Vol.14 n°2 february 1989

Vol.14 n°2 february 1989

p.2 Contents

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.65 What's New

p.97 Short Takes

MegaMate, the little drive that could

MKS Make and MKS Lex and Yacc, Unix tools for DOS

Wordbench, a writer's word processor

DataSentry, inexpensive data security

Language Systems FORTRAN, for the Mac forces

Sourcer, a machine code disassembler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.109 Paradox 3: Neither Enigma nor Riddle

Borland's DBMS is serious competition for dBASE IV.

[author : Stan Miastkowski and Nick Baran]

p.113 Cover Story: The Mac SE Takes Off

The newest version of the Mac SE runs rings around its predecessor

[author : Nick Baran]

EXPERT ADVICE

p.121 Computing at Chaos Manor: Ready Line Overload

Jerry's COMDEX report and more.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.139 Applications Plus: New Friends and Old

Ezra's friends are Framework III, the Canon Cat, and The Perfect Career.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.145 Down to Business: Getting into Bigger LANs

As your office grows, a traditional central server LAN becomes the obvious choice.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.151 Macinations: Hey Apple, I Need a Laptop

The time has come for a portable Mac that doesn't strain arms or credit lines.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.157 OS/2 Notebook: Electing the PM

An inexpensive OS/2 workstation that runs Presentation Manager.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.163 COM1: The ABCs of X-, Y-, and ZMODEM

XMODEM has spawned a host of file-transfer protocols, and each has its merits.

[author : Brock N. Meeks]

REVIEWS

p.170 Product Focus: Smoothing Out C

Optimizing C compilers combine speed, high-level convenience and low-level power.

[author : Steve Apiki and Jon Udell]

p.189 A Pair of Sophisticated Laptops

The Zenith SupersPort 286 and Mitsubishi MP-286L have desktop computing power and convenient laptop size.

[author : John Unger]

p.197 A PS/2 in Channel Only

The Tandy 5000 MC combines PS/2 compatibility with traditional PC features.

[author : Mark L. Van Name]

p.205 Three Assemblers for MS-DOS

Borland's TASM and OPTASM challenge the long-dominant MASM.

[author : Michael Blaszczak]

p.211 Full Impact

Ashton-Tate's spreadsheet for the Mac features presentation graphics.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

p.217 dBASE IV Arrives

An improvement over dBASE III Plus in functionality, power, and ease of use.

[author : Malcolm Rubel]

IN DEPTH

p.226 Introduction: Personal Workstations

p.229 Two Worlds Converge

The personal workstation: what you get when you cross a user-friendly workstation with a powerful personal computer.

[author : Nick Baran]

p.235 The Current Crop

Depending on where you start and what you spend, you can turn your personal computer into a workstation.

[author : Bill Nicholls]

p.245 Worth the RISC

The RISC chips now on the market deliver powerful performance at low cost.

[author : Trevor Marshall and Jane Morrill Tazelaar]

p.251 How Fast Is Fast?

The best way to predict how well a system will perform is to test it yourself.

[author : Bill Kindel]

p.255 Art + 2 Years = Science

Surveying the state of the art in personal-work station graphics.

[author : Phillip Robinson]

p.265 Networking with Unix

Greg Comeau

NFS and RFS are feasible choices for creating a shared Unix workstation environment.

p.270 The Players A guide to the companies offering personal-workstation products.

FEATURES

p.274 Digital Paper

A new breed of write-once optical media that can store up to a gigabyte on floppy disk-size cartridges.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.283 Turbo Pascal Windowing System

TWindows lets you add windows to all your Turbo Pascal programs.

[author : Charles J. Butler]

HANDS ON

p.293 Under the Hood: Hard Disk Interfaces

The interface you pick can dramatically affect your system's performance.

[author : Brett Glass]

p.301 Some Assembly Required: Trees 'n Keys, Part 2

Continuing last month's look at keyed file systems, Rick takes a closer look at the data file.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: The End of Application Software?

p.11 Microbytes

p.24 Letters

p.33 Chaos Manor Mail

p.38 Ask BYTE

p.51 Book Reviews

p.347 Coming Up in BYTE

READER SERVICE

p.346 Editorial Index by Company

p.348 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.350 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 352

PROGRAM LISTINGS

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