Vol.20 n°5 may 1995

Vol.20 n°5 may 1995

News & Views

p.22 Desktop Databases Pack More Power

p.22 Desktop Databases Pack More Power

PC database vendors are touting their products' ability to scale from the desktop to the enterprise. But vendors' definitions of scalability vary widely.

[theme : PC DATABASES]

p.23 Pentium Dream Systems Arrive

p.23 Pentium Dream Systems Arrive

An early look at two of the first 120-MHz Pentium machines reveals more than just a fast processor inside the box.

[theme : 120-MHZ PENTIUM PCS]

p.26 VR Can Improve Your Health

p.26 VR Can Improve Your Health

Virtual reality is fundamentally altering and improving the way medical care is taught and delivered.

[theme : VIRTUAL REALITY]

p.30 RISC Invades the School and Home

p.30 RISC Invades the School and Home

Apple's Power Mac 5200 beefs up the LC line for the school and home with a new PowerPC processor.

[theme : POWER MAC]

p.30 Compaq Reduces Cost of Ownership

p.30 Compaq Reduces Cost of Ownership

Compaq Computer is making it easier for LAN management software vendors with its new line of Deskpro PCs.

[theme : DESKTOP PCS]

p.34 Byte Picks CeBIT's Best

p.34 Byte Picks CeBIT's Best

BYTE editors scoured the CeBIT show for the best in new international products.

[theme : INTERNATIONAL NEW PRODUCTS]

p.36 Companies Cut Phone Bills

p.36 Companies Cut Phone Bills

Companies are starting to use the Internet as a pseudoprivate backbone to carry fax and voice traffic.

[theme : INTERNET]

p.40 OCR Fuels Slow Paper Burn

p.40 OCR Fuels Slow Paper Burn

OCR is getting easier, and who knows, maybe the elusive paperless office will one day become reality. Naaaaah.

[theme : IMAGE ACQUISITION TRENDS]

p.202 What's New

p.202 What's New

The PageCard Wireless Messaging System keeps you up-to-date anywhere; PaperPort 2.0 for Windows converts documents into editable text; and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

Cover Story

p.48 Your Next Mainframe

p.48 Your Next Mainframe

PCs are becoming as powerful as mainframes, and mainframes are being made from PC parts. But the mainframe of the future won't be a gigantic PC; it will be software and a network.

[theme : MAINFRAMES OF THE FUTURE] [author : Andy Reinhardt]

Features

p.62 Solutions Focus: The British Library's Catalog Is On-Line

p.62 Solutions Focus: The British Library's Catalog Is On-Line

The British Library computerizes its paper catalogs.

[theme : TEXT RETRIEVAL] [author : Dick Pountain]

p.75 1995 Readers' Choice Awards

p.75 1995 Readers' Choice Awards

BYTE readers anoint the best hardware and software on the market today.

[theme : PRODUCTS]

p.85 See You Around

p.85 See You Around

A look at how the panoramic-video technology used by Apple's QuickTime VR and Microsoft's Surround Video can open up a wraparound, photo-quality, virtual-reality world right on your computer screen.

[author : Tom R. Halfhill]

State of the Art

p.95 Beyond Hollywood

p.95 Beyond Hollywood

[theme : DIGITAL VIDEO] [author : Alan Joch]

It's getting easier to bring digital video to your desktop.

p.97 BYTE's Video Workshop

p.97 BYTE's Video Workshop

[author : Stanford Diehl]

BYTE sets up a digital video studio to test the viability of corporate video production on the PC desktop. Using Windows tools for digital and analog video production, we address the major issues of developing and deploying video content.

p.107 Compression Scorecard

p.107 Compression Scorecard

Compression's more efficient than ever if you pick the right code. Our scorecards compare compression quality and speed of seven leading choices.

[author : John Bryan]

p.113 Video Connections

p.113 Video Connections

[author : Jeffrey Fritz]

Isochronous Ethernet and ATM race to bring video to your desktop.

Reviews

p.119 Incredible Expanding Keyboard

p.119 Incredible Expanding Keyboard

IBM's revolutionary ThinkPad 701C fits a full-size keyboard and a 10.4-inch LCD screen into a subnotebook. You must see it to believe it.

[theme : SUBNOTEBOOKS] [author : Alan Joch]

p.121 The Benefits of Recentralization

p.121 The Benefits of Recentralization

There's a move to consolidate network management tools. Microsoft fields a powerful entry in Systems Management Server, which rounds up and controls network resources multiple vendors.

[theme : NETWORK MANAGEMENT] [author : Ethan Wilansky]

p.125 Small-Scale Telephony

p.125 Small-Scale Telephony

Multifunction telephony cards can cost-effectively make your small business sound big. We test six.

[theme : COMPUTER TELEPHONY] [author : Tom Yager]

p.131 Apple's Improved MessagePad

p.131 Apple's Improved MessagePad

With bug fixes, more memory, and third-party support, Apple's new MessagePad 120 strengthens its position in the PDA marathon.

[theme : PDAS] [author : Tom Thompson]

p.133 Good news of Delphi

p.133 Good news of Delphi

With its quick object-oriented Pascal compiler, extensible development environment, and integrated database access, Borland's Delphi is a powerful base for prototyping and developing applications.

[theme : APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT] [author : Raymond Ga Côté]

p.137 Mathematica Meets Warp

p.137 Mathematica Meets Warp

It's no surprise that the new OS/2 version of Mathematica runs faster than the Windows version on IBM's 32-bit OS.

[theme : QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS] [author : Doug Tamasanis]

p.143 Software Roundup: Document Image Managers

p.143 Software Roundup: Document Image Managers

NSTL surveyed eight document image managers for converting paper documents into electronic form and found promising programs with much room for improvement.

[theme : DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT] [author : David Seachrist]

p.154 Lab Report: 29 Printers That Mean Business

p.154 Lab Report: 29 Printers That Mean Business

Acquire speed and pizzazz with printer from this month's Lab Report. We test color ink-jets, 6-to 10ppm laser printers, 11-to 30-ppm lasers for networks, and a few select color lasers.

[theme : PRINTERS]

p.156 11- to 30-PPM Laser Printers

p.156 11- to 30-PPM Laser Printers

p.158 Honorable Mentions

p.158 Honorable Mentions

p.160 6- to 10-PPM Laser Printers

p.160 6- to 10-PPM Laser Printers

p.162 Color Ink-Jet Printers

p.162 Color Ink-Jet Printers

p.164 Color Laser Printers.

p.164 Color Laser Printers.

Core Technologies

p.173 ColdFire: A Hot Architecture

p.173 ColdFire: A Hot Architecture

A new architecture for 68000 processing means low cost and high power for embedded applications.

[theme : CPUS] [author : Joe Circello]

p.175 NetWare 4.1 Forges Ahead

p.175 NetWare 4.1 Forges Ahead

Can NetWare 4.1 stand up to strong competition from NT Server 3.5 and LAN Server 4.0?

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS] [author : Barry Nance]

p.177 Adding Apple Events to Your Mac Applications: Part 1

p.177 Adding Apple Events to Your Mac Applications: Part 1

How to make your application a good neighbor to other applications - and thus of value to your customer.

[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Tom Thompson]

p.181 Virtual LANs Get Real

p.181 Virtual LANs Get Real

Virtual LANs meet rapidly changing business environment needs.

[author : Salvatore Salamone]

Opinions

p.187 Pournelle: Prizes and Surprises

p.187 Pournelle: Prizes and Surprises

A visit to Microsoft finds Jerry coming away favorably impressed.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.43 Books and CD-ROMs: Risky Business and Private E-Mail

p.43 Books and CD-ROMs: Risky Business and Private E-Mail

An on-line forum in book form, secure communications, a CD-ROM to help you travel in Europe cheaply, and a major work on Mac programming.

[author : Russell Kay and Rich Friedman and Tom Thompson]

p.260 Commentary: So Where's the IT Payoff?

p.260 Commentary: So Where's the IT Payoff?

Flawed technology and advice can seriously affect the bottom line.

[author : Jessica Keyes]

p.12 Editorial

p.12 Editorial

[author : Raphael Needleman]

p.41 Blasts from the Past

p.41 Blasts from the Past

Highlights from two decades of covering the PC revolution.

p.17 Letters

p.17 Letters

This month's letters discuss computers in education, Internet attitudes, and SGML, as well as clarify results in our Lab Report on tape drives.

p.194 Reader Survey

p.194 Reader Survey

READER SERVICE

p.258 Editorial Index by Company

p.258 Editorial Index by Company

p.254 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.254 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.256 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.256 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: 112A, 256A

p.211 BUYER'S GUIDE

p.211 BUYER'S GUIDE

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