Vol.15 n°13 december 1990

Vol.15 n°13 december 1990

p.4 Contents

COVER STORY

p.250 STATE OF THE ART Advanced Graphics

From wire-frame models to photo-realism: Advanced graphics put work station-quality graphics on your desktop.

NEWS

p.19 MICROBYTES

Near-ultrasonic noise produced by some computer monitors can have negative effects on end users.

p.44 WHAT'S NEW

HP launches the latest LaserJet, the Mac II gets a 386 processor, AutoCAD goes to release 11, and more.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

p.132 SHORT TAKES

Step 486/50, a technological showpiece from Everex and Velox

Muse, Occam's natural-language interface program

ProLine Backup System, Tecmar's tape backup solution for a NetWare LAN

Amiga 3000UX, a Unix graphics workstation from Commodore

Hardcard IIXL, Plus Development provides easy storage

p.140 Son of SPARCstation

Sun Microsystems ups the midrange workstation ante.

p.142 CompuAdd Delivers a Low-Cost SPARCstation

The SS1 is a faithful clone.

p.144 Solbourne S4000 Outguns SPARCstation 1+

The S4000 uses Solbourne's own integrated, 64-bit CPU.

p.151 Suddenly, Everything's Smaller in Texas

TI's 5.7-pound 386SX notebook.

REVIEWS

p.156 When Laser Printers Can't Cut It

A look at 27 alternatives to the popular laser printer.

p.172 Sony NeWS and MIPS Magnum: A Double Shot of RISC

Two RISC workstations join the low-end Unix market.

p.178 The Norton Utilities for System V

p.179 The Norton Utilities for the Mac

More than just warmed-over versions of the Norton Utilities for DOS.

p.182 CAD and Net Ware 386 Join Forces

IsiCAD's CADVance 4.0 makes good on the promise of multiuser CAD applications.

p.191 NCR's S486/MC33 Has Unique Approach to Reliability

NCR's new 33-MHz 486 Micro Channel system is among the fastest.

p.197 DR DOS Offers Hope for the RAM-Crammed

Digital Research's new MS-DOS competitor promises to make more memory available for applications.

p.201 On Becoming a ClockWise Scheduler

Phase II Software's ClockWise helps manage your time.

p.206 Battle for the Best Unix V /386

New releases from Interactive Systems and The Santa Cruz Operation.

p.209 Microsoft Word Brings PC-Style Word Processing to Unix

Unix word processing takes a turn for the better.

p.213 Plug-and-Play Unix Machine

Dell's Intel-based Unix workstation.

p.221 LAN Manager 2.0: A Force to Be Reckoned With

Microsoft's network flagship proves it is a viable alternative to NetWare.

p.229 A Digital "Quill" for Mac Video Displays

Data Translation's VideoQuill combines text, graphics, and video.

p.233 Unix and 1-2-3

Now you can run Lotus 1-2-3 under Unix.

p.237 A "More Filling" Generation of Tape Backup

Tape drives from Colorado Memory Systems and Core International.

p.246 Reviewer's Notebook

Dolch adds a color screen to an impressive luggable, and Ashton-Tate addresses dBASE IV problems.

STATE OF THE ART

p.250 ADVANCED GRAPHICS Introduction

p.253 Graphics Go 3-D

Creating photo-realistic 3-D images is a real challenge.

p.263 Ray Tracing for Realism

Simulating light rays in a 3-D scene.

p.275 Color WYSIWYG Comes of Age

Matching the colors you see on-screen with your printed output.

p.281 True Color for Windows

Windows 3.0 makes 24-bit color a realistic option.

p.289 Putting the Squeeze on Graphics

Compression technologies for fullcolor graphics and full-motion video.

p.297 HDTV Sparks a Digital Revolution

In the 1990s, the shift will be to high-definition and digital pictures.

p.307 Graphics Engines

A manufacturers roundup.

FEATURES

p.312 Portable Chips

When it comes to chips, small can mean powerful.

p.321 Relational Databases: The Real Story

Is that a relational database manager or not?

p.327 Concurrent C

An AT&T language for programming multiprocessor systems.

p.337 Strength (and Safety) in Numbers

RAID systems may boost PC performance and reliability.

p.341 X.400: Standardizing E-Mail

E-mail is ready to live up to its promise.

p.345 Alternative Operating Systems, Part 5: Unix with a Microscope

Minix, a low-cost Unix, runs on ordinary personal computers.

p.349 Easier Strings for the Mac

C++ routines simplify Macintosh string-handling.

HANDS ON

p.355 UNDER THE HOOD VGA to the Max

A new set of extensions breathes life into Super VGA hardware.

p.361 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED More Than Just Fast

A look at programming SCSI devices on Macs and MS-DOS machines.

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Spotlight

Our Print Queue columnist has a long history with BYTE and computers.

p.10 Editorial:

A Laptop on a Chip ... Almost

p.33 Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes

BYTE readers join in the 15th anniversary commemoration.

PERSPECTIVES

p.417 CHAOS MANOR MAIL

p.418 PRINT QUEUE A Fairy-Tale Future

High-tech prophet Raymond Kurzweil's latest work is a masterful look at the present and future of intelligent machines.

p.420 STOP BIT A Plea for Software That Works

It's time developers started concentrating on software integrity.

READER SERVICE

p.406 Editorial Index by Company

p.408 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.410 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: after 412

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REGIONAL SECTION

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EXPERT ADVICE

p.73 COMPUTING AT CHAOS MANOR Working Smart

Jerry looks at portable computers and an outlining program.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.93 DOWN TO BUSINESS Getting Bigger Groupware

With groupware, you can communicate with almost anyone, almost anywhere.

[author : Wayne Rnsh Jr.]

p.101 BEYOND DOS: WINDOWS AND OS/2 I've Got DIBs

Martin presents an overview of Windows and OS/2 color capabilities.

[author : Martin Heller]

p.105 MACINATIONS Inspiration at the Year's End

A look at what Apple has accomplished over the year, and an inspirational new product.

[author : Don Crabb]

p.119 THE UNIX /bin Back to the Workstations II

Unix workstations and personal computers completely merge.

[author : David Fiedler]

p.125 NETWORKS Kicking and Screaming into the Present

DEC slowly embraces PC networking standards.

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