Vol.19 n°10 october 1994

Vol.19 n°10 october 1994

News & Views

p.24 BPR Tools Help You Work Smarter

p.24 BPR Tools Help You Work Smarter

Applications for the desktop that let managers implement business process reengineering projects and, in some cases, create work-flow applications.

[theme : BUSINESS PROCESS REENGINEERING]

p.25 The Pentium Goes Mainstream

p.25 The Pentium Goes Mainstream

Intel has reduced prices on all but it 100-MHz Pentium chips. The result: a new line of affordable Pentium-based PCs, some with enhanced IDE drives, high-speed serial ports, and 64-bit graphics acceleration for $2500 or less.

[theme : PC TRENDS]

p.28 TV Services Add Value to Desktop PCs

p.28 TV Services Add Value to Desktop PCs

Cable TV may soon provide a lot more than clear reception of the Simpsons. Companies are testing custom news services, on-line access, local discussion forums, and other services that will be delivered to your PC or a set-top box.

[theme : TV COMPUTING]

p.30 Taiwanese Vendors Wait for Operating Systems

p.30 Taiwanese Vendors Wait for Operating Systems

They're ready with the hardware, but major Taiwanese PC manufacturers continue to wait for a wider selection of operating systems than just AIX to load on the PowerPC clones.

[theme : POWERPC SYSTEMS]

p.34 Low-Cost Video Acceleration Arrives

p.34 Low-Cost Video Acceleration Arrives

Graphics accelerator cards that deliver improved video playback should arrive in force this fall at prices under $500.

[theme : PC GRAPHICS CARDS]

p.36 Ethernet Switching at a Fraction of the Cost

p.36 Ethernet Switching at a Fraction of the Cost

Even with the benefits of improved network performance, companies hesitate to adopt Ethernet switching, fearing expense and unfamiliarity. A new class of product, a switching hub on a PC card, eliminates both objections.

[theme : PC SWITCHING-HUB CARDS]

p.224 What's New

p.224 What's New

DECtalk Express Speech Synthesizer goes where you go; Visual Thought communicates ideas graphically; and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

Cover Story

p.50 The Network with Smarts

p.50 The Network with Smarts

Intelligent networks from AT&T and IBM could dramatically change the way you work and may set the model for a future of mobile software agents.

[theme : INTELLIGENT NETWORKING] [author : Andy Reinhardt]

p.52 Don't Write Off the Internet

p.52 Don't Write Off the Internet

p.64 Telescript Security

p.64 Telescript Security

Features

p.65 Measure for Measure

p.65 Measure for Measure

The more you know about benchmarks, the more you can use them intelligently when evaluating systems.

[theme : BENCHMARKS] [author : Oliver Sharp and David F. Bacon]

p.68 A world of Benchmarks

p.68 A world of Benchmarks

p.75 Unix at 25

p.75 Unix at 25

For a quarter of a centry, Unix has defined the design of commercial operating systems. Here's the story of what gives Unix its staying power.

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS] [author : Peter H. Salus]

p.86 Solutions Focus: Experts in the Field

p.86 Solutions Focus: Experts in the Field

Expert-system technology can pay off by capturing and codifying knowledge from throughout an organization.

[theme : EXPERT SYSTEMS] [author : Scott Wallace]

State of the Art

p.98 Get That Data!

p.98 Get That Data!

Modern business runs on information. New tools and standards help capture and process that information in nontraditional ways.

[theme : DATA ACQUISITION]

p.103 Design of a Lifetime

p.103 Design of a Lifetime

Product designers today face new requirements: They must account for the entire life cycle up front.

[author : Sara Reese Hedberg]

p.104 Made in the USA

p.104 Made in the USA

p.111 Process Control's New Face

p.111 Process Control's New Face

Personal computers are a cost-effective tool for controlling industrial processes.

[author : Mark Clarkson]

p.121 EDI Moves the Data

p.121 EDI Moves the Data

Eliminating the paper chase can speed up business and cut costs.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.126 Digital Cash

p.126 Digital Cash

p.128 Whose Authentication Systems?

p.128 Whose Authentication Systems?

Reviews

p.129 Software Roundup: SQL Front Ends for Windows

p.129 Software Roundup: SQL Front Ends for Windows

NSTL evaluates three high-end SQL packages for developing sophisticated applications in a client/server environment. PowerBuilder, SQL Windows, and Object View are tested for performance, versatility, power, and usability.

[author : Mark Hettler and Scott Higgs]

p.143 Networking on a Beam of Light

p.143 Networking on a Beam of Light

Photonics' Cooperative infrared LAN connects a roomful of Macs wirelessly. It's simple to use: You plug the small transceiver unit into a system's LocalTalk port.

[theme : NETWORKS] [author : Howard Eglowstein]

p.145 Due Recognition of OCR

p.145 Due Recognition of OCR

We compared the new high-end Windows products of major OCR vendors Caere and Calera with each other and with the international edition of less-know Recognita's product. We also tested Xerox's low-cost TextBridge 2.0 against all three. For serious OCR work, accuracy is critical, but if you don't do high-volume OCR, TextBridge may be your best bet.

[theme : OCR] [author : Howard Eglowstein]

p.153 Watcom C/C++ Get a New Face

p.153 Watcom C/C++ Get a New Face

With version 10.0 of its C/C++ compiler, Watcom has added a complete graphical development environment and enhanced cross-platform capabilities. From a DOS, OS/2, Windows, or Windows NT host, you can now generate executables for DOS, Windows, Windows NT, OS/2, Novell NetWare, and AutoCAD. And from a single host you can produce both 16-and 32-bit code.

[author : Rick Grehan]

p.159 Mac SCSI Utility Sampler

p.159 Mac SCSI Utility Sampler

Two SCSI utilities that let you attach third-party SCSI drives to your Mac.

[theme : MACINTOSH UTILITIES] [author : Tom Thompson]

p.163 Cross-Platform Warrior

p.163 Cross-Platform Warrior

Metrowerk's CodeWarrior is a powerful, exciting development environment for both 680x0 Macintosh and Power PC platforms.

[author : Raymond Ga Côté]

p.169 One World, One Fax

p.169 One World, One Fax

Global Village's One World fax server gives a Mac network an easy shared fax solution. The One World fax server installed on the BYTE editorial LAN is evaluated for its performance, flexibility, and ease of use.

[theme : FAX SERVERS] [author : Howard Eglowstein]

p.174 Lab Report: 31 No-Compromise Portables

p.174 Lab Report: 31 No-Compromise Portables

We choose the best high-performance notebooks and subnotebooks. We also rate the leading portable printers for speed and print quality.

[theme : HIGH-PERFORMANCE PORTABLES] [author : A. J. Lennon]

p.176 Best High-Performance Notebooks

p.176 Best High-Performance Notebooks

p.176 PowerBook Update

p.176 PowerBook Update

p.181 Best 486 Based Subnotebooks

p.181 Best 486 Based Subnotebooks

p.183 Best Protable Printers

p.183 Best Protable Printers

p.186 How We Tested

p.186 How We Tested

p.188 Honorable Mentions

p.188 Honorable Mentions

p.188 Dubious Achievements

p.188 Dubious Achievements

p.192 Roll Call.

p.192 Roll Call.

Core Technology

p.197 Alpha Rides High

p.197 Alpha Rides High

The 21164 is head and shoulders above the rest.

[theme : CPUS] [author : Bob Ryan]

p.199 QNX Forges Ahead

p.199 QNX Forges Ahead

New uses for QNX, a venerable, micro-kernel-based operating system.

[author : Peter D. Varhol] [author : Peter D. Varhol]

p.203 Charting the Uncharted

p.203 Charting the Uncharted

Market dynamics may force you to port your Unix applications to Windows NT. Here's a guide to translating calls from one operating system to the other.

[author : Steve Niezgoda]

p.207 Clearing Away the ISDN Roadblocks

p.207 Clearing Away the ISDN Roadblocks

ISDN still isn't smoothly interoperable, but there's hope

[author : Jeffrey Fritz]

Opinions

p.211 Pournelle: Odds and Ends

p.211 Pournelle: Odds and Ends

Jerry looks at a dramatic morphing program, a neural network, and more.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.45 Books and CD-ROMS: Build Power Macintosh Applications

p.45 Books and CD-ROMS: Build Power Macintosh Applications

Power Mac program development, a science CD-ROM, and object-oriented programming languages.

[author : Raymond Ga Côté and Rich Friedman and Russell Kay]

p.282 Commentary: Slouching Toward the Internet

p.282 Commentary: Slouching Toward the Internet

A world of information can seem just out of reach.

[author : Craig Nova]

p.10 Editorial

p.10 Editorial

[author : Dennis Allen]

p.41 Blasts from the Past

p.41 Blasts from the Past

Highlights from two decades of covering the computer revolution.

p.18 Letters

p.18 Letters

Reactions to Commodore's demise

p.202 Reader Survey

p.202 Reader Survey

READER SERVICE

p.280 Editorial Index by Company

p.280 Editorial Index by Company

p.276 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.276 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.278 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.278 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

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p.235 BUYER'S GUIDE

p.235 BUYER'S GUIDE

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