Vol.14 n°12 november 1989

Vol.14 n°12 november 1989

COVER STORY

p.93 EISA Arrives

Introducing the Hewlett-Packard Vectra 386, one of the first EISA machines.

[author : Nick Baran]

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.49 What's New

p.81 Short Takes

Excel for OS/2 with Presentation Manager, Microsoft's spreadsheet for OS/2

Cornerstone SinglePage XL, a monitor for desktop publishing

Prograph 1.2, a pictorial development system from Gunakara Sun Systems

TekColor for the Macintosh, a color-matching system from Tektronix

FormWorx System 2, an updated forms-processing package

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.107 Two Affordable 486s Psst! Wanna Buy an 80486 Cheap?

Cheetah's and ALR's new 80486 systems offer more performance for less money.

[author : Michael E. Nadeau and Frank Haves]

p.115 A PC in Your Pocket

The Poqet PC has all the power of an IBM PC, yet it's as small as a videocassette.

[author : Nick Baran]

EXPERT ADVICE

p.121 Computing at Chaos Manor: The Installation Blues

Jerry looks at disk-based reference materials, a floppy disk controller, and educational software.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.139 The Unix /bin: Customizing for Comfort

A series of environment variables let you tailor Unix to your own liking.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.147 Down to Business: Serving Business

Sharing a database doesn't require a mainframe anymore

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.153 Macinations: Research à la Mac

Don gets a new scientific CD-ROM and uses the new Macs.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.159 OS/2 Notebook: Getting Your Priorities Straight

Fine-tuning OS/2's multitasking priorities.

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

p.167 NetWorks: Everyone into the Pool

The most common LAN gateways are "modem-pooling" devices used over common dial-up lines.

[author : Barry Nance]

REVIEWS

p.178 Product Focus: The Brains Behind the Graphics

The BYTE Lab looks at 11 intelligent graphics controllers that bring new speed and flexibility to PC graphics.

[author : Steve Apiki, Howard Eglowstein, and Rick Grehan]

p.201 DEC's RISC Powerhouse

The DECstation 3100 shows strength as a number-crunching workstation.

[author : Ben Smith and Rob Mitchell]

p.211 The LAN Terminal Alternative

Looking for a diskless PC? These two 80286-based machines from Wyse and TeleVideo might fit your needs.

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

p.219 LAN Aid: Mac Booster Modules

Enhanced connection modules from Dayna and TOPS offer a boost for LocalTalk networks.

[author : Tom Thompson]

p.225 DAT Drive Eases Mac Backups

GigaTrend's pioneering DAT drive helps monied Mac users easily store gigabytes of data.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.233 X.25 Pads Performance

Hayes' X.25 modem produces installation headaches, but its accuracy and speed are worth the fuss.

[author : Stephen Satchell]

p.241 Ease into Mac Programming

Master the Mac Interface with Prototyper from SmethersBarnes.

[author : Ray Valdes]

p.247 microExplorer in Action!

Texas Instruments' microExplorer turns the Mac II into a Lisp machine.

[author : Alex Lane]

p.255 For Power Users Only

Lotus 1-2-3 release 3.0 has a lot of welcome changes, but did Lotus go far enough?

[author : Edward Reno]

p.265 Alpha Four: No Programming Required

Alpha Four from Alpha Software provides a menu-driven alternative to dBASE file formats.

[author : Malcolm C. Rubel]

p.271 The Power of the Press

Interleaf's Technical Publishing Software 4.0 for Unix systems is a peek at high-end publishing.

[author : Jon Udell]

p.287 Reviewer's Notebook

Three price/performance systems, tools that make Windows painless, a mouse for 1-2-3, and more.

IN DEPTH

p.296 Introduction: 32 Bits and Above

p.299 Are 32 Bits Enough?

One prediction for the future.

[author : Steve Krueger]

p.307 Seeking a Wide Berth

Wider memory isn't necessarily faster memory.

[author : Ron Sartore]

p.323 Revenge of the CISCs

Will the 80486 and the 68040, heirs to the dynasties built by Intel and Motorola, slow the RISC bandwagon?

[author : Michael Slater and John H. Wharton]

p.341 A Virtual Crowd

Learn how PC, Mac, and Unix systems let you use your hard disk as program memory.

p.342 Virtual Memory: The Next Generation

[author : Robert Moote]

p.350 Mac VM Revealed

[author : ???]

p.361 DOS at RISC

Binary porting lets you run DOS applications on the latest Unix workstations.

[author : Colin Hunter and John Banning]

p.371 Clearing the Air

Some 32-bit software issues to consider, including 80386-specific versus 32-bit software and various aspects of OS/2.

[author : Bill Blagdan]

p.376 Upward Mobility Turn your present computer into a 32-bit powerhouse.

FEATURES

p.380 A New Twist on an Old Technology

With agreements on digital audio tape near, manufacturers are teaching an old technology new tricks.

[author : Jay Bretzmann]

p.391 Paper, Magnets, and Light

A quick tour through almost 100 years of off-line computer mass storage.

[author : Robert R. Gaskin]

p.403 The ABCs of Digital Type

The advent of digital type has brought variety, flexibility, and a few problems to publishing.

[author : John Collins]

p.411 Mach: The Model for Future Unix

Will a new, object-oriented kernel change the face of Unix?

[author : Avadis Tevanian Jr. and Ben Smith]

HANDS ON

p.417 Under the Hood: Inside EISA

The Extended Industry Standard Architecture emerges from the lab to challenge IBM's Micro Channel Architecture.

[author : L. Brett Glass]

p.427 Some Assembly Required: Two Tin Cans and Some String, Part 2

The investigation of network interfaces continues, this time with the popular NetBIOS.

[author : Rick Grehan]

DEPARTMENTS

p.8 Editorial: What Slump?

p.17 Microbytes

p.32 Letters and Ask BYTE

p.47 Chaos Manor Mail

p.475 Coming Up in BYTE

p.484 Print Queue

p.488 Stop Bit

READER SERVICE

p.474 Editorial Index by Company

p.476 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.478 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards. after 480

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: See 400

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk: See card after 416

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