Vol.21 n°3 march 1996

Vol.21 n°3 march 1996

Cover Story

p.44 Inside the Web PC

p.44 Inside the Web PC

Call them network PCs, Internet appliances, or browser boxes, a new class of dirt-cheap computers is coming soon. But first, their designers must overcome four technical hurdles.

[author : Tom R. Halfhill]

p.46 Four Key Technologies

p.46 Four Key Technologies

p.54 Inside the Pippin

p.54 Inside the Pippin

Network Project

p.91 Web Design

p.91 Web Design

[author : Jon Udell]

Features

p.61 Put the Space in Cyberspace

p.61 Put the Space in Cyberspace

The Virtual Reality Markup Language helps create and explore three-dimensional on-line worlds. No need to travel in flat space.

[author : Udo Flohr]

p.64NA 1 Opening PBX Doors

p.64NA 1 Opening PBX Doors

Those strange boxes that do something with phones are becoming more data-friendly by connecting to LANs. New architectures and APIs are joining these communications technologies.

[author : Salvatore Salamone]

State of the Art

p.65 Make Multimedia Happen

p.65 Make Multimedia Happen

From storyboards to development tools to network delivery, here's what you should know about making multimedia.

[author : Salvatore Salamone] [theme : Multimedia Development]

p.67 What's the Story?

p.67 What's the Story?

Before developing your project, you should do like filmmakers and first develop a storyboard.

[author : Salvatore Salamone] [theme : Multimedia Development]

p.73 Multimedia over the Network

p.73 Multimedia over the Network

Here's how to tackle the timely delivery of multimedia over networks and the Internet.

[author : Nathan J. Muller] [theme : Multimedia Development]

p.85 Learn the Lingo

p.85 Learn the Lingo

Multimedia authoring tools range from low-end presentation-graphics programs to high-end CASE tools. Picking the right one will make the job easier.

[author : Robert A. Delrossi] [theme : Multimedia Development]

News & Views

p.26 Virtual Reality Goes to Work

p.26 Virtual Reality Goes to Work

Lawnmower Man comes to the office as VR starts to influence the business world.

p.27 New Batteries Will Keep You Running

p.27 New Batteries Will Keep You Running

New technologies will let you work longer without plugging in.

p.28 Multimedia Tools Animate the Web

p.28 Multimedia Tools Animate the Web

Multimedia Web pages are more than just visual gratification.

p.30 I'll Talk to You Soon

p.30 I'll Talk to You Soon

Speech technologies are going to change the way you work (and play).

p.34 On-line Shoppers: "Just Looking, Thanks"

p.34 On-line Shoppers: "Just Looking, Thanks"

Net surfers are using the Web for info gathering. Here's what you could change that.

p.36 Get Smart—Wear a PC

p.36 Get Smart—Wear a PC

The latest thing in high-tech fashion.

p.38 Users Like SmartSuite's Team Computing

p.38 Users Like SmartSuite's Team Computing

p.38 Codetalk: Symantec Pours Java into Its Development Environment

p.38 Codetalk: Symantec Pours Java into Its Development Environment

It's a software implant: Symantec has inserted a Java compiler into its latest software-development system.

p.40 Finally,Push-Button PDA-to PC Integration

p.40 Finally,Push-Button PDA-to PC Integration

Connect the PDA and push a button. Presto! Your data's synchronized.

p.154 What's New

p.154 What's New

Apple's QuickDraw 3D Accelerator Card promises more realistic 3-D imagery: Lotus cc:Mail for Macintosh Release 3 helps you automate handling; plus more new hardware and software.

Reviews

p.97 Navigating with a Web Compass

p.97 Navigating with a Web Compass

Quarterdeck's WebCompass, a "metasearch" utility that queries Internet search site, gets high praise from our reviewer.

[author : Rex Baldazo] [theme : Internet Tools]

p.101 Big, Bright, and Beautiful

p.101 Big, Bright, and Beautiful

IBM's new ThinkPad 760CD has a display to die for. But this well-equipped notebook won't run graphics like your desktop does.

[author : Russell Kay] [theme : Mobile Computers]

p.103 NetWare Mirror with a Twist

p.103 NetWare Mirror with a Twist

Vinca's StandbyServer 32 lets you cost-effectively mirror a NetWare server. And the new SnapShotServer can perform backups without affecting server availability.

[author : Bill Lawrence] [theme : Network Lawrence]

p.107 The Paperless Cubicle

p.107 The Paperless Cubicle

We see how well Visionneer's upgraded PaperPort Vx and HP's new ScanJet 4Si handle our personal paper crisis.

[author : Stanford Diehl] [theme : Scanners]

p.109 Compiling Convenience +

p.109 Compiling Convenience +

Our tests find Watcom's C++ compiler the best if you're programming for multiple Intel platforms, but Microsoft's is tops if you're building 32-bit-only programs.

[author : Rick Grehan] [theme : Programming Tools]

p.113 CD-ROM changers: the inside story

p.113 CD-ROM changers: the inside story

Two new quad-speed internal CD-ROM drives from Alps Electric and NEC prove that four discs are better than one.

[author : Chris O'Malley] [theme : Storage]

p.115 Windows-Built for Unix Power

p.115 Windows-Built for Unix Power

PowerSoft's PowerBuilder for Unix makes it amazingly easy to port Windows and Mac client/server applications to Unix.

[author : Tom Yager] [theme : Applications Develoment]

p.119 Software Roundup: Smart Forms for the Enterprise

p.119 Software Roundup: Smart Forms for the Enterprise

Leading-edge forms software can query databases and help you manage workflow. In our roundup, Delrina FormFlow and Novell's InForms demonstrate the best form.

[author : Mark Hettler] [theme : Electronic-Forms Programs]

p.124 6 Servers Tangle on the Web

p.124 6 Servers Tangle on the Web

It's time to put your company's message on-line. Our tests show that these Web servers make it easier than you might thing.

[author : Chandrika Mysore and Brent Melson] [theme : Web Servers]

p.125 BYTE Best

p.125 BYTE Best

p.126 Netscape's Navigator 2.0 Adds Security and Interactive Multimedia

p.126 Netscape's Navigator 2.0 Adds Security and Interactive Multimedia

p.128 Service Instead of Server?

p.128 Service Instead of Server?

p.128 Honorable Mentions

p.128 Honorable Mentions

p.130 How We Tested

p.130 How We Tested

Core Technologies

p.143 Plan 9: Feature Film to Feature-Rich OS

p.143 Plan 9: Feature Film to Feature-Rich OS

Plan 9 from Bell Labs is a distributed and fairly portable operating system. It could be playing soon in a niche near you.

[author : Paul Fillinich] [theme : Operating Systems]

p.145 Bringing Benchmarks Up to SPEC

p.145 Bringing Benchmarks Up to SPEC

The new SPEC95 benchmarks more accurately measure the performance of systems and microprocessors.

[author : Tom Yager]

p.149 Bug-Free Benchmarks

p.149 Bug-Free Benchmarks

The leap developer of the BYTEmark tests clears up the mysteries of malloc() memory mismanagement.

[author : Rick Grehan] [theme : Programming]

p.151 Internet-Aware Applications

p.151 Internet-Aware Applications

The first wave of Internet-enabled client/server applications are under developement.

[author : Salvatore Salamone]

Opinions

p.135 (p.137) Pournelle: An Upgrade for Mrs Pournelle

p.135 (p.137) Pournelle: An Upgrade for Mrs Pournelle

Jerry refurbishes an old 486 for multimedia, wrestles with an OS dilemma, and settles on Windows 95—but COM ports and communications pose problems.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.41 Books and CD-ROMs: The Future, According to Bill

p.41 Books and CD-ROMs: The Future, According to Bill

Bill Gates writes about the future of computing; plus, code fragments for the Mac and an off-line search engine for the Web.

[author : Dave Andrews, Tom Thompson, and Rowland Aertker]

p.216 Commentary: Oh, Grow Up

p.216 Commentary: Oh, Grow Up

[author : Curtis Franklin, Jr.]

p.12 Editorial: Keep Your Eye Off the Ball

p.12 Editorial: Keep Your Eye Off the Ball

[author : Raphael Needleman]

p.20 Letters

p.20 Letters

Reader service

p.210 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.210 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.214 Editorial Index by Company

p.214 Editorial Index by Company

Index to Advertisers by

p.212 Product Category

p.212 Product Category

Inquiry Reply Cards: 144E-H, 208A-B

p.161 Buyer's guide

p.161 Buyer's guide

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Hardware/Software Showcase

Buyer's Mart

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