IBM has released the first beta of a new version of OS/2 for Windows: a 32-bit operating system that will run well on 4-MB PCs. But support for APIs for future versions of Windows is uncertain.
[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS]
When combining hubs with devices that give users WAN access, vendors are making sure the components complement each other so that the combination is often better than what you'd get if you bought the pieces separately.
[theme : WIDE-AREA NETWORKS]
This fall, IBM will introduce Intelligent Communications, a set of communications services that span the gulf between different access providers, mail systems, delivery media, and user devices.
New products and services are out that can help a developer file a patent application or search for prior patents.
[theme : NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT]
DynaZIP lets you build Windows-based C/C++ or Visual Basic programs that can read and write standard ZIP files.
[theme : PROGRAMMING]
CorelDraw 5.0 offers an improved PhotoPaint image-editing application and numerous new image-editing tools.
[theme : WINDOWS GRAPHICS]
At least three Windows voice-dictation programs will be available by year-end. Kurzweil Applied Intelligence's Voice for Windows 1.0 is the first.
[theme : SPEECH RECOGNITION]
The Quartet provides four PCI ports; Enable for Windows integrates five applications; and more.
[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]
As compound document architectures make their way into the desktop computing mainstream, the way we manage documents is fundamentally changing.
[theme : DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT] [author : Andy Reinhardt]
The LANtastic API gives you an unprecedented degree of control over your network configuration.
[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Amin R. Ismail and Rhonda Copley]
Reversible logic circuits promise to radically decrease the power requirements of future VLSI chips.
[theme : LOW-POWER TECHNOLOGY] [author : Peter Wayner]
CPUs get the glory, but cache type and organization are just as critical in determining system performance.
[theme : David F. Bacon] [author : David F. Bacon]
Connecting add-on devices to your computer can be an exercise in frustration. New buses promise to simplify the process.
[theme : BUS TECHNOLOGY] [author : Russell Kay]
New standards clarify the future direction and higher-speed capabilities of this long-established workhorse interface for PC, Macintosh, and Unix platforms.
[author : Dinah McNutt]
Two new serial buses contend for desktop acceptance - the low-speed Access.bus and the high-speed P1394/Fire Wire. Each has special strengths.
[author : Mark Clarkson]
Here's a new route to the fast lane on the serial superhighway, opening up the capabilities of optical-fiber connections and incorporating other buses and protocols.
[author : John Bryan]
As the computing world becomes increasingly interconnected through LANs, wide-area links, the Internet, and on-line services, corporations are more vulnerable to the threat of computer viruses. BYTE evaluates a convenient and effective solution: antivirus software that works as NetWare NLMs. We test seven products for performance, effectiveness, usability, and versatility.
[author : ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE]
New color flatbed scanners from Agfa, Microtek, and Umax provide a price/performance balance that should appeal to graphics professionals. You may not need your local color service's drum scanner for image processing.
[author : G. Armour Van Horn]
The latest PowerBooks set a new standard for notebook computers: built-in Ethernet, an innovative trackpad, optional PCMCIA expansion, 16-bit color, stereo sound, and a fast 68040 processor upgradable to PowerPC. Tom Thompson tests the new PowerBooks.
[theme : SYSTEMS] [author : Tom Thompson]
DEC's LinkWorks delivers a multiplatform - Unix, OpenVMS, PC, and Macintosh - work-flow system. If groups in your organization collaborate on the creation and development of documents, images, or data, LinkWorks can provide an effective set of tools for automating your most complex work-flow tasks.
[author : Ben Smith]
SPARC portables from RDI, Sun, and Tadpole put workstation computing on the road. These systems have at least a 50-MHz MicroSparc CPU, 32 MB of RAM, 340 MB of internal SCSI storage, and a color TFT display. All include software to handle such mobile problems as rapidly reconfiguring between different network situations. Apiki tests for performance, features, and portability.
[theme : SYSTEMS] [author : Steve Apiki]
This program is an essential tool for developing native PowerPC programs.
[theme : DEVELOPMENT TOOLS] [author : Tom Thompson]
Our application tests identify the best Pentium systems for general business and high-performance computing.
[theme : PENTIUMS]
Following a decade of crucial research breakthroughs, functional programming languages are catching on, even in the realms of parallel programming and real-time systems.
[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Dick Pountain]
Hewlett-Packard's PA-RISC 7200 superscalar processor is not typical, and neither is its performance: It's likely to hold the title of "fastest RISC in town" for the immediate future.
[theme : CPUS] [author : Dick Pountain]
System 7.5 is a significant evolutionary step toward a new Mac OS.
[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS] [author : Tom Thompson]
SNMP is maturing as evidenced by the added functionality of SNMP 2.
[theme : NETWORKS] [author : William Stallings and Ben Smith]
Jerry experiments with minimalist computing
[author : Jerry Pournelle]
Developing embedded systems, a Holocaust story on CD-ROM, and a look at the future of publishing.
[author : Rick Grehan and Tom Thompson and Michael Nadeau]
[author : Tom R. Halfhill]
A look at the company that introduced millions to personal computing.
[author : Dennis Allen]
How to preserve a sense of community in neighborhoods while still enjoying on-line communities.
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