Vol.14 n°8 august 1989

Vol.14 n°8 august 1989

p.4 Contents

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.49 What's New

p.81 Short Takes

Portfolio, the new portable from Atari

Altima One, a good luggable

Finesse, Logitech's low-cost desktop publishing

Macro Mind Director, video production on the Mac

MultiPius, desktop management from SunFlex

REGIONAL SECTION

p.80 begins after page 80

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.90 Cover Story: The Ever-Shrinking, Ever-Expanding Laptops

Agilis and Zenith introduce innovative new laptop computers .

Agilis and Zenith announce tiny computers that broaden the market for laptops.

[author : Nick Baran and Michael E. Nadeau]

EXPERT ADVICE

p.99 Computing at Chaos Manor: The Great Power Spike

A freak accident leaves Jerry extolling the humble surge suppressor.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.113 NEW The Unix /bin: A Calm Approach to Unix

The average Unix user never has to worry about many of the system nuances.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.119 Down to Business: Neither Snow, Nor Chicago ...

Comdex brought some good news for business users.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.125 Macinations: The Way of Things Considered

There are many ways to accomplish something, but only a few of them are right.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.129 OS/2 Notebook: Glimmers of Acceptance

Microrim and Logitech announced exciting new OS/2 products at Comdex.

[author : Mark Minasi]

p.135 NetWorks : Growing Pains

Your LAN operating system can spell the difference between control and chaos.

[author : James Y. Bryce]

REVIEWS

p.142 Product Focus: Desktop Power to Go

When you need computing power to go, one of these 11 portable PCs should suit your needs.

[author : Stanford Diehl and Stan Wszola]

p.161 The Painlessly Portable PC

NEC's petite UltraLite computer is actually fun to take with you on the road.

[author : Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings]

p.167 Ultra Graphics

Pixelworks' Ultra Clipper brings enhanced graphics to MCA computers.

[author : Bradley Dyck Kliewer]

p.171 Modula-2 and OS/2 Join Forces

Three Modula-2 compilers take advantage of OS/2's features.

[author : Andrew Schulman]

p.177 A New World for DOS

Explore uncharted waters in DOS with intelligent DOS shells from Lotus and Traveling Software.

[author : Stan Miastkowski]

MACINTOSH SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT

p.187 Editorial: System 7.0 and the Macintosh IIcx

[author : Don Crabb]

p.191 Short Takes

Spectrum/24, Showcase F/X, MaxPage 1.2

p.196 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: System 7.0: The Next-Generation Mac Operating System

[author : Tom Thompson]

p.199 List Manager Techniques

[author : Jan Eugenides]

p.205 HyperTalk Program Design

Richard D. Lasky

IN DEPTH

p.214 Introduction: Neural Networks

p.217 Time to Get Fired Up

IBM PCs, Macs, and personal workstations can run neural-network simulations that learn and train themselves.

[author : Klaus K. Obermeier and Janet J. Barron]

p.227 What's Hidden in the Hidden Layers?

The contents can be easy to find with a geometrical problem, but the hidden layers have yet to give up all their secrets.

[author : David S. Touretzky and Dean A. Pomerleau]

p.235 Building Blocks for Speech

Modular neural networks may be the answer to the problem of machine-based speech recognition.

[author : Alex Waibel and John Hampshire]

p.244 Neural Networks: Theory and Practice

A guide to neural-network ideas and products.

FEATURES

p.246 Dealing with a Digital World

Powerful digital-signalprocessing chips are finding their way into personal computers and workstations.

[author : David A. Mindell]

p.259 VLIW : Heir to RISC?

In the race to maximize CPU performance, a new architecture called VLIW may be the next step after RISC chips.

[author : Peter Wayner]

HANDS ON

p.265 Under the Hood: Hard Disk Maintenance Software

How low-level hard disk optimizers work and what they can do for you.

[author : L. Brett Glass]

p.279 Some Assembly Required: If Memory Serves ...

[author : Rick Grehan]

A library of memory management routines that will help you avoid a fragmented heap.

DEPARTMENTS

p.8 Editorial : Hold onto Your Hat (and Your Wallet)

p.17 Microbytes

p.35 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

p.47 Chaos Manor Mail

p.331 Coming Up in BYTE

p.340 Print Queue

p.344 Stop Bit

READER SERVICE

p.330 Editorial Index by Company

p.332 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.334 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 344

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX : See 338

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk or in print: See card after 232