Vol.13 n°13 december 1988

Vol.13 n°13 december 1988

p.2 Contents

COVER STORY AND MACINTOSH SUPPLEMENT

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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