Vol.15 n°8 august 1990

Vol.15 n°8 august 1990

COVER STORY

p.152 PRODUCT FOCUS 386SX PCs: Heirs to the Low End

p.152 PRODUCT FOCUS 386SX PCs: Heirs to the Low End

386SX systems bring 386 applications to the desktop without emptying your wallet.

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.106 SHORT TAKES

p.106 SHORT TAKES

A/UX 2.0, Apple's Unix with a friendly face

DR DOS 5.0. Digital Research eliminates many idiosyncrasies of MS-DOS

IQ Scan, an easy-to-use scanner from Pentax

OS/90, GeoWorks introduces an operating system

Private Eye, Reflection Technology's headset-mourned monitor

p.144 No-Muss, No-Fuss, Low-Cost PostScript Printer

p.144 No-Muss, No-Fuss, Low-Cost PostScript Printer

QMS's new laser printer offers speed and automatic emulation for under $3000. Plus, two new Apple LaserWriters.

p.114 WINDOWS SHOPPING

p.114 WINDOWS SHOPPING

Now for Windows: Ventura Publisher; Vellum; Current 1.1: Authorware Professional; and XVision; plus a resource guide.

p.133 INSIDE WINDOWS 3.0 A Long and Winding Road

p.133 INSIDE WINDOWS 3.0 A Long and Winding Road

Why your old Windows application may not work.

REVIEWS

p.158 BYTE's New Benchmarks

p.158 BYTE's New Benchmarks

The BYTE Lab unveils a new DOS benchmark suite.

p.170 Faster Gets Smaller

p.170 Faster Gets Smaller

Compaq's speediest compact desktop machine yet.

p.174 Voice Recognition for a Song

p.174 Voice Recognition for a Song

Covox's Voice Master and Command Corp.'s Bug.

p.187 A Paradox for LANs and C

p.187 A Paradox for LANs and C

Borland's Paradox Engine turns the key to better performance.

p.194 DOS on a Pedestal

p.194 DOS on a Pedestal

DOS goes multiuser with Theo+ DOS.

p.198 New Adventures in Graphic Design

p.198 New Adventures in Graphic Design

Micrografx's Designer 3.0 rivals competitor Corel Draw.

p.204 Eccentric Mouse Tames Complicated GUIs

p.204 Eccentric Mouse Tames Complicated GUIs

CalComp's mouse-digitizer hybrid simplifies PC and Mac use.

STATE OF THE ART

p.208 END-USER PROGRAMMING Introduction

p.208 END-USER PROGRAMMING Introduction

p.211 Full Circle

p.211 Full Circle

Finally. modern applications are as easy to customize as they are powerful.

p.217 Natural Selection

p.217 Natural Selection

Natural-language front ends access databases without a formal query language.

p.227 Managing Multimedia

p.227 Managing Multimedia

Authoring systems let nonprogrammers create powerful multimedia applications.

p.235 Scripts Unbounded

p.235 Scripts Unbounded

New, improved graphical scripting languages may make stand-alone applications obsolete.

p.245 Rexx in Charge

p.245 Rexx in Charge

Rexx now can control and coordinate all aspects of the OS/2 environment.

p.254 Do It Yourself

p.254 Do It Yourself

Your guide to end-user programming products.

FEATURES

p.258 Opening Doors for the Disabled

p.258 Opening Doors for the Disabled

How personal computers offer disabled users professional opportunities.

p.269 A Software Developer Looks at OS/2

p.269 A Software Developer Looks at OS/2

OS/2 represents a rich arena for developers, but with pitfalls.

p.277 Mix-and-Match Network Adapters

p.277 Mix-and-Match Network Adapters

Two specifications-NDIS and ODLI-simplify adapter driver chores.

p.281 Alternative Operating Systems, Part 1: The QNX Operating System

p.281 Alternative Operating Systems, Part 1: The QNX Operating System

The first installment of a six-part series.

p.286 Museum Quality

p.286 Museum Quality

A new Smithsonian exhibit marks 15 years of PCs and includes one of Jerry Pournelle's early machines.

HANDS ON

p.289 UNDER THE HOOD : Font wars

p.289 UNDER THE HOOD : Font wars

A close look at font formats from Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe.

p.297 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

p.297 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

Your 300-dpi PostScript printer can do the work of a high-performance typesetter.

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Spotlight

p.6 Spotlight

An electronic bill of rights for the disabled.

p.10 Editorial: BYTE's New Benchmarks

p.10 Editorial: BYTE's New Benchmarks

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

Readers flirt with assembly.

PERSPECTIVES

p.352 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.352 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.354 PRINT QUEUE Of Minds and Men

p.354 PRINT QUEUE Of Minds and Men

Is the human mind simply a superalgorithm?

p.356 STOP BIT The Tongues of Men and Machines

p.356 STOP BIT The Tongues of Men and Machines

Do computer languages reflect the language and culture of the people who created them?

[author : Richard Hans Pettersen]

READER SERVICE

p.342 Editorial Index by Company

p.342 Editorial Index by Company

p.344 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.344 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.346 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.346 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 348

PROGRAM LISTINGS

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REGIONAL SECTION

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EXPERT ADVICE

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Our Man in Moscow

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Our Man in Moscow

Glasnost gives Jerry an inside look at Soviet computing.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.79 DOWN TO BUSINESS Charting the Course

p.79 DOWN TO BUSINESS Charting the Course

Sophisticated presentation software can produce high-quality slides.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr]

p.85 THE UNIX /bin The Free Software Hit Parade

p.85 THE UNIX /bin The Free Software Hit Parade

A quick review of the most popular free Unix software.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.91 MACINATIONS Multimedia for Everyone

p.91 MACINATIONS Multimedia for Everyone

Descriptions of realistic multimedia work done by students on Mac Pluses and SEs.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.95 OS/2 NOTEBOOK Managing LAN Manager 2.0

p.95 OS/2 NOTEBOOK Managing LAN Manager 2.0

The latest version of OS/2 LAN Manager offers integrity, security, and somewhat easier administration.

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

p.101 NETWORKS Space Patrol

p.101 NETWORKS Space Patrol

Managing thousands of files on today's big server hard disks doesn't have to be a nightmare.

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