Personal Systems Magazine

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A bimonthly print magazine released by IBM's Personal Systems Division in Texas, USA that was during its later years squarely focused on OS/2, although some other PS Division subjects such as PowerPC were covered from time to time. Note that it was not a free marketing publication but rather intended as a technical magazine for manager and required a somewhat hefty paid subscription, but on the other hand it was a professionally designed publication had an excellent layout and even had custom created cartoons, graphic illustrations and the like.

Issues

1989

Issue Cover Content
Issue 1, 1989
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Issue 2, 1989
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  • 42 - Kevin Maier: 3.5" Diskette Formats
Issue 3, 1989
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Issue 4, 1989
G325-5004-00
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Hardware

Micro Channel Architecture
  • 1 Executive Comments
  • 3 Requirements for Advanced Bus Architecture
  • 23 Micro Channel System Configuration Considerations
  • 43 Features and Benefits
  • 48 Bus Masters and Applications
Extended Features
  • 53 Overview of Extended Micro Channel Functions
  • 61 New Micro Channel Features
  • 66 SCB - An Architecture for Micro Channel Bus Masters
Bus Master Design and Applications
  • 83 Design Alternatives with Micro Channel Systems
  • 86 IBM PS/2® Micro Channel SCSI Adapters
  • 93 PS/2 Wizard Adapter
  • 96 Experience in Bus Master Design
  • 99 Bus Master Adapters from Independent Option Vendors

Software

  • 104 Bus Masters and OS/2 ®
  • 112 Micro Channel Issues in AIX™ PS/2

Random Data

  • 119 Information for Developers
  • 124 Book Report
  • 125 New Products

1990

Issue Cover Content
Issue 1, 1990
G325-5005-00
  • Introduction to Local Area Networks
  • IEEE 802.3 LAN Considerations
  • The IBM Token-Ring Network: A New Generation
  • How to Design and Build a 4-Mbit/s Token-Ring LAN
  • How to Design and Build a 16-Mbit/s Token-Ring LAN
  • Making the Cabling Decision
  • IBM Cabling System Highlights
  • Communication Strategy for Growth
Issue 2, 1990
G325-5006-00
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Software
Operating System/2™
  • 1 OS/2 End User Advantages
  • 9 What's New in OS/2 Standard Edition Version 1.2?
  • 13 An Application Developer's View of OS/2
  • 18 Object-Oriented Programming with C and OS/2 PM - Is It Possible?
  • 24 Design Goals and Implementation of the New High Performance File System
  • 36 OS/2 EE 1.2 Database Manager™ - Remote Data Services
  • 47 OS/2 EE Database Manager Precompiler API
  • 53 UNION, INTERSECT, EXCEPT
  • 58 Writing a Database Manager COBOL/2™ Program
  • 67 Database Manager Programming with Procedures Language 2/REXX
  • 80 APPC Performance Tips for OS/2 EE
  • 92 EASEL® OS/2 EE PROFS: Host Code Interface
  • 102 PS/2® RPG II Application Platform and Toolkit
Random Data
  • 106 The IBM Independence Series™ Products
  • 111 New Products
Issue 3, 1990
G325-5007-00
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Software
  • 1 DOS - A Look Under the Hood to See How It Spins
  • 12 Memory Management in a DOS Environment
  • 20 FASTOPEN - The DOS Performance Enhancer
  • 24 DOS 4.00 Compatibility Issues
  • 28 'Out of Environment Space' Errors
  • 34 A New LAN Requester for DOS Systems
  • 43 Creating a Dialog Box Dynamically Using WinCreateDlg
  • 53 An Alternative for the OS/2 START Command
Random Data
  • 65 CUA: A Consistent Interface
  • 69 Little Solutions
  • 71 New Products
Issue 4, 1990
G325-5009-00
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Hardware
  • 1 First Look at the New IBM PS/1™ Computer
  • 8 Using the IBM 4019 Laser Printer Effectively
  • 18 Micro Channel® Interface Chip Sets
  • 23 Token Ring Bus Master LAN Adapters
  • 27 Extension of Wiring Rules for 4-Mbit/s Token Ring Using UTP Lobes
  • 32 SCSI and DISK386.SYS
Software
  • 33 Operating System Platforms: A Business Perspective
  • 39 Minimum OS/2® 1.2 DASD Requirements
  • 45 User Profile Management
  • 53 Understanding OS/2 1.2 LAN Server Performance
  • 60 PM: An Object-Oriented Approach
  • 75 DOS 4.00 SHARE
  • 78 A "C" Programming Model for DOS Device Drivers
Random Data
  • 91 An Electronic Bulletin Board for PC Users
  • 93 Little Solutions
  • 95 New Products

1991

Issue Cover Content
Issue 1, 1991
G325-5010-00
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Hardware
  • 1 XGA - Raising Video Expectations
  • 5 Choosing between Shielded and Unshielded Wiring for Data Transmission
Software
  • 9 Compatibility of LAN Servers and Requesters
  • 17 Running DOS LAN Requester and Novell® NetWare® Concurrently
  • 23 Breaking the 640 KB DOS Memory Barrier
  • 30 Understanding an OS/2® CONFIG.SYS File
  • 35 OS/2 EE 1.2 Database Manager™ Performance
  • 52 OS/2 EE 1.2 Competitive Performance
  • 53 An Intelligent Front-End EASEL® Application
  • 63 Enabling Software for National Language Support
  • 68 SNA Definitions for 3270 Emulators
Random Data
  • 81 Diskette Failures Caused by Contamination
  • 83 Little Solutions
  • 85 New Products
Issue 2, 1991
G325-5011-00
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Hardware
  • 1 IBM PS/2® Model 90 XP 486 and Model 95 XP 486
  • 11 Choosing an 1/0 Bus Architecture
  • 19 The Network Is the Message
  • 27 Invoking Printer Job Properties
Software
  • 29 Comparing PC-DOS, OS/2@, and AIX@ PS/2
  • 41 Programming PM Using the COBOL/2™ Bindings
  • 47 Installing and Using the DOS Database Requester
  • 51 OS/2 LAN Server 1.3 Overview
  • 56 IBM Windows Connection 2.0: A Graphical Look for Host Applications
  • 59 SN ATM Definitions for 3270 Emulators - Part II
Random Data
  • 72 Little Solutions
  • 75 IBM THINKable™
  • 77 New Products
Issue 3, 1991
G325-5012-00
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Hardware
  • 1 PS/2 Model L40 SX Laptop Portable Computer
Software
  • 9 OS/2 2.0 Considerations
  • 24 Comparing PC-DOS, OS/2, and AIX PS/2 - Part 2
  • 40 Using Dual Displays with OS/2
LAN
  • 43 Local Area Networks: The New Utility
  • 46 And You Thought LANs Were Just for the Office!
  • 53 Remote LAN Management Tools
  • 59 New Horizons for IBM's Shielded Twisted-Pair Cabling
  • 64 Tuning and Self-Tuning Features of OS/2 LAN Server
  • 67 NetWare Communications and Routing Protocols
  • 77 Little Solutions for LANs
Random Data
  • 79 New Products
  • 82 Software
Issue 4, 1991
G325-5013-00
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The Cover: Nine hundred years ago, the men and women of a small Viking ship, led by Leif Eriksson, pushed their knowledge and technology to the limits. Their courage and skill landed them on the shores of North America four hundred years before Christopher Columbus. Today, the men and women of IBM continue this tradition of exploration and leadership, keeping IBM at the frontier of computing technology.

Hardware
  • 1 Power Factor: Non-Linear Loads and the Power Distribution System
Software
  • 6 Database Manager: Highlights and Direction
  • 13 OS/2® Communications Manager™
  • 23 Improving OS/2 Application Performance
  • 33 Creating PM Windows with Dialog Templates
  • 38 REXX Program for OS/2 LAN Server
  • 49 Micro Focus® COBOL/2 and the DOS Database Requester
  • 54 IBM DOS 5.0 Facts and Features
  • 61 IBM DOS 5.0 Upgrade
  • 65 DOS 5.0 Performance Improvements
  • 70 DOS Memory Management Facilities
  • 74 Disk Caching Under DOS
  • 77 NetWare® Client-Server Interaction
  • 89 LANACS Protocols
Random Data
  • 95 New Book: Client-Server Programming with OS/2 Extended Edition
  • 96 Little Solutions
  • 99 New Products

1992

Issue Cover Content
January, 1992
G325-5014-00
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Hardware

  • 1 Additions to the IBM PS/1 Family
  • 7 IBM LaserPrinter 4029 Series Print Quality Enhancements

Software

  • 13 OS/2 2.0: The Integrating Platform
  • 19 Multiple Virtual DOS Machines
  • 10 IBM OS/2 LAN Server 2.0
  • 41 OS/2 2.0 Memory Management
  • 45 Coding for Performance Under OS/2 Version 2.0
  • 49 Extending the Functions of OS/2 REXX 54 Protecting User Exits Under OS/2 1.X
  • 62 GDDM-OS/2 Link
  • 65 IBM Upgrade Enhanced Install Utility/DOS 5.0
  • 67 Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking: An Overview
  • 73 Using IBM SAA Networking Services/2
  • 80 The AAI Family of Products
  • 83 Securing the Enterprise Workstation

Random Data

  • 87 Little Solutions
  • 89 New Products
April, 1992
G325-5015-00
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Hardware

  • 1 Comparing Architectures: Micro Channel and EISA
  • 13 Portable Computer Trends and Directions
  • 18 LCD Panel Technology

Software

  • 22 The OS/2 Workplace Shell
  • 32 New Applications in OS/2 2.0
  • 35 Unattended Installation of OS/2 2.0
  • 44 OS/2 Communications Manager Trace Events
  • 48 IBM and Novell LAN Software Coexistence
  • 60 IBM 8209 LAN Bridge Connects Ethernet Clients to Novell and IBM Servers
  • 63 Backup and Restore in an IBM NetWare Environment
  • 66 The DOS Protected-Mode Environment
  • 71 DOS Disk Management
  • 77 Customizing Alphanumeric Screen Dimensions

Random Data

  • 82 Little Solutions
  • 85 New Products
OS/2 Systems Migration Considerations, 1992
G325-5016-00
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  • Chapter 1. Previous OS/2 Users
  • Chapter 2. Previous Microsoft Windows Users
Packaging -Extended Services and LAN Server 2.0
  • Chapter 3. Packaging of Extended Services 1.0 and LAN Server Version 2.0
Extended Services -Database Manager
  • Chapter 4. Extended Services Database Manager Desktop Folder
  • Chapter 5. Migrating Databases from Previous Releases of Extended Edition Database Manager
  • Chapter 6. SQL Enhancements
  • Chapter 7. Backup/Recovery Migration Considerations
  • Chapter 8. Remote Data Services
  • Chapter 9. Database Manager Application Migration
Extended Services -Communications Manager
  • Chapter 10. Communications Manager Desktop Group
  • Chapter 11. Extended Services Desktop Group
  • Chapter 12. Programmable Configuration
  • Chapter 13. Communications Manager Functions
  • Chapter 14. Installing Extended Services for OS/2 from an Alternate Drive
  • Chapter 15. Problem Determination Aids
  • Chapter 16. LAN Adapter and Protocol Support (LAPS)
Personal Communications/3270 Migration
  • Chapter 17. PC/3270 for Windows on OS/2
  • Chapter 18. PC/3270 for DOS on OS/2
  • Chapter 19. Automated PC/3270 Program Object Definition under OS/2
  • Chapter 20. Migrate Personal Communications/3270 to OS/2
OS/2 LAN Server 2.0
  • Chapter 21. LAN Services Desktop Group Folder
  • Chapter 22. Network Group Folder
  • Chapter 23. User Profile Management Services Folder
  • Chapter 24. Application Folders
  • Chapter 25. Additional LAN Server Enhancements
  • Chapter 26. OS/2 LAN Server 2.0 Migration
  • Chapter 27. LAN Server Compatibility
Appendix A. Changing 05/2 2.0 to Look Like 05/2 1.3
Appendix B. Changing WIN-O5/2 2.0 to Look Like Microsoft Windows 3.0
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index
July, 1992
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Hardware
  • 1 IBM PS/2 Server 295: New Thresholds for Client/Server Networking
  • 10 Comparing Architectures: Micro Channel and EISA (Part 2)
  • 18 Synergy by Design
  • 26 Pen-Based Computers
  • 31 Why Doesn't My Portable's Battery Last Longer?
  • 34 Planning Guidelines for Token-Ring Cabling
Software
  • 39 - Hans Götz: Installing and Migrating Applications in OS/2 2.0
  • 47 - Jean Nemec Shortley: Printing Under OS/2 2.0
  • 52 - Richard J. Mueller: Installing the IBM 4029 LaserPrinter Under OS/2 1.3
  • 58 - Allen M.Gilbert: Serviceability Tools in OS/2 2.0
  • 67 - Jean Nemec Shortley: Online Communication Using OS/2 2.0 PM Terminal
  • 70 - Dena M. Laterza: IBM Extended Services Database Manager
  • 76 - Albert Juarez: NetWare for SAA
  • 84 - Jeanne Ann Smith: Using the IBM DOS 5.0 Driver EMM386.EXE and Upper Memory
Random Data
  • 87 The Solutions Evaluation Tool
  • 93 Little Solutions
  • 96 New Products
Focus On Micro Channel Architecture, 1992
G325-5018-00
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  • 1 Requirements for Advanced Bus Architecture
  • 21 Micro Channel System Configuration Considerations
  • 41 Overview of Extended Micro Channel Functions
  • 49 SCB - An Architecture for Micro Channel Bus Masters
  • 66 Design Alternatives with Micro Channel Systems
  • 69 Comparing Architectures: Micro Channel and EISA
  • 81 Comparing Architectures: Micro Channel and EISA -Part 2
  • 89 Synergy by Design
  • 97 High Performance File Server Design
  • 103 International Catalog of Micro Channel Adapter Cards
  • 105 Bus Masters and OS/2®
  • 113 Micro Channel Issues in AIX® PS/2
  • 120 The Onion
October, 1992
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Hardware
  • 1 Exploring File Server Performance
  • 6 PS/2 3.5-lnch Rewritable Optical Drive
  • 9 Programming the XGA Video POS Registers
  • 14 Video Monitoring on Personal Computers
  • 21 Memory Address Space
Software
  • 27 - Ron Morill, Ron Cadima: OS/2 2.0 Installation and Performance Considerations
  • 41 - Ron Morill, Ron Cadima: OS/2 2.0 Application Support
  • 56 - Claude Goffin: Cleaner Installation of Applications Under OS/2
  • 63 - Narsu V. Tatikola: Creating Resizable Pushbuttons
  • 66 - Frank J. Schroeder: Configuring Parallel Ports Under OS/2
  • 71 - Benetta Perry; Harry Shelin Chen; Bob Russell; Timothy J. Li: Performance Characteristics of ES 1.0 Database Manager
  • 80 - Shlomo Toboul: AlertVIEW
Random Data
  • 85 - Ron Hoekzema; Kathleen Wahl Bode: Screen Reader/2
  • 89 - Book Reviews
  • Rick Dayan: Memory Address Space

1993

Issue Cover Content
January, 1993
G325-5020-00
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Hardware
  • 1 PS/2 Desktop Security
  • 9 IBM 486SLC2: System Performance Implications
  • 13 Micro Channel Developers Association
  • 16 - Ted Selker, Joe Rutledge: TrackPoint II: The In-Keyboard Pointing Device [1]
Software
  • 18 - David E. Reich: Why OS/2 2.0?
  • 34 - Jim Alexander: OS/2 Distributed Systems Management
  • 42 - Tom Edel: CID: Remote OS/2 Configuration, Installation and Distribution of PC Software
  • 47 - Khalil Emami; Theodore Shrader: Start/2: Putting the Configuration into CID
  • 54 - Steven French; Gary Hunt: LAN Server 3.0: New Thresholds in High-Performance Network Software
  • 57 - Sallie Matlack: The Future of IBM LAN Network Management
  • 61 - Bob Telley: Understanding and Using the Workplace Shell
  • 70 - Will Youngston: Distributed Processing: A Case Study
  • 77 - Frank J. Schroeder: Parallel Port Protocols
  • 82 - Christopher Ferros: Developing OS/2 Presentation Manager Applications with Micro Focus COBOL
  • 90 - Fabian Pascal: OS/2: How About Notebooks?
  • 93 - Richard Bealkowski: Loadable ABIOS
Random Data
  • 100 - Little Solutions
April, 1993
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Hardware
  • 1 - XGA-2: Improving on a Good Thing
Software
  • 4 - DeeAnne Safford: IBM Personal Software Products: Product Line Update [2]
  • 22 - Brett Curran: Using REXX to Customize the WPS-Part 1
  • 33 - Bart Jacob: OS/2 Distributed Systems Management with LAN NetView
  • 41 - Theodore Shrader: Priming and Querying Your Start Network
  • 47 - Khaled Amer; Ken Christensen; Tom Toher: Multimedia Applications on IBM Token-Ring LANs
  • 49 - IBM PS/2 ActionMedia II
  • 50 - Network Transport System/2
  • 55 - Richard R. Miller: OS/2 2.0 Print Tips
  • 62 - Philip L. Arthur: Testing OS/2 PM Applications
  • 67 - Timothy S. Huntley: Accessing a Remote AS/400 Using OS/2 Extended Services
  • 72 - Darrel Knaus: Virus Information and Protection
  • 77 - John Q. Walker: Migrating from APPC/PC to Networking Services/DOS
  • 82 - OS/2 2.0 Resources
  • 90 - LAD/2: A Simple Way to Implement CID
Random Data
  • 90 Little Solutions
  • 95 New Products
  • 99 OS/2 32-Bit Application Migration Workshops
  • 101 IBM OS/2 Products Available on CD-ROM
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About the Cover: The cover shows a progression of technology and communication through the ages, from early Egyptian architecture, time-keeping, and calculation; through the industrial revolution and space-age communications devices; to the most advanced operating system on the market today

Focus
  • 4 Technical Coordinator Broadcasts on IBM TV
  • 5 IBM's Next Technical Conference: Orlando,
  • PS/ValuePoint Expands-40 More Models
  • 8 LAD/2 and LAN NetView Start-Where Do They Fit?
  • 9 The Bookshelf
Technical
  • 11 OS/2 2.1-Everything You Wanted It to Be and More
  • 21 Using REXX to Customize the Workplace Shell-Part II
  • 30 Client/Server Application Development with OS/2 and CICS/ESA
  • 36 Upgrading to OS/2 LAN Server 3.0-Advanced
  • 40 Developing OS/2 LAN Server Services
  • 47 PCMCIA PC Cards Provide Expandability and Network Interfacing
  • 52 Using the IBM ThinkPad with OS/2 and CM/2
Little Solutions
  • 57 DOS 5.02 Utilities
  • 57 Partial Screen Print
  • 58 Questions and Answers
  • 61 OS/2 Tips and Techniques
  • 62 Corrective Service Information
  • 65 Product News
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About the Cover: The cover design reflects dissimilar ekments coming together in a common environment--a critical requirement for today's businesses that have computing systems and products from dif ferent vendors that must operate together in an open environment.

Focus
  • 4 Searching for Speed
  • 8 The Journalism Network: Linking Technology and Education
  • 10 The Imagination System
Technical
  • 14 IBM PSP's LAN Systems Solutions
  • 26 An Introduction to PCMCIA
  • 29 PCMCIA Software: The Key to Compatibility
  • 34 OS/2 Support for PCMCIA Memory Cards
  • 40 Improving Remote Initial Program Load Performance
  • 48 Installing and Configuring CM/2 1.0
  • 54 Writing CID-Enabled Applications
  • 58 Integrating LAD/2, CM/2, and D82/2 with IBM LAN NetView Start
  • 64 DB2/2-DB2 Comes to the Desktop
Little Solutions
  • 70 Little Solutions
  • 78 Questions and Answers
  • 82 OS/2 Tips and Techniques
  • 83 Corrective Service Information
  • 85 Product News
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About the Cover: PC-DOS 61 has arrived, and its colorful logo exemplifies its new colorfull functionality-including support for PCMCIA and pen, two mobile computing technologies used in IBM's popular ThinkPad series.

Focus
  • 4 Point of View: OS/2-Killer Application or Killer Operating System?
  • 6 Education Courses from Skill Dynamics
  • 8 Single Sign-On Technology
  • 10 Expanded OS/2 Relationships with Industry Giants
  • 11 IBM TV Broadcasts
Technical
  • 14 IBM PC-DOS 6.1: More Features than MS-DOS 6.0
  • 20 SystemView Information Warehouse DataHub
  • 26 Developing Data Hub Tools
  • 31 Using MMPM/2 to Create Multimedia Applications
  • 40 Advanced Client/Server Computing Using the IBM ThinkPad
  • 46 Communications Manager/2: A New Look
  • 50 Overview of IBM NetWare 4.01
  • 54 OS/2 2.1 Performance Tuning Tips
Little Solutions
  • 63 Little Solutions
  • 69 Questions and Answers
  • 73 OS/2 Tips and Techniques
  • 75 Corrective Service Information

1994

Cover Content
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About the Cover: How many ways can something be connected? Tiles from Milton Bradley's ever-popular, genera-tion-spanning Scrabble Brand Crossword Game are used on the cover to illustrate the wealth of networking solutions arlicles contained in this issue of Personal Systems.

Focus
  • 4 Much Ado About Multimedia
  • 9 PERFORMANCE 2.1, A Tuning Kit for OS/2 2.1-A Clear and Simple Solution to Your OS/2 Tuning Needs
  • 11 Point of View: Some Enthusiastic Users Speak Out About OS/2
  • 14 Team OS/2-A Groundswell of Support for OS/2
  • 18 Manage Your LAN Systems More Effectively with IBM NetFinity
Technical
  • 22 Plan, Plan, Plan Your NetWare 4.01 Network
  • 32 LAD/2 in the LCU and NetView DM/2 Environments
  • 40 Easy Setup of CID Code Servers
  • 44 Managing Token-Ring Bridges with IBM's LAN Network Manager
  • 50 IBM DCE for OS/2 Multiuser Application Performance
  • 60 Performance of Key Functions in DCE for OS/2
  • 72 VisualAge: Its Features and Virtues
Little Solutions
  • 80 Little Solutions
  • 82 Questions and Answers
  • 84 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: The artist choose an image he felt was a univer-sal symbol of intelligence to reflect the advance-ments being made in the field of artificial intel-ligence. Today's computers are rapidly approach-ing the power and capacity of the human mind. Read about artificial intelligence, speech recog-nition products, and more in this issue of Personal Systems.

Focus
  • 6 If I Only Had A Brain
  • 10 "Look, Mom! No Hands!" Speech Recognition Products Untie Your Hands
  • 13 The Road Not Taken: Telecommuting in the '90s
  • 16 Point of View: Not Just Another Database Article
  • 17 Professional Certification Program from IBM
  • 17 Celebrate the Past on Your Trip Back to the Future!
Technical
  • 20 OS/2 2.1 Performance Tuning Tips - Part II
  • 36 PC File Systems
  • 44 NetWare 4.01 for OS/2: Features and Installation
  • 56 NetWare Requester for OS/2, v2.01: Features and Installation
  • 66 What's New in Novell NetWare 3.12?
  • 69 LAN Analysis Using IBM's DatagLANce Network Analyser
Little Solutions
  • 74 Little Solutions
  • 79 NetWare Questions and Answers
  • 82 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: "Wrightsizing at USAir," a feature story on that airline's implementation of an OS/ 2 client/server solution, serves as the impetus for Dallas artist Bill Carr's cover mosaic featuring bicycles and hex code, glider test flights, and Orville's searching gaze into the clouds and beyond.

Focus
  • 6 Todd Watson: "Wrightsizing " at USAir
  • 12 Getting the Word Out at Chemical Banking Corporation
  • 18 Back Up for the Future
  • 25 Lost in Cyberspace
  • 28 The Book Shelf
Technical
  • 30 Threads
  • 40 Redirected Installation of OS/2 2.x
  • 46 LAN Server Ultimedia 1.0 Performance and Tuning
Little Solutions
  • 57 Little Solutions
  • 60 Questions and Answers
  • 65 Corrective Service Information
  • 67 Product News
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About the Cover: IBM's Micro Channel architect, Chet Heath, characterizes as "alphabet soup" the wide and robust choices available to you today for personal computer architectures.

Focus
  • 6 IBM's Personal Systems Support Family-Customer-Influenced Design
  • 10 OS/2 Times and Scores the 1994 Indianapolis 500
  • 13 Software compatibility: Good Relationship or One Night Stand?
  • 16 Migrating Windows Applications to OS/2: Easing the Migration Path
  • 19 OS/2 Conference Draws Praise
Technical
  • 20 DCE: An Application Primer
  • 27 Distributed Performance Characteristics of IBM DCE for OS/2
  • 36 Architecture Soup: Understanding Modern IBM PC Architecture
  • 48 TSHELL: A Text-Based Alternate Shell for OS/2
  • 57 Extended Attributes for Files
  • 63 Developing Lotus Notes Applications
  • 68 Conserving Power with Personal Systems Power Management
  • 73 Superstor/DS Data Compression in PC DOS 6.x
  • 79 LAN Net/View Object Registration Services
Little Solutions
  • 90 OS/2 Tips & Techniques
  • 92 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: "Look far ahead as a racing motorist looks ... at the horizon which he will have reached before he knows it," said essayist Arnold J Toynbee on looking ahead. With the capabilities of visual REXX products, the ease of programming we thought was far in the future is here today!

Focus
  • 8 "Sneaker Net" or Systems Management?
  • 12 Like Father Like Son
  • 15 The Book Shelf
  • 17 Cajun Electric Cooks Up OS/2 GUI with VisPro/REXX!
  • 21 Application Development by Program Integration
  • 24 IBM REXX for NetWare
  • 25 GammaTech REXX SuperSet/2-Give Your REXX Programs the Power of C
  • 27 BranchCard: A Viable Option to Stand Alone Hubs
Technical
  • 29 A Hands-On Primer for REXX
  • 34 Visual REXX Development Environments
  • 40 CID Installation of OS/2 2.11 and LAPS
  • 45 Upgrading from Microsoft LAN Manager to IBM LAN Server 3.0
  • 49 Stretching Your LAN with LAN Distance
  • 54 DB2/2-More Than Ever Before!
  • 60 NetBIOS, SNA, and NetWare IPX Coexistance Under OS/2
Little Solutions
  • 67 Questions & Answers
  • 69 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: Everyone's using pen products! Dallas artist Bill Carr used an electronic pen product with a digitizer to draw this issue's cover illustrating Saint Nick as he electronically records each child's wish list. Come Christmas Eve, with a twinkle in his eye, Santa will be making his list on his tablet computer and checking it twice with his untethered "pen."

Focus
  • 6 Evolution, Not Revolution-Pen Computing Comes of Age
  • 11 Handwriting Recognition: The State of the Art
  • 14 Pen Digitizing Hardware
  • 17 It's HaPENing!
  • 20 Bill Carr: Fastest Draw in the West
  • 22 Work Management in the Field
  • 26 Communication Without Wires: IBM's Mobile Communications Module
  • 28 Tomorrow's Networking Today-From IBM's Personal Systems Competency Center
  • 29 Customers Speak Out About Consult Line
  • 31 New DeScribe 5.0-Leader of the Pack
Technical
  • 34 Super-Fast PenDOS
  • 40 Pen for OS/2
  • 43 A Development Environment for Pen-Centric Applications
  • 50 Writing DOS Installation Programs for Selective Boot Systems
  • 55 OS/2 for PowerPC: Transforming Architecture into Implementation
Little Solution
  • 59 Questions & Answers
  • 59 Pen Glossary
  • 61 Corrective Service Information
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Features
  • 6 OS/2: Past, Warp, and Future
  • 9 PC Computing Done Right
  • 15 The Warp Client, a Gift to the Network Administrator
Review
  • 16 Warp Installation
  • 18 IBM Works for OS/2
  • 22 Giving New Life to Old Iron
  • 26 Warp Multimedia
  • 29 Warp, the Right Tool
  • 32 Warping the Home User
  • 35 Surfing (Warping) the Internet
  • 37 Who are These People and Why are They Saying...
  • 39 Warp for the Windows User
Opinions
  • 41 It's a Killer!
  • 43 Let's See the Wizard
  • 45 May you Live in Interesting Times
ET CETERA
  • 46 New Product Information
  • 47 One Up's Source Migration Analysis Reporting Toolset
  • 48 Warp: Fast Action for "Gamers"

1995

Cover Content
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Cover: OS/2 Warp: this futuristic operating system is here today! Tried and tested by the masses! Backward-compatible with all your favorite applications! Easy to install! OS/2 Warp has it all--even a great name and an even greater look!

Cover Photo: Manfred Ayers, Arlington Texas

Focus
  • 6 Technical Connection Personal Software Is the Answer!
  • 11 Visualizer, DB2/2, and You - An End-User's Perspective
  • 14 Insiders' Software Unveiled
  • 17 Need a Specialist for Your LAN Server 4.0?
  • 20 One-Stop Shopping by Fred Castaneda
Technical
  • 22 OS/2 Warp by Edward Duhe'
  • 34 OS/2 for SMP
  • 38 Multimedia File I/O Services
  • 45 Need a Fix?
  • 50 IBM LAN Server 4.0: New Features and Comparisons with NetWare
  • 57 IBM DCE Heterogeneous Enterprise Performance
Little Solutions
  • 66 OS/2, DOS, and Windows NT Coexistence
  • 68 OS/2 for SMP and Windows NT Coexistence
  • 69 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: Noted Dallas artist Bill Carr takes us down the highway of reality, through an illusory door, and beyond to a vast universe of possibilities. Internet provides this superhighway to information, and OS/2 Warp's Internet Access Kit provides the door to the world of Internet.

Focus
Technical
Little Solutions
  • 67 OS/2 Tips and Techniques
  • 69 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: Local area networks...they connect, they distribute, they make our lives easier, and sometimes they don't do any of the above. Dallas artist Bill Carr chose a fond childhood image to portray the modern-day technology of local area networks.

Focus
Technical
  • 25 LAN Server Logon Internals
  • 32 LAN Server 4.0 Performance, Capacity Enhancements, and Tuning Tips
  • 42 OS/2 Warp for Developing PC Games
Little Solutions
  • 52 Controlling the OS/2 Desktop from a File Server
  • 59 Jump-Start Your PC with Component Upgrades
Little Solutions
  • 67 OS/2 Tips and Techniques
  • 69 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: Databases make order out of chaos, weaving like and unlike bits of information into a fabric from which data can be extracted in whatever form you need. Dallas artist Bill Carr uses this analogy, along with his inimitable style, to illustrate the cover of our database issue.

Focus
Technical
  • 25 Performance Enhancements in DB2 for OS/2 V2.1
  • 31 DB2 for OS/2 Administrative Tools
  • 35 Database Recovery with DB2 for OS/2
  • 37 Getting Object-Oriented with DB2 for OS/2 V2.1 [3]
  • 41 Enhanced SQL in DB2 for OS/2 V2.1
  • 45 Enterprisewide Connectivity Using DB2
  • 49 Visualizer Development
  • 55 Performance: DCE RPC as a DB2 for OS/2 and DB2 for AIX Transport
  • 59 Remote Program Load of OS/2 Warp from NetWare 3.12
Little Solutions
  • 67 Questions and Answers
  • 69 Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: Social interfaces continue to evolve, making human interaction with computers more friendly and familiar. The concept of this human-like approach to computing is reflected in noted Dallas artist Bill Carr's cover, where man meets machine with a universally- recognized gesture of cooperation.

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About the Cover: Noted Dallas artist Bill Carr's highly effective use of visual imagery perfectly depicts the idea of connectivity on this month's cover.

1996

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About the Cover: Noted Dallas artist Bill Carr uses Todd Watson's analogy of 18th century global mercantilism to illustrate this issue's cover. The basic need to communicate has driven civilizations for centuries to identify ever more efficient ways to communicate. This issue of Personal Systems focuses on Lotus Notes--enabling you to link to the world.

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About the Cover: Noted Dallas artist Bill Carr captures the essence of SOM's flexibility and power in this issues's cover, SOM transforms your application development efforts, letting you build robust, reusable, distributed applications.

  • From the Editor: The Object of This Issue
  • What's New?
  • Seton Hall Students Lead the Way From the Wireless to the Real World
  • "Out, Damn Spot!" or How to Rid Your OS/2 Desktop of Pesky Programs
  • Why SOM? [6]
  • IBM System Object Model--The Wave of the Future (and Now!) [7]
  • Building SOM Objects with Native C++
  • Distributing Objects with DSOM
  • Using OpenDoc and SOM in Application Development
  • Enabling Industrial-Strength OO Applications with SOM and CORBAservices [8]
  • SOM Language Neutrality: A VisualAge for SmallTalk Perspective
  • SOM Language Neutrality: An OO COBOL Perspective [9]
  • Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: A systems administrator, like an orchestra conductor, strives to keep disparate components working together in harmony. With management, the individual parts operate as a harmonious system. Noted Dallas artist Bill Carr's whimsical cover illustration reflects this analogy.

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About the Cover: Application development is symbolized in this issue's cover illustration by noted Dallas artist Bill Carr. The crystalline rose, at its base only suggestive of its real world counterpart, transforms into a real flower, just as an application, beginning its existence as formless ideas, evolves into a tangible tool.

  • What's New?
  • Securing Your Communications from Mainframe to Desktop
  • Going Mobile
  • Creating Applications with VisualAge C++'s NMAKE Facility CODE UPDATE
  • Building Object-Oriented Applications from Existing C Code [11]
  • SOM Collection Classes: A Primer for the VisualAge COBOL Programmer [12]
  • Choosing the Right MPEG Solution
  • Computer Security and Implementation
  • Installing FixPaks via CID
  • Meeting Your Users' IS Needs
  • Corrective Service Information
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About the Cover: This issue's cover illustration by noted Dallas artist Bill Carr showcases IBM's PC Server. Offering compatibility, expandability, and reliability, IBM's PC Server solutions take your networking capability to greater heights.

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About the cover: 0S/ 2 Warp 4 is here! This issue's cover illustration by noted Dallas artist Bill Carr proudly announces the latest release of OS/2.

The last issue published was "November & December 1996" and when it was folded IBM published articles intended for the "January & February 1997" issue online instead.

1997

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About the cover: Conducting commerce over the Internet has truly given businesses worldwide reach. This issue's cover illustration by noted Dallas artist Bill Carr reflects the commercial capabilities afforded by the Internet.

The last issue was from "January/February 1997" was also published on the web site.

Contributors

  • Betty Hawkins - Editor
  • Van Landrum - The Personal Systems Magazine's business manager, also wrote a regular column called "Road Trip" that dealt mainly with the internet.
  • Gregory Piamonte
  • Fred Castaneda - Had a regular column called "One-Stop Shopping"
  • Richard K. Goran - Wrote on REXX related subjects.
  • Rick Weaver
  • Chris Fierros
  • Steven P. Schneer
  • Edward Duhé
  • Bret Curran
  • Randall Johnson
  • Philip Lieberman
  • Herman Rodriguez

Additional Notes

IBM provided permission for the articles to be republished, but sadly I was only able to find the online ones. If you have a copy of the physical magazine and you can scan it, I will request IBM permission to republish it online.

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