Byte Magazine Vol.14 n°1 january 1989

p.2 Contents

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.67 What's New

p.97 Short Takes

Extend, a powerful simulation program for the Macintosh

Irwin ModeL 5080, backing up's not hard to do

Jumbo, a tape backup unit for peanuts

dBASE IV, setting the new standard

For the Record, getting your affairs in order

EXPERT ADVICE

p.109 Computing at Chaos Manor: To the Stars

Jerry ponders on portables and examines game designs.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.127 Applications Plus: The Blight of Bloated Software

Word processors used to be lean and mean-are they getting too big?

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.135 Down to Business: So, Maybe You Do Need a LAN

The kind of network you need depends on what you need to share and how much there is of it.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.143 Macinations: Hooked on Smalltalk-80 for the Mac

A new implementation of this language makes it a winner.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.151 OS/2 Notebook: 1988 in Review: OS/2's First Year

For an operating system less than a year old, OS/2 is doing well.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.155 COM1: Making Applications Talk

The Communicating Applications Specification could take the pain out of file transfers.

[author : Brett Glass]

REVIEWS

p.162 Product Focus: Graphic Details

A look at 21 high-end, IBM PC-compatible digitizing tablets

[author : Stanford Diehl and Steve Apiki]

p.179 Strengthening the Lineup

[author : Caroline Halliday]

The PS/2 model 70 machines provide 32-bit processing power on the desktop.

p.189 A Portable with Punch

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

The luggable Dolch P.A.C. 386-20C provides top performance and expandability.

p.195 A Great Communicator

Intel's Connection CoProcessor offers fax, file transfer, and E-mail capabilities.

[author : Nick Baran]

p.201 Pixels on the March

A look at the IBM 8514/A and Artist 10 MC graphics coprocessor boards for the IBM PS/2s.

[author : Bradley Dyck Kliewer]

p.213 IntegrAda

This Ada Programming Support Environment for IBM PCs falls short of the standard.

[author : Karl Nyberg and Jon Udell]

p.223 QuickBASIC Comes to the Macintosh

A handy tool for exploring the Toolbox and building Macintosh applications.

[author : Namir Clement Shammas]

p.233 Opus I

Roykore Software's duet for graphics and data.

[author : Phillip Robinson]

p.239 Symbolic Math on the Mac

With strong mathematic powers and excellent graphics functions, Mathematica has almost too many ways to do things.

[author : Peter Wayner]

IN DEPTH

p.249 Introduction: PC Communications

p.253 Fiber vs. Metal

Fiber optics is no longer considered too complicated and expensive for routine use.

[author : James Y. Bryce]

p.259 Looking for Trouble

If you manage a LAN, you must be able to identify software problems and analyze their causes.

[author : Harry Saal]

p.267 The Data Bandits

When connected to a network, you must protect your data from viruses, theft, and accidental destruction.

[author : William M. Adney and Douglas E. Kavanagh]

p.273 Dialing Up 1990

The next decade of dial-up communications software is already upon us.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

p.281 Whither the Modem?

The authors gaze into the future of modern modem technology.

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

p.285 OS/2 Hits the Networks

What you need to know if you want to run OS/2 on your LAN.

[author : Ken Thurber]

p.293 When One LAN Is Not Enough

Having more than one type of LAN in a corporation calls for internetworking protocols and devices.

[author : William Stallings]

p.301 Understanding NetBIOS

With LANs proliferating, it pays to understand NetBIOS, a widely implemented interface.

[author : Brett Glass]

p.309 A Logical Choice

The communications protocol APPC lays the foundation for true distributed processing.

[author : Ralph Davis]

p.317 Making the Connection

Networking IBM PCs, Macs, and VAXes can boost desktop power and productivity.

[author : Ed Tittel]

FEATURES

p.327 The BYTE Awards

Our editors and columnists give nods of approval to this year's best products.

[author : the BYTE staff]

p.343 What Lies Ahead

Musings about the future of computing by Marvin Minsky, Grace Hopper, and other pioneers and visionaries past and present.

[author : the BYTE staff]

p.353 The X Window System

Born as a means to network graphics workstations, MIT's X Window is gaining ground as a windowing system for Unix.

[author : Dick Pountain]

HANDS ON

p.363 Under the Hood: The Token Ring

Our newest columnist examines IBM's popular LAN standard.

[author : Brett Glass]

p.379 Some Assembly Required: Trees 'n Keys, Part 1

Search huge databases quickly with keyed file systems.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: PM, SunView, and the Mac

p.11 Microbytes

p.24 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.435 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.434 Editorial Index by Company

p.436 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.440 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

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