Vol.17 n°8 august 1992

Vol.17 n°8 august 1992

p.4 Contents

p.4 Contents

p.6 Inside BYTE : BYTE Topic Index and Author Guide

p.6 Inside BYTE : BYTE Topic Index and Author Guide

COVER STORY

p.112 FEATURE All Systems Go

p.112 FEATURE All Systems Go

NEWS

p.18 MICROBYTES

p.18 MICROBYTES

Apple's strategy, which first started shaping up in late 1990, is paying dividends.

p.32 FIRST IMPRESSIONS A Pair of Paradoxes

p.32 FIRST IMPRESSIONS A Pair of Paradoxes

A new pair of database managers from Borland.

p.37 Coherent Grows Up

p.37 Coherent Grows Up

Unix clone Coherent 4.0 is no longer a toy.

p.42 Keeping in Step with Windows

p.42 Keeping in Step with Windows

CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator make the grade under Windows.

p.46 Back-It for Windows,

p.46 Back-It for Windows,

Gazelle brings backup power to Windows

Premium Exec 386SX/25C, AST's affordable portable color 386SX

Norton Desktop for DOS, Symantec's desktop cornucopia

p.64 WHAT'S NEW

p.64 WHAT'S NEW

The PM0-650 optical drive runs at 3600 rpm; the VL475 caching controller takes the local bus; wireless LANs run transparently; ForecastGFX guides you to the future; and HyperChem models 3-D molecular structures.

FEATURES

p.112 All Systems Go

p.112 All Systems Go

Parallel-processing technology has finally hit the mainstream.

p.141 RISC Enters a New Generation

p.141 RISC Enters a New Generation

DEC's Alpha architecture defines a new generation for RISC technologies and systems.

STATE OF THE ART REAL-TIME COMPUTING

p.154 Overview: Real-Time Computing

p.154 Overview: Real-Time Computing

The techniques developed to serve real-time applications - some of the toughest challenges in computing - are extending the horizons of computer technology.

p.161 The RTOS Difference

p.161 The RTOS Difference

Discover how the key features and behaviors of real-time operating systems ensure performance in critical applications.

p.177 Real-Time Posix

p.177 Real-Time Posix

Portability and openness finally come to real-time applications through Posix.

p.187 Objects in Real Time

p.187 Objects in Real Time

Object orientation may be the key enabling computer technology for distributed realtime systems and applications.

p.195 Real Time Goes Home

p.195 Real Time Goes Home

Real-time operating systems bring multimedia into the home.

p.201 Resource Guide: Real-Time Operating Systems

p.201 Resource Guide: Real-Time Operating Systems

REVIEWS

p.204 SOLUTIONS FOCUS Surveying Far-Flung Networks

p.204 SOLUTIONS FOCUS Surveying Far-Flung Networks

The top six tools for distributed network monitoring and analysis.

224 BYTE Lab Product Report: PostScript's Middle Class

These fast midrange printers offer high resolution.

p.238 No More Data Loss: The BYTE Lab Tests Six Disk-Array Subsystems

p.238 No More Data Loss: The BYTE Lab Tests Six Disk-Array Subsystems

Disk arrays can provide a "hotswapping" capability that protects your system from drive failure.

p.247 OS/2 2.0: A Mixed Blessing

p.247 OS/2 2.0: A Mixed Blessing

The latest version excels at DOS multitasking.

p.249 Was Desqview/X Worth the Wait?

p.249 Was Desqview/X Worth the Wait?

You can run DOS, X, and Windows programs locally or remotely.

p.253 NEC's Notebook Compromises for Color

p.253 NEC's Notebook Compromises for Color

NEC's active-matrix color notebook is colorful but cumbersome.

p.255 A Fresh Approach to Databases

p.255 A Fresh Approach to Databases

Approach for Windows is a relational database that doubles as a from end to dBase, Paradox, and Oracle SQL.

p.257 Macintosh Impersonator

p.257 Macintosh Impersonator

Xcelerated Systems' Liken brings Mac applications to Unix workstations.

p.259 Power Tools for Visual Basic

p.259 Power Tools for Visual Basic

Microsoft's new toolkit extends the Visual Basic programmer's reach.

p.261 Mac LC II: The Sequel

p.261 Mac LC II: The Sequel

With its new CPU, the Mac LC is better (and cheaper) the second time around.

p.264 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

p.264 REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK

The BYTE Lab clocks faster speeds for the new version of LANtastic and looks at Query DOS, a new file manipulator.

HANDS ON

p.269 UNDER THE HOOD Digital Signal Processing

p.269 UNDER THE HOOD Digital Signal Processing

The new digital signal processors will change how PCs handle sound and image data.

p.279 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED A Shared Resource Access Manager, Part 1

p.279 SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED A Shared Resource Access Manager, Part 1

How do you manage access to shared resources on networks or multiuser systems?

p.288 SOFTWARE CORNER The Right Profile

p.288 SOFTWARE CORNER The Right Profile

Timing DOS file access; debugging Unix code; and getting reminders on the Mac.

p.293 BEYOND DOS Exorcising the A20 Poltergeist

p.293 BEYOND DOS Exorcising the A20 Poltergeist

Here's what to do when keystrokes seem to appear on-screen at random in your DOS and Windows applications.

[author : Mark J. Minasi]

p.295 ASK BYTE

p.295 ASK BYTE

Reclaiming lost disk space; extending computer life; and spelling-checker problems.

OPINIONS

p.95 USER'S COLUMN Multimedia Medley

p.95 USER'S COLUMN Multimedia Medley

Jerry looks at the latest in multimedia products and upgrade kits.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.266 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS From AI to Puzzles

p.266 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS From AI to Puzzles

Bright Air, Brilliant Fire, TOG on interface, great cities on CD-ROM, and other titles.

p.360 STOP BIT The Productivity Mac Guffin

p.360 STOP BIT The Productivity Mac Guffin

Networks and portable computers are helping companies finally realize gains from their computing investments.

p.10 EDITORIAL

p.10 EDITORIAL

Ethics of Electronic Information

p.16 LETTERS

p.16 LETTERS

Kudos on Mac programming; rebuttal on relational databases; speech synthesis in York; and more.

READER SERVICE

p.356 Editorial Index by Company

p.356 Editorial Index by Company

p.352 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.352 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.354 Index to Advertisers by Product Cmegory

p.354 Index to Advertisers by Product Cmegory

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