Vol.14 n°13 december 1989

Vol.14 n°13 december 1989

p.4 Contents

COVER STORY

p.93 Laptops Forever

New laptops from Compaq, GRiD, Toshiba, and Zenith point to the future of small computing.

[author : Frank Hayes, Michael E. Nadeau, and Stan Miastkowski]

PRODUCTS IN PERSPECTIVE

p.49 What's New

p.81 Short Takes

Wallaby, a Macintosh compatible laptop

WordPerfect 5.1, supports a mouse and pull-down menus

Vellum, Ashlar's two dimensional CAD for the Mac

TrackMan Stationary Mouse, a new input device from Logitech

Generic 3D Drafting, simple but elegant CAD

KDS-1984 TriSync, a largescreen color monitor from Sampo

EXPERT ADVICE

p.107 Computing at Chaos Manor: A Look Backward and Forward

Jerry reminisces about the beginnings of microcomputers and looks at today's new products.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.123 The Unix /bin: Unix Workstations Connect

A discussion on networking Unix workstations.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.129 Down to Business: A Helping Hand

A new workstation lets disabled users perform any function through the use of voice commands alone.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.133 OS/2 Notebook: OS/2 Multitasking Revisited

A simple program that lets you experiment with the priority mechanism.

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

p.137 Macinations: A Tale of Two Operating Systems

The Mac OS versus OS/2: Are you after performance or productivity?

[author : Don Crabb]

p.141 NetWorks: When One Drive Is Enough

Do personal computers attached to LANs need hard disk drives?

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

REVIEWS

p.154 Product Focus: Making a Case for CASE

Choosing a CASE tool is a matter of methodology and computing environment.

[author : the BYTE Staff]

p.179 Downsizing the Desktop

The 80386SX-based ADC Power lite 386's small, integrated design makes for easy repairs.

[author : Stephen Satchell]

p.185 Upscale Acer

Is Acer's 1100/33 just another 33-MHz PC clone?

[author : Jeff Holtzman]

p.189 How to Put 16 Million Colors to Work

[author : Tom Thompson]

The first wave of boards has arrived to help Mac IIs process 16 million colors.

Here's how they stack up.

p.199 Power to the Programmer

Watcom joins the 32-bit crowd with a new C compiler.

[author : Fred Hommel]

p.205 High-Fashion Unix on a PC

HP's Accelerated X Window Display Server lets you use your AT as an X Window workstation.

[author : Ben Smith]

p.211 Clipper Applications Get SQL

The Library from Planet Software lets Clipper developers link applications to SQLBase.

[author : Marc Schnapp]

p.217 Move Over, PageMaker

TimeWorks' Publish It brings new features to Mac desktop publishing that PageMaker lacks.

[author : Diana Gabaldon]

p.223 Manage It with Pictures

[author : Lamont Wood]

Project Scheduler 4 from Scitor Corp. offers graphically based project management for under $700.

p.229 What Price Color PostScript?

QMS's new ColorScript 100 Model 10 printer promises color PostScript at a groundbreaking price.

[author : Howard Eglowstein]

p.234 Reviewer's Notebook

A compilation of brief reviews and updates to previously published evaluations.

IN DEPTH

p.240 Introduction: Sound and Image Processing

p.243 Sounds and Images

An overview of what's going on in the world of computer sight and sound.

p.245 Sounds

[author : Gene Smarte]

p.248 Images

[author : Walt Penney]

p.259 Putting DSPs to Work

DSPs have become the unifying factor between sound and image processing for microcomputers.

[author : Bobby Saffari]

p.277 Beyond Pattern Recognition

Practical speech-recognition applications require a bit of intelligence.

[author : Raymond Kurzweil]

p.293 Changing Perceptions of Reality

A variety of techniques that let you edit images in a variety of ways.

[author : Benjamin M. Dawson]

p.309 Pepperoni and Paperwork

How one company combined image, speech, voice, and fax to create a verbal document retrieval system.

[author : Ira Scherr]

p.320 Words and Pictures

PC boards for voice recognition and image processing.

FEATURES

p.324 Ten Years of Rows and Columns

A decade ago, Frankston and Bricklin revolutionized the software world with the electronic spreadsheet.

[author : Tracy Robnett Licklider]

p.333 The Intel 80860

A close look at Intel's newest RISC design.

[author : Neal Margulis]

p.349 Configuring Parallel Programs

A new tool that will make it easier to write software for parallel processing.

[author : Dick Pountain]

p.353 The Wizards of the Media Lab

Researchers are exploring new ways for humans to interact with technology.

[author : Janet J. Barron]

p.363 Making Waves

The implications of packet radio are far-reaching.

[author : Mark Waller]

p.371 Electronic Oxford

Years in the making, the electronic edition of the classic English dictionary nears completion.

[author : Eric Giguere]

HANDS ON

p.377 Under the Hood: Protected Mode

Enhanced modes of Intel microprocessors provide greater address reach and safe multitasking.

[author : L. Brett Glass]

p.387 Some Assembly Required: Input: Keep It Clean

[author : Rick Grehan]

Our IMAN program lets you build input screens that users can't mess up.

DEPARTMENTS

p.8 Editorial: The Last Word on the SX?

p.17 Microbytes

p.32 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

p.48C Chaos Manor Mail

p.435 Coming Up in BYTE

p.444 Print Queue

p.448 Stop Bit

READER SERVICE

p.434 Editorial Index by Company

p.436 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.438 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 440

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: See 368

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk: See card after 352

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