Vol.15 n°3 march 1990

Vol.15 n°3 march 1990

COVER STORY

p.126 Product Focus: A VGA on Every Desk

p.126 Product Focus: A VGA on Every Desk

The BYTE Lab tests 26 low-cost color VGA monitors.

NEWS

p.19 MICROBYTES

p.19 MICROBYTES

p.42 WHAT'S NEW

p.42 WHAT'S NEW

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.114 SHORT TAKES

p.114 SHORT TAKES

DrawPerfect, WordPerfect's graphics companion

Microsoft C 6.0, a comprehensive package for professionals

OkiLaser 400, a low-price compact LED printer from Okidata

SuperScope, GW Instruments makes data acquisition with the Mac easier

PC-File 5.0, a flat-file database pack from Button Ware

p.122 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Compaq's Reason to Believe in EISA

p.122 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Compaq's Reason to Believe in EISA

Compaq's newest high-end system, the Systempro, may be its best yet.

REGIONAL SECTION

begins after page 64

begins after page 64

EXPERT ADVICE

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR: Double Your Pleasure

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR: Double Your Pleasure

A hard disk drive saga and a Comdex report.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.79 THE UNIX /bin: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking

p.79 THE UNIX /bin: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking

Unix has the programs to communicate with the outside world.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.85 DOWN TO BUSINESS: The Family Jewels

p.85 DOWN TO BUSINESS: The Family Jewels

To make sure your data is secure, choose a strategy and see that it's carried out.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.97 MACINATIONS: A Mac Mélange

p.97 MACINATIONS: A Mac Mélange

Apple is suffering from the "not invented here" syndrome.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.101 OS/2 NOTEBOOK: To HPFS or Not to HPFS

p.101 OS/2 NOTEBOOK: To HPFS or Not to HPFS

Can OS/2's HPFS and the DOS file allocation table live together on the same disk?

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

p.107 NETWORKS: Serving the Power-Hungry

p.107 NETWORKS: Serving the Power-Hungry

The age of the super server is upon us.

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

REVIEWS

p.143 Inexpensive SXes by Mail

p.143 Inexpensive SXes by Mail

Two 80386SX systems that provide 80386 power at low prices.

p.151 AppleShare Without a Mac

p.151 AppleShare Without a Mac

Jasmine's DirectServe offers AppleShare file service without sacrificing a Mac.

p.160E NetWare 386: Less Pain, Great Gain

p.160E NetWare 386: Less Pain, Great Gain

Novell's next-generation LAN operating system delivers radically improved performance.

p.167 OS/2 1.2: A Zaftig System

p.167 OS/2 1.2: A Zaftig System

Beauty goes more than skin deep in IBM's newest OS/2 1.2.

p.173 Art in Motion

p.173 Art in Motion

Autodesk's Animator lets anyone create animated graphics.

p.179 Jack of all Trades

p.179 Jack of all Trades

IBM's Current is a personal information manager with desk-accessory-style functionality.

p.185 Fast and Easy CAD on the Mac

p.185 Fast and Easy CAD on the Mac

Deltasoft's Origins provides fast competition to AutoCAD on the Mac.

p.191 Reviewer's Notebook

p.191 Reviewer's Notebook

An on-board uninterruptible power supply for PCs, a disassembler for the curious, and a flat-screen color monitor for the Mac.

IN DEPTH

p.196 Introduction: LIFE WITHIN 1 MEGABYTE

p.196 Introduction: LIFE WITHIN 1 MEGABYTE

p.199 The Succession Crisis

p.199 The Succession Crisis

Will DOS yield its crown to OS/2 or Unix?

p.205 Expanding the Limits

p.205 Expanding the Limits

Unix and OS/2 are not the only solutions to memory problems.

p.219 Mac at the Minimum

p.219 Mac at the Minimum

Some suggestions and hints for running all you can on your 1-megabyte Mac.

p.227 Easing the RAM-Cram Blues

p.227 Easing the RAM-Cram Blues

Take an active role in managing your applications and TSRs and their use of your memory.

p.237 Saving Space

p.237 Saving Space

Whatever size hard disk you have, it's probably nearly full. Data compression can help.

p.245 More Bang for Your Buck

p.245 More Bang for Your Buck

Four integrated software packages that won't strain your budget.

p.257 Coping with Diversity

p.257 Coping with Diversity

Incompatibility between computers with different architectures doesn't have to be an obstacle.

p.262 1-Megabyte Life Support

p.262 1-Megabyte Life Support

Products that help you stretch the resources of a low-cost computer.

p.266 The Spirit of '86s

p.266 The Spirit of '86s

The competition between PC-compatible CPUs heats up, as faster 80286s, 80386 clones, and the high-powered i486 emerge.

p.273 The BYTE Unix Benchmarks

p.273 The BYTE Unix Benchmarks

Before you jump into the Unix pool, see how your favorite system stacks up against the rest of the pack.

p.279 Drawing on the 8514/A

p.279 Drawing on the 8514/A

An engineer exposes the inner workings of this graphics processor.

HANDS ON

p.291 UNDER THE HOOD: The SCSI Bus, Part 2

p.291 UNDER THE HOOD: The SCSI Bus, Part 2

Brett looks at bus facilities, the common command set, the common access method, and SCSI devices.

p.301 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: Foreign File Systems

p.301 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: Foreign File Systems

Using special file systems from within standard file systems.

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Spotlight : Masters of the Unix Verse

p.6 Spotlight : Masters of the Unix Verse

p.10 Editorial: Style and Substance

p.10 Editorial: Style and Substance

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

RISC comments spark debate.

PERSPECTIVES

p.357 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.357 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.360 PRINT QUEUE: Our Man in Berkeley

p.360 PRINT QUEUE: Our Man in Berkeley

A real page-turner, The Cuckoo's Egg is a computer book that reads like a classic espionage novel.

p.364 STOP BIT: A Foolish Consistency

p.364 STOP BIT: A Foolish Consistency

A software engineer argues that consistency isn't always the best policy when it comes to user interfaces.

READER SERVICE

p.350 Editorial Index by Company

p.350 Editorial Index by Company

p.352 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.352 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.354 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.354 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: See 304

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk: See card after 144