Welcome to Test & Measurement World's PC-Based Test Special issue. PCs are taking on a large role in test and are finding applications within test instruments. To keep you up to date on important software and hardware issues, we produced this issue for you. You'll find even more PC-based test coverage in T&MW in 1999. As always, this is your magazine. Be sure to tell us what you like and dislike and what PC-related topics you would like to read more about. We also welcome ideas for articles that you would like to write.
Linux: A Worthy OS for Real Applications
Once regarded as a tool for hackers, Linux has found use in mainstream engineering applications. Linux devotees fervently promote their OS, but what is the real "signal-to-noise" ratio? David Marsh, Contributing Technical Editor
New Buses Ease PC Interface Chores
To take advantage of the speed and ease-of-use of new PC bus-interfacing schemes, you'll need to understand the characteristics of USB, IEEE 1394, and LANS. Margery Conner, Group Web Technical Editor, Cahners Business Information, Newton, MA
Industry Leaders Explore the Future of PCs
Seven industry leaders share their views about how PCs will change.
Expanders Rejuvenate the ISA Bus
Bus expansion kits let you build large data-acquisition systems and wring some extra life out of old data acquisition boards, too.
Wearable Computers Get Real
No longer science fiction, wearable PCs offer mobile alternatives to desk-bound computers.
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