Vol.20 n°9 september 1995

Vol.20 n°9 september 1995

p.4 Contents

p.4 Contents

Special issue

p.53 Message from the Editor

p.53 Message from the Editor

p.54 Top 20 Small Systems

p.54 Top 20 Small Systems

p.64 Top 20 Software Products

p.64 Top 20 Software Products

p.74 Most Important Chips

p.74 Most Important Chips

p.79 Most Important Networking Products

p.79 Most Important Networking Products

p.85 The Best Things On-line

p.85 The Best Things On-line

p.99 Most Important Compagnies

p.99 Most Important Compagnies

p.109 Top 20 technologies

p.109 Top 20 technologies

p.125 Notorious Bugs

p.125 Notorious Bugs

p.133 The 20 Most Important People

p.133 The 20 Most Important People

p.145 20 Spectacular Failures

p.145 20 Spectacular Failures

p.151 Noted and Notorious Hacker Feats

p.151 Noted and Notorious Hacker Feats

Features

p.37 Assets on the Line Salvatore/Salamone

p.37 Assets on the Line Salvatore/Salamone

[author : Salvatore Salamone]

p.41 You Can Take It with You

p.41 You Can Take It with You

[author : Jeffrey Fritz]

p.199 Collision!

p.199 Collision!

Tying together telephones and computers is a great concept. New technologies, products, and standards are finally taking computer telephony beyond the concept stage and into your office.

[author : Russell Kay]

p.201 Standard Issue

p.201 Standard Issue

When there was just one phone company, standards and interoperability weren't even questions. Now we've got multiple answers.

[author : James Burton]

p.203 Strategic Industry Alliances

p.203 Strategic Industry Alliances

p.206 A Checklist for Making CTI Decisions

p.206 A Checklist for Making CTI Decisions

p.211 Building Telephony Applications

p.211 Building Telephony Applications

As more organizations use computer telephony, those that don't may be at a competitive disadvantage. Here's a guide to development tools you'll need to construct computer telephony systems.

[author : James Burton]

p.215 Telephony's Killer App

p.215 Telephony's Killer App

[author : John P. Mello, Jr.]

It's going to take unique software to make telephony a gotta-have-it resource. Here are some of the contenders that might be natural-born killers, including PhoneNotes, FastCall, and VoiceView.

p.216 Wildfire: One Wild and Not-So-Crazy Helper

p.216 Wildfire: One Wild and Not-So-Crazy Helper

The Byte Network Project

p.223 Web Search

p.223 Web Search

Why wait for the Web equivalent of the Dewey decimal system? You can index your Web collection now. Here are a couple of ways to do it. Plus tips on naming, hot links, and the answer to the question, "What About WAIS?"

[author : Jon Udell]

News & Reviews

p.24 P6 Weakness Revealed

p.24 P6 Weakness Revealed

People who buy the first computers based on Intel's P6 processor will be in for a surprise when they run 16-bit DOS and Windows applications. According to benchmarks, a Pentium runs 16-bit DOS/Windows programs faster than a P6 at the same clock speed, even though the next-generation P6 is supposed to be a "faster" CPU.

p.25 PC Power Comes to the Calculator

p.25 PC Power Comes to the Calculator

Texas Instruments plans to release a new calculator that's a whole lot smarter than its predecessors.

p.26 Delphi and VB Turn 32

p.26 Delphi and VB Turn 32

New versions of Borland's Delphi and Microsoft's Visual Basic have stronger client/server and OLE development capabilities for 32-bit programs.

p.30 New 486 Chips Deliver Inexpensive Power

p.30 New 486 Chips Deliver Inexpensive Power

[theme : PROCESSOR TRENDS]

The 486 might be reaching the end of its life, but it isn't dead yet. AMD has developed two new chips that shatter 486 speed barriers and offer Pentium-level performance at low-end prices. Meanwhile, Cyrix has developed an unusual new CPU that's a cross between a 486 and a 586-class chip.

p.32 Interactive Music Videos Arrive for Macs and PCs

p.32 Interactive Music Videos Arrive for Macs and PCs

New interactive CDs, such as Todd Rundgren's "multimedia album" The Individualist, will bring the humble audio CD into the era of interactive content delivery using desktop multimedia systems.

[theme : MULTIMEDIA]

p.286 What's New

p.286 What's New

Dell's new Latitude XPi P90T notebook combines low-voltage Pentium power with impressive battery life. Plus, Micro Energetics' Nightmare provides power management for printers; Horizons Technology's LANrecord meters software for NetWare LANs; and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

Reviews

p.229 Gateways to the Internet

p.229 Gateways to the Internet

A veteran Internet roamer finds that the Big Three on-line services offer adequate but pricey gateways to the Net.

[author : George Bond] [theme : ON-LINE SERVICES]

p.229 Convenience, but at What Price?

p.229 Convenience, but at What Price?

p.231 MSN: Desktop Internet

p.231 MSN: Desktop Internet

p.233 Presentation quality

p.233 Presentation quality

IBM's slick new screen technology turns the ThinkPad 755CV into a remote-control color presentation panel.

[author : Edmund X. DeJesus] [theme : NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS]

p.235 Networking at Warp Speed

p.235 Networking at Warp Speed

If OS/2's technical advantages don't wow you, maybe Warp Connect's networking goodies will. This 32-bit OS bundle includes peer services, LAN requesters, a slick approach to over-the-wire installation, and a passel of handy programs.

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

p.239 To print a rainbow

p.239 To print a rainbow

Second-generation color lasers from Apple and Tektronix set new standards for print quality, network connectivity, and ease of maintenance.

[author : Tom Thompson] [theme : COLOR PRINTERS]

p.243 3-D Graphics Go Zoom

p.243 3-D Graphics Go Zoom

Intergraph and Omnicomp offer two different routes to the land of glorious photo-realistic images - a workstation and a plug-in PC card.

[author : Greg Loveria] [theme : GRAPHICS ACCELERATORS]

p.248 Lab Report: 16 Fast, Reliable RAID Subsystems

p.248 Lab Report: 16 Fast, Reliable RAID Subsystems

We test a wide array of disk subsystems that minimize network downtime and maximize storage space, then pick the best RAIDs for database servers and audio/video applications.

[theme : DISK ARRAYS]

p.250 How Error Corrections works

p.250 How Error Corrections works

p.252 File Servers with RAID

p.252 File Servers with RAID

p.254 How we tested

p.254 How we tested

p.256 Software RAID Solutions

p.256 Software RAID Solutions

p.259 Honorable Mentions

p.259 Honorable Mentions

p.259 Helpful Hints

p.259 Helpful Hints

Core Technologies

p.263 Endian Issues

p.263 Endian Issues

Different processors have incompatible memory-storage arrangements, but the PowerPC can handle them all.

[author : William Stallings] [theme : CPUS]

p.267 The Joy of J

p.267 The Joy of J

Successor to APL, the J language extends its ancestor's expressiveness and power. And you don't need a special keyboard.

[author : Dick Pountain] [theme : PROGRAMMING]

p.271 Springtime at Sun

p.271 Springtime at Sun

Many of the concepts in Sun's experimental Spring system will bloom in Solaris.

[author : Doug Tamasanis] [theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS]

p.273 Tuning In to ISDN

p.273 Tuning In to ISDN

Sattelite and radio technology are breaking the earthly limits to terrestrial ISDN.

[author : Jeffrey Fritz] [theme : NETWORKS]

Opinions

p.275 Pournelle: Of COM Ports and Digital Frogs

p.275 Pournelle: Of COM Ports and Digital Frogs

Jerry explores painless dissection with Digital Frog, then settles down for more bloodless surgery as he tries to make communications software work under Windows 95.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.33 Books and CD-ROMs: How to Optimize Your PowerPC Code

p.33 Books and CD-ROMs: How to Optimize Your PowerPC Code

Writing faster native code; plus, commerce on the Internet, and pool and nostalgia CD-ROMs.

[author : Rich Friedman]

p.330 Commentary: Dreaming of the Future

p.330 Commentary: Dreaming of the Future

Can digital technology make a better world? Improve our collective IQ? In the dreams of this visionary inventor it can.

[author : Douglas Engelbart]

p.10 Editorial

p.10 Editorial

[author : Raphael Needleman]

p.18 Letters

p.18 Letters

Reader's comments on the BYTE Network Project, Internet censorship, and the trouble with Microsoft.

p.282 Reader Survey

p.282 Reader Survey

Reader service

p.328 Editorial Index by Company

p.328 Editorial Index by Company

p.324 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.324 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.326 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.326 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: 132A, 326A

p.291 Buyer's guide

p.291 Buyer's guide

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Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

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