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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 2 • Date Apr.-June 2014

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): c1
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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • When Computers Were Amateur

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):4 - 14
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    This article examines the records of the Amateur Computer Society (1966-1976), a hobbyist organization whose newsletters chronicle an important corner in the history of computing. It argues for amateurism as an important foil to histories firmly ensconced in the firm or lab, often focused on technological artifacts. The author offers two readings of the newsletters: one that looks at the discussio... View full abstract»

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  • Great Northern Machine Wars: Rivalry Between User Groups in Finland

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):16 - 26
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    The history of computing has been colored by "computer wars" that have raged between various companies competing in the market. The commercial wars have received a great deal of attention, whereas the clashes between supporters of different platforms remain largely undocumented. This article approaches the topic from a Finnish hobbyist perspective through three case studies, ranging from the emerg... View full abstract»

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  • The Arpanet IMP Program: Retrospective and Resurrection

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):28 - 39
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    People from Bolt Beranek and Newman and others have extensively documented the Arpanet technology, including the Arpanet Interface Message Processor (IMP). This paper sketches the history (not the previously described technology) of the IMP program as originally written in 1969 for the modified Honeywell 516 computer. A sequence of other systems, evolving from the original software system and runn... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering "The Miracle of the ENIAC": Implementing the Modern Code Paradigm

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):41 - 59
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    In 1947 John von Neumann had the idea of converting ENIAC to the new style of programming first described in his celebrated "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC." By April 1948, Nick Metropolis, building on plans developed by Adele Goldstine and others, had implemented the conversion, making ENIAC the first computer to execute programs written in the new style, which we call the "modern code para... View full abstract»

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  • John Womersley: Applied Mathematician and Pioneer of Modern Computing

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):60 - 70
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    John R. Womersley's career epitomized how numerical and statistical methods came into widespread use from the 1930s, in Britain as in other Western countries. As an applied mathematician and then a manager of mathematicians and statisticians, in war and in peacetime, Womersley and his career reflect the major trends in British applied mathematics, statistics, and automated computation in the middl... View full abstract»

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  • Grounding Digital History in the History of Computing

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):72 - 75
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    In this brief article, we use the relatively recent publication of a number of books on the subject as a launching point to argue that digital history should be grounded in the history of computing. View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):77 - 78
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  • Early Token Ring Work at MIT

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):80 - 85
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  • Toward a History of Social Computing: Children, Classrooms, Campuses, and Communities

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 88
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Aims & Scope

The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as a record of vital contributions which recount, preserve, and analyze the history of computing and the impact of computing on society.

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Editor-in-Chief
Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
nensmeng@indiana.edu