Vol.14 n°10 october 1989

Vol.14 n°10 october 1989

COVER STORY

p.98 The Portable and the Powerful

Apple's Portable Mac finally arrives, accompanied by the impressive Mac IIci.

[author : Tom Thompson and Frank Hayes]

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.49 What's New

p.81 Short Takes

PageMaker for OS/2 Presentation Manager, Aldus puts desktop publishing in the fast lane

Think C 4.0, a major upgrade from Symantec

DeskWriter, Hewlett-Packard's ink jet printer for the Mac

HyperAccess/5, Hilgraeve adds many new features

DOS Mounter, a utility from Dayna to use with Apple's FDHD hyperStore-816 and SmartCache PM3011, caching disk controllers from Perceptive Solutions and Distributed Processing Technology

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.111 VROOMM Goes the Spreadsheet

Borland's new Quattro combines the advantages of Excel with Lotus 1-2-3 compatibility.

[author : Rich Malloy]

EXPERT ADVICE

p.115 Computing at Chaos Manor: Disasters and Diversions

Jerry tries to revive a damaged floppy disk and glories in using new CD-ROM products.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.131 The Unix /bin: The Root to Happiness

Working with Unix has its privileges-literally.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.143 OS/2 Notebook: A Compendium of OS/2 Applications

A new OS/2 application guide lists hundreds of programs.

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

p.144E Macinations: Crimes of the Heart?

Don delineates his Macintosh wish list.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.151 Down to Business: IBM's Vision for Your Office

OfficeVision brings IBM's grand plan into view.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.155 NetWorks: Breaking Down the Barriers

A look at the issues you'll face if you try to integrate PCs and Macs on a LAN.

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

REVIEWS

p.160 Product Focus: The Optical Option

WORM and erasable optical disk systems offer practical, large-scale storage.

[author : Steve Apiki and Howard Eglowstein]

p.181 MCA Meets SX

IBM's PS/2 Model 55 SX and American Mitac's MPS2386 combine MCA with the 80386SX

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

p.187 Color Printer Quells Price-Tag Blues

ColorQuick offers Mac users a slow but effective alternative to pricey thermal printers.

[author : Tom Thompson]

p.191 Speed Separates Two Portable Printers

Kodak and Toshiba take different routes to design printers for the road.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.195 Four Debuggers in One

The MultiScope OS/2 debugger from Logitech challenges Microsoft's CodeView.

[author : Martin Heller]

p.201 X Window System on the March

A look at 386/ix X11, a new 80386 X Window system from Interactive Systems.

[author : Tom Yager]

p.211 Visually Map Your Data

Mapping Information Systems' MapInfo puts your dBASE III data on the map-literally.

[author : Stan Miastkowski]

p.217 How Super Is SuperCard?

Silicon Beach's improvement on HyperCard's features may have been costly in performance.

[author : Richard D. Lasky]

IN DEPTH

p.228 Introduction: Optical Technologies

p.231 Computing With Light

Optical computers combine the best of the electronic and optical worlds.

[author : H. John Caulfield]

p.239 The Nitty Gritty Optical Band

Optical developments occur in the "nitty gritty" aspects of packaging, interconnections, ICs, and signaling:

p.240 Levels of Light

Optical interconnections are one route to high-speed computing.

[author : Joseph W. Goodman]

p.244 Joining Forces

[author : Donald J. Channin]

Optoelectronics combines optics and electronics on a single chip.

p.249 Reflected Light

Laser technology has an impact on everything from laser ???

[author : Gary T. Forrest]

p.259 Gigabytes On-Line

Erasable optical disk drives will change your notions of mass storage.

[author : James J. Burke and Bob Ryan]

p.266 Read/Write Optical Subsystems

A guide to optical drive systems that let you store your own data.

FEATURES

p.268 The 25th Birthday of BASIC

Microsoft's chairman and coauthor of Microsoft BASIC tells where BASIC has been and where it's going.

[author : Bill Gates]

p.279 Occam II

The Occam II language is designed for parallel processing.

[author : Dick Fountain]

p.287 Hands-On Parallel Processing

How to assemble a functional hypercube using Macs and AppleTalk

[author : Geoffrey C. Fox, Alex W. Ho, Paul Messina, and Terry Cole]

HANDS ON

p.297 Under the Hood: Disk Caching

How to evaluate different disk-caching schemes.

[author : L. Brett Glass]

p.303 Some Assembly Required: Two Tin Cans and Some String, Part 1

The first of a two-part series comparing AppleTalk and NetBIOS.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.8 Editorial: Hip-Deep and Rising

p.17 Microbytes

p.32 Letters and Ask BYTE

p.48C Chaos Manor Mail

p.351 Coming Up in BYTE

p.360 Print Queue

p.364 Stop Bit

READER SERVICE

p.350 Editorial Index by Company

p.352 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.354 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 356

PROGRAM LISTINGS

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From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

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