In terms of sheer processing power, Intel is behind the RISC curve. Its next-generation Pentium may only keep the gap from widening. But that may be enough.
[theme : PROCESSORS]
After years of carefully guarding its Macintosh system software, Apple (Cupertino, CA) is taking steps to spread the Mac OS to several different platforms.
[theme : OPERATING SYSTEM]
[theme : PC VIDEO ACCELERATORS]
Two coalitions, VESA and an Intel-ATI pairing, have offered new graphics standards to speed digital video across the desktop.
Thanks to Kopin's Smart Slide technology, it may not be long before you can wear a head-mounted display that's about the size of a 35mm slide yet sports 640-by 480-pixel VGA resolution.
[theme : DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY]
Motif says its active addressing offers the best of both worlds - the low cost of passive matrix and the fast response of active matrix.
Access 2.0 is what Microsoft wanted Access 1.0 to be: an easy-to-use, full-featured, relational database for Windows.
[theme : WINDOWS DATABASE]
RediDockit and DigiDial provide wireless control for your PC; Rapport Script brings object-oriented word processing to Unix; Internet-In-A-Box lets you access the Internet from your PC; and more.
[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]
The first PowerPC systems for the desktop provide many pleasant surprises, especially low price.
[theme : NEW SYSTEMS] [author : Tom Thompson and Bob Ryan]
Emulating Windows on even the fastest RISC workstation might mean disappointing performance.
Emulation is beginning to appear as an integral feature in some new operating systems, and its ambitious goal is to shield users from the incompatibilities of different hardware and operating-system platforms.
[author : Tom R. Halfhill]
RISC development tools must offer more variety and greater ease of use.
[author : Alex Lane]
Available on RISC, CISC, and SMP platforms, Advanced Server and SQL Server make NT a viable choice to provide file and database services to your LAN.
[author : Jon Udell]
Object-oriented DBMSes solve the problem of storing persistent data from an object-oriented application.
[theme : OBJECT DATABASE SYSTEMS] [author : Richard Marlon Stein]
To store complex data objects, relational database systems must perform expensive and CPU-intensive transformations because of their simplified storage capabilities. Object database systems and object-oriented programming languages make it possible to store and access such data in an easy, efficient manner.
[author : Craig S. Mullins]
The object-oriented approach looks great in theory - but what's it like out in the field? Here's a look at how object database technology is being used in a variety of real-world applications - the reasons, the benefits, the drawbacks, product selection, and wish lists.
[author : Russell Kay]
Microfield Graphics SoftBoard and AT&T DataPort 2001 Multimedia Communicator enhance long-distance teleconferencing.
[theme : COMMUNICATIONS] [author : H. Eglowstein]
A $695 multiprotocol print server from Axis Communications connects as many as three printers directly to Ethernet LANs, providing equal access to PCs, Macs, and Unix machines. The NPS 550's virtual printer technology simplifies configuration and administration.
[theme : PRINTING] [author : Ben Smith]
Plug Tut Systems' $99 Silver Streak adapter onto your Ethernet card, and you can string inexpensive, easy-to-install silver-satin phone cord instead of thin Ethernet. The Silver Streak allows full 10-Mbps Ethernet speed over the UTP phone cord.
[theme : NETWORKS]
Time-line-based presentation software can enliven a traditional computer-based presentation with motion, animation, video, sound, and interactive controls. Cryan evaluates the best multimedia presenters for Windows and the Mac.
[theme : MULTIMEDIA] [author : Shelley Cryan]
Côté finds Mainstay's new C and BASIC programming environments for the Macintosh hard to pigeonhole and harder to resist.
[theme : DEVELOPMENT TOOLS] [author : Raymond Ga Côté]
16-bit NICs from Asia, evaluated by the Taiwan-based independent testing lab LANBit Computer.
Should you buy a high-end 486 or a Pentium? We evaluate 37 66-MHz 486DX2 systems and 20 Pentium systems to find the best performers for Windows, Unix, and DOS applications.
[theme : HIGH-END SYSTEMS] [author : S. M. Platt]
Power Mac offer backward compatibility and support for future development.
[author : Randy Thelen]
This widely supported public domain language can easily solve many general programming problems.
[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Tom Christiansen]
A look at four recent books on Windows NT, Win32, and OLE 2.
[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Jon Udell]
It's time once again for the annual User's Choice Awards from Chaos Manor.
[author : Jerry Pournelle]
Thousands of Internet listings, government information on CD-ROM, computer design, and repetitive strain injuries.
Exposing the myth of the first bug.
[author : Fred Shapiro]
[author : Dennis Allen]
Compression problems, the Richard III-MIS director comparison, and Mac SCSI hints.
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