By Paul E. Ceruzzi
This attractive historical past covers smooth computing from the improvement of the 1st digital electronic laptop during the dot-com crash. the writer concentrates on 5 key moments of transition: the transformation of the pc within the past due Forties from a really good clinical software to a advertisement product; the emergence of small platforms within the past due Nineteen Sixties; the start of non-public computing within the Nineteen Seventies; the unfold of networking after 1985; and, in a bankruptcy written for this variation, the interval 1995-2001. the hot fabric specializes in the Microsoft antitrust go well with, the increase and fall of the dot-coms, and the arrival of open resource software program, rather Linux. in the chronological narrative, the ebook lines numerous overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's inner layout; the influence of monetary traits and the chilly conflict; the long term function of IBM as a participant and as a objective for upstart marketers; the expansion of software program from a hidden point to an incredible personality within the tale of computing; and the habitual factor of where of knowledge 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 according to se instead of on functions corresponding to synthetic intelligence, and on structures that have been bought commercially and put in in amounts.
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The LGP-30 had only 113 vacuum tubes and 1,350 diodes (unlike the UNIVAC’s 5,400 tubes and 18,000 diodes), and looked like an oversized office desk. At $30,000 for a basic but complete system, it was also one of the cheapest early computers ever offered. 96 It was not the direct ancestor of the minicomputer, which revolutionized computing in the late 1960s, but many minicomputer pioneers knew of the LGP-30. Librascope offered a transistorized version in 1962, but soon abandoned the general-purpose field and turned to specialized guidance-and-control computers for aerospace and defense customers.
That first UNIVAC remained at the plant until late December 1952, when it was shipped to Washington. 49 And after having gone through heroic efforts to complete and debug the machine, they were apprehensive about dismantling it, moving it, and setting it up again. S. 1 lists UNIVAC installations from 1951 through 1954. J. 3). S. S. S. S. S. S. S. Steel, Gary, IN Franklin Life Insurance, Springfield, OH Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, PA Pacific Mutual Life Insurance, Los Angeles, CA Sylvania Electric, New York, NY Consolidated Edison, New York, NY Consolidated Edison, New York, NY Note : This list is compiled from a variety of sources and does not include one or two UNIVACs that were completed but remained with Remington Rand.
81 The Navy gave this work the name ‘‘Communications Supplementary Activity—Washington’’ (CSAW), but it was usually called ‘‘Seesaw’’ after its acronym. It was centered in Washington, on the commandeered campus of a girls school. After the War, two members of this group, Howard Engstrom and William Norris, felt that the talent and skills the Navy had assembled for the war effort were too valuable to be scattered, and they explored ways of keeping the group together. They decided to found a private company, and with The Advent of Commercial Computing, 1945–1956 37 financial assistance from John E.
A History of Modern Computing (2nd Edition) by Paul E. Ceruzzi