Vol.19 n°3 march 1994

Vol.19 n°3 march 1994

NEWS & VIEWS

p.22 Chicago: An Ambitious Compromise

p.22 Chicago: An Ambitious Compromise

Windows NT it's not, but Microsoft's next version of Windows will play well on low-end, Intel-based PCs.

[theme : WINDOWS]

p.23 Low-End PowerPC Leaves 68040 Macs in the Dust

p.23 Low-End PowerPC Leaves 68040 Macs in the Dust

Preliminary test results have the least expensive PowerPC Mac completing compute-intensive tasks at least three to four times faster than a Mac Quadra 900.

[theme : POWERPC MACINTOSH]

p.26 Teutonizing the Newton

p.26 Teutonizing the Newton

In working on the German version of the Newton PDA, Apple discovered that handwriting-recognition systems add a whole new set of factors in localizing a product.

[theme : PDAS]

p.28 Tut's 10-Mbps Telephone Cord Network Could Be Small-Office King

p.28 Tut's 10-Mbps Telephone Cord Network Could Be Small-Office King

A new development brings 10-Mbps networking to companies that are put off by the complexities of network wiring.

[theme : NETWORKING]

p.32 Intel and Nestor to Commercialize Neural-Net Chip

p.32 Intel and Nestor to Commercialize Neural-Net Chip

An agreement between Intel and Nestor to commercialize a neural processor could affect applications ranging from handwriting recognition to air-traffic control.

[theme : NEURAL NETWORKS]

p.34 Fax Gets a Face-Lift

p.34 Fax Gets a Face-Lift

This spring and summer, a new wave of products will give fax a face-lift by adding binary-file-transfer capabilities.

[theme : COMMUNICATIONS]

p.38 Alliances Could Mean Better Integration

p.38 Alliances Could Mean Better Integration

Microsoft and DEC will integrate DEC's Object Broker distributed-object system with Microsoft's OLE technology, and the agreement will allow Windows-and OLE-supported Mac applications to seamlessly access data on a wide variety of platforms.

[theme : OBJECT OPERATING SYSTEM]

p.220 What's New

p.220 What's New

A PCMCIA card with its own audio; Windows software for powerful imaging; Visual Basic tools; and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

COVER STORY

p.46 Building the Data Highway

p.46 Building the Data Highway

Building the data highway will require a blending of diverse technologies. What's the best way to send large amounts of data over today's mix of copper, coaxial cable, and fiber-optic lines? Should the transport protocol be ATM? TCP/IP? TCP/IP over ATM? The major players - the phone companies, the cable companies, and proponents of the Internet - each have their own vision of what the data highway should be. Whose vision should prevail?

[theme : WIDE-AREA NETWORKS] [author : Andy Reinhardt]

p.52 Government Policy on the Data Highway

p.52 Government Policy on the Data Highway

p.56 Data Highway Lags in Japan

p.56 Data Highway Lags in Japan

p.58 Europe's Many Data Highways

p.58 Europe's Many Data Highways

p.60 Highway Safety: The Key Is Encryption

p.60 Highway Safety: The Key Is Encryption

p.62 The Tools for New TV

p.62 The Tools for New TV

STATE OF THE ART

p.78 Managing Mass Storage

p.78 Managing Mass Storage

Advances in storage technology struggle to keep up with the burgeoning pace of storage requirements.

[theme : STORAGE TECHNOLOGY] [author : Scott Wallace]

p.86 Storage Hot Spots

p.86 Storage Hot Spots

p.91 Digital Hard Drives

p.91 Digital Hard Drives

Digital-read-channel technology will double the capacity of a standard hard drive, letting you pack more data on your hard disk.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.93 PRML at Work

p.93 PRML at Work

p.97 IDE Takes Off

p.97 IDE Takes Off

A low-cost solution, enhanced IDE will allow you to connect more and different peripherals to your PC.

[author : Joe Bryan]

p.99 SCSI vs. IDE

p.99 SCSI vs. IDE

p.107 Optical Advances

p.107 Optical Advances

A convergence of technologies is set to take the capacity of magneto-optical drives into the stratosphere.

[author : David K. Campbell and Kraig Proehl]

REVIEWS

p.120 Three Suite Deals

p.120 Three Suite Deals

Office application suites are taking the market by storm. But do you really get extra functionality and smoother integration by turning to a single vendor for all your major applications.

[theme : INTEGRATED BUSINESS SOFTWARE] [author : Bill Lawrence]

p.122 OLE 2.0: Death to Monoliths?

p.122 OLE 2.0: Death to Monoliths?

p.129 Multiprocessor Horsepower

p.129 Multiprocessor Horsepower

BYTE compares three dual-processor PCs from ALR, Compaq, and VTech. Running two processors - whether 486 or Pentium - gives a big boost to Microsoft's SQL Server under Windows NT.

[theme : SYSTEMS] [author : Raymond Ga Côté]

p.139 Q+E: The Key to ODBC

p.139 Q+E: The Key to ODBC

With ODBC drivers and Q+E's 2.0 release of Database Library, you can build a database-independent applications. The drivers enable a transparent connection to multiple data sources, while the library of DLLs delivers features - such as transactions support and explicit record locking - not necessarily supported by the database engine.

[theme : DATABASE DEVELOPMENT] [author : Steve Apiki]

p.143 Client/Server Made Easy

p.143 Client/Server Made Easy

NobleNet's EZ-RPC takes the sting out of writing client/server applications. Whether converting existing stand-alone programs of starting from scratch, applications programmers can write distributed applications without any network programming skills.

[theme : CLIENT/SERVER] [author : Ben Smith]

p.145 Budget CD Recording

p.145 Budget CD Recording

Cutting your own CD-ROMs has become affordable now that CD-R drives with recording software go for around $4000. Tom Thompson tests three, from JVC, Microboards, and Pinnacle Micro, on both Mac and PC platforms.

[theme : CD-ROM] [author : Tom Thompson]

p.151 Desktop Telephony

p.151 Desktop Telephony

PhonePro makes it easy to build phone automation applications for the Mac.

[theme : COMMUNICATIONS] [author : Raymond Ga Côté]

p.156 Lab Report: 46 Powerful Portables

p.156 Lab Report: 46 Powerful Portables

486 processing power now comes in two portable-computer form factors. See our exclusive ranking to find the best notebook and subnotebook for your application.

[theme : 486-BASED PORTABLES]

p.158 Best Windows Notebooks

p.158 Best Windows Notebooks

p.158 New Pointers

p.158 New Pointers

p.160 (162) How We Tested

p.160 (162) How We Tested

p.160 (162) Essential Features

p.160 (162) Essential Features

p.166 Best Color Notebooks

p.166 Best Color Notebooks

p.166 Dual Scan: An Economical Compromise?

p.166 Dual Scan: An Economical Compromise?

p.171 Best Desktop Replacement Notebooks

p.171 Best Desktop Replacement Notebooks

p.172 Mobile Multimedia

p.172 Mobile Multimedia

p.174 Best Subnotebooks

p.174 Best Subnotebooks

p.174 SL-Enhanced CPU's: Power Misers, but Rare

p.174 SL-Enhanced CPU's: Power Misers, but Rare

p.177 Lithium Promises Longer Battery Life

p.177 Lithium Promises Longer Battery Life

p.178 Honorable Mentions

p.178 Honorable Mentions

p.178 Dubious Achievements

p.178 Dubious Achievements

p.183 Under the Hood: A Close-Up of OpenDoc

p.183 Under the Hood: A Close-Up of OpenDoc

A new vendor-neutral document standard provides a natural way to work with information while operating on different platforms.

[theme : CROSS-PLATFORM ARCHITECTURE] [author : Kurt Piersol]

p.191 Some Assembly Required: Life with NewtonScript

p.191 Some Assembly Required: Life with NewtonScript

Programming the game of Life in the Apple Newton's scripting language.

[theme : APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT] [author : David Betz]

p.197 Beyond DOS: Visual Basic Custom Controls

p.197 Beyond DOS: Visual Basic Custom Controls

Exploring Visual C++ 1.5's powerful OLE support.

[theme : OLE EMBEDDING] [author : Jon Udell]

OPINIONS

p.201 Pournelle: Booting, Benchmarking, and Bob's Your Uncle

p.201 Pournelle: Booting, Benchmarking, and Bob's Your Uncle

A potpourri of activity at Chaos Manor as Jerry continues his exploration of the Windows machinery.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.41 Books and CD-ROMs: A Cache-Memory Primer

p.41 Books and CD-ROMs: A Cache-Memory Primer

The theory and practice of cache-memory design, a fantastic world on CD-ROM, multimedia production, and strange patterns.

[author : Bob Ryan and Michael Nadeau and Raymond Ga Côté]

p.278 Commentary: Virtual Legality

p.278 Commentary: Virtual Legality

As the law struggles to catch up with technological changes, what happens to our legal, social, and ethical responsibilities?

[author : Victor J. Cosentino]

p.10 Editorial

p.10 Editorial

[author : Dennis Allen]

p.18 Letters: WANs, printer technology, and statistics

p.18 Letters: WANs, printer technology, and statistics

READER SERVICE

p.276 Editorial Index by Company

p.276 Editorial Index by Company

p.272 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.272 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.274 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.274 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

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p.233 BUYER'S GUIDE

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