Vol.15 n°9 september 1990

Vol.15 n°9 september 1990

p.4 Contents

p.4 Contents

THE BYTE SUMMIT

p.218 Editorial: BYTE's 15th Anniversary Summit

p.218 Editorial: BYTE's 15th Anniversary Summit

What it is, why we're doing it.

p.222 Welcome to the BYTE Summit

p.222 Welcome to the BYTE Summit

Sixty-three of the most creative and influential people in the industry discuss their perspectives on the microcomputer industry of the future.

p.369 15 Years of Bits, Bytes, and Other Great Moments

p.369 15 Years of Bits, Bytes, and Other Great Moments

A look at key events in BYTE, the computer industry, and world history during the last 15 years.

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.120 SHORT TAKES

p.120 SHORT TAKES

RasterOps Accelerator, speeds up Macintosh graphics

Backpack, MicroSolutions lets you add a drive easily

Legacy, a word processor for Windows 3.0 from NBI

Norton Utilities 5.0, a new version with mixed blessings

HardFacts, information on 6000 hardware products

p.128 The NEC ProSpeed SX/20: Take It and Leave It

p.128 The NEC ProSpeed SX/20: Take It and Leave It

This 13-pound laptop can double as a powerful desktop system.

REVIEWS

p.132 Word Processors That Build Character

p.132 Word Processors That Build Character

The BYTE Lab evaluates 15 WYSIWYG word processors for the Mac and the PC.

p.154 DEC's Latest RISC

p.154 DEC's Latest RISC

Digital Equipment makes a play for the serious workstation user with its revved-up DECstation.

p.159 Windows 3.0 Software Tool for End Users

p.159 Windows 3.0 Software Tool for End Users

Asymetrix's TooLBook lets you create Windows 3.0 applications without learning C.

p.162 The Mac at 40 MHz

p.162 The Mac at 40 MHz

The Mac Ilfx is a powerful number cruncher in the Mac or Unix environment.

p.169 Two Different Approaches to Mac Portability

p.169 Two Different Approaches to Mac Portability

The Outbound and Dynamac take opposing approaches.

p.176 Open Desktop: Relief for the Unix-Wary

p.176 Open Desktop: Relief for the Unix-Wary

SCO's Open Desktop may be the shrink-wrapped Unix that DOS users have been waiting for.

p.182 G Is for Graphics

p.182 G Is for Graphics

Lotus finally gets graphical with 1-2-3/G.

p.185 9600-bps Modem Brings Apple Networks Closer Together

p.185 9600-bps Modem Brings Apple Networks Closer Together

Thanks to its Apple Talk connector, Shiva's NetModem V.32 can serve as a shared network modem and an internetwork router.

p.188 New Floppy Drive Puts 20-MB Disk in Your Pocket

p.188 New Floppy Drive Puts 20-MB Disk in Your Pocket

Q/Cor's new floppy disk drive leads the 20-megabyte vanguard.

p.196 Strictly for Personal Information

p.196 Strictly for Personal Information

A roundup of seven personal information managers shows that there is a way to get organized.

p.206 Speaking OS/2's Native Language

p.206 Speaking OS/2's Native Language

Object-1 speaks to OS/2's Presentation Manager in object-oriented terms.

p.212 Dual-Page Duel: Two High-Resolution Monitors Square Off

p.212 Dual-Page Duel: Two High-Resolution Monitors Square Off

New high-resolution monitors from Cornerstone and Radius aren't just for desktop publishing.

p.214 Flashdisk: Not Your Father's RAM Disk

p.214 Flashdisk: Not Your Father's RAM Disk

Digipro's Flashdisk plugs up to 8 megabytes of nonvolatile memory into any available 16-bit slot.

FEATURES

p.401 Personal Computing in Eastern Europe

p.401 Personal Computing in Eastern Europe

Behind the crumbled Iron Curtain lie lands of high-technology disarray-and opportunity.

p.414 The Creation of the IBM PC

p.414 The Creation of the IBM PC

Design choices that culminated in the machine that conquered the microcomputer world.

p.423 Alternative Operating Systems, Part 2: From a Tiny Kernel...

p.423 Alternative Operating Systems, Part 2: From a Tiny Kernel...

When you're building a real-time operating system, it helps to start small.

p.429 Sounds of Success

p.429 Sounds of Success

Professional sound capabilities, once the exclusive domain of high-end recording studios, are now available to PC users.

HANDS ON

p.445 UNDER THE HOOD Of Monitors and Emissions

p.445 UNDER THE HOOD Of Monitors and Emissions

What's being done about magnetic fields from monitors?

p.455 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED Virtually Virtual Memory

p.455 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED Virtually Virtual Memory

A memory management system for MS-DOS that lets you break the 640K-byte barrier.

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Spotlight

p.6 Spotlight

A look at the future and a stroll down memory lane.

p.10 Editorial: Happy Anniversary!

p.10 Editorial: Happy Anniversary!

We've thrown you a party.

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

p.34 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

BYTE readers predict the future.

PERSPECTIVES

p.516 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.516 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.518 PRINT QUEUE Images Beget Images

p.518 PRINT QUEUE Images Beget Images

Visualization is a volume that challenges our notions of visual reality.

p.520 STOP BIT Litigation vs. Innovation

p.520 STOP BIT Litigation vs. Innovation

Mitch Kapor argues against litigation as a business tactic.

READER SERVICE

p.506 Editorial Index by Company

p.506 Editorial Index by Company

p.508 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.508 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.510 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.510 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 512

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: See 466

From B)"TEnet: Call (617) 86 1-9764

On disk: See card after 184

REGIONAL SECTION

begins after page 64

begins after page 64

EXPERT ADVICE

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Fifteen Years and Counting

p.65 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Fifteen Years and Counting

Jerry looks back at 15 years of BYTE.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.81 THE UNIX /bin Future History

p.81 THE UNIX /bin Future History

Looking at business software from the last 15 years and the next 15.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.87 MACINATIONS The Place to Be for DTP

p.87 MACINATIONS The Place to Be for DTP

Talking to professional desktop publishers reveals surprising facts about desktop publishing on the Macintosh.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.93 DOWN TO BUSINESS Moving Down to Micros

p.93 DOWN TO BUSINESS Moving Down to Micros

Powerful decision-support systems, once used only on mainframes, are now migrating to micros.

[author : Wayne Rash Jr.]

p.101 OS/2 NOTEBOOK Mastering OS/2 Threads

p.101 OS/2 NOTEBOOK Mastering OS/2 Threads

Mastery of OS/2 threads taxes developers but rewards users.

[author : Douglas A. Hamilton]

p.113 NETWORKS Unite or Die

p.113 NETWORKS Unite or Die

Three developing application areas must unite before LANs can become a part of everyday life in the 1990s.

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