Vol.20 n°6 june 1995

Vol.20 n°6 june 1995

News & Views

p.24 Chip Wars Drive Down PC Prices

p.24 Chip Wars Drive Down PC Prices

Four companies are scrambling to put the fastest and lest expensive x86 chip in you PC.

[theme : PC MICROPROCESSORS]

p.25 PowerPC Tidal Wave

p.25 PowerPC Tidal Wave

Apple and IBM will make major PowerPC-related announcements this spring and summer.

[theme : POWERPC]

p.28 Color Encroaches on the Desktop

p.28 Color Encroaches on the Desktop

Over the next several years, technological advances will accelerate the use of color printers.

[theme : COLOR PRINTING]

p.28 Service Providers Consolidate

p.28 Service Providers Consolidate

The day of numerous, tiny Internet service providers may be over.

[theme : INTERNET ACCESS]

p.30 Vendors Ride Bus to Better Telephony

p.30 Vendors Ride Bus to Better Telephony

A new Universal Serial Bus that supports a maximum 12 Mbps could become standard PC connector.

[theme : PC CONNECTIVITY]

p.30 Pentium OverDrive = Moderate Upgrade

p.30 Pentium OverDrive = Moderate Upgrade

Intel's Pentium OverDrive processor puts a rocket in your socket, but the upgrade has a 32-bit 486-style I/O bus - not the 64-bit bus of a Pentium.

[theme : PC PROCESSORS]

p.34 Getting Clear About Fuzzy

p.34 Getting Clear About Fuzzy

What do pension plans, elevators, and battery charges have in common? Each is an application of fuzzy logic.

[theme : PROGRAMMING]

p.36 Windows 95 Sees Better Future

p.36 Windows 95 Sees Better Future

Microsoft says it will work to improve Window's support for blind users.

[theme : WINDOWS]

p.258 What's New

p.258 What's New

A 100-MHz Pentium notebook; wireless infrared printers from Hewlett--Packard; the latest version of Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit; and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

Special Report on Mobile Computing

p.100 From Here to Mobility

p.100 From Here to Mobility

What you need to know to hit the road.

[author : Andy Reinhardt]

p.107 Radio Days

p.107 Radio Days

Wireless links are expanding - despite obstacles

[author : Salvatore Salamon]

p.115 Color to Go

p.115 Color to Go

New display technologies are coming, but LCD is still king.

[author : Chris Chinnock]

p.131 Brainy, Brawny Batteries

p.131 Brainy, Brawny Batteries

Battery technology for mobile computing is at a crossroads.

[author : Gil Bassak]

p.145 You Can Take It with You

p.145 You Can Take It with You

What does Windows 95 offer users on the go?

[author : Jon Udell]

p.147 PDAs Bounce Back

p.147 PDAs Bounce Back

PDAs finally evolve into useful business tools for mobile workers.

[author : Michael Nadeau]

p.159 Tales from the Trip

p.159 Tales from the Trip

Tip from a savvy world traveler on getting on-line from anywhere.

[author : Raphael Needleman]

p.165 (p.167) Red-hot 100 MHz portable Pentium

p.165 (p.167) Red-hot 100 MHz portable Pentium

The Tadpole P1000 - screaming performance

[author : Rex Baldazo]

p.167 (p.169) RISC for the Road

p.167 (p.169) RISC for the Road

The SparcBook 3XP - A workstation to go.

[author : Doug Tamasanis]

p.169 (p.171) Portable Multimedia

p.169 (p.171) Portable Multimedia

Satellite Pro - power at the right price.

[author : Rex Baldazo]

p.171 (p.173) Pentium Power Without Sticker Shock

p.171 (p.173) Pentium Power Without Sticker Shock

The Eurocom - lots of features but short battery life.

[author : Dave Andrews]

p.173 (p.175) Not Flashier, but Faster

p.173 (p.175) Not Flashier, but Faster

The Globalist 250P - good for heavy-duty number crunching.

[author : Dave Andrews]

Features

p.50 Solutions Focus: Not Lost in Space

p.50 Solutions Focus: Not Lost in Space

Xerox's entire sales force will soon be working from virtual offices.

[theme : THE VIRTUAL OFFICE] [author : Michael Nadeau]

p.59 Apple's New Operating System

p.59 Apple's New Operating System

Apple completely redesigned its Mac OS to provide a growth path to the future while continuing to support the existing software base.

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEM] [author : Tom Thompson]

p.71 Cash on the Wirehead

p.71 Cash on the Wirehead

Six new pavement systems aim to move your money across the Internet.

[theme : INTERNET PAYMENT SYSTEMS] [author : Andrew Singleton]

p.83 Windows for Control Freaks

p.83 Windows for Control Freaks

QNX's Photon kernel gives developers welcome control over windowing programming.

[theme : APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT] [author : Peter D. Varhol]

p.91 Break Up Your Network

p.91 Break Up Your Network

Dividing your network into two or more parts can boost performance.

[theme : NETWORKS] [author : Brett Husselbaugh]

State of the Art

p.185 Improve Your Memory

p.185 Improve Your Memory

Sorting out the dazzling variety of new memory technologies.

[theme : MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES] [author : Russell Kay]

p.187 Fast, Smart RAM

p.187 Fast, Smart RAM

New chips and new technologies compete for adoption.

[author : Peter Wayner]

p.188 Flash Memory Looks Bright

p.188 Flash Memory Looks Bright

p.191 Is Cache Losing Its Cachet?

p.191 Is Cache Losing Its Cachet?

p.192 One Machine, Many RAMs

p.192 One Machine, Many RAMs

p.197 More Memory in Less Space

p.197 More Memory in Less Space

Packing silicon wafers tightly creates compact new memory devices.

[author : Rick Cook]

Reviews

p.201 Local Air Networks

p.201 Local Air Networks

With roaming-enabled access points, good range, and high throughout, WaveLAN-base wireless LANs are the ones to beat in North America.

[theme : NETWORKING] [author : Rex Baldazo]

p.207 Oracle Hits the Road

p.207 Oracle Hits the Road

Oracle In Motion's agents take over network housekeeping chores, virtually eliminating the wireless performance penalty.

[theme : MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS] [author : Peter Wayner]

p.209 Hands-Off Backup

p.209 Hands-Off Backup

[theme : DATA STORAGE] [author : Bill Lawrence]

Bundled with Palindrome's automated backup software for NetWare, HP's SureStore Tape 12000e DAT Autoloader can provide weeks of unattended network backup.

p.211 Better Business Processes

p.211 Better Business Processes

Scitor links an optimized spreadsheet to flowchart objects, and - presto! - an instant simulator that most anyone can use.

[author : David Essex]

p.215 Wanted: A Good OS/2 Spreadsheet

p.215 Wanted: A Good OS/2 Spreadsheet

In the OS/2 spreadsheet duel, upstart Mesa 2 has the advanced GUI features that 1-2-3 should have.

[theme : SPREADSHEETS] [author : Daniel Gasteiger]

p.217 Software Roundup: Simple SQL

p.217 Software Roundup: Simple SQL

SQL front-end tools empower nontechnical managers to make informed, time-critical decisions by giving them direct access to client/server databases.

[author : Charles Vogt]

p.224 Lab Report: 32 V.34 Modems Answer the Call

p.224 Lab Report: 32 V.34 Modems Answer the Call

V.34 represents the best and fastest modem technology available today. NSTL evaluates 32 state-of-the-market modems for throughout, reliability, robustness, and compatibility.

p.226 External V.34 Modems

p.226 External V.34 Modems

p.228 How We Tested

p.228 How We Tested

p.230 Pick a PC Card

p.230 Pick a PC Card

p.232 Honorable Mentions.

p.232 Honorable Mentions.

Core Technologies

p.239 Designing Alpha-based Systems

p.239 Designing Alpha-based Systems

Digital's three CPUs bring powerful possibilities to desktop and workstation systems design.

[theme : CPUS] [author : Bruce Faust]

p.241 Windows 95 Graphics Architecture

p.241 Windows 95 Graphics Architecture

Windows 95 will eventually unify a series of graphics APIs - for video, games, and 3-D - using a new set of device-driver interfaces.

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS] [author : Standford Diehl]

p.243 Adding Apple Events to Your Mac Application

p.243 Adding Apple Events to Your Mac Application

Part 2: This month, we write the event handlers and the dispatch table.

[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Tom Thompson]

p.245 Simplifying Remote Management

p.245 Simplifying Remote Management

Remote monitoring lets managers find out what's going on at distant locations.

[theme : NETWORKS] [author : Salvatore Salamone]

Opinions

p.249 Pournelle: Privacy and Liberty

p.249 Pournelle: Privacy and Liberty

AAAS's annual meeting and Washington, DC, highlight Jerry's month.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.45 Books and CD-ROMs: Word Overload, Information Shortage

p.45 Books and CD-ROMs: Word Overload, Information Shortage

Four books about the Internet, CD-ROMs for learning applications and computer languages, and Nicholas Negroponte's experiences, insights, and predictions.

[author : Andy Reinhardt and Rich Friedman and Edmund X. Dejesus]

p.306 Commentary: ATM = After the Millennium

p.306 Commentary: ATM = After the Millennium

Don't blindly jump on the bandwagon.

[author : Ted Prince]

p.10 Editorial

p.10 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.18 Letters

p.18 Letters

Letter on Intel's P6, Microsoft's Bob, and personal quandaries.

p.196 Reader Survey

p.196 Reader Survey

READER SERVICE

p.304 Editorial Index by Company

p.304 Editorial Index by Company

p.300 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.300 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.302 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.302 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: 170A, 300A

p.267 BUYER'S GUIDE

p.267 BUYER'S GUIDE

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