Vol.15 n°5 may 1990

Vol.15 n°5 may 1990

COVER STORY

p.122 First Impressions: Commodore Sets Course for Multimedia

p.122 First Impressions: Commodore Sets Course for Multimedia

Commodore's Amiga 3000 has a lot to offer for a modest price.

NEWS

p.19 MICROBYTES

p.19 MICROBYTES

Late-breaking technology and industry reports from the BYTE news staff.

p.42 WHAT'S NEW

p.42 WHAT'S NEW

Product snapshots of recent hardware and software announcements.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.116 SHORT TAKES

p.116 SHORT TAKES

ScanMan Model 32. Logitech's redesigned hand-held Mac scanner

20-MHz 386SX, NCR produces a quick, quiet, and secure computer

dBASE IV 1.1, Ashton-Tate's new incarnation is easier to use

HP 48SX, a calculator for engineering and science applications

Pivot, Radius's full-page Mac monitor with portrait and landscape orientations

p.131 The Fast Keep Getting Faster

p.131 The Fast Keep Getting Faster

New 33-MHz 486 machines from AST and ALR are fast and upgradable.

REVIEWS

p.136 PRODUCT FOCUS Multiuser Databases: The SQL

p.136 PRODUCT FOCUS Multiuser Databases: The SQL

All SQL servers are not alike. Here's a look at the eight best-known products.

p.155 World's Fastest Lunchbox

p.155 World's Fastest Lunchbox

Dolch is first to sell an 1486-based portable.

p.161 Four 386SXes to Go, Hold the AC

p.161 Four 386SXes to Go, Hold the AC

Low power consumption makes Intel's 386SX ideal for laptops. Here are four models to consider.

p.169 Power and the Single User

p.169 Power and the Single User

Opus weds big-iron performance to PC prices.

p.175 More Than Upside-Down Mice

p.175 More Than Upside-Down Mice

New trackballs from CH Products, Kensington, Logitech, MicroSpeed, and Mouse Systems.

p.182 New CAD Test Shuffles 34010 Pack

p.182 New CAD Test Shuffles 34010 Pack

New graphics-board favorites emerge in a Product Focus update.

p.187 Macintosh CAD Comes of Age

p.187 Macintosh CAD Comes of Age

Radius's display-list processor makes Macintosh CAD more competitive.

p.193 Help for the C Sick

p.193 Help for the C Sick

Microsoft sets its sights on professional developers with BASIC PDS 7.0.

STATE OF THE ART

p.204 DESKTOP SUPERCOMPUTING Introduction

p.204 DESKTOP SUPERCOMPUTING Introduction

p.207 Separated at Birth

p.207 Separated at Birth

Although they're the same age, PCs and supercomputers are now sharing more than just birthdays.

p.213 Spending Your Free Time

p.213 Spending Your Free Time

Attached to a network, your existing computers can act as a powerful parallel computer.

p.221 A Fearful Symmetry

p.221 A Fearful Symmetry

Sophisticated multiprocessing machines deserve an operating system to match.

p.231 Supercomputers Get Personal

p.231 Supercomputers Get Personal

The i860-based ComputeServer serves up power, not partitions.

p.241 Join the EISA Evolution

p.241 Join the EISA Evolution

Bus mastering lets desktop CPUs spend more of their time processing data rather than dealing with I/O.

p.251 A Calculating RISC

p.251 A Calculating RISC

Coprocessors based on RISC engines will soon deliver supercomputer performance to your desktop.

p.258 Super Sources

p.258 Super Sources

Who's who in desktop supercomputing.

FEATURES

p.262 Around the World in Text Displays

p.262 Around the World in Text Displays

Computing with nonroman characters presents some formidable obstacles.

p.273 Power to the Portables

p.273 Power to the Portables

With new options coming on strong, the battery battle for portables is heating up.

p.279 Smooth Views

p.279 Smooth Views

Antialiasing lets you get better effective resolution out of VGA displays.

p.287 Object-Oriented Programming for Windows

p.287 Object-Oriented Programming for Windows

Using the Actor OOP environment to develop applications for Microsoft Windows.

HANDS ON

p.299 UNDER THE HOOD Reeling In the Data

p.299 UNDER THE HOOD Reeling In the Data

Competing technologies are driving down the costs of tape backup units while increasing capacities.

p.311 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED In Any Event

p.311 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED In Any Event

Comparing the ways that PC, Mac, and Unix software juggle input ???

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Spotlight : DESKTOP SUPERCOMPUTERS AND ТеХНИКа

p.6 Spotlight : DESKTOP SUPERCOMPUTERS AND ТеХНИКа

p.10 Editorial: Paperless Fax and an Invitation for You

p.10 Editorial: Paperless Fax and an Invitation for You

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes Readers defend ASCII.

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes Readers defend ASCII.

PERSPECTIVES

p.373 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.373 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.376 PRINT QUEUE Does the Walking Do the Fingers?

p.376 PRINT QUEUE Does the Walking Do the Fingers?

The worlds of the great mathematicians influenced their discoveries; the ubiquitous telephone virtually rules our lives.

p.380 STOP BIT Return of the Colossal Code

p.380 STOP BIT Return of the Colossal Code

Must we go back to the days of bloated code for every application?

READER SERVICE

p.367 Editorial Index by Company

p.367 Editorial Index by Company

p.368 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.368 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.370 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.370 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 372

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: See 308

From BYTEnet: call (617) 861-9764

On disk: See card before 373

EXPERT ADVICE

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Backups, Fax, and Mac Disasters

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Backups, Fax, and Mac Disasters

A Mac mishap prompts Jerry to look at archiving software and backup devices.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.83 THE UNIX /bin Prowling the Networks

p.83 THE UNIX /bin Prowling the Networks

The who, why, and how of Unix network mail systems.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.89 DOWN TO BUSINESS Do-lt-Yourself CD-ROMs

p.89 DOWN TO BUSINESS Do-lt-Yourself CD-ROMs

If you need access to vast quantities of your own data, you could make your own CD-ROM

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.97 NETWORKS Microsoft's Network Heavyweight

p.97 NETWORKS Microsoft's Network Heavyweight

A look at the new version of OS/2 LAN Manager: smaller, safer, and more secure.

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

p.103 MACINATIONS The Fruits of Connectivity

p.103 MACINATIONS The Fruits of Connectivity

A few innovative companies are showing what you can do with systems and software that can share information.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.109 OS/2 NOTEBOOK Digging into HPFS

p.109 OS/2 NOTEBOOK Digging into HPFS

The more you examine the High Performance File System, the better it looks.

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

INTERNATIONAL SECTION