Vol.18 n°13 december 1993

Vol.18 n°13 december 1993

News & Views

p.23 Apple Revamps Its Lineup

p.23 Apple Revamps Its Lineup

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

[theme : DESKTOP SYSTEMS]

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

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

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

[theme : PROCESSORS FOR PDAS]

p.32 Moving Toward Windows Building Blocks

p.32 Moving Toward Windows Building Blocks

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

[theme : WINDOWS/OLE 2.0]

p.38 Demand for Multimedia Upgrade Kits Growing

p.38 Demand for Multimedia Upgrade Kits Growing

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

[theme : MULTIMEDIA]

p.42 New RISC Chips For Windows NT

p.42 New RISC Chips For Windows NT

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

[theme : WINDOWS NT PROCESSORS]

p.44 Microsoft Tunes WFW

p.44 Microsoft Tunes WFW

Microsoft fixes some deficiencies in its workgroup program.

[theme : WORKGROUP COMPUTING]

p.46 WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows

p.46 WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows

WordPerfect opts for bigger code and more features.

[theme : WINDOWS WORD PROCESSORS]

p.48 Report from Cyprus

p.48 Report from Cyprus

Information technology consultants in Cyprus get no respect.

[theme : A MARKET IN TRANSITION]

p.243 What's New

p.243 What's New

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

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

Cover Story

[theme : NETWORKS]

p.66 Linking LANs

p.66 Linking LANs

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

[author : SMITH AND JON UDELL]

p.70 Reducing Router Network Transmission Costs

p.70 Reducing Router Network Transmission Costs

p.78 Political Primer for Enterprise Networks

p.78 Political Primer for Enterprise Networks

p.84 TCP Addressing

p.84 TCP Addressing

Features

p.57 Track People with Active Badges

p.57 Track People with Active Badges

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

[theme : COMMUNICATIONS] [author : DICK POUNTAIN]

State of the Art

[theme : PRINTER TECHNOLOGY]

p.94 Printers in Transition

p.94 Printers in Transition

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

[author : JOHN P MELLO Jr.]

p.96 Laser Quality Without the Drum

p.96 Laser Quality Without the Drum

p.98 Your Next Printer might Be for Your TV

p.98 Your Next Printer might Be for Your TV

p.103 The Printers Talk Back

p.103 The Printers Talk Back

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.

[author : FRANK HAYES]

p.110 Talking Printer Politics

p.110 Talking Printer Politics

p.115 Print Pages Faster

p.115 Print Pages Faster

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.

[author : PETER WAYNER]

p.125 Color Becomes Affordable

p.125 Color Becomes Affordable

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.

[author : MICHAEL ZEIS]

p.136 Color Management Makes Color Easier to Use

p.136 Color Management Makes Color Easier to Use

Reviews

p.138 The Big Three Square Off

p.138 The Big Three Square Off

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.

[theme : SPREADSHEETS] [author : DANIEL GASTEIGER]

p.151 The NetWare CD-ROM Solution

p.151 The NetWare CD-ROM Solution

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

[theme : CD-ROM] [author : STEVE BOSAK]

p.153 Bargain Color Printers

p.153 Bargain Color Printers

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.

[theme : COLOR PRINTING] [author : TOM THOMPSON]

p.156 A Walk on the High End

p.156 A Walk on the High End

p.165 Beyond Bit Maps

p.165 Beyond Bit Maps

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.

[theme : IMAGE PROCESSING] [author : CAL VORNBERGER]

p.169 A Tale of Two Alphas

p.169 A Tale of Two Alphas

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.

[theme : PROCESSORS] [author : RICK GREHAN]

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

p.176 Lab Report: 90 High-Speed 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.

[theme : 486 SYSTEMS]

p.178 The Best Systems for Windows Applications

p.178 The Best Systems for Windows Applications

p.180 The Best Systems for High-Performance Windows

p.180 The Best Systems for High-Performance Windows

p.184 How We Tested

p.184 How We Tested

p.188 Pentium Performance

p.188 Pentium Performance

p.190 Energy Star Systems

p.190 Energy Star Systems

p.192 The Best Systems for Unix Applications

p.192 The Best Systems for Unix Applications

p.196 Honorable Mentions

p.196 Honorable Mentions

p.196 Dubious Achievements

p.196 Dubious Achievements

Hands On

p.203 Under the Hood: Optimal Character Recognition

p.203 Under the Hood: Optimal Character Recognition

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.

[theme : IMAGING] [author : PETER WAYNER]

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

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

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

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

Opinions

p.225 Pournelle: Clean Water and Dirty Keyboards

p.225 Pournelle: Clean Water and Dirty Keyboards

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

[author : JERRY POURNELLE]

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

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

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

[author : RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ AND TOM THOMPSON]

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

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

Computers are rapidly changing the English language.

[author : EDWARD R. SWART]

p.14 Editorial

p.14 Editorial

[author : DENNIS ALLEN]

p.18 Letters

p.18 Letters

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

READER SERVICE

p.300 Editorial index by Company

p.300 Editorial index by Company

p.296 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.296 Alphabetical index to Advertisers

p.298 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.298 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.296A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.296A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.257 BUYER'S GUIDE

p.257 BUYER'S GUIDE

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Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

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