Vol.13 n°6 june 1988

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