a reasonable development system ?

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.219 Software for Hardware-Style Debugging

Soft-ICE extends breakpoint capabilities and protects against reentrancy.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.225 Total Word

Does it offer the total solution for word processing and desktop publishing ?

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.231 Data Entry Goes High-Tech

DataPlex provides data conversion and a "universal front end" for data entry.

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.237 Review Update

[author : IN DEPTH]

p.240 Introduction: Display Technology

p.243 Face to Face

A look at the four major display technologies-where they are now and where they're going.

[author : Gene Smarte and Nicholas M. Baran]

p.257 Taking the Wraps off the 34020

A new 32-bit graphics microprocessor from Texas Instruments lets you build a powerful workstation on a small board.

[author : Ron Peterson, Carrel R. Killebrew Jr., Tom Albers, and Karl Guttag]

p.275 Lighting the Way

Electroluminescence is becoming a heavyweight contender among display technologies.

[author : Rolland Von Stroh and Brian Dolinar]

p.282 Monitor Makers

A guide to manufacturers

FEATURES

p.288 Between Man and Machine

New advances in user-interface technology could change the way we interact with our computers.

[author : Ernest R. Tello]

p.295 The BASIC Revival

The "beginner's" language has significant new features and a structured approach.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

HANDS ON

p.303 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Why Microcontrollers?, Part 2

The DDT-51 is a low-cost software development system with many features of more expensive systems.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.313 Some Assembly Required: Floating-Point without a Coprocessor

High-precision floating-point emulation for your personal computer.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Mac Clones and OS/2 Trends

p.11 Microbytes

p.24 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.359 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.358 Editorial Index by Company

p.360 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.362 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 364

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 286

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 320

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°10 october 1988

p.2 Contents

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

Toshiba 3-in-One P321SLC, a color dot-matrix printer.

Illustrator 88, PostScript drawing gets better

AppleCD SC, a new CD-ROM drive

Super PC-Kwik and Poly Boost II, two great caching programs

Tickler/2, a powerful personal scheduler

Zortech Comm Toolkit, some eye-opening programs

EXPERT ADVICE

p.101 Computing at Chaos Manor: Stick Shift or Automatic?

Jerry takes a look at Windows and Sprint.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.119 Applications Plus: Sprint with Caution

Ezra tests Borland's new word processor.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.129 Down to Business: Be Secure, Not Sorry

Your computers and data need protection from accidents and malice.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.133 Macinations: MS-DOS, MiniFans, Math, and Mice

These tools make the Mac a multifaceted machine.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.139 (p.137) OS/2 Notebook: The Good News and the Bad News

There's a price to pay for all OS/2's features.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.143 COM1: Back to the Future Again

Prodigy may be the breakthrough computer conferencing system.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.151 Borland Beefs Up Its Languages

Turbo C and Turbo Pascal get upgrades, but the big news is an assembler and a debugger.

[author : Rick Grehan and Tom Thompson]

p.157 Presentation Manager and LAN Manager

A graphical interface and network support carry OS/2 well beyond the traditional DOS environment.

[author : Steve Apiki and Stanford Diehl]

REVIEWS

p.164 Product Focus: 80386s for the Masses

Twenty 80386-based clones offering a revolutionary feature-affordability.

[author : Steve Apiki and Stanford Diehl]

p.179 Bucking the System

Dell's System 310 provides optimized performance at a minimized price.

[author : John Unger]

p.185 The Odd Couple

The Amstrad PPC640 and the Epson Equity LT have little in common beyond portability.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.194 Bringing the Outside World into a Macintosh

A look at five low-end scanners that bring text and graphics to the Mac.

[author : Laurence H. Loeb]

p.201 Smalltalk à la C

C_Talk provides powerful object extensions to C in a Smalltalk-like environment.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.209 Turbo Prolog Revisited

Version 2.0 is a cut above the original version with enhanced database and graphics features.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.215 D the Data Language

An alternative to dBASE for developing custom applications.

[author : Pam Oppenheim]

p.223 Suit Yourself with Sprint

A high-end word processor that you can customize.

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.230 Review Update

IN DEPTH

p.234 Introduction: Hypertext

p.237 A Grand Vision

After 43 years, hypertext applications are coming out of research labs and into the market.

[author : Janet Fiderio]

p.247 From Text to Hypertext

Convert on-line printed documents into hierarchically structured hypertext.

[author : Mark Frisse]

p.255 The Right Tool for the Job

Hypertext offers an ideal model for the systems design process.

[author : Michael L. Begeman and Jeff Conklin]

p.268 Hyper Activity Hypertext products, services, and information.

FEATURES

p.270 PC Power, Part 1: Power Protection

Just what do those power protection devices do, and how well do they do it?

[author : Mark Waller]

HANDS ON

p.283 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: A Supercomputer, Part 1

Steve discusses the basics of multiprocessing.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.293 Some Assembly Required: Floating-Point without a Coprocessor, Part 2

Getting numbers to and from a binary floating-point mathematics package.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: The Russians Are Coming

p.11 Microbytes

p.22 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.50 Book Reviews

p.339 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.338 Editorial Index by Company

p.340 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.342 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 344

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 232

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 312

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°11 fall 1988

TRENDS

p.10 Editorial: Two Roads

[author : Kenneth M. Sheldon]

p.14 Probing the State of the Art

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.33 Mapping the Software World

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.45 Beefed-up Bulletin Boards

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

p.53 Migrating: Up or Down?

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.59 OS/2 Dreams

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.67 To Mac and Back

[author : Don Crabb]

p.75 DOS 4.0

[author : Rich Malloy]

p.81 Memory Board Roundup

[author : Rich Malloy]

TECHNOLOGY

p.90 The Micro Channel versus the AT Bus

[author : Kerry Newcom]

p.101 Keeping Up with the CPU

[author : M. L. Van Name]

p.109 Whither IBM and Unix?

[author : Jason Levitt]

p.117 DOS Meets Unix

[author : Dale Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly]

p.129 Graphics: The Big Picture

[author : Bill Nicholls]

p.142 Life After DOS

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

TECHNIQUES

p.153 OS/2 Communications

[author : Jim Gilliland]

p.169 Keep Your PC Healthy

[author : Gene B. Williams]

p.177 Writing OS/2 Graphics Programs

[author : Mitchell M. McLain and Timothy E. Stevenson]

p.187 VGA Video Modes

[author : Richard Wilton]

p.201 Exploring OS/2 with a Lisp Interpreter

[author : Andrew Schulman]

PLUS:

p.209 Best of BIX

p.245 Editorial Index by Company

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°12 november 1988

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.89 Short Takes

NEC Ultralite, an incredible shrinking machine

NEC ProSpeed 386, a 386 portable

The Norton Commander, a useful product is now nearly indispensable

Compaq Deskpro 386/20E, going head-to-head with the PS/2

Personal Measure, performance analysis from a real-world perspective

EXPERT ADVICE

p.105 Computing at Chaos Manor: The Revenge of the File Formats

It was a frantic month of unfinished business at Chaos Manor.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.127 Applications Plus: Portable Software

Ezra looks at programs packed in ROM and compares OS/2 and Spuds MacKenzie.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.135 Down to Business: Do Productivity Tools Help Productivity?

Buying software productivity tools may be pointless if you haven't analyzed your needs.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.139 Macinations: Hot Stuff

The products thit outshined the rest at the recent MacWorld Expo.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.147 OS/2 Notebook: OS/2's Multitasking Dashboard

Some new tuning parameters are important in multitaskers.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.153 COM1: You Can't Get There from Here-Or Can You?

Today's gateway experiments could pave the way for a nationwide network.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.158 The NeXT Computer

This power user's dream includes a 25-MHz 68030, 8 megabytes of RAM, Unix, and more.

[author : Tom Thompson and Nick Baran]

REVIEWS

p.180 Product Focus: The Promise of Project Management

Project management software has both potential and pitfalls.

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.197 SX Appeal

The Compaq 386s-the first system based on Intel's new 80386SX microprocessor.

[author : Jeff Holtzman]

p.205 ALR Improves on a Winner

ALR's FlexCache 25386 sets a new speed record for 80386 systems.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.213 Parallel Processing Comes to PCs

The Levco TransLink and CSA PART boards can provide parallel processing and boost the power of your system.

[author : Pete Wilson]

p.223 A C++ Toolkit

Zortech's C++ 1.0-everything you need to get started with C++.

[author : Jon Udell]

p.229 Lint for the PC

PC-Lint 2.15 is an MS-DOS version of the Unix tool.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.237 SpinRite

Recover bad sectors and tracks of data on your hard disk drive.

[author : Richard Grehan]

p.241 Features vs. Speed

FullWrite Professional combines word processing and desktop publishing capabilities.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

p.249 Remote-Control Communications

Remote2's R2Cal1/R2Host let you control another computer via your modem.

[author : Rick Cook and Paul Schauble]

p.254 Review Update

IN DEPTH

p.272 Introduction: Parallel Processing

p.275 Side by Side

Parallel-processing capabilities for personal computers are slowly emerging.

[author : Klaus K. Obermeier]

p.287 T800 and Counting

The T800 transputer and the Occam language are a hardware/software team designed to work together.

[author : Richard M. Stein]

p.301 Getting the Job Done

The Linda language can help parallelize existing software and develop new program structures.

[author : David Gelernter]

p.311 The Third Dimension

The massively parallel architecture of the 3-D Computer ensures high throughput.

[author : Michael J. Little and Jan Grinberg]

p.320 Boards and Boxes

Currently available transputer boards and parallel-processing desktops.

FEATURES

p.340 Recursiv: An Object-Oriented CPU

The Linn Rekursiv CPU is designed to run object-oriented languages faster than conventional machines.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.353 PC Power, Part 2: Backup Power

How to provide reliable backup power for your computer without creating new electrical problems.

[author : Mark Waller]

p.363 Multiple Regression with Excel

Microsoft Excel lets you do powerful regression analysis.

[author : Charles W. Kyd]

p.375 It's APT to Write

The Abstract Planning Tool makes logical connections from your thoughts and ideas.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.387 Parallelizing Prolog

Three approaches to running Prolog programs on multiprocessor machines.

[author : Dick Pountain]

HANDS ON

p.399 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: A supercomputer, part 2

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.409 Some Assembly Required: Embedded Languages

ExTalk extends the capabilities of your application.

[author : David Betz]

p.419 Programming Insight: Adding Dimension

A technique that provides the fastest possible access to an array element in C.

[author : Christopher J. Batory]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: BYTEweek, BYTE on Disk, and Best of BIX

p.11 Microbytes

p.24 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.467 Corning Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.466 Editorial Index by Company

p.468 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.470 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 472

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 396

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 288

Byte Magazine Vol.13 n°13 december 1988

p.2 Contents

COVER STORY AND MACINTOSH SUPPLEMENT

begins after page 240

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.97 Short Takes

Boomerang, bounces your system back from power failures

Think C, an improved version of Symantec's Lightspeed C

SOTA 286i, a new accelerator card

ALPS Allegro 24, a low-cost dot-matrix printer

FamilyCare Software, helps diagnose children's medical problems

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.107 At Long Last, Laptop

The Compaq 286 SLT advances the art of the laptop with a high-resolution display and battery-boosting technology.

[author : Frank Hayes]

EXPERT ADVICE

p.113 Computing at Chaos Manor: Seeing Red

Reminiscent of an episode of Lost in Space, Jerry's machines turn on him.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.137 Applications Plus: Crash!

A hard disk wipeout points up the Mac's fragility.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.141 Down to Business: Do You Really Need a LAN?

Not every office needs a LAN. A printer server might be a less expensive alternate.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.145 Macinations: VLSIDesign and Network Help

A CAD package and a network management utility could be just the tools you're looking for.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.149 COM1: X.400 Grows Up

The final version of this international standard should advance global E-mail interconnectivity.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

p.155 OS/2 Notebook: OS/2 Consumerism

Fake software, fake hardware, and virtual memory revisited.

[author : Mark Minasi]

REVIEWS

p.162 Product Focus: Plotters in Perspective

For many applications, the pen plotter can't be beat.

[author : Stanford Diehl and Steve Apiki]

p.183 The Sun386i

This Unix/DOS hybrid behaves like a multitasking personal computer.

[author : John Unger]

p.193 A Nimble AT

Dell's System 220 marks the high end of AT compatibles.

[author : Jeff Holtzman]

p.199 A Quick Look at QuickCapture

A convenient way to create and manipulate gray-scale images on the Mac.

[author : Joel West and Dwight Newton]

p.207 Merge 386

Run Unix and DOS simultaneously on an 80386-based PC.

[author : Jeff Holtzman]

p.215 Slick

A sophisticated text-editing environment for programmers.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.223 The Database Redefined

Lotus' Agenda takes a flexible approach to database construction.

[author : Lamont Wood]

p.231 MacDraw II

This graphics tool offers new drawing features and an improved user interface.

[author : Rusel DeMaria]

p.236 Review Update: Benchmarks at a Glance

Six months' worth of system tests.

IN DEPTH

p.242 Introduction: Groupware

p.245 Working Together

New technologies necessitate evolution in the way we work in local and geographically distributed groups.

[author : Douglas Engelhart and Harvey Lehtman]

p.256A Where the Action Is

A theory of human language facilitates the design of computer-supported cooperative work.

[author : Terry Winograd]

p.261 Perils and Pitfalls

You can implement useful groupware applications if you can clear these hurdles.

[author : Jonathan Grudin]

p.267 Intelligent Software Agents

Applying artificial-intelligence techniques to groupware promises to alter the way we organize our work.

[author : Kevin Crowston and Thomas W. Malone]

p.275 A Groupware Toolbox

A sampling of the more popular and promising groupware programs now available.

[author : Susanna Opper]

FEATURES

p.286 Face to Face with Open Look

Can a new graphical interface make Unix friendly after all these years?

[author : Tony Roeber]

p.299 Lies, Damned Lies, and Spreadsheets

In software, as in statistics, all that computes is not the truth.

[author : Ronald Pearson]

p.307 Untangling Pascal Strings

Here's a set of functions that provides Pascal with neat, efficient string handling.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.315 The CD-ROM Connection

Read-only optical disks may be the ideal medium for large hypertext databases.

[author : Tim Oren]

p.321 Light, Bright, and White

Backlit, supertwist LCD technology gives computer displays a bright new look.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

HANDS ON

p.327 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: A Supercomputer, Part 3

A look at the hardware's nuts and bolts and also at the driver program.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.341 Some Assembly Required: An Overview of Overlays

When programs are bigger than memory allows, overlays provide breathing room.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: Lisa Lives

p.11 Microbytes

p.24 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.40 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.387 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.386 Editorial Index by Company

p.388 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.390 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 392

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: see 284

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: see card after 320