Vol.22 n°1 january 1997

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Cover story

p.68 Today the Web, Tomorrow the World.

[author Tom H. Halfhill]

More than just a web language, Java could be the holy grail of multi platform development.

p.80NA 1 Walking, TSalking Web

[author Edmund X. DeJesus]

Until fat pipes are ubiquitous fractal and wavelet compression help make multimedia practical on the Web.

EDITORIAL

p.14 Living Dangerously

The squabbling gods must help build bridges between computing platforms.

INBOX

Readers react to our stories on 64-bit OSes, WebNFS, network computers, on-line help, and more

p.127 1997 Editors' Choice Awards

We honor hardware and software that prove innovation was alive and well in 1996.

BITS

p.26 Better Web Tools on the Way

p.28 Smart Netcards Coming to America

p.30 Wireless PDAs

p.32 BYTE Survey: Data Warehouse Woes

p.34 Internet and Outernet

p.36 Security Wake-Up Call

p.38 Corel PDA to Bundle Java Suite

p.40 Sun's McNealy on Java

STATE OF THE ART

p.82 Data Warehouses

How to build the best facility for your information, and how to help users find the data they need right now.

p.85 Warehouse Cornerstones

[author Jay-Louise Weldon]

An expert in database management explains how a well-designed data warehouse leads to smarter decisions.

p.91 Better Clients, Better Decisions

[author Alan Simon]

The right tools can turn all that data into useful information.

p.97 Take Your Data to the Cleaners

[author Mike Hurwicz]

"Dirty" data could bring your warehouse tumbling down.

p.41 Silicon Graphics' Wintel Killer

[author Dave Rowell]

Just when NT-based Pentium Pro PCs are starting to look like hot 3-D machines, SGI introduces the cool blue O2.

p.42 Local AltaVista Searching

[author Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols]

AltaVista now lets you aim its popular Internet search engine at your PC and LAN. But you need big metal for good performance.

p.47 Multiplatform CodeWarrior

[author Raymond G. A. Côté]

Metrowerks' CodeWarrior 10 hits the scene with development tools for some PDAs.

p.48 World's Fastest Disk Drive

[author Stan Miastkowski]

Seagate makes a giant leap in hard drive speed with the 10,000-rpm Cheetah.

CORE

p.49 The State of Linux

[author Jim Mohr]

An update on this 32-bit Unix-like OS, with pointers to even more Linux info.

p.53 Client/Server Magic

[author Tom Yager]

Remote procedure calls provide seamless data exchange among applications across a network, regardless of the platform.

p.59 Video for Everyone

[author William Chien]

C-Cube's low-cost MPEG encoder can turn a desktop PC into a video-editing station.

p.63 Java Security and Type Safety

[author Gary McGraw & Edward Felton]

Java's sophisticated security mechanism performs run-time safety checks before it allows a downloaded applet to execute.

LAB REPORT: Hardware

p.104 Big Screens for Big Jobs

[author Dorothy Hudson, Jim Kane and John McDonough]

We pick the best of the big-screen monitors.

LAB REPORT: Software

p.116 8 Tools for Weaving Your Web Site

[author Tadesse Giorgis]

Build your Web site with one of these authoring tools.

WEB PROJECT

p.123 Search Again

[author Jon Udell]

Our Webmaster explains how to move beyond basic search-engine capabilities to make your site more informative.

COMPARISON

p.133 At Last: Pocket PCs That Run Windows

[author Peter Wayner]

New hand-held PCs bring Windows to the palmtop. We test three HPCs built around Windows CE;

REVIEWS

p.137 Dial 411 for Directory Assistance

[author Steve Gillmor]

Novell's latest NetWare release bets big on Java and the intranet.

p.139 Hot Sauce for Cooking Up Databases

[author Russell Kay]

If you've got Salsa, you don't need to understand database theory to build an application.

CHAOS MANOR

p.141 A Hard Drive and a Hot Santa Ana

[author Jerry Pournelle]

It's a month of disasters at Chaos Manor: Jerry has to replace a baked hard drive, and Cyrus needs internal surgery after taking a fall.

WHAT'S NEW

p.184 Design Intelligence's i-publish helps you turn ideas into compelling documents; the Tektronix Phaser 350 rivals fast color laser printers.

CODETALK

p.192 You Can Start Developing Now

Moss Micro's programming tool guides you down the path of Visual Basic.

SERVICE

Reader service

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Index to Advertisers

p.176 Alphabetical Order

p.178 Product Category

p.180 Editorial Index by Company

Program listings

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Vol.22 n°2 february 1997

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COVER STORY

p.66 Your E-Mail Is Obsolete

[author Michael Nadeau]

Internet-based messaging could make your current system outdated. Here's help for surviving the transition to Net mail technology.

p.80NA 1 How to Make the World's Fastest CPUs

[author Tom Thompson]

Visit Fab 6 and enter a world where blazingly fast CPUs are created.

EDITORIAL

p.14 Cadillacs or Cherokees?

[author Mark Schlack]

It's wise not to confuse newness with appropriateness.

INBOX

p.19 BYTE readers write about Copland, network computers, impolite robots—and users, and our 64-bit future.

BITS

p.26 Just How Fast Are Those New MMX Chips?

p.27 Best of Comdex

p.28 The Networked House

p.30 Unhinged Notebooks

p.32 Bad News for Broken Portables

p.34 Internet Faxing

p.36 Better Backbones

p.38 Improbable Research

p.40 Lessons in Data Mining

STATE OF THE ART

p.82 CTI Matures

[author Alan Joch]

Integrating computers and telephones is still tricky, but new hardware and development tools are making the job easier.

p.85 CTI, Piece by Piece

[author John Silling]

These basic building blocks can help you launch a successful CTI implementation.

p.91 Tools for Telephony Apps

[author Michael Nadeau]

Here's how to find the right telephony development tools, for your needs and skill level.

SPECIAL REPORT

p.123 Share the Wealth

p.125 Which OS?

p.131 Suite and Sour

p.133 Power to the Server

EVAL

p.40A On TV: The Set-Top Morphing PowerPC

[author Peter Wayner]

Bandai Digital's set-top box, a nice implementation of Apple's Pippin technology, is a Mac-based Web browser.

p.42 Delphi Does C++

[author Rick Grehan]

Borland's popular RAD tool sheds its Pascal beginnings and gets a new name: C++ Builder.

p.47 3-D Mighty Mite

[author Robert L. Hummel]

Dynamic Pictures' Oxygen 202 is a single-slot PCI card that can compete with 3-D graphics accelerators.

p.48 Your PC's Ringing—Answer It!

[author Barry Nance]

With EtherPhone, you can turn your Ethernet LAN into a phone system easily and inexpensively.

CORE

p.51 Fault Tolerance for Windows Applications

[author João Carreira and Diamantino Costa and João Gabriel Silva][theme Operating systems]

Here's a utility that provides fault tolerance so that mission-critical 32-bit Windows applications can run reliably and continuously.

p.55 Building Bridges and Secure Connections

[author Jeffrey Fritz][theme Networks]

A look at the Point-to-Point Protocol and how it fits into the corporate network.

p.59 The Mac Goes Multiprocessor

[author Tom Thompson][theme CPUs]

A new library and API enable preemptive multitasking and multiprocessing on Mac OS machines.

p.63 Python Does Scripts and Objects

[author Jeffrey P. Shell][theme Programming]

Python is a platform-independent OOP language with capabilities ranging from simple scripting to sophisticated object libraries.

LAB REPORT

p.100 13 Graphics Cards for Business

[author Dorothy Hudson, Jim Kane and John McDonough][theme Hardware]

We test 13 high-end graphics cards that can really speed up the Windows interface and even have some low-end 3-D features 100

p.108 Present a Businesslike Slide Show

[author David Seachrist][theme Software]

Present your case more effectively with one of these five graphics packages.

WEB PROJECT

p.117 NT Security

[author Jon Udell]

How to make Windows NT a secure Internet platform.

COMPARISON

p.141 All 12X CD-ROM Drives Are Not Equal

[author Jacqueline Emigh]

A look at the first four 12X CD-ROM drives.

REVIEWS

p.140 Eudorable Web Mail

[author Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols]

Eudora has a new, 32-bit Windows client and enhanced filtering options..

p.145 Tune In, Turn On the Web

[author Pete Loshin]

Marimba's Castanet aims to solve the Web's bandwidth problems by "broadcasting" pages and applets over a distributed transmission system.

CHAOS MANOR

p.149 Of Bug-Hunting and a New Frontier

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Jerry offers his opinions on what's best for the desktop in the new age of graphics.

WHAT'S NEW

p.182 Two things for the modern Jack Kerouac to take on the road: DeLorme's Tripmate satellite navigator and Millenia's Email Reader.

CODE TALK

p.192 Java's RAD Route to Data Access

[author Rick Grehan]

Developing distributed data access applications? Visual Café Pro can handle some of the ugliness for you.

SERVICE

Reader service

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Index to Advertisers

p.176 Alphabetical Order

p.178 Product Category

p.180 Editorial Index by Company

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Vol.22 n°3 march 1997

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COVER STORY

p.66 Net Applications: Will Netscape Set the Standard?

Netscape again builds on Net standards as it goes beyong browsers to Internet-enabled groupware technology.

p.96NA 3 Linux in a Gray Flannel Suit

The linux operating system begins to make its home in corporate IS.

EDITORIAL

p.14 Apple's Opening Move

[author Mark Schlack]

The IT community does indeed have an interest in seeing a revived Apple.

INBOX

BYTE readers sound off on Moore's Law, Windows NT network architecture, e-mail standards, and more.

BITS

p.26 PCs: The Road Ahead

p.28 New PC Phones

p.32 Building a Better Error Trap

p.34 Five Guides to Better Site Construction

p.36 NT Suits Up for Enterprise Computing

p.38 Improbable Research

p.40 Microsoft Promises Fewer Headaches

SUPERFAST PERIPHERALS

p.89 SCSI is nearing its limits, and serial is going to eat its breakfast.

Globalizing Software

p.97 Global from Day One

[author Udo Flohr and Holly Hubbard Preston]

If you want to get your software into global marketplaces, you have to think globally when you write it.

p.105 Unicode Evolves

[author Ken Fowles]

Unicode provides the framework for building applications in hundreds of languages. And it's getting easier, too.

p.111 Encryption for a Small Planet

[author Thom Stark]

U.S. restrictions on encryption exports are cramping development of secure international applications. What are your options for competing in the world market?

EVAL

p.41 Web Server Activator

[author Rick Grehan]

Microsoft's Visual InterDev provides the means for building Active Server-based Web sites.

p.44 The MessagePad Makeover

[author Tom Thompson]

The newest Newton puts a big screen into a smallish package and a fast StrongARM CPU inside. It's the best one yet.

p.48 This Cartridge Is Loaded

[author Stan Miastkowski]

SyQuest reaches a new milestone in fast, cost-effective, removable-media drives.

WEB PROJECT

p.115 Digital IDs

[author Jon Udell]

Today's digital identification technologies promise long-term benefits but currently inflict short-term pain.

REVIEWS

p.135 Power Macs: Cookin' at 225 MHz

[author G. Armour Van Horn]

Should you buy a clone or stick with the original brand? We test the latest 200-and 225-MHz Power Macs to find the best.

p.139 Client/Server C++: Write Fast, Run Fast

Picking a visual tool to program client/server databases in C++ involves many trade-offs. We try toolkits from Blue Sky, Microsoft, and Powersoft.

CORE

p.51 A Visual Basic for Web Work

[author Rick Dobson]

A variant of Visual Basic allows you to script and control objects on a Web page.

p.55 Unix and Windows Dance the Samba

[author Tom Yager]

The Samba suite of utilities enables Windows clients to access Unix servers.

p.59 Zen and the Art of Cache Maintenance

[author Mike Phillip]

Proper understanding and use of on-chip cache can improve an application's performance.

p.63 Enhancing Netscape with Plug-Ins

[author Andrew Taylor and Raymond G. A. Côté]

A how-to guide to the tricks and traps of writing a Netscape plug-in on the Macintosh.

LAB REPORT

p.120 13 Modems: Fast for the Web

[author Andrew Froning and Helen Holzbaur]

[theme Hardware]

If you browse the Web, it's time to upgrade your 14.4-Kbps modem. We test a baker's dozen of the first 33.6 Kbps modems.

p.130 OLAP Serves Up Your Data

[author Mark Hettler][theme Software]

Powerful on-line analytical processing servers from Arbor Software and Oracle offer serious enterprise-wide data analysis.

CHAOS MANOR

p.143 It Was a Great Comdex

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Comdex according to Jerry: What he liked and a few words of warning.

WHAT'S NEW

p.178 Adobe's Acrobat 3.0 adds a hefty list of Web-integration features. Hewlett-Packard's ScanJet 5p adds improved image quality, a sleek design, and Plug and Play installation.

JAVATALK

p.188 Convert Visual Basic to Java

[author Rich Grehan]

SERVICE

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Index to Advertisers

p.172 Alphabetical Order

p.174 Product Category

p.176 Editorial Index by Company

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Vol.22 n°4 april 1997

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Cover Story

p.66 Cheaper Computing

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

The first of a special two-part series on cutting computing costs focuses on network computers.

p.88NA-3 Ethernet with an Attitude

[author Mike Hurwicz][theme Network Integration]

Gigabit speeds and installation challenges

Special Report - Building networked applications

p.93 Distributing Components

[author John Montgomery]

Put aside the arguments and take a practical look at two major standards.

p.99 Let's Talk

[author Mike Foody]

The internetworking of CORBA and DCOM is getting better, but you still have to watch out.

p.103 Programming with CORBA and DCOM

[author John Pompeii]

Two competing environments—from a developer's point of view.

Network Integration

p.83 Faster, Smarter Nets

[author Mike Hurwicz]

To really make a network hum, combine switched ATM and routed IP.

Managing Data

p.109 RDBMSes Get a Make-Over

[author Jay-Louise Weldon]

Should you use an extension to handle complex data types?

Managing Data

p.115 How to Improve DBMSes

[author Nagraj Alur and Judith R. Davis]

Seven ways to handle future data.

EDITORIAL

p.14 Tracking New Technologies

[author Mark Schlack]

INBOX

p.19 Readers respond to BYTE

BITS

p.26 Apple's Next OS

p.28 Tiniest Weather Station

p.32 Multipoint Videoconferencing

p.34 Replication Everywhere

p.40 Decongesting the Net

EVAL

p.41 The Basics of Web Development

[author Steve Gillmor][theme Programming Language]

Visual Basic 5 supports easy component construction.

p.45 Notebook with a View

[author Robert L. Hummel][theme Notebook]

NEC's Versa 6200MX is a natural for presentations.

p.46 This Hand-Held Stands Out

[author Peter Wayner][theme Hand-Held PC]

The Velo 1 is the best little PC.

CORE

p.51 Unix Helps the Disabled

[author Joseph J. Lazarro][theme Operating Systems]

Long-awaited adaptive technology comes to Unix.

p.55 Reliable ATM Networking

[author Steen Lohse][theme Networks]

LAN emulation links legacy networks and ATM segments.

p.59 First Look at PowerPC G3

[author Tom Thompson][theme CPUs]

A new generation offers speed and low fuel consumption.

p.63 Expect Offers Unix Scripting

[author Bob Friesenhahn][theme Programming]

Embeddable language offers pattern-matching capabilities.

LAB REPORT

p.128 Seven Fast Color

[author Dorothy Hudson and Dave Rowell]

[theme Hardware]

We test six color lasers plus Tektronix's Phaser 350 solid-ink printers.

p.136 Hanging Out an Internet Shingle

[author David Seachrist][theme Software]

Setting up a storefront on the Web is relatively esay with one of these four tested commerce packages.

WEB PROJECT

p.121 Perl's Future

[author Jon Udell]

How to benefit from Perl and its challengers.

JAVA TALK

p.125 SuperCede Lives Up to Its Names

[author Rick Grehan]

It's really, really fast.

REVIEWS

p.141 Hand-Held Development Options

[author Steve Mann and Rick Grehan]

[theme Programming Tools]

We test software for building applications for hand-helds, including CE-based HPCs.

p.145 Java Development Kit, Take Two

[author Rick Grehan][theme Development Software]

Javasoft's JDK 1.1 bolsters the language with new APIs.

CHAOS MANOR

p.147 Orchids and Onions Are Blooming

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Jerry looks back on the hits and misses of 1996.

WHAT'S NEW

p.178 Apple's PowerBook 3400 is faster, brighter, and better; Adobe's PageMaker 6.5 has improved power, flexibility, and electronic publishing.

IMPROBABLE

p.188 Advances and Retreats in Computing

Internet Barbie, a new threat to data warehouses, and a request for terabytes of quality.

SERVICE

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Index to Advertisers

p.172 Alphabetical Order

p.174 Product Category

p.176 Editorial Index by Company

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Vol.22 n°5 may 1997

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Cover Story

p.66 Enterprise Ready NT 5.0

[author David Chappell]

Windows NT is gaining powerful distributed features for advanced networking.

p.88A Intranet Politics and Technologies

[author David Baum][theme Reseller]

VARs and integrators are successfully tangling with the intranet maelstrom.

p.88M Cutting-Edge Health Care

[author Cate T. Corcoran][theme Reseller]

Medicine counts on IT to take the knife to paperwork and inefficiency.

p.88NA3 Parallel Goes Populist

[author Dick Pountain][theme Managing data]

Three new technical trends could push parallel processing onto your desktop.

p.75 A Blueprint for Managing Documents

[author James Boyle][theme Managing data]

Ways to find the needle in the gigabyte haystack.

p.81 PCs Strike Back

[author Mike Hurwicz][network integration]

Armed with Zero Administration and NetPCs, Microsoft and Intel counterattack the NC rebels.

p.89 Avoiding Hostile Applets

[author G. McGraw and E. Felten][theme building net apps]

They're out there. and they want to get in.

p.93 The Component Enterprise

[author Dick Pountain][theme building net apps]

Future apps will create a more flexible client/server architecture.

Editorial

p.14 Serve 'Em Up Hot

[author Mark Schlack]

Inbox

p.19

Bits

p.26 x86 Breaks 200 MHz

p.28 New Storage Technology

p.32 Fatter, Cheaper Pipes

Eval

p.41 "Thin" Windows Firms Up

[author Bob Quinn][theme Client technology]

Citrix's WinFrame 2.0.

p.42 Real Remote Control from Your Pocket PC

[author Peter Wayner][theme CE software]

Symantec's pcAnywhere CE.

p.47 C++ on Every Level

[author Steve Apiki][theme Development tools]

Microsoft's Visual C++ 5.0.

p.48 Quick-Striking Mighty Mite

[author Robert L. Hummel][theme Mobile storage]

Avatar's Shark portable drive.

Core

p.51 Smarter and Faster I/O for Servers

[author Chris Briggs][theme Operating systems]

I2O blasts bottlenecks.

p.55 Inside Gigabit Ethernet

[author Selina Lo][theme Networking]

Ethernet and Fibre Channel team up for 1-Gb throughput.

p.59 Alpha Arrives at the Desktop

[author Peter J. Bannon][theme CPUs]

A low-cost version brings workstation power to desktop PCs.

p.63 The Internet Robot's Guide to a Web Site

[author Tonya Engst][theme Programming]

How to block Netbot access.

Lab Report

p.106 Multiprocessor Intranet Servers

[author Robert L. Hummel][theme Hardware]

We stress-test six SMP boxes.

p.116 Put Your E-Mail on the IMAP

[author David Seachrist and Tom Yager]

[theme Software]

These e-mail servers make for handier management.

Web project

p.99 JavaScript Revisited

[author John Udell]

JavaScript is now less buggy, more available, and more compelling to use.

Javatalk

p.103 Jet-assisted Java

[author Rich Grehan]

Powersoft's PowerJ IDE leverages Optima++ technology.

Chaos manor

p.127 Two Heads Are Better Than One

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Chaos Manor gets a new multiprocessor Windows NT machine for high-end graphics.

Reviews

p.121 Redesigned Delphi Masters Networked Apps

[author Rick Grehan][theme Development tools]

The emphasis is on Web and distributed applications.

p.123 Netscape's Enterprising Server Upgrade

[author Pete Loshin][theme Web server software]

3.0 has promising cross-platform directory support.

p.124 Color That's Simply Amazing

[author Russell Kay][theme Color printer]

Epson's nifty and thrifty color ink-jet prints super images.

p.125 Maximum DAT Backup

[author Stan Miastkowski][theme Storage]

HP's SureStore DAT24 offers great backup speed.

p.126 Throw Me a LifeBook

[author Peter Wayner][theme Notebook]

Fujitsu squeezes all the essentials into a 4-pound package.

What's new

NEC's low-cost SuperScript 660Plus prints 600 dpi; Corel's Lumiere moves video editing into the mainstream.

Improbable

p.160 Advances and Retreats in Computing

[author Marc Abrahams]

The amazing new Content Analyzer; the fab combo of chips and snacks; and how Plug and Play has saved lives.

SERVICE

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Index to Advertisers

p.152 Alphabetical Order

p.154 Editorial Index by Company

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p.70 Who goes there ?

[author Peter Wayner]

Don't trust your business to the Internet-yet. Wait for reliable authentication technology.

p.92NA 1 The Searchable Kingdom

[author Edmund X. DeJesus][theme Managing Data]

How to find the right search engine for your intranet.

p.85 Smarter stuff

[author Bob Margolin]

New network and Internet control make embedded systems even more useful.

Special report

p.98 Play by the rules

[author Michael Barnes and David Kelly]

Business rules will help you get your data in order.

p.103 A Career in Data Modeling

[author J. L. Weldon]

An organized data model can save time during application development.

p.107 What's New with RAD?

[author David S. Linthicum]

What you'll see in the next versions of the top RAD tools.

p.81 Balance the Load with Transaction Server

[author Barry Nance][theme Building Net Apps]

Can you run your business on Microsoft's new Transaction Server?

p.93 Multicast to the masses

[author Mike Hurwicz][theme Network Integration]

Problems broadcasting information? IP Multicast can solve them.

Reseller

p.120C Planning and Implementing a Data Warehouse

Solve the hard problems and you can sell your solutions to a growing market.

p.120M Four Challenges Every Unix Resseler Must Face

Only the fittest resseler will prosper from these key technology challenges.

EDITORIAL

p.14 RIP Anonymous user

INDEX

p.19

BITS

p.26 King of the x86 hill

p.27 Best of CEBIT

p.30 MMX Overdrive

p.40 Future of Firewalls

EVAL

p.41 Microsoft's Free-Lunch Browser

[theme Net Suite]

Internet Explorer 4.0.

p.42 3-D Price Breakthrough

[theme Graphics Workstation]

Intergraph's TD-225

p.47 More Like Windows

[theme CE Hand-Held]

HP's 320LX.

p.48 A Readin', Rewritin' CD Drive

[theme Rewritable CD]

Ricoh's rewritable CD

CORE

p.51 Data Delivery When You Want It

[theme Databases]

Publish and Subsribe promises custom info distribution.

p.53 Inferno: One Hot OS

[theme Operating Systems]

Scalable from hand-helds to switching equipment.

p.59 Bulletproofing ATM: part 1

[theme Networking]

How ATM cable connections can help establish redundancy.

p.63 Smarter, More Secure Smartcards

[theme CPUs]

IC allow smartcards to be safe containers for private data.

p.65 An introduction to Objective-C

[theme Programming]

Here's how Objective-C differs from C++.

LAB REPORT

p.122 Centralize Your CD-ROMs

[theme Hardware]

By BYTE Editors Tests of six CD-ROM servers reveal performance ranging from superb to lousy.

p.130 Firewall Software for NT and Unix

[theme Software]

WEB PROJECT

p.115 Java Servlets

[author Jon Udell]

Server-side Java is ready for prime time now.

JAVATALK

p.119 Beyong GUI Graphics

[author Rick Grehan]

This month: object-oriented graphics libraries and beans.

CHAOS MANOR

p.143 Of Supercomputers, Sound files and Sugarscape

[author Jerry Pournelle]

The AAAS annual meeting inspires Jerry to try building an artificial society on the PC.

REVIEWS

p.136 Adobe Nails a Hat Trick

[author David Em][theme Graphic Design S/W]

Illustrator 7.0 achieves virtual feature parity between the Macintosh and Windows versions.

p.137 How Fast Is a 56-Kbps Modem?

[author Robert L. Hummel][theme Modem]

We try one of the first 2X 56-Kbps modem-the U.S. Robotics Sportster-and find that reality falls short of promise.

p.139 More Room, and a View

[author Russel Kay][theme Flat-Panel Display]

The ViewSonic VP140 is a sharp color monitor, but it's a hassle to set up.

p.141 Oracle's Web-Footed Friend

[author Robert J. Muller][theme Database Tools]

Object-oriented code makes Oracle/2000 a slick tool for deploying database applications on the Web.

WHAT'S NEW

p.171 The Palm Pilot organizer gets backlighting and new communications options. Plus, new Web-publishing tools, utilities, and connectivity harware.

IMPROBABLE

p.176 Advances and Retreats in Computing

[author Marc Abrahams]

Progress report on Project Whacko, our glorious attemp to rid the world of junk e-mailers; plus, theme music for real life.

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p.168 Alphabetical Order

p.170 Editorial Index by Company

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COVER STORY

p.60 Good-Bye GUI, Hello NUI

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

The user interface is about to undergo the biggest revolution since 1984.

p.88NA-1 Searching for Deep Blue

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

How IBM's team defeated the world champ.

RESELLER

p.104C Resellers Learn Wall Street Smarts

Custom middleware helps resellers profit from the financial industry's volatility.

p.104K Rebuilding Human Resources

As HR departments get smaller, resellers have more opportunities

p.79 A Virtual Private Affair

[author Mike Hurwicz][theme Network Integration]

Finally, a real way to save money with the Internet: Virtual private networks.

p.73 Attention, Data-Mart Shoppers

[author Karen Watterson][theme Managing Data]

Top-down or bottom-up, building a data mart gives you the information you value most.

p.89 Double Zero

[author Jackie Celko]

2000 means trouble for computers, including—gulp—PCs.

EDITORIAL

p.12 Why Interfaces Matter

Computers are about to join the Information Age.

INBOX

p.15

BITS

p.22 300-MHz Pentium II Tests

p.22 Natural Dictation

23 PCI Hot Plug for Servers

p.25 New.Domain.Names

p.26 Clustering Technology

EVAL

p.33 Windows 95/Memphis: Ready for the Future

[theme Operating System]

The next Windows upgrade.

p.35 Upwardly Mobile 3-D Workstation

[theme Pentium II]

Digital Equipment's dual-CPU machine.

p.36 Corel's Nearly Perfect Suite Spot

[theme Application Suite]

WordPerfect 8.

CORE

p.41 Using the Web to Maintain Legacy Databases

[author Alexa Bielefeld and Rick Martin and Brian Wachter][theme Databases]

Salvo lets you use protocols to manage mainframe data.

p.45 The Heart of Hand-Held PCs

[author Lyle Supp][theme CPUs]

Hitachi's SH-3 addresses the demands of hand-held PCs.

p.51 Cross-Platform Development with Concert

[author Justin Morgan][theme Programming]

Here's a way to rapidly port a Mac OS application to Windows and Unix.

p.53 JavaOS: Thin Client, Fat Service

[author Charles Mirho and Tom Clements]

[theme Operating Systems]

JavaOS uses a small memory footprint, yet its network-centric design lets it access large-scale services.

p.55 Bulletproofing ATM, Part 2

[author Jeffrey Fritz][theme Networking]

How LAN emulation and proper switch and router configuration can establish redundancy.

LAB REPORT

p.106 MMX Power for Desktop PCs

[author BYTE Editors][theme Hardware]

We look at 10 Pentium systems souped-up with MMX technology.

p.114 Web Applications at Your Service

[author David Seachrist and Stephen Platt]

Enliven your Web site with one of these application servers.

WEB PROJECT

p.97 Textbase Tricks

[author Jon Udell]

Some tips on making good use of all that information on the Web.

JAVATALK

p.101 Visual Age for Java

[author Rick Grehan]

IBM's Visual Age for Java includes tools for building distributed applications.

p.125 A Web Site for Chaos Manor

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Jerry builds a Web site, installs an OverDrive chip in Pentafluge, and pays a visit to WinHEC.

REVIEWS

p.119 Faster on the Draw

[theme CAD Software]

AutoCAD 14.

p.121 Dawn of the New Millennium

[theme Graphics Card]

Matrox's upgraded hardware.

p.122 Novera Composes Epic for Java

[author Peter Wayner][theme Network OS]

A new Network OS.

p.124 Making Linux More Livable

[theme Operating System]

Caldera's OpenLinux Base.

WHAT'S NEW

Toshiba's Libretto notebook, Motorola's 300-MHz Mac, Hauppauge's VideoTalk, plus new development tools.

IMPROBABLE

p.160 Advances and Retreats in Computing

[author Marc Abrahams]

Revenge on junk e-mailers, part 2; plus, exacerbating the bandwidth crunch.

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p.154 Editorial Index by Company

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Vol.22 n°8 august 1997

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COVER STORY : ENERGIZE YOUR INTRANET

p.56 Web Components

[author Dick Pountain and John Montgomery]

Three-tier development is getting a kick in the pants from components and the Web.

p.69 Intelligent Intranets

[author Udo Flohr]

Some tips and products that will help you avoid anarchy.

p.77 Guaranteed Delivery

Transaction processing monitors keep Web servers humming.

p.84NA-1 The Pull of Push

[author Edmund X. DeJesus][theme Building Network Apps]

Five types of "push" technology are transforming info delivery.

SPECIAL REPORT : EXTENDING THE ENTERPRISE

p.693 Air War

TDMA, CDMA, GSM—from this alphabet soup will come tomorrow's wireless network.

p.103 A Kinder, Smaller Windows

Porting to hand-held PCs is nothing to dread.

p.85 I2O Beats I/O Bottlenecks

A new architecture promises a big boost in server performance but not a big boost in cost.

RESELLER

p.116I CTI Gets Ready for the Masses

Commercial middleware helps ring up profits with telephony.

p.116I Burning Paper with Internet EDI

VARs are building new models for electronic commerce.

EDITORIAL

p.10

INBOX

p.13

BITS

p.20 New x86 Processors

p.22 Recycling Digital Ink

p.24 Faster Mac Bus

p.26 Enterprise Apps Use Web

p.32 Lanier on VR

EVAL

p.33 I Say! An Understanding Application

[theme Voice Recognition]

Dragon's NaturallySpeaking.

p.34 What's in Store for the Web

[theme Object Database]

Object Design's ObjectStore 5.

p.37 Laser Color, Inexpensive and Quick

[theme Color Printer]

Xerox's DocuPrint.

p.38 Never-Ending Power Supply

APC's Symmetra UPS.

CORE

p.43 Data Warehousing's Credibility Crisis

[author Richard Hackathorn][theme Databases]

"We've got a problem: The VP of finance is questioning our reports"

p.45 Building a Better Interface with Java

[author Andy Turk][theme Operating Systems]

Internet Foundation Classes lets you add useful UI elements to applets.

p.47 Faster Internet Access

[author Jonathan E. Brickman][theme Networks]

By caching name/address translations on your own system, you can speed your way to Web sites.

p.51 Atomic Power Speeds Data into the Home

[author Dick Pountain][theme CPUs]

A new family of chips helps handle Digital Subscriber Line connections between the central office and the home.

p.53 Fast and Flexible Access to Databases

[author Rick Dobson][theme Programming]

Microsoft's ODBCDirect gives programmers better ways of processing ODBC data sources.

LAB REPORT

p.118 Laptops Get Serious

[author Michelle Campanale][theme Hardware]

Ten handheld PCs that do many of the things you used to need a bigger machine to do.

p.126 Wolfpack Howls Its Arrival

[author BYTE Editors]

Microsoft's extension for NT Server will enable build-in clustering, bringing a new degree of reliability and fault tolerance.

WEB PROJECT

p.109 Persistent Java

[author John Udell]

A servlet-based group calendar becomes a surprising success and prompts an exploration of ways to bind Java programs to persistent storage.

JAVATALK

p.113 Write Cosmic Code

[author Rick Grehan]

SGI's Cosmo Code, for 3-D development, is a good IDE.

CHAOS MANOR

p.139 Some Things Make You Feel Stupid

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Win 95 rains plagues upon Jerry. But Softimage's graphics wizardry cheers him up.

REVIEWS

p.133 IBM Builds a Better DBMS

[theme Database]

IBM's enhanced DB 2 5.0

p.135 All the Web's a Stage

[theme Authentification Server]

Trusted Web, a one-step authentication server.

p.137 Speedy File Delivery

[theme E-mail attachments]

Tumbleweed's Posta.

p.138 IBM's Digital Shrinkwrapper

[theme E-commerce technology]

An early look at Cryptolope.

WHAT'S NEW

p.163 AST's quiet Pentium machine, Kai's PhotoSoap image cleanser, digital cameras, programming tools, and more new hardware and software.

IMPROBABLE

p.168 Advances and Retreats in Computing

[author Marc Abrahams]

The programmer's best friend and Cyber BabeWatch.

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p.160 Alphabetical Order

p.162 Editorial Index by Company

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Vol.22 n°9 september 1997

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COVER STORY : ACTIVEX DEMYSTIFIED

p.56 It's invasive. It's ubiquitous. But what, exactly, is ActiveX?

[author David Chappell and David S. Linthicum]

Here's the truth about Microsoft's core technologies.

RESELLER

p.92E Plug and Play for Manufacturers

Fiber optics, programmable motors, and an open standard slash hours off integration projects.

p.92K Thinking small(er) with SAP

p.65 Publish or Perish

[author Richard Hackathorn][theme Network Integration]

Publish and Subscribe can deliver the information you need as it happens.

p.75 The Universal Inbox

[author Mike Hurwicz][theme MANAGING DATA]

Get all your e-mail, faxes, and phone messages with a single interface.

p.80NA-1 Unclogging the PC Bottlenecks

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

Changes coming to Wintel PCs' will relieve internal congestion and speed up graphics.

p.81 OLAP by Web

[author Udo Flohr]

Web-based applications can simplify access to OLAP data.

EDITORIAL

p.10 The NetPC Blues

INBOX

p.13

BITS

p.18 Faster Notebooks with a Better View

p.19 BYTE's Best of PC Expo

p.22 Smarter Peripherals

p.23 Dueling Dynamic HTMLs

p.24 Sharper Tiny Displays

p.26 Unix or NT? Both!

p.30 Java Cyberschool

p.32 Storage Forecast

EVAL

p.33 The Pentium II Soars to 300 MHz

[theme HIGH-PERFORMANCE PCs]

We test the fastest PIIs.

p.37 IIS 4.0 Scales New Heights

[theme WEB SERVER]

Microsoft adds more value to NT Server with its Web server.

p.38 The Webtop Rolls Out on NetCaster

[theme WEBTOP CLIENT]

Push, pull, and browse with Netscape's new client.

CORE

DATABASES

p.43 Managing Mission-Critical Text

[author Ann O'Leary][theme DATABASES]

Integrating text and relational data with Oracle's ConText.

p.45 Managing Devices with the Web

[author Michael Howard and Chris Sontag]

[theme OPERATING SYSTEMS]

New interface technology lets you control and monitor devices with a browser.

p.47 Routing and Switching in ATM Networks

[author Jeffrey Fritz][theme NETWORKING]

A hierarchy improves ATM routing.

p.51 The Pentium II Revealed

[author Clive Maxfield][theme CPUs]

It combines the Pentium Pro's architecture and MMX instructions into a package for low-cost systems.

PROGRAMMING

p.53 Using ODBCDirect's Advanced Features

[author Rick Dobson]

ODBC Direct offers a more flexible client/server interface that works with a variety of databases.

LAB REPORT

p.94 Power Platforms: 233- and 266-MHz Pentium IIs Compared

[author Michelle Companale][theme HARDWARE]

Faster faster faster. We test 17 Pentium IIs—and one K6—that really rip. SOFTWARE

p.104 See and Be Seen Over IP

[author David Seachrist]

We test two programs that help people work together: White Pine's CU-SeeMe and Microsoft's NetMeeting.

WEB PROJECT

p.85 HTML + NNTP = Groupware

[author Jon Udell]

Think the Web has changed the world? Get ready for another revolution.

JAVATALK

p.89 Vibe Jive

[author Rick Grehan]

Feeling that cross-platform Vibe is one thing; deploying it is something else.

CHAOS MANOR

p.117 New Synergies for Computing

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Writable CD-ROMs and new image technologies could bring in a new age of computer use.

REVIEWS

p.111 Oracle8: Worth the Wait?

[theme DATABASE MANAGEMENT]

Oracle's new database tools.

p.114 Software-Only Routing for NT

[theme IP ROUTER]

Microsoft's "Steelhead" (Routing and Remote Access Service).

p.115 Wireless Wonder

[theme MOBILE NETWORK COMPUTER]

Wyse's Winterm 2930.

p.116 Mixed-Media Maven

[theme TELEPHONY SERVER]

Lucent's MMCX Server.

WHAT'S NEW

p.143 A blazing Alpha workstation, Gateway's latest laptop, the new cc:Mail, and a wearable computer you can talk to.

IMPROBABLE

p.148 The End of Infoglut

An amazing solution to all that clutter on your hard disk...uh, if it works.

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p.140 Alphabetical Order

p.142 Editorial Index by Company

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SPECIAL REPORT : EXTENDING THE ENTERPRISE - YOUR NEXT NET

p.58 ATM's Shrinking Role

[author Scott Mace]

ATM, once the killer network, is under attack from frame relay, Gigabit Ethernet, and IP.

p.63 Preparing for Gigabit Ethernet

[author Mike Hurwicz]

10 tips for rolling out this high-speed technology.

p.71 Batter Up for Broadband

[author Mark Brownstein]

Digital Subscriber Line services are arriving, as is one-way wireless broadband service.

p.76 Bandwidth on a budget

[author BYTE Editors]

Our tests will help you pick the right remote-access technology: 56K, ISDN, or ADSL.

p.112NA 1 I'm Failing and I Can't Boot Up!

[author Nancy Nicolaisen]

Embedded diagnostic hardware and better monitoring software tell you when something's wrong.

RESELLER

p.120C A Major Switch in Network Design

Port switching, Layer 3 routing, and Gigabit Ethernet will redefine network design.

p.120K The Server that Wouldn't Die

Coming soon to a network near you: high availability and fault tolerance.

p.87 Java Gets Down to Business

[author Tom Halfhill][theme BUILDING NETWORK APPS]

Critics say Java isn't ready for prime time. Meanwhile, people are using it to solve real problems.

p.95 CORBA, Java, and the Object Web

[author Robert Orfali, Dan Harkey, and Jeri Edwards][theme BUILDING NETWORK APPS]

Today's Web is too small for client/server computing. The future of the Web is the Object Web.

p.101 -Debunking Object-Database Myths

[author Joe Celko and Jackie Celko]

[theme MANAGING DATA]

Object databases are no longer lab curiosities. Here's what they can do.

p.107 Data Networks Speak Up

[author Alan Jock][theme NETWORK INTEGRATION]

Voice over frame relay or IP has improved. But the technology is still for internal use only.

EDITORIAL

p.10

INBOX

p.13

BITS

p.18 AGP: Who Needs It?

p.19 Servers Thin and Cheap

p.22 Ink-Jets Move Up

p.23 Bugs on Mars

p.23 Bandwidth Accounting

p.26 NT Clustering

p.32 What's Next for Windows

EVAL

p.33 First 6x86 PC: Generally a Winner

[theme DESKTOP PC]

CyberMax's Cyrix machine.

p.34 JBuilder Makes Java a Piece of Cake

[theme DEVELOPMENT TOOLS]

Borland's JBuilder.

p.37 The Best ThinkPad Gets Better

[theme NOTEBOOK]

IBM's model 770.

p.38 A New Meeting for Videoconferencing

[author VIDEOCON SERVER]

White Pine's MeetingPoint.

CORE

p.43 Farming the Web

[author Richard Hackathorn][theme DATABASES]

You can harvest content for information that's crucial to your strategic decisions.

p.45 A New Epoch for Hand-Helds

[author Dick Pountain][theme OPERATING SYSTEMS]

Psion's OS provides a micro-kernel and sophisticated real-time services.

p.47 Smarter and Faster IP Connections

[author Mick Seaman][theme NETWORKING]

New IP switch designs help move low-latency data through large nets.

p.51 Keeping It Simple

[author Tom R. Halfhill][theme CPUs]

A new Pentium-class processor from a stealth start-up rebels against current design trends with a vastly simplified micro-architecture.

p.53 Programming in Limbo

[author Larry Rau][theme PROGRAMMING]

This language allows you to easily write threaded programs with bidirectional communications.

LAB REPORT

p.76 Bandwidth on a Budget

[author BYTE Editors][theme HARDWARE]

Our modem tests will help you choose: 56K, ISDN, or ADSL?

p.122 The Object Is to Manage Data

[author Todd Zino][theme SOFTWARE]

When you're tracking large, complex data types. you need an object data-base management system. We test three of them.

WEB PROJECT

p.113 Next-Generation News Servers

[author Jon Udell]

With the latest from Netscape and Microsoft, mere mortals can deploy newsgroups.

JAVATALK

p.117 Rebuilt Parts

[author Rick Grehan]

ObjectShare's Parts for Java provides an excellent programming environment.

CHAOS MANOR

p.139 Virtual Publishing and Virtual Travel

[author Jerry Pournelle]

After a stop in the anteroom to Purgatory, Jerry takes to the air with a new laptop and muses on some virtual possibilities.

REVIEWS

p.129 Web Servers Get Skinny

[theme WEB APPLIANCES]

We check out easy-to-manage systems from Compact Devices, Microtest, and Webtronics.

p.133 Three for Speed

[author POWER MACS]

Its a close race between these screaming machines from Apple, Motorola, and Umax.

p.137 Novell's Internet/IntranetWare Connection

[theme INTERNET SERVICES]

BorderManager bundles inter-network services for NetWare administrators.

WHAT'S NEW

p.167 Digital's HiNote notebook, Microsoft's Frontrage 98, plus processor upgrades, a math tool, and crypto accelerators.

IMPROBABLE

p.172 Advances and Retreats in Computing

Just like Kiss and Fleetwood Mac, the green screen lust won't stay away.

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p.164 Alphabetical Order

p.166 Editorial Index by Company

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COVER STORY : THE ORBITING INTERNET

p.58 Fiber in The Sky

[author John Montgomery]

Broadband satellite systems are ready to beam data around the world at multimegabit rates. So what's the catch?

p.104C BackOffice at the Forefront

[author Alan Joch]

p.104M Making Money with Point-of-Sale

[author Ilan Greenberg]

p.104S The Universal Inbox

[author Ilan Greenberg]

p.73 Socket to Me

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

The Pentium II's proprietary slots could mean trouble for Intel's competitors. What does it mean for users?

p.81 Deja Vu All Over Again

[author Peter Mudge and Yobie Benjamin]

Those holes in NT security sure look familiar. No wonder: Other OSes patched them years ago.

p.96NA 3 NT's Challenges: Microsoft's Solutions

[author Mark Schlack]

VP Jim Allchin tells BYTE about the futute of Microsoft OS technology.

p.87 Components Battling Components

[author Robert Richardson][theme Building Network Apps]

Software plug-ins for Windows and Macintosh can do remarkable things. But they're also a source of conflict.

Editorial

p.10 Raising the Java Standard

Inbox

p.13

BITS

p.18 600-MHz Alpha

p.19 Socket 7 Successor?

p.22 Power Mac Prevails

p.22 400-MHz Pentium II PCs

p.24 Next for Java Office Apps

p.28 Knuth's New Knuth

EVAL

p.33 Number Nine's New Spin: Revolution 3D

[theme Graphics card]

Fast video playback and your choice of AGP or PCI

p.34 CMOS Gets the Picture

[theme Digital Camera]

Using a CMOS sensor, Sound Vision's SVmini-209 delivers high-quality pics at a low price.

p.37 A Watchamacallit for Words

[theme Authoring software]

Dan Bricklin's software for making hypertext documents.

CORE

p.43 Adjustable Cell Rates for ATM Networks

[author William Stallings][theme Networks]

A new ATM service compensates for network congestion.

p.45 Autoconf Makes for Portable Software

[author Bob Friesenhahn][theme Operating Systems]

Use of OS features and a freeware scripting utility solves application portability across various flavors of Unix

p.47 The Quest to Standardize Metadata

[author Stephen R. Gardner][theme Databases]

Someday, disparate data manipulation tools will be able to exchange information.

p.51 Building the Virtual PC

[author Eric Traut][theme CPUs]

A software emulator transforms the PowerPC into a Pentium PC.

p.53 Dynamic HTML Explained, Part 1

[author Rick Dobson]

Dynamic objects and client-side processing mean better Web sites and better browsing.

LAB REPORT

p.106 26 No-compromise Power Portables

[author Michelle Campanale][theme Hardware]

We test MMX laptops with 166-MHz, 200-MHz, and 233-MHz CPUs. Plus: the first notebooks with Intel's Tillamook CPU.

p.114 Extend Your Net with VPNs

[author Morgan Stern][theme Software]

WEB PROJECT

p.97 Cascading Style Sheets

[author Jon Udell]

CSS will change how Web designers work. Here are some ways to learn and use it.

JAVATALK

p.101 An Uncertain Discovery

[author Rick Grehan]

Metrowerks' Discover Programming will give you a decent introduction to Java, but it can be annoying.

CHAOS MANOR

p.129 Fooling Around with the Web

[author Jerry Pournelle]

New tools help build the Manor's Web site. Plus, a visit to the world's greatest graphics show: SIGGRAPH.

REVIEWS

p.121 Cryptography Gets Personal

[author Pete Loshin][theme Security Software]

Six products that promise to secure your data, both over the Internet and on your desktop.

p.125 Battle of the Network Superservers

[author Barry Nance][theme Web Servers]

Netscape's SuiteSpot 3 vs. Microsoft's IIS 4.

WHAT'S NEW

p.159 Alpha workstations hit 600 MHz; Unix notebooks; and more new products.

IMPROBABLE

p.164 Something to STARE at

4-D images arrive (on our very own pages)! Senders of junk e-mail get hosed.

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p.156 Alphabetical Order

p.158 Editorial Index by Company

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Cover Story

p.80 Beyond Pentium II

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

The first detailed look at the new breakthrough microprocessor architecture from Intel and Hewlett-Packard—and what it will mean for developers and users.

p.87 Beyond MMX

[author Tom R. Halfhill]

New 3-D power of AMD, Centaur, and Cyrix chips will challenge Intel.

RESELLER

p.116C Cashing In on Web Shopping Sprees

p.116K Oracle8: Have It Your Way

[author Special Report: extending your enterprise]

p.65 The Extranet Revolution

p.67 Defending from the Unthinkable

p.75 Extranets at Your Service

p.93 Commanding the Enterprise

[author Karen Watterson]

Soon you'll be able to manage the network and all those devices from one console.

p.99 COM+: The Next Generation

[author David Ckappell]

Microsoft's next Component Object Model will make it easier to create and use objects.

p.92NA 1 Reach Out and Touch Everyone

Global enterprise directories offer a big payoff, but the technology's new, and the integration requires hard work.

p.103 1997 Editors' Choice Awards

We honor software and hardware that prove 0innovation was alive and well in 1997.

Editorial

p.14 Step Aside, x86

Inbox

p.17

BITS

p.24 Centaur's New WinChip

p.25 Ultraportables Get More Power

p.28 Chips Promise Cheaper Modems

p.28 Future Watch: I2O Processors

p.30 DVD: A Moving Target

p.44 Interview: A Voice for Java Developers

EVAL

p.45 Microsoft Laces Up for the Enterprise Race

[author Morgan Stern and Gary Monti]

Enterprise-ready Windows NT 4.0

p.47 Smart Phones Make the Grade

[author Michelle Campanale]

Mitsubishi's MobileAccess and Samsung's Duette.

CORE

p.53 Managing Data Transformations

[author Colin White][theme Databases]

Data requires careful control and cleansing to make it useful for business decisions

p.55 Speech Enables the Common Desktop PC

[author Joseph J. Lazzaro][theme Operating Systems]

Powerful processors, cheap memory, and a hardware standard enable speech recognition and synthesis on out-of-the-box PCs.

p.57 Demystifying ATM Addressing

[author Jeffrey N. Fritz][theme Networking]

Before connecting your ATM network to the outside world, consider its addressing scheme.

p.59 Making Personal Video a Reality

[author Les Kohn and Greg Efland][theme CPUs]

A video compressor/decompresser from C-Cube enables real-time MPEG-2 encoding for PCs.

p.61 Dynamic HTML Explained, Part II

[author Rick Dobson][theme Programming]

Lab Report

p.118 Toolkits for Building Web Applications

[author Steve Gillmor][theme Software]

We look at seven sitebuilding and maintenance kits to help you choose the right one.

p.124 Back to the Future with 9 Network Computers

[author Michelle Campanale][theme Hardware]

We test the current crop of thin clients to see what they're good for.

Web Project

p.109 The Value of Free Software

[author Jon Udell]

Freeware gems like Apache, Linux, and Perl keep the Web spinning.

Javatalk

p.113 Poet Goes Java

[author Rick Grehan]

An OODBMS takes the plunge into Java.

Chaos Manor

p.139 Fire Three for Effect!

[author Jerry Pournelle]

Building a new dual Pentium Pro system is a snap, until you try to put it on the network.

Reviews

p.132 Drive Your Data Through the Middle(ware)

[author Barry Nance][theme Data Access Tool]

We test two middleware programs that take the muddle out of multiple databases.

p.133 3-D Animation Blossoms on NT

[author David Em and Alex Pournelle]

[theme Graphics Software]

Three high-end programs let you create Hollywood-quality 3-D animation on an NT workstation.

p.137 The Be-All-That-You-Can-Be OS

[author Peter Wayner][theme Operating System]

A new OS offers users a new set of options.

WHAT'S NEW

MetaCreations' Ray Dream 3-D, Tektronix's new color printer, better OCR from ScanSoft, and more hardware and software.

IMPROBABLE

p.168 Cell Death

A great new way to terminate annoying cell-phone calls.

SERVICE

Reader service

Inquiry Reply Cards: 160A-B

Index to Advertisers

p.160 Alphabetical Order

p.162 Editorial Index by Company

THE BYTE WEB SITE and THE VIRTUAL PRESS ROOM

http://www.byte.com

Program listings

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