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By Paul E. Ceruzzi

This attractive heritage covers glossy computing from the improvement of the 1st digital electronic machine during the dot-com crash. the writer concentrates on 5 key moments of transition: the transformation of the pc within the overdue Nineteen Forties from a really good clinical software to a advertisement product; the emergence of small structures within the past due Nineteen Sixties; the start of non-public computing within the Seventies; the unfold of networking after 1985; and, in a bankruptcy written for this version, the interval 1995-2001. the recent fabric makes a speciality of the Microsoft antitrust go well with, the increase and fall of the dot-coms, and the appearance of open resource software program, rather Linux. in the chronological narrative, the publication lines numerous overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's inner layout; the impression of financial developments and the chilly warfare; the long term position of IBM as a participant and as a objective for upstart marketers; the expansion of software program from a hidden aspect to a huge personality within the tale of computing; and the habitual factor of where of data and computing in a democratic society. the point of interest is at the usa (though Europe and Japan input the tale at an important points), on computing in step with se instead of on purposes equivalent to man made intelligence, and on platforms that have been offered commercially and put in in amounts.

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15 The 604 and its successor, the IBM 605, became the mainstays of scientific computing at many installations until reliable commercial computers became available in the mid 1950s. 16 One of IBM’s biggest engineering customers, Northrop Aircraft of Hawthorne, California, connected a 603 multiplying punch to one of their tabulating machines. That allowed Northrop’s users to print the results of a calculation on paper instead of punching them on cards. 17 Logically, the arrangement was no different from an ordinary punched card installation, except that a set of cables and control boxes replaced the person whose job had been to carry decks of cards from one machine to the next.

77 Unlike the UNIVAC, the 701’s central processor handled control of the slow input/output (I/O) facilities directly. All transfers of data had to pass through a single register in the machine’s processor, which led to slow operation for tasks requiring heavy use of I/O. However, the 701’s lightweight plastic tape could start and stop much faster than the UNIVAC’s metal tape and thus speed up those operations. The tape drive also employed an ingenious vacuum-column mechanism, invented by James Wiedenhammer, which allowed the tape to start and stop quickly without tearing.

The Navy assigned it a number of jobs, or ‘‘tasks,’’ that ERA carried out. Most of these were highly classified and related to the business of breaking codes. Task 13, assigned in August 1947, was for a general-purpose electronic computer. ERA completed the machine, code-named ‘‘Atlas,’’ and asked the Navy to clear them for an unclassified version they could sell on the open market. 83 As might be expected from a company like ERA, the 1101 was intended for scientific or engineering customers, and its design reflected that.

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