Vol.18 n°1 january 1993

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COVER STORY

p.116 The 1992 BYTE Awards

[theme FEATURE]

NEWS

p.32 MICROBYTES

Preliminary info on Motorola's 68060 is impressive, but the PowerPC 601 will probably ship first.

p.41 REPORT FROM HONG KONG

[author Andrew Reinhardt]

Hong Kong hopes to profit by its ties to mainland China.

p.46 Two Toshiba Systems to Go

[theme FIRST IMPRESSIONS][author Gene Smarte]

The T4500 notebook and the Dynapad T100X pen-based computer.

A HIGHER END FOR COMPAQ NOTEBOOKS

[author Ed Perratore]

p.51 UnixWare: New Hope for Unix?

[author Tom Yager]

The friendliest Unix around.

p.54 Turbo Pascal 7.0 and Borland Pascal with Objects 7.0,

a new generation of Pascal

Epson Progression, a 486/33 with a graphics-acceleration Wingine

Flexscan F340iW, Graphite Card, and Paradise Accelerator, working toward clearer Windows

WinFax Pro 3.0, fax software with OCR and a cool cover-page designer

Visio, a new approach to graphics

Color Frame, a portable color display for Macs

Datafax, a Windows fax program

p.72 WHAT'S NEW

The ScreenStar displays two full-size documents; the Digibot II "reads" multidimensional objects; and more.

FEATURES

p.116 The 1992 BYTE Awards

[author Michael Nadeau]

BYTE editors pick the best products of the past year.

p.145 Computing Without Clocks

[author Dick Pountain]

Asynchronous processors turn computing on its head.

STATE OF THE ART

[theme MACHINE TRANSLATION]

p.152 Overview: Machine Translation

[author Muriel Vasconcellos]

Machine translation is coming to your computer.

MT AT YOUR SERVICE

[author Eduard Hovy]

p.167 How MT Works

[author Eduard Hovy]

There is more than one way to perform machine translation.

THE FIVE LAYERS OF AMBIGUITY

[author Bernard E. Scott]

p.177 Babelware for the Desktop

[author L. Chris Miller]

Many machine-translation systems are available on workstations and personal computers.

IS MT RIGHT FOR YOU?

[author Muriel Vasconcellos]

p.185 Resource Guide: Machine-Translation Software

REVIEWS

p.188 Putting Your Data on the Map

[theme SOLUTIONS FOCUS][author Ben Smith and Howard Eglowstein]

Connecting maps with data helps visualize in formation.

p.202 Making Windows Rock and Roll

[author Rick Crehan]

The BYTE Lab looks at 16 accelerators that speed up Windows operations (for as little as $139).

p.209 AST's PowerExec Goes Modular

[author Rob Mitchell]

Upgradability meets portability in AST's new PowerExec.

p.217 Desktop CD-ROM Publishing

[author Jon Udell]

Philips' CDD521 ushers in the second CD-ROM revolution.

p.221 Neural Net Adds Smarts to Spreadsheets, Slowly

[author Maureen Caudill]

If I only had a brain: Braincel aims to smarten spreadsheets with neural-network technology.

p.225 Next-Generation Code Generators for Windows

[author Steve Apiki]

Latest versions of Case:W and WindowsMaker Professional ease the task of generating Windows code.

p.231 Topas 4.0 Simplifies 3-D

[author Tom Yager]

Topas 4.0 makes quick work of realistic 3-D graphics.

p.239 Commodore Gets Tough

[author Tom Yager]

Two new 68040-based Amigas.

p.241 Photography by the Numbers

[author Howard Eglowstein]

Professional electronic cameras from Kodak and Sony deliver instant results to your Mac or PC.

p.246 Reviewer's Notebook: How to Give Windows a Workout

[author Rick Grehan]

The BYTE Lab introduces new Windows benchmarks.

HANDS ON

p.251 Digitizer Renaissance

[theme UNDER THE HOOD][author Jean Renard Ward and Debra Schultz]

Pen computers are reinvigorating digitizer tablet technologies.

p.261 OS/2's System Object Model

[theme SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED][author Barry Nance]

The OS/2 2.0 System Object Model offers a language-neutral approach to object-oriented programming.

p.269 Your Own Devices

[theme SOFTWARE CORNER][author Barry Nance, Tom Thompson, and Ben Smith]

DOS device drivers, hexadecimal editing in Unix, and monitoring System 7.0 memory partitions.

p.271 Connecting Windows to Data with ODBC

[theme BEYOND DOS][author Jon Udell]

Open Database Connectivity is an API for database-enabled Windows applications.

p.278 ASK BYTE

Internet access solutions, Procomm problems, and other issues.

OPINIONS

p.97 The Principle of Pursuit

[theme USER'S COLUMN][author Jerry Pournelle]

Microsoft moves to dominate with Access and Windows for Workgroups.

p.248 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS: Goings-On at the Edge

[author Hugh Kenner, Bob Ryan, Raymond GA Côté, and Tom Thompson]

The science of complexity.

p.334 STOP BIT: Cinema by Computer

[author Roger Ebert]

Movies no longer offer an escape from reality.

p.12 EDITORIAL 1993

[author Dennis Allen]

p.20 LETTERS

Responses on BYTE's global perspective, the October editorial, and other topics.

READER SERVICE

p.333 Editorial Index by Company

p.326 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.328 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Direct Link Cards: 240A, 328A

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: Join "listings/frombyte93" and select the appropriate subarea (i.e., "jan93").

From the UUNET: ftp to ftp.uu.net, log on as "anonymous," and enter your user ID as your password. Type "cd/published/byte" and type "DIR." Files appear in subdirectories arranged by month.

From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.


Vol.18 n°2 february 1993

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COVER STORY

p.116 Start the Presses

[theme FEATURE]

NEWS

p.32 MICROBYTES

HP, DEC, and Sun unveil new high powered workstations.

p.41 Comdex: Bigger Than Ever

[theme REPORT FROM LAS VEGAS][author Rich Malloy]

Pick ing the best products at the show was even harder than usual.

p.47 Computers Italian Style

[theme REPORT FROM ITALY][author Andy Redfern]

The Italians love stylish computers but crave innovation from abroad.

p.52 Lotus Improv for Windows

[theme FIRST IMPRESSIONS][author Kenneth M. Sheldon]

A radical application comes to Windows.

p.54 FoxPro 2.5, the cross-platform strategy begins to pay off

VideoSpigot for Windows, SuperMatch's video-capture board

Falcon030, Atari's PC with a DSP

QMS 1725 Print System, the latest 17-ppm screamer

Freelance Graphics for Windows 2.0, prepare presentations painlessly

TyIN 2000, a packed adapter card

WordPerfect 5.2 for Windows, an impressive upgrade

p.72 WHAT' S NEW

Tektronix offers printers for workgroups, SunConnect extends LANs to global networks, and more.

FEATURES

p.116 Start the Presses

[author Jon Udell]

CD-ROM publishing comes to the desktop.

AFFORDABLE CD-R DRIVES

[author Jon Udell and Howard Eglowstein]

BUYING A CD-ROM DRIVE

[author Tom Halfhill]

THE NEW BREED OF CD PLAYERS

[author Ed Perratore]

OPTICAL FLAVORS

[author Andy Reinhardt]

p.139 Is ITV Here to Stay?

[author Carry Lu]

Interactive TV's survival and prosperity are in question.

STATE OF THE ART

[theme WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS]

p.146 Overview: Wireless Mobile Communications

[author John P. Mello Jr. and Peter Wayner]

The ability to communicate anytime, from anywhere, is almost here.

p.159 Stretching the Ether

[author Peter Wayner]

Technology expands the wireless spectrum.

p.169 Communications Get Personal

[author Bob Ryan]

AT&T's Hobbit powers a new generation of personal communications devices.

p.177 Resource Guide: Plugging into Wireless

REVIEWS

p.178 Network Fax on Tap

[theme SOLUTIONS FOCUS][author Raymond GA Côté, Steve Apiki, and Stan Wszola]

The BYTE Lab peers into 11 fax servers for PC , Mac , and Unix network s.

p.198 New Tricks for Slow Macs

[author Rick Grehan]

The BYTE Lab tests 17 Mac accelerator boards.

p.205 The Second Premiere

[author Tom Yager]

Premiere 2.0 for the Mac offers QuickTime movie editing at its best.

p.207 A BASIC Breakthrough

[author Tom Yager]

Visual Basic for DOS makes powerful programs easy to write.

p.209 Forging a Business Tool: Three Fax Software Packages for Windows

[author Stan Miastkowski]

Three next-generation fax software packages bring new abilities to communications.

p.213 Complete Communications for Small Businesses

[author Stanford Diehl]

A new fax and voice-mail card from Prometheus takes on the upgraded Complete Communicator.

p.215 Stacking Up TCP/IP for Windows

[author Barry Nance]

Linking Windows clients with Unix hosts via TCP/IP stacks from Beame & Whiteside, Frontier Technologies, and NetManage.

p.219 Correspondence That Looks Good Globally

[author Birrell Walsh]

Multi-Lingual Scholar, a word processor for the global market.

p.221 Reviewer's Notebook: Retooling a Classic

[author Tom Thompson]

The BYTE Lab updates its Macintosh benchmarks.

HANDS ON

p.225 The Mac Goes to the Movies

[theme UNDER THE HOOD][author Andrew W. Davis and Joe Burke]

A detailed look at Apple's QuickTime architecture.

p.231 Handling Input Events Using C++

[theme SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED][author Randall A. Nagy]

Use the Event class to handle keyboard and mouse input across platforms.

p.235 A Small Browser with Everything

[theme SOFTWARE CORNER][author Barry Nance, Tom Thompson, and Ben Smith]

A powerful DOS browser, a faster Finder, and Perl-based recursive grep.

p.237 A New OS/2

[theme BEYOND DOS][author Mark J. Minasi]

IBM's ServicePak and the Professional Developer's Kit CD-ROM are dissected.

p.239 ASK BYTE

Adobe Type Manager conflicts, the Next as document manager , and more.

OPINIONS

p.97 LAN Wars

[theme USER'S COLUMN][author Jerry Pournelle]

Windows for Workgroups battles LANtastic for domination at Chaos Manor.

p.222 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS: Again the Swinging Gates

[author Hugh Kenner, Dick Pountain, Jon Udell, and Raymond GA Côté]

Another look at Microsoft's leader, a controversial Windows book, how to program in Oberon, and more.

p.286 STOP BIT: Software Gluttony

[author Andy Nicholson]

It's time for programmers to rein in today's bloated, resourcehogging applications.

p.12 EDITORIAL CD-ROM: Now Is the Time

[author Dennis Allen]

p.20 LETTERS

Operating-system trends, OS/2 at a cross roads, digital photography, the ultimate workstation, and other issues.

READER SERVICE

p.284 Editorial Index by Company

p.280 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.282 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Direct Link Cards: 176A , 280A

p.243 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: Join "listings/frombyte93" and select the appropriate subarea (i.e., "feb93 ").

From the UUNET: ftp to ftp.uu.net, log on as "anonymous," and enter your user ID as your password. Type "cd/published/byte" and type "DIR." Files appear in subdirectories arranged by month .

From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.


Vol.18 n°3 march 1993

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COVER STORY

p.90 Smarter E-Mail Is Coming

[theme FEATURE]

p.136 A Review of E-Mail Packages

[theme SOLUTIONS FOCUS]

NEWS

p.24 MICROBYTES

The first HDTV sets are not likely to appear in U.S. homes before 1995, yet companies from Microsoft to HBO are already involved in programming projects.

p.37 High-Tech Opportunities Abound

[theme REPORT FROM INDIA][author Jay Ranade]

The government is high on growth but down on imports.

p.40 A spring Harvest of Apple Macintoshes

[theme FIRST IMPRESSIONS][author Tom Thompson and Tom R. Halfhill]

With street prices of about $1000 to $4500, these new Macs are price-conscious and powerful.

p.46 Lotus 1-2-3 for OS/2 2.0 and Lotus Freelance Graphics for OS/2 2.0,

two major applications for IBM's OS

Sparcstation LX, Sun's feature-packed little Unix box

Personal Communicator 440, start-up EO does it right the first time

PowerExec EL, forgoing some notebook frills means big savings

p.58 WHAT'S NEW

BriteLite LX puts SPARC power on the road, LAN Desk simplifies network management, and more.

FEATURES

p.90 Smarter E-Mail Is Coming

[author Andy Reinhardt]

Intelligent E-mail delivers more than messages. It will change how your business works by improving communications and automating workflow .

THE VINES ADVANTAGE

[author Jon Udell]

STATE OF THE ART

[theme COLLABORATIVE COMPUTING]

p.112 Overview: Collaborative Computing

[author Jeffrey Hsu and Tony Lockwood]

Computer technology brings workgroups closer.

THE PUBLIC REACTS TO GROUP DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS

[author James D. Gantt and Catherine M. Beise]

p.123 Hitting Warp Speed for LANs

[author Mark A. Clarkson]

Collaborative computing demands faster networks.

p.129 Better Than Being There

[author Tom Yager]

Desktop video conferencing is on its way.

BEING HERE AND THERE

[author David H. Mitchell]

REVIEWS

p.136 Mixed Messaging

[theme SOLUTIONS FOCUS][author Howard Eglowstein and Ben Smith]

Multiplatform internetwork mail can link diverse clients on widespread networks.

E-MAIL FROM THE WORKPLACE SHELL

[author Jon Udell]

p.156 A New Resolution for Desktop Lasers

[author G. Armour Van Horn]

A comparison of the latest 600-dpi laser printers.

p.165 How to Deal with Taxing Questions

[author Kathleen LaRivière and Stan Miastkowski]

Tax-preparation software for DOS, the Mac, and Windows.

p.169 Compaq Stakes Out Both Ends of the Server Spectrum

[author Barry Nance]

Compaq's new high-end Systempro/XL and low-end ProSignia servers.

p.173 Two Power Books Great and Small

[author Tom Thompson]

The PowerBook 180 and PowerBook Duo 230 show different design directions.

p.177 Visual Basic for Windows Gets a Face-Lift

[author Tom Yager]

Microsoft improves its programming package with version 2.0.

p.181 Imagining the World

[author Raymond GA Côté]

Macintosh software for simulating systems from the administrative office to the factory floor.

p.183 It Worked Fine a Minute Ago

[theme REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK][author Rick Grehan]

Reflections on Macintosh compatibility problems.

HANDS ON

p.187 Divide and Conquer

[theme SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED][author Thomas Jeffries]

Here's how to debug interrupt service routines.

p.197 CD-ROM Inside and Out

[theme UNDER THE HOOD][author Roger C. Alford]

Exploring the complexities of CD-ROM drives, discs, and associated standards.

p.208 Automatic NetWare Log-Ins

[theme SOFTWARE CORNER][author Barry Nance, Tom Thompson, and Ben Smith]

Let your applications log in to NetWare; a Mac text editor; and a graphics file viewer.

p.209 Next-Generation OLE

[theme BEYOND DOS][author Bruce D. Schatzman]

A faster, simpler OLE looms on the horizon.

OPINIONS

p.73 CD-ROM Secrets

[theme USER'S COLUMN][author Jerry Pournelle]

The trick to integrating CD-ROM and Windows for Workgroups.

p.184 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS: The AI Debate Revisited

[author Hugh Kenner, Dick Pountain, and Raymond GA Côté]

What Computers Still Can't Do, guides to the Internet, an updated Grolier's multimedia encyclopedia, and more.

p.256 STOP BIT: Fractal Fantasies

[author Clifford A. Pickover]

Fractals add a new dynamic to game design.

p.12 EDITORIAL The State of BYTE

[author Dennis Allen]

p.20 LETTERS

Choosing a CPU; low-cost PCs; BYTE's Windows issue; and other topics.

READER SERVICE

p.254 Editorial Index by Company

p.250 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.252 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Direct Link Cards: 252A

p.213 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: Join "listings/frombyte93" and select the appropriate subarea (i.e., "mar93").

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From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.


Vol.18 n°4 april 1993

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COVER STORY

p.98 Fighting Fatware

[theme FEATURE]

NEWS

p.28 MICROBYTES

Tandy and Casio stand poised to compete with Apple's Newton PDA.

p.41 Recovery Through Technology

[theme REPORT FROM CROATIA][author Neven Prasnikar]

Technology helps a troubled country rebound.

p.44 Easy Does It with MS-DOS 6.0

[theme FIRST IMPRESSIONS][author Jon Udell]

Microsoft adds compression and memory management to the venerable operating system.

p.49 Photoshop Now Does Windows

[author Tom Yager]

Version 2.5 is new for Windows and improved for the Mac.

p.55 Stylus 800, Epson is back in the ink-jet business

Encarta, a multimedia CD-ROM encyclopedia worth exploring

microWriter, Texas In s truments' low-cost laser printer

AudioMan, an easy and inexpensive approach to Windows sound

p.62 WHAT'S NEW

The Dauphin 5500 Color Pentop flips its display, the Pocket Faxxer sends paperless faxes, ParaSet helps you develop and maintain software, and more.

FEATURES

p.98 Fighting Fatware

[author Ed Perratore, Tom Thompson, Jon Udell, and Rich Malloy]

Bloated software slows you down, but help is on the way.

p.111 Putting Fuzzy Logic into Focus

[author Janet J. Barron]

Fuzzy-logic applications arrive on the desktop.

JAPANESE LEADERS IN FUZZY LOGIC

[author Jeffrey D. Shepard]

STATE OF THE ART

[theme VISUALIZATION]

p.120 Overview: Visualization: Seeing Is Believing

[author Jack Weber]

Visualization lets you see the meaning of numeric data.

VISUALIZATION APPLICATIONS

[author Maxine D. Brown]

p.129 Navigating the Data Flood

[author William Ribarsky]

Find your way through large data sets visually.

INSIDE MULTIDIMENSIONAL DATA

[author Lloyd A. Treinish]

p.137 Image Building

[author Peter Wayner]

A look at the core of modern visualization software.

p.143 The Difficulty with Data

[author Nahum Gershon and Jeff Dozier]

Visualization requires diverse data types and formats.

p.148 Resource Guide: Visualization Software

REVIEWS

p.150 Shrink to Fit

[theme SOLUTIONS FOCUS][author Rick Grehan and Stan Wszola]

The BYTE Lab tests on-the-fly data compressors for Macs and PCs .

p.164 Ultraportable PCs: Worth the Trade-offs?

[author Robert E. Calem]

Subnotebook or palmtop? BYTE looks at the alternatives.

p.173 PowerBook Peripherals

[author Tom Thompson]

New hardware makes your Apple notebook more useful.

p.177 OS/2 's Multimedia Extensions

[author Tom Yager]

IBM builds a strong multimedia foundation for OS /2.

p.179 Two Ways to Say VL-Bus

[author Raymond GA Côté]

Testing two motherboards that mix VL-Bus and EISA.

p.183 Teaching Macs to Fetch

[author Stanford Diehl]

Aldus introduces Fetch, a new multiuser, mixed-media database for the Mac.

p.185 Macs and Windows PCs Share Control

[author Tom Yager]

Timbuktu for Windows makes cross-platform remote control possible, but it can be slow.

p.189 Sun's C Solution for Solaris

[author Benjamin Fried and Othar Hansson]

Sparcworks Professional C is a solid compiler with a few good tools.

p.191 A Beefier MKS Toolkit

[author Ben Smith]

MKS Toolkit 4.1 is a bigger and better collection of Unix tools for DOS and OS /2.

p.193 Pioneer's Super CD-ROM Drive

[author Howard Eglowstein]

Pioneer's new minichanger can access six CDs at quadruple speed.

HANDS ON

p.197 FDDI Speaks

[theme UNDER THE HOOD][author William Stallings]

The FDDI II standard mixes voice and data on a single medium.

p.201 Processing Magic on the Mac

[theme SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED][author Raymond GA Côté]

How to exploit the System 7 Process Manager in your applications.

p.210 LAN Remote Control

[theme SOFTWARE CORNER][author Barry Nance, Tom Thompson, and Ben Smith]

Remote-control programs for NetWare and AppleTalk.

p.211 Simple MAPI Delivers

[theme BEYOND DOS][author Jon Udell]

Microsoft's first-release messaging API is easily supported.

p.215 ASK BYTE

Laptop parallel-port problems and creating dynamic arrays.

OPINIONS

p.81 What's Hot, What's Not

[theme USER'S COLUMN][author Jerry Pournelle]

Pournelle's annual Orchid and Onion parade arrives.

p.194 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS Markets as Virtual Reality

[author Hugh Kenner, Raymond GA Côté, Jon Udell, Tom Thompson, and Rob Mitchell]

The Death of Money, Windows 3.1 Insider, and other titles.

p.264 STOP BIT The Learning Organization

[author Patricia Seybold]

Distributed computing won't work unless companies are willing to change.

p.12 EDITORIAL Fatware Strategies

[author Dennis Allen]

p.20 LETTERS

The Amiga 3000T-040/200 and 4000-040/120, OS/2 2.0, Braincel defended , and other reader mail.

READER SERVICE

p.262 Editorial Index by Company

p.258 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.260 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Direct Link Cards: 258A

p.217 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: Join "listings/frombyte93" and select the appropriate subarea (i.e., "apr93").

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From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.


Vol.18 n°5 Spring 1993 Byte's Essential Guide to Windows

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p.6 EDITORIAL: Windows Reaches Beyond the Desktop

p.10 WINDOWS News & Views

ClarisWorks, VL-Bus accelerators, WordPerfect Presentations, Windows CAD, and more.

FEATURES

p.32 Workgroups by the Numbers

[author ANNE FISCHER LENT]

Ten essential tips and techniques for getting the most out of Windows for Workgroups.

p.37 Workgroups Partners

[author ANNE FISCHER LENT]

A guide to products that integrate seamlessly with Windows for Workgroups.

p.43 Extending Visual Basic

[author DICK FOUNTAIN]

Visual Basic extensions let you produce quality programs faster than ever before.

p.52 The Fine Art of Windows Printing

[author GREG LOVERIA]

How to speed up printing from Windows.

p.57 Inside Video for Windows

[author TOM YAGER]

Microsoft's new extensions for desktop video open new horizons to Windows computing.

p.65 Keyboarding!

[author NICHOLAS BARAN]

How to put your mouse out to pasture.

p.133 Editorial Index by Company

p.129 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.130 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: 80A, 128A

p.124 BUYER'S GUIDE

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

REVIEWS

p.69 Color You Can Carry Anywhere

[author TOM YAGER]

p.75 Do You Know Where Your Money Is?

[author KENNETH M. SHELDON]

p.81 The Case of the Missing File

[author ED PERRATORE]

p.85 Beyond Word Processing

[author STAN MIASTKOWSKI]

p.91 Desktop Publishing Made Easy

[author JOHN BRYAN]

p.95 Compressing with Fractals

[author STEVE APIKI]

p.97 Info Select Clears Clutter

[author STAN WSZOLA]

p.99 Presentations to Go

[author MARK A. CLARKSON]

p.105 Serving Up the Works

[author BARRY NANCE]

p.109 Contact Managers: Keeping in Touch

[author HENRY FERSKO-WEISS]

p.115 Mathcad: Better Than Paper

[author RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

OPINIONS

p.134 Short Subjects

MicroPhone Pro for Windows, Dr. Floyd's Desktop Toys, and more.

p.136 Unsung Heroes

[author JERRY POURNELLE]


Vol.18 n°6 may 1993

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COVER STORY

p.92 Intel Launches Rocket in a Socket

[theme FEATURE]

NEWS

p.24 MICROBYTES

Bringing Unix into the NetWare fold presents Novell with a marketing dilemma: what to tell software developers who ask which platform to write applications for.

p.33 AutoCAD Draws on Windows

[theme FIRST IMPRESSIONS][author Patrick Waurzyniak]

Autodesk's best-selling CAD software goes Windows.

p.37 A Heavy-Hitting Unix for PCs

[author Ben Smith]

Solaris for Intel is the most complete PC Unix.

p.42 NetWare 4.0,

the next step for a growing network

NoteJet 486, Canon's notebook/printer makes a dynamic package

HP LaserJet 4Si and 4Si MX, Hewlett-Packard's newest network printers

PagePlus 2.0, a $59.95 desktop publishing package

Compel, multimedia presentation software from Asymetrix

Painter 2.0, a "natural," professional, and fun paint tool

p.57 WHAT'S NEW

The DTR-1 is a notebook or a pen computer, the SmartLink V32bis FaxModem encrypts your data, LapCAD 5 for the Mac gives you finite modeling, and more.

FEATURES

p.92 Intel Launches Rocket in a Socket

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

Intel's new Pentium CPU doubles the speed of the fastest 486.

p.111 Oberon: A Glimpse at the Future

[author Dick Pountain]

A radically object-oriented design previews future operating systems.

STATE OF THE ART

[theme SEEKING SECURITY]

p.118 Overview: Seeking Security

[author Paulina Borsook]

Mainframe-type security is coming to the client/server environment.

p.129 Should Encryption Be Regulated?

[author Peter Wagner]

U.S. law enforcers want to limit your use of data encryption.

p.137 Stealth Virus Attacks

[author John DeHaven]

Anonymous attack software targets networked computers.

p.144 Resource Guide: Virus Protection for Networks

REVIEWS

p.146 Hands-On Testing 126 PRINTERS

[theme LAB REPORT][author Richard Fox, Alan Jock, Chandrika Krishnanturthy, Stephen Platt, and Leonard Presberg]

Our testing shows which printer is best for your needs.

p.176 Making the MPC Upgrade

[theme SOLUTIONS FOCUS][author Greg Loveria]

Some of the best options available for bringing multimedia to the PC.

p.194 Personable PIMs

[author Nicholas Baran]

Ten PIMs for Windows, DOS, and the Mac, ranging from simple organizers to full-blown project managers.

p.199 Banyan's "StreetTalk for NetWare"

[author John Rydberg]

Banyan's distributed directory meets server-based NetWare.

p.201 Windows Video Recorders

[author Tom Yager]

The hardware side of Video for Windows.

p.205 Tape Backup on the Go

[author Howard Eglowstein]

A review of four parallel-port tape drives for backup.

p.209 Lotus 1-2-3 Release 3.4 for DOS

[author Nicholas John Delonas]

Lotus' latest high-end DOS spreadsheet is faster, but you mill may prefer the low-end line.

HANDS ON

p.213 Computing on Wheels

[theme UNDER THE HOOD][author Dick Pountain]

This month's column literally goes under the hood to examine a new generation of automotive-control computers.

p.221 The Power of Inheritance

[theme SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED][author Allen Holub]

How to take advantage of multiple inheritance in your C++ class designs.

p.229 Getting a Handle on NT

[theme BEYOND DOS][author Gen Kiyooka]

Windows NT offers outstanding exception-handling tools. Here's why you need them.

OPINIONS

p.75 Once More into the Breach

[theme USER'S COLUMN][author Jerry Pournelle]

User's Choice Awards wrap-up.

p.210 BOOK AND CD-ROM REVIEWS From the Mind of MIT

[author Hugh Kenner, Steve Apiki, and Tom Yager]

Windows NT, multimedia, MIT, Compton's on CD-ROM, and more.

p.282 STOP BIT Losing the Human Edge

[author Hans Berliner]

Computers are about to mount a new challenge in the chess world.

p.12 EDITORIAL Our New Lab Report: Your New Consultant

[author Dennis Allen]

p.20 LETTERS

Coming to terms with software gluttony; OS/2 hassles; machine translation; and other topics.

READER SERVICE

p.280 Editorial to Company

p.276 Alphabetical Index to Advenisers

p.278 Index In Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: 276A

p.233 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

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News & Views

p.22 Lotus Takes Another Run at Windows

[author NICHOLAS JOHN DELONAS]

The new Windows version of 1-2-3 is a serious challenger to Microsoft Excel.

p.24 Amstrad's Affordable Pen Package

[author DICK POUNTAIN]

The Pen Pad PDA600 may not offer the dazzle of Newton, but it's affordable and it works.

p.28 PostScript Level 2: Adobe Takes the Driver's Seat

[author TOM THOMPSON]

You may already have a PostScript Level 2 printer, but now you can take advantage of it with Level 2 drivers.

p.34 Going to Extremes

[author BEN SMITH]

With a powerful new graphics processor, Silicon Graphics' Indigo2 was born for data visualization.

p.38 HP Takes Color Mainstream

[author ANDY REINHARDT]

Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet 1200C meets the demand of users who covet color.

p.42 WordPerfect Goes GUI with DOS Update

[author PATRICK WAURZYNIAK]

It's taken WordPerfect more than three years to update its DOS word processor, but version 6.0 may be worth the wait

p.46 A Peek at PowerOpen

[author TOM R. HALFHILL]

The first PowerPC chip may not equal the Pentium's performance, but at one-fifth the price, you may not care.

p.48 Visual Basic 3.0 Strengthens Connectivity

[author TOM R. HALFHILL]

The newest version of Visual Basic inherits Microsoft's Access database engine.

p.49 Report from Mexico

[author D. BARKER]

Local programmers wait for a break.

p.220 What's New

The Paperless 1 imaging system reduces paper consumption, the Raidion LT provides fault-tolerant disk-array storage for OS/2, and more.

Cover Story

[theme COMPUTING ENVIRONMENTS]

p.72 Windows, Windows Everywhere?

[author JON UDELL]

Microsoft wants you to someday use a version of Windows for every computing platform. The unique demands of each platform, however, might make this goal unrealistic.

p.80 The Mips Challenge

p.84 Many Processors, Many Threads

p.90 Windows Graphics

p.92 NT's Architects Speak

Features

p.59 Computers for the Disabled

[theme ADAPTING TECHNOLOGY][author JOSEPH J. LAZZARO]

Off-the-shelf products help you meet the needs of disabled workers.

p.65 Readers' Choice Awards

[theme PRODUCTS]

BYTE readers name their favorite products

State of the Art

[theme CLIENT/SERVER COMPUTING]

p.96 Client/Server Frees Data

[theme OVERVIEW][author ELLEN ULLMAN]

Client/server brings data to your desktop.

p.102 Unix Database Servers Are Not for Everyone

p.106 Serving Mobi le Clients

p.109 The Many Flavors of SQL

[author MARK CLARKSON]

Market forces complicate the search for a database access standard. While vendors pitch their versions of SQL, users suffer.

p.113 Make Way for Data

[author PAUL KORZENIOWSKI]

Middleware-such as remote procedure calls and message-passing systems-invisibly aids data exchange. With it, you can save development time implementing your client/server applications. Programmers don't have to modify applications to accommodate network protocols.

p.121 EISes Mine Your Data

[author RAN DALL D. CRONK]

Client/server computing revolutionizes executive information systems. EISes can help you find and analyze your data, but it's not always as easy as it might sound.

REVIEWS

p.129 Apple's Midrange Mac a Heavy Hitter

[theme SYSTEMS][author TOM THOMPSON]

Benchmark results and hands-on experience with two of Apple's newest Macs, the Centris 650 and PowerBook 165c.

p.133 Microsoft's Visual C++

[theme PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT][author JIM HURD]

Is Visual C++ a more powerful Visual Basic or a more graphical C++? Jim Hurd checks out its new tools and capabilities.

p.136 Two Roads to Windows Databases

[theme DATABASES][author STAN MIASTKOWSKI AND MARC SCHNAPP]

Paradox and FoxPro migrate to Windows: Borland's Paradox for Windows wraps its powerful features in an object-oriented package. Microsoft's FoxPro 2.5 for Windows maintains its solid Xbase underpinning and is built for speed.

p.128 Performance Comparisons

p.141 HP's Simple Laser

[theme PRINTING][author HOWARD EGLOWSTEIN]

HP's new LaserJet 4L brings laser-quality output to the desktop, along with low cost and simple operation. The BYTE Lab examines the speed, quality, and expansion trade-offs of the 4L series.

p.143 BASIC for the Rest of Us

[theme PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT][author TOM THOMPSON]

Zedcor's FutureBasic provides a powerful development environment for the Macintosh that's actually easy to use. Thompson builds a project with Future Basic and a helpful add-on, PG:PRO.

p.144 PG:Pro

p.146 The Renaissance of Imaging

[theme GRAPHICS][author RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

Kodak hopes to change the way graphics professionals process electronic images with Photo CD and supporting software. BYTE examines two of Kodak's flag ship Photo CD software products, Photo Edge and Renaissance.

p.148 Windows Dressing

[theme UTILITY SOFTWARE][author STAN WSZOLA]

The Windows user interface isn't for everyone. The BYTE Lab examines 12 accessory packages that plug the gaps in the Windows user interface, including NewWave, Power Launcher, and Norton Desktop for Windows.

p.150 Table of Features

p.156 BYTE Lab Report Desktop Dynamite: 116 Fast 486s

[theme HANDS-ON TESTING][author RICHARD FOX, ALAN JOCH, LEONARD PRES BERG, AND LESLIE REISZ]

We tested 116 50-and 66-MHz 486s to tell you which is best for your DOS, Windows, and Unix applications.

p.167 How We Tested

p.169 Poor Quality

p.170 Bus Choices

HANDS-ON

p.185 Under the Hood The Multiprocessor Solution

[theme TECHNOLOGY][author DICK POUNTAIN]

Multiprocessor architectures lead the charge to improve I/O performance.

p.193 Beyond DOS IBM Unleashes a New OS/2

[theme OPERATING SYSTEMS][author BARRY NANCE]

IBM delivers a full-featured successor to OS/2 2.0.

p.197 Some Assembly Required Animation for Windows Applications

[theme PROGRAMMING][author MICHAEL J. YOUNG]

The CSprite class forms the foundation for adding animation to Windows programs.

Opinions

p.201 Pournelle: Statistics Programs Help Businesses Work.

[author JERRY POURNELLE]

Mysteries revealed.

p.51 Reviews: Books & CD-ROMs Computer Ruminations

[author HUGH KENNER, RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ, HOWARD EGLOWSTElN, AND ROB MITCHELL]

Unix Power Tools, Things That Make Us Smart, and other titles.

p.274 Commentary: The Cuckoo's Egg Revisited

[author CLIFFORD STOLL]

Five years after a hacker broke into a computer at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the repercussions still echo across the Internet.

p.10 Editorial: More Personal Pathways

[author DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

Readers respond on E-mail, Mac accelerator boards, computing in Italy, and other topics.

READER SERVICE

p.272 Editorial Index by Company

p.268 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.270 Index to Advenisers by Product Category

p.268A Inquiry Reply Cards

231 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: Join "listings/frombyte93" and select the appropriate subarea (i.e., "jun93").

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From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.


Vol.18 n°8 july 1993

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News & Views

p.22 WordPerfect Office 4.0

[author BARRY NANCE]

The latest version of WordPerfect's groupware product supports multiple operating systems.

p.24 QMS Strikes with Color Laser Printer

[author TOM THOMPSON]

ColorScript Laser 1000 brings color laser printing into a more affordable price range.

p.28 RAID Down to the Desktop

[author DAVE ANDREWS]

This storage technology is moving from mainframes and minicomputers to the desktop.

p.28 Ruling Won't Mean Lower Prices for 486 Chips

[author TOM R. HALFHILL]

Despite AMD's winning the latest round in its legal battle with Intel, don't expect a big price drop in 486 systems.

p.32 HP's Superior Subnotebook

[author PATRICK WAURZYNIAK]

Hewlett-Packard packs a lot, including Windows and applications in ROM, into its 3-pound OmniBook.

p.32 Toshiba Gets Aggressive with Passive Color

[author GENE SMARTE]

Toshiba's T1900C could change the way you look at passive-matrix color displays.

p.36 Encryption Chip Draws Fire

[author PETER WAYNER]

A new encryption chip promises to protect your electronic messages, but there's a catch: A trapdoor lets the government eavesdrop.

p.40 A Quicker Quicken

[author CHRIS KOFER]

A new Mac version of Intuit's personal-finance software.

p.48 Report from Jordan

[author KHALDOON TABAZA]

Localizing software in Arabia.

p.226 What's New

The latest Tektronix dye-sublimation printer, Smartcom for Windows from Hayes, Alps Electric's wireless LAN adapter, and more.

Cover Story

[theme NEW SYSTEMS]

p.80 Pentium Changes the PC

[author ANDY REINHARDT]

The Intel Pentium CPU demands subsystems and I/O that can keep pace and that call for a fundamental rethinking of how to build everything from the expansion bus to memory architecture.

p.86 New Memory Architectures to Boost Performance

p.90 Revisiting the Lowly I/O Ports

p.94 Pentium PCs: Power to Burn

[author RAYMOND GA CÔT&Eacute: AND BARRY NANCE]

Fast and ready to roll, the first Pentium systems are now available.

p.98 DOS, Unix, and Windows Benchmarks

p.100 NetWare Benchmarks

Features

p.57 Cluster PCs for Power

[theme NETWORKING][author MICHAEL J. GUTMANN]

A look at network high-end PCs able to run applications that were once too big for your server.

p.69 Data from the Depths

[theme REAL WORLD][author BEN SMITH]

Engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution deploy inexpensive, autonomous data loggers on small underwater vessels. BYTE Lab editors study the Woods Hole solution and the latest trend in data acquisition.

State of the Art

[theme ENHANCING KNOWLEDGE]

p.106 New Knowledge Tools

[theme OVERVIEW][author SARA HEDBERG]

Combining knowledge systems with other technologies can improve your cost/performance figures.

p.110 Help Is on the Way

p.113 Roll Your Own Hybrids

[author JAY LIEBOWITZ]

Emerging technologies-such as neural networks and genetic algorithms-can add robustness to knowledge-based systems. Stand-alone expert systems could go the same route as the dinosaurs.

p.119 See, Hear, Learn

[author SARA HEDBERG]

With smart multimedia and virtual reality, you can create virtual Cheshire cats to answer your questions. Projects at Northwestern University and Andersen Consulting are putting this technology to use.

Reviews

p.132 Applying the Power of the Pen

[theme PEN SOFTWARE][author HOWARD EGLOWSTEIN]

The promise of pen computers has been dulled by a lack of innovative, pen-centric, general-purpose applications. Here are nine software packages for Go's PenPoint and Microsoft's Windows for Pen Computing that challenge the notion that pen systems are only good for vertical markets.

p.141 NetWare Goes Global

[theme LANS][author JON UDELL]

NetWare 4.0 has arrived, claiming support for serious enterprise networking. NetWare Directory Service brings NetWare beyond the LAN, and 4.0 adds other features like file compression, CD-ROM sharing, and data migration.

p.145 Dynamic Documents

[theme ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING][author ROBERT SCHMIDT]

Folio Views 3.0 comes to Windows and brings with it some exciting new features, including an open client/server architecture, concurrent multiuser editing, embedded graphics, and multimedia support.

p.151 ClarisWorks 2.0 for Macintosh

[theme INTEGRATED SOFTWARE][author TOM R. HALFHILL]

ClarisWorks is already established as the leading integrated package for the Macintosh, but it's not resting on its existing modules. Version 2.0 adds new features and applications to this seamlessly integrated software.

p.157 PageMaker 5.0 vs. Quark 3.1

[theme DESKTOP PUBLISHING][author G. ARMOUR VAN HORN]

Recent releases of these two popular page-layout packages duke it out both on the Mac and under Windows. Van Horn determines which of these aggressive competitors currently has the upper hand.

p.161 One Thumb Up, One Thumb Down

[theme GROUPWARE][author JON UDELL]

Release 3 of Lotus Notes delivers long-awaited features, including Macintosh support and full-text indexing, but it lacks development tools needed to build effective groupware. Our reviewer finds some significant improvements and some significant disappointments.

p.172 BYTE Lab Report V.32 or Better: 69 Modems

[theme HANDS-ON TESTING][author JIM HURD]

We run line-impairment and data-throughput tests to measure the efficiency of 9600-bps and faster modems. Results reveal the best for highspeed communications, portability, data-only applications, and all-around communications.

p.176 How We Tested

p.180 Speed Limits

p.184 10 Tips for Buying Modems

Hands On

p.197 Under the Hood: Inside MS-DOS 6

[theme TECHNOLOGY][author BENJAMIN W. SLIVKA, ERIC STRAUB, AND RICHARD FREEDMAN]

MS-DOS 6's designers examine the inner workings of MemMaker and DoubleSpace.

p.203 Beyond DOS: Confessions of a DDK Developer

[theme OPERATING SYSTEMS][author STEVE MASTRIANNI]

IBM's OS/2 DDK is a good start.

p.205 Some Assembly Required: The Mac Extended

[theme PROGRAMMING][author ERIC SHAPIRO AND TOM THOMPSON]

Savvy programmers can write their own Mac Extensions.

Opinions

p.209 Pournelle: The DOS 6 Question

[author JERRY POURNELLE]

Our columnist finds DOS 6 is the least expensive route to disk ompression and memory optimization.

p.49 Reviews: Books & CD-ROMs Quest for the Silicon Grail

[author HUGH KENNER, STANFORD DIEHL, RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ, MICHAEL NADEAU, AND RICK GREHAN]

Tales of AI, hackers, the green PC, art on CD, and other subjects.

p.278 Commentary: A Conspiracy of Silence

[author PAUL SAFFO]

The dangers of electromagnetic-field radiation are evident. So why isn't the industry doing anything?

p.10 Editorial: The Real Multimedia

[author DENNIS ALLEN]

p.19 Letters

Fighting fatware, MS-DOS 6, the Commodore Amiga, and other topics.

READER SERVICE

p.276 Editorial Index by Company

p.272 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.274 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.272A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.239 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

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From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.


Vol.18 n°9 august 1993

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NEWS & VIEWS

p.22 Illustrator 5.0: New Face, New Features

[theme GRAPHICS SOFTWARE]

The new version of Adobe's drawing program for the Mac offers layering, gradient fills. and an interface make-over.

p.23 A New Graphics Standard from Matrox

[theme VIDEO HARDWARE]

Matrox's new 64-bit video card for the PC represents a new standard for accelerated graphics.

p.24 PCI: Apple's New Bus

[theme ARCHITECTURE]

The Peripheral Component Interconnect local-bus architecture receives a powerful endorsement.

p.27 QuickRing Gets Closer, Expands to Networking

[theme CONNECTION TECHNOLOGY]

Apple and National Semiconductor say QuickRing will be used to deliver 180-MBps data transfer over fiber-optic networks.

p.30 Acrobat Bounds into the Paperless Publishing Arena

[theme ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING]

Adobe's Acrobat has a tough balancing act in delivering electronic, no-font-hassle documents to the screen.

p.32 IBM and Apple Work to Perfect Voice Input

[theme SPEECH TECHNOLOGY]

Two technologies that will eventually let you interact with your computer solely through spoken commands.

p.36 The PowerBooks of Summer

[theme PORTABLE COMPUTING]

Apple, TI, and Tadpole deliver a new wave of color notebook computers.

p.48 EUROPE AN R&D Report from Hannover

The European Community takes a community approach to research.

p.220 What's New

[theme NEW PRODUCTS]

Fargo's Primers Color Printer, Octocom V.fast modems, and more.

COVER STORY

p.56 PowerPC Perfonns for Less

[theme NEXT-GENERATION SYSTEMS][author TOM THOMPSON]

Will your next desktop PC be RISC-based? The PowerPC 601 has the performance. low cost. and support for multiple operating systems needed to make that a possibility come true.

p.58 PowerOpen Gives Users Freedom of Choice

p.62 The PowerPC Does Windows

p.64 Pentium Out-Powered

p.70 Translation Tool Ports Programs in a Flash

p.79 RISC Drives PowerPC

[author BOB RYAN]

The PowerPC puts all the best features of RISC-pipelining, branch prediction, and plenty of registers-into a scalable, low-price package.

STATE OF ART

[theme TOMORROW'S NETWORKS]

p.94 Future Communications

[author JOHN P. MELLO JR.]

Beyond file and print sharing, networks are evolving into the preferred medium for all sorts of communications-voice, text, graphics, and video.

p.104 Storage Without Limits

p.111 All-Terrain Networking

[author MARK CLARKSON]

ATM can span the network, from the desktop to the wide-area network. Is it the answer to a network manager's dreams? It could be if all the pieces fall in place.

p.121 Pumping Up Ethernet

[author JOHN BRYAN]

The competition is intensifying in the race to define a 100-Mbps Ethernet standard.

p.124 The Great Light Hope

REVIEWS

p.130 Fax Plus OCR: More Than Meets the Eye

[theme APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE][author STAN WSZOLA]

The BYTE Lab review's eight fax package with OCR built in. OCR on faxed documents is not quite automatic, but these systems can speed the transition from graphical image to usable text data.

p.141 NextStep for Intel

[theme ENVIRONMENTS][author BEN SMITH]

Next is back, but not in black. NextStep for Intel Processors brings Next's strong object-oriented environment to PCs. Ben tests NextStep 3.1, concluding that Next's move to "white" hardware was a wise move.

p.145 Mips Inside: The RISC PC

[theme SYSTEMS][author RICK GREHAN]

DeskStation Technology is not the first to build a PC for NT based on a Mips processor, but it is the first to price machines directly against 486s. Test results based on BYTE's preliminary Portable Benchmarks illustrate the speed you can expect from the Evolution RISC PC.

p.153 New Authoring Tools for Windows

[theme MULTIMEDIA][author HARRIETT HARDMAN]

Two nest Windows applications deliver different approaches for authoring multimedia titles. Authorware Professional 2.0 is more suitable for interactive training and information kiosks, while Microsoft Viewer 2.0 has stronger support for indexing, searching, and linking large textual databases.

p.161 Amstrad's Modest PDA

[theme PEN COMPUTING][author DICK POUNTAIN]

The first real PDA is somewhat lees ambitious than systems (like Newton) still on the drawing board. Dick works with Amstrad's PDA 600 Pen Pad, which offers pen input with character recognition.

p.167 WorkMan Needs Work

[theme APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT][author JON UDELL]

Workman, Reach Software's work-flow applications development package, is the first system to present a usable model for the creation of work-flow applications. Unfortunately. the implementation fails to deliver on the architecture's promise.

p.172 Lab Report: Network Connections: 100 Ethernet tested

[theme NETWORK INTERFACE CARDS]

We tested 100 Ethernet network interface cards and picked the best 8- and 16-bit cards for workgroups, large networks, and transaction-based networks.

p.174 NICs for Workgroups

p.176 How We Tested

p.180 NICs for Large Networks

p.182 Wireless LAN Adapters

p.184 NICs for Transaction Processing

p.186 Honorable Mentions

p.186 Dubious Achievements

HANDS ON

p.193 Under the Hood: Multimedia Infrastructures

[theme OPERATING SYSTEMS][author THOMAS JEFFRIES]

A developer's view of Microsoft's Windows Multimedia Extensions and IBM's MMPM/2 architecture.

p.199 Beyond DOS: Exploring NetDDE

[theme DATA ACCESS][author JON UDELL]

The power of this peer-to-peer protocol in Windosss for Workgroups remains largely unappreciated.

p.203 Some Assembly Required: Elegant Windows Dialog Boxes

[theme PROGRAMMING][author GEN KIYOOKA]

Reusable Masses let you construct special Windows dialog boxes.

OPINIONS

p.209 Pournelle: BASIC instinct

[author JERRY POURNELLE]

Programming a QuickBasic application, tax software, and the search for the ideal word processor.

p.49 Books & CD-ROMs: The Pocket Godzilla

[author HUGH KENNER AND OTHERS]

The impact of Nintendo, Mac networking, nanotechnology, artificial life, OS/2 programming, and other subjects.

p.268 Commentary: They Just Don't Get It

[author WALTER S. MOSSBERG]

Needless complexity has alienated many businesspeople from the personal computer revolution.

p.10 Editorial

[author DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

From Pentium to printers, readers register their comments.

READER SERVICE

p.266 Editorial Index by Company

p.262 Alphabetical Index to Adsertisers

p.264 Index to Advertisers by Procduct Category

p.262A Inquiry Reply Cards

229 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Softwar Showcase

Buyer's Mart

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Vol.18 n°10 september 1993

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News & Views

p.22 Behind the Wheel of the First Newton and Zoomer PDAs

[theme PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS]

Test drive of prerelease Apple, Sharp, and Casio Zoomer PDAs reveal rough edges and a lot of promise.

p.29 Spreadsheet or Database? The Best of Both

[theme DATA ANALYSIS]

A new breed turns the traditional spreadsheet metaphor on its head.

p.35 Windows No Mac at DTP

[theme DESKTOP PUBLISHING]

In desktop publishing, Windows has come a long way. But DTP experts say it still has a long way to go.

p.44 Scanners Turn Business Cards into Database Records

[theme CONTACT MANAGEMENT]

Is your desk cluttered with business cards that you still haven't entered into your database? Technology comes to the rescue.

p.46 IBM Announces "Better" DOS Than MS-DOS

[theme OPERATING SYSTEM]

IBM releases a new version of PC-DOS.

p.46 AMD Declares Independence

[theme PROCESSORS]

AMD unveils the first of a new line of processors.

p.48 Report from Taiwan

[theme PACIFIC RIM]

Taiwan Is retrigincenng itself to be a designer of computer products.

p.236 What's New

[theme NEW PRODUCTS]

A workstation line with zippy graphics, a notebook with an active-matrix display, portable multimedia, a RAID-5 array, CAD tools. and more.

COVER STORY

[theme VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS]

p.64 Video Conquers the Desktop

[author ANDY REINHARDT]

Integrated video capability has arrived for desktop systems-and with it, intriguing new possibilities.

p.66 Document Conferenctrig Keeps Data Close-By

p.72 Video Compression Standards Vie for Acceptance

p.76 Pandora and the Active Office

p.81 Apple, SGI Blaze Video Trail

[author TOM THOMPSON AND BEN SMITH]

With integrated video and sound features, new systems from Apple and Silicon Graphics herald a new era of desktop computes.

Features

p.55 India's Software Edge

[theme COMPUTING IN INDIA][author JON UDELL]

India has contributed programming talent to the microcomputer world. Now it wants to contribute products.

State of the Art

[theme ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING]

p.94 Publish It Electronically

[author CARU LU]

Electronic publishing lets you build enterprise-wide knowledge bases.

p.108 Magazines Without Paper

p.111 Unlocking Data's Content

[author RANDALL D. CRONK]

Tagging languages and compound document architectures code your documents for cross-platform access.

This month's cover image

showing George Jetson and his boss taking advantage of digital video conununications-was created exclusively for BYTE by artists at Hanna-Barbera.

p.121 Documentation Goes Digital

[author PHILIP C. MURRAY]

A confusing array of tools await those who want to publish reference material electronically, but the benefits might be worth the trouble.

p.128 Finding Text Fast

Reviews

p.130 C++ Does Windows

[theme PROGRAMMING TOOLS][author RICK GREHAN]

The BYTE Lab tests five C/C++ compilers, from Microsoft, Borland, Symantec, MetaWare, and Watcom, to determine how well each addresses the complexities of Windows.

p.137 The Littlest Notebooks

[theme PORTABLE COMPUTING][author STEVE APIKI]

BYTE tests three next-generation subnotebook machines, including CompUSA's 4SL/25 Subnote, HP's OmniBook 300, and the Zenith Data Systems Z-Lite 320L.

p.145 A Giant Leap to OS/2 2.1

[theme OPERATING SYSTEMS][author BARRY NANCE]

OS/2 2.1 brings IBM's 32-bit operating system forward, beyond the reach of current desktop operating systems. Bulletproof multitasking and support for Windows 3.1 applications arc among the improvements.

p.149 A FirstClass Experience

[theme WORKGROUP SOFTWARE][author RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

SoftArc's FirstClass mail and conferencing system goes multiplatform. Its elegant client interface, strong conferencing features, and multitasking communications engine make it a real contender in the E-mail market.

p.153 Video Machine: True Desktop Video

[theme MULTIMEDIA][author BOB LINDSTROM]

Fast Electronic of Munich, Germany, presents the Video Machine, a software/hardware combination that links with VCRs and video monitors to turn a PC into a Windows-based desktop video editing system.

p.163 LANtastic 5.0 vs. Invisible LAN 3.4

[theme NETWORKING][author BARRY NANCE]

Upgraded versions of peer-LAN operating-system maples from Invisible Software and Artisoft offer improved performance, better Windows integration, and options for connectivity. Testing speed and ease-of-use features set the two apart.

p.169 CorelDraw 4.0: The Word Is More

[theme GRAPHICS SOFTWARE][author G. ARMOUR VAN HORN]

Corel releases an ambitious upgrade. CorelDraw 4.0 features tighter integration across modules, multiple page illustrations, an underlying object database, an impressive bundle of fonts and clip art, path-based animation, and even OCR and forms generation. Van Horn finds out how it all comes together.

p.176 Lab Report: 32 High-Speed Hard Drives

[theme HANDS-ON TESTING]

We stress-tested 32 hard drives to find the best performers in capacities from 250 MB to 2 GB.

p.178 The Best Drives in Capacities from 250 to 350 MB

p.182 How We Tested

p.184 The Best Drives in Capacities from 400 to 600 MB-184

p.188 The Best Drives in Capacities from 1 to 2 GB

p.190 Honorable Mentions

Hands On

p.195 Under the Hood: Pentium: More RISC Than CISC

[theme PROCESSORS][author DICK POUNTAIN]

Why the Pentium's architecture doesn't measure up to its RISC competitors.

p.207 Some Assembly Required: Debugger Support in Windows 3.1

[theme PROGRAMMING][author MATT PIETREK]

How to exploit debugging support in Windows 3.1.

p.217 Beyond DOS: Virtual Device Drivers for DOS

[theme OPERATING SYSTEMS][author BILL HAWKINS AND ED PUCKETT]

Virtual device drivers aren't just for Windows applications.

Opinions

p.221 Pournelle: IBM's Preemptive Strike

[author JERRY POURNELLE]

OS/2 2 1 is technically excellent. What's needed is widespread device-driver support

p.49 Books & CD-ROMS: Cyber Worlds

[author HUGH KENNER AND OTHERS]

William Gibson's Virtual Light; the hip guide to NetWare; learning about computers on CD-ROM; nanotechnology; and other titles.

p.294 Commentary: Installer Hell

[author MICHAEL CRICHTON]

Software installation programs work in strange and mysterious ways, says the author of Jurassic Park.

p.10 Editorial

[author DENNIS HELEN]

p.18 Letters

Readers react to BYTE's new look.

READER SERVICE

p.292 Editorial Index by Company

p.288 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.290 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.288A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.251 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

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News & Views

p.22 High Stakes for High-Speed

[theme NETWORKS]

Two proposals are competing to he sanctioned as the 100-Mbps standard

p.23 Quattro Pro for Windows

[theme SPREADSHEETS]

Borland's newest spreadsheet tries to make life easier for new users and pros.

p.28 Programming Tools Catch Memory Misuse

[theme SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT]

New Unix development packages help find a variety of memory-related errors.

p.34 PCs Catch Criminals Using Fingerprint Analysis

[theme SECURITY]

Companies in Taiwan and India have developed technology that uses image-processing techniques to identity suspects and present unauthorized entry

p.40 Optical-Computing Power Coming to Light

[theme EMERGING TECHNOLOGY]

A researcher makes strides toward an OPLA (optical programmable logic array) computer.

p.42 IBM's Ambra

[theme SYSTEMS]

Big blue comes out with a new business model and a new line of low-end PCs.

p.42 PowerPC Goes Underground

[theme EMBEDDED PROCESSORS]

Embedded processors based on the PowerPC architecture could show up in printers, PDAs, and other products.

p.46 Frame Puts on a New Face

[theme DESKTOP PUBLISHING]

FrameMaker 4 shows valuable improvements.

p.237 What's New

[theme NEW PRODUCT]

A self-moving hand scanner, pen computing on the desktop, PDA software. and more

COVER STORY

[theme NEW TECHNOLOGY]

p.66 PDAs Arrive But Aren't Quite Here Yet

[author TOM R. HALFHILL]

The first Personal Digital Assistants from Apple and Tandy/Casio fall short in key areas such as price, handwnting recognition, and communications. But these systems are still an impressive first step toward an easy-to-use computing and communications device.

p.69 Sharp's Non-Newtonian PDA

p.74 Ink vs. ASCII

p.80 PDA CPUs: New Form Demands New Functions

p.84 The Wireless Factor

p.89 Ease of Use Is Relative

[author TOM THOMPSON, TOM R. HALFHILL, AND MICHAEL NADEAU]

BYTE editors test drive the Apple Newton MessagePad, the Tandy/Casio Zoomer, and the Eo Personal Communicator 440.

Feature

[theme PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS]

p.57 Keeping Time on Your PC

[author MICHAEL A LOMBARDI]

For many tasks, your computer's clock isn't accurate enough. Here's how to make your PC a precision timekeeper.

State of the Art

[theme PEN AND VOICE INPUT]

p.98 Pen and Voice Unite

[author HEWITT D. CRANE AND DIMITRY RTISCHEV]

The strengths of pen and voice technologies complement each other to create a powerful, natural user interface.

p.100 Matching the Input Mode to the Task

p.105 Pen Computing Catches On

[author DAN MEZICK]

Following much hype and great expectations, pen technology is finally beginning to deliver on its promise of mobile, intuitive data entry. Ink standards and good applications are helping to bring pen computing into the mainstream.

p.110 Jot Defines Electronic Ink

p.113 Talk to Your Computer

[author WILLIAM S MEISEL]

Voice technology can add another dimension to the human-computer interface. Speech recognition will let you tell your computer what to do, and let your computer convert spoken words into text.

p.114 Voice Recognition over the Telephone

REVIEWS

p.124 Personal Databases

[theme APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE][author MATT TRASK AND DON SORENSEN]

If you don't need the programmability of a high-end data-base, the new class of personal databases for Windows can do the job without all the hassle.

p.133 Acrobat vs. Common Ground

[theme ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING][author STANFORD DIEHL]

The age of digital highways demands a standard for platform - and application - independent electronic documents, Adobe's Acrobat and No Hands Software's Common Ground deliver two unique solutions.

p.137 Mac for Workgroups

[theme NETWORKING][author RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

Apple's Workgroup Server 95 sets a new performance standard for Macs and doubles the speed of AppleShare networking.

p.141 TOOLS BASIC Windows Programming

[theme VISUAL DEVELOPMENT][author MICHAEL C. WIGGINS]

Wiggins finds the latest upgrades of CA-Realizer and Visual Basic vast improvements: powerful, fast, and easy to use. And VB's database engine is a real knockout, although it has a few quirks.

p.145 DOS Dilemma: Word or WordPerfect?

[theme WORD PROCESSING][author SELINDA CHIQUOINE]

6.0 of one, or half-dozen of another? Two DOS word processors launch new releases that are surprisingly similar. The choice boils down to one between features and simplicity.

p.151 Integra VDB

[theme DATARASE DEVELOPMENT][author JON UDELL]

Coromandel's Visual Database Builder is a powerful toolkit for building source-independent database applications using Visual C++ and Visual Bask. Udell uses Integra VDB to quickly build some applications under Windows.

p.159 Bounds Checker for windows

[theme PROGRAMMING TOOLS][author STEVE APIKI]

Nu-MEga4s debugging tool finds errors that other programs can't. Apiki uses Bounds Checker to snag elusive memory related problems in two programs. but he discovers that Bounds Checker, too, has its limits.

p.162 Lab Report 62 High-Power Notebooks

[theme NOTEBOOKS]

Performance benchmarks, battery-life testing, and hands-on keyboard and screen evaluations find the be notebooks-from 25-MHz DOS systems to high-end Apple PowerBooks.

p.164 The Best Windows Notebooks

p.166 The Best Color Notebooks

p.170 How We Tested

p.174 Mac PowerBooks

p.178 Notebook CPUs

p.181 The Best DOS Notebooks

p.182 How to Buy a Notebook

p.184 Unix on a Notebook

p.189 The Best Desktop Replacement Notebooks

p.190 Honorable Mentions

p.190 Dubious Achievements

Hands On

p.195 Under the Hood: Fractal Image Compression

[theme GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY][author LOUISA F. ANSON]

An inside took at how it works.

p.205 Beyond DOS: The Visual Toolbox

[theme PROGRAMMMING TOOLS][author MARK J. MINASI]

New tools expand OS/2's popular REXX(programming language).

p.209 Some Assembly Required: Windows NT, OS/2, and Debuggers

[theme SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT][author MATT PIETREK]

Good support at the operating-system level is essential to developing OS/2 and Windows NT applications.

Opinions

p.217 Pournelle: The State of Multimedia

SriptX and other software could give multimedia the push it needs.

p.49 Books & CD-ROMs: Hawking Returns

[author HUGHES PACK AND OTHERS]

Essays from Stephen Hawking, Windows Internals, the Beatles on CD-ROM, and other selections.

p.288 Commentary: Building Component Software

[author JON UDELL]

From GUIs to distributed objects, component software is evolving rapidly.

p.10 Editorial

[author DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

High-speed modems, the EMF controversy, and more.

READER SERVICE

p.286 Editorial index by Company

p.282 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.284 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.282A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.247 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

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News & Views

p.23 Excel 5.0 Gets Smart

[theme SPREADSHEETS]

Excel 5.0 offers much in the way of new features. Even more intriguing is thetighter integration with members of Microsoft's Office package, such as Word 6.0 for Windows.

p.28 E-Mail Unplugged by Wireless WANs

[theme COMMUNICATIONS]

E-mail will be an important application for wide-area, wireless communications.

p.28 Cirrus Subsidiary leads CDPD Push

[theme CELLULAR DIGITAL]

Analog cellular phone services will soon carry digital data, too.

p.32 Sony's Mini Disc for Data: Future Floppy?

[theme DATA STORAGE]

Sony's new medium for storage.

p.34 First PowerPC Systems Hit the Street

[theme MULTIPROCESSING]

The first IBM PowerPC systems should be available soon.

p.38 At Your Own Risk: Faster Modems Now, Standards later

[theme HIGH-SPEED MODEMS]

Modem manufacturers that can't wait another year for a new standard are shipping nonstandard product.

p.42 Intel's VDI Speeds Up Video, Miffs Microsoft

[theme MULTIMEDIA]

Microsoft and Intel are at odds on how to improve the video playback in Video for Windows.

p.46 Report from Birmingham

[theme PREPRESS PRINTING]

p.48 Report from Orlando

[theme GRAPHICAL INTERFACES]

p.342 What's New

[theme NEW PRODUCTS]

X Window System and dual-Pentium systems; a digital, on-line video production system for the Mac; a cellular link for modems and faxes; project scheduling in Windows; and more.

Special Report

[theme WINDOWS VS. OS/2]

p.85 Is There a Better Windows 3.1 Than Windows 3.1?

Windows, OS/2, and NT offer distinct benefits and disadvantages. One excels at running standard Windows applications.

p.97 OS/2 2.1: A User's Perspective

p.107 Partners Seek to Unite Phone and PC

p.110 IBM Has High Hopes for Multimedia on OS/2

p.112 Pen for OS/2

p.114 IBM Makes MP Promises for OS/2

p.117 OS/2 and Windows Networks

p.125 IBM's Assault on Distributed Objects

p.130 Developers Cautiously Optimistic About MuHiplatform OpenDoc

p.131 IBM Ships DCE SDK for OS/2 and Windows

p.135 Compilers: Essential Partners

p.135 Windows NT Supports Posix, but Does It Matter?

p.144 Will OpenGL Be 3-D Standard for Windows NT?

p.146 OS/2 Gets Device Support

p.151 Top Software for Windows· and OS/2

Features

p.57 Get Your Kicks with Switched 56

[theme COMMUNICATIONS][author DANIEL M. JOFFE]

Faster than a speeding modem, Switched 56 service may be the answer to your communications needs.

p.67 In Good Electronic Form

[theme FORMS PROCESSING][author BEN SMITH AND HOWARD EGLOWSTEIN]

Two companies prove how valuable electronic forms can be.

State of the Art

[theme ADVANCED GRAPHICS]

p.206 The Power of Graphics

[author JOHN BRYAN AND BOB RYAN]

Advanced graphics technologies are empowering new classes of applications.

p.210 C-Cube Marries Video and RISC

p.215 Three Ways to 3-D

Creating 3-D graphics images in real time requires sophisticated and well-balanced computer-graphics pipelines.

p.216 HP Takes a Dual Approach

[author NORTON EWART AND LARRY THAYER]

p.218 Sun Breaks the Bottlenecks

[author BILL FLEMING]

p.224 Damn the Torpedoes!

[author DOUGLAS VOORHIES]

p.229 Inside Windows Accelerators

[author PETER WAYNER]

Speeding up the operations of your graphical interface is the job of some very specialized technology.

p.240 NETWORKS Building SQL Front Ends

[theme DATABASE PROGRAMMING][author RICK GREHAN]

SQL databases enable sharing of critical`information throughout the corporation, but creating client applications can be a tough row to hoe. BYTE examines client construction tools from Borland, Gupta, Knowledge Ware, and PowerSoft that provide technology that can ease the process.

p.249 Windows Under 4 Pounds

[theme PORTABLE COMPUTING][author DAVE ROWELL]

Two 486-class subnotebooks for Windows: Epson's ActionNote 4000 and IBM's ThinkPad 500.

p.257 Point-and-Click Presentations

[theme GRAPHICS][author MARK CLARKSON]

Two presentation programs for Windows square off. While Harvard Graphics solidifies its position as a market leader, newcomer WordPerfect Presentations exhibits some serious flaws.

p.267 The Business-Card Shuffle

[theme SCANNERS/CONTACT MANAGERS]

[author HOWARD EGLOWSTETN]

Microtek's Scan-in-Dex will appeal to any professional who makes numerous business contacts. The scanner reads business cards and drops the data into a searchable Windows database.

p.271 NLMerlin et AlertView

[theme NETWORKS][author Mike Hurwicz and Dan Carroll]

Merlin and AlertView: Two packages for managing PC networks have similar capabilities but drastically different orientations. AlertView takes action on workstation events, while NLMerlin automates procedures with a focus on NetWare servers. Hurwicz and Carroll question the long-term viability of each.

p.276 Lab Report: 176 Printers Face Off

[theme PRINTERS]

We stress-tested 176 printers to choose the best ones for eight important business applications.

p.278 The Best Printers for General Business

p.278 Enhanced Drivers

p.280 How We Tested

p.284 Dye Sublimation: Color for Tomorrow?

p.285 The Best Printers for High-Quality Color

p.289 General-Purpose Color

p.290 Workgroups

p.293 Draft Quality

p.295 Large Format

p.299 CAD and DTP

p.301 Portable

p.290 600 vs. 300: Trading Speed for Quality

p.302 Honorable Mentions

p.302 Dubious Achievements

Hands On

p.309 Under the Hood: Digital Signatures

[theme ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS][author BRUCE SCHNEIER]

Digital signatures will enable electronic documents to serve as legal instruments.

p.313 Beyond DOS: OS/2 Extended Attributes

[theme PROGRAMMING][author MARK J. MINASI]

How to fix problems with OS/2 extended attributes.

p.317 Some Assembly Required: NT's Structured Exception Handling

[theme PROGRAMMING][author STEVE NIEZGODA, LLOYD HOLT, AND DEREK WOJCIECH]

The reality of structured exception handling in Windows NT may not live up to its promise.

Opinions

p.325 Poumelle: Fenasoft and Furniture

[author JERRY POURNELLE]

Jerry travels to Brazil to attend Fenasoft, a world-class computer exposition.

p.49 Books & CD-ROMs: Big Blue Tales

[author ANDY REINHARDT, JON UDELL, FRANK HAYES, AND RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

Inside the walls of IBM, technological change, constructing your own robots, and more.

p.404 Commentary: Electronic Books

[author HUGH KENNER]

Our eminent critic doesn't share the excitement of books on CD-ROM.

p.14 Editorial

[author DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

Comments on OCR, Windows development, Pournelle, and PowerPC.

READER SERVICE

p.402 Editorial index by Company

p.398 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.400 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.202A, 398A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.355 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

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News & Views

p.23 Apple Revamps Its Lineup

[theme DESKTOP SYSTEMS]

We help you sort out Apple's newest line of desktops and preview new Apple Duos.

p.28 Intel, AT&T, and AMD Continue the Chase

[theme PROCESSORS FOR PDAS]

New PDA chips from AMD, AT&T, Microelectronics, and Intel/VLSI are slated to ship in 1994

p.32 Moving Toward Windows Building Blocks

[theme WINDOWS/OLE 2.0]

Writing an OLE 2.0 application isn't the easiest thing to do in the world. But the benefits are worth it.

p.38 Demand for Multimedia Upgrade Kits Growing

[theme MULTIMEDIA]

If current trends continue, CD-ROM will soon gain wide acceptance in the business world.

p.42 New RISC Chips For Windows NT

[theme WINDOWS NT PROCESSORS]

Windows NT is sparking hot competition among chip makers who want a piece of the growing market for high-performance desktop PCs and servers.

p.44 Microsoft Tunes WFW

[theme WORKGROUP COMPUTING]

Microsoft fixes some deficiencies in its workgroup program.

p.46 WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows

[theme WINDOWS WORD PROCESSORS]

WordPerfect opts for bigger code and more features.

p.48 Report from Cyprus.

[theme A MARKET IN TRANSITION]

Information technology consultants in Cyprus get no respect.

p.243 What's New

[theme NEW PRODUCTS]

A color and gray-scale scannec external and internal frame grabbers; a 3-D manipulator; graphics software; and more.

Cover Story

[theme NETWORKS]

p.66 Linking LANs

[author SMITH AND JON UDELL]

The four key issues of connecting networks to one another are bandwidth, protocols, management, and cultural conflicts.

p.70 Reducing Router Network Transmission Costs

p.78 Political Primer for Enterprise Networks

p.84 TCP Addressing

Features

p.57 Track People with Active Badges

[theme COMMUNICATIONS][author DICK POUNTAIN]

Developed by Olivetti and DEC, the Active Badge network improves at-work communications by tracking your colleagues' whereabouts.

State of the Art

[theme PRINTER TECHNOLOGY]

p.94 Printers in Transition

[author JOHN P MELLO Jr.]

People want faster, easier-to-use printers that produce higher-quality images. Those demands are starting to be met.

p.96 Laser Quality Without the Drum

p.98 Your Next Printer might Be for Your TV

p.103 The Printers Talk Back

[author FRANK HAYES]

The Network Printing Alliance Protocol will provide communications capabilities to your network printer. Now you'll know when the printer is low on toner, out of paper, and more.

p.110 Talking Printer Politics

p.115 Print Pages Faster

[author PETER WAYNER]

In the near future, you will be asking your printer to produce pages ever more quickly. Help is on the way in the form of better processors and more efficient software. Your computer's CPU might throw its weight behind processing print images, too.

p.125 Color Becomes Affordable

[author MICHAEL ZEIS]

At both the high and low ends, color printing continues to improve dramatically. Whether you want photographic-quality output or to just spice up a document, you'll find a color technology that fits the bill.

p.136 Color Management Makes Color Easier to Use

Reviews

p.138 The Big Three Square Off

[theme SPREADSHEETS][author DANIEL GASTEIGER]

All three of the market-leading Windows spreadsheets-Borland Quattro Pro for Windows, Lotus 1-2.3 for Windows, and Microsoft Excel-have undergone major product upgrades. Gasteiger sorts out the field and determines how each competitor stacks up. 138

p.151 The NetWare CD-ROM Solution

[theme CD-ROM][author STEVE BOSAK]

Microtest's Discport CD-ROM server makes the marriage of CD-ROM and Novell NetWare easy for all concerned.

p.153 Bargain Color Printers

[theme COLOR PRINTING][author TOM THOMPSON]

Inexpensive color printing from Star Micronics, Hewlett-Packard, and Fargo. Star Micronics' SJ-144 and Fargo's Primera break the $1000 price barrier for thermal-transfer color printing by leaving the image processing to the host system.

p.156 A Walk on the High End

p.165 Beyond Bit Maps

[theme IMAGE PROCESSING][author CAL VORNBERGER]

Multiple floating objects deliver new power and flexibility to bit-map image processing. Micrografx Picture Publisher 4.0 and Fractal Design PainterX2 feature object layers and other useful innovations.

p.169 A Tale of Two Alphas

[theme PROCESSORS][author RICK GREHAN]

An under-the-hood exploration of two Alpha-based systems from DEC: The DEC 3000 Model 300, a Unix box, and the DECpc AXP 150, which runs Windows NT.

p.176 Lab Report: 90 High-Speed 486 Systems

[theme 486 SYSTEMS]

We evaluate 90 high-end 486 systems, with CPUs from Intel, Cyrix. and IBM, to find the best PCs for your applications. Our rankings include ISA and EISA bus implementations, as well as local-bus designs.

p.178 The Best Systems for Windows Applications

p.180 The Best Systems for High-Performance Windows

p.184 How We Tested

p.188 Pentium Performance

p.190 Energy Star Systems

p.192 The Best Systems for Unix Applications

p.196 Honorable Mentions

p.196 Dubious Achievements

Hands On

p.203 Under the Hood: Optimal Character Recognition

[theme IMAGING][author PETER WAYNER]

Reliable optical character recognition faces many hurdles, including odd typefaces and marginal output. Expert systems, machine learning, and other techniques can help you tackle the problem.

p.213 Some Assembly Required: Using C++ for Directory Management

[theme PROGRAMMING TOOLS][author ALLEN I. HOLUB]

Build C++ tools to manage your directories and perform other useful tasks.

Opinions

p.225 Pournelle: Clean Water and Dirty Keyboards

[author JERRY POURNELLE]

The water is in Stockholm: the keyboards are in Chaos Manor.

p.49 Books & CD-ROMs: Entrepreneurial Enterprise...

[author RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ AND TOM THOMPSON]

Starting a business, a classic dictionary on CD-ROM, and more

p.302 Commentary: "How Are You at Interfacing?"

[author EDWARD R. SWART]

Computers are rapidly changing the English language.

p.14 Editorial

[author DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

Opinions on video computing, SGML, India's software development, and installer hell.

READER SERVICE

p.300 Editorial index by Company

p.296 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.298 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.296A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.257 BUYER'S GUIDE

Mail Order

Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

PROGRAM LISTINGS

From BIX: Join "listings/frombyte93" and select the appropriate subarea (i.e., "dec93").

From the UUNET:ftp to ftp.uu.net, log on as "anonymous," and enter your user ID as your password. Type "cd/published/byte" and type "DlR." Files appear in subdirectories arranged by month.

From the BYTE BBS at 1200-9600 bps: Dial (603) 924-9820 and follow the instructions at the prompt.