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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • Date Jan.-March 2002

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  • From the Editor's desk

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 2
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  • The Start of the Software Products Industry

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):3 - 4
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  • Researching the history of software from the 1960s

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):72 - 79
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    The history of software from the 1960s has barely begun to be studied and literature on its past is limited. This article explores why such a situation exists, identifies study resources, and explains some of the issues concerning archival holdings. The article suggests an initial research agenda, arguing that the 1960s were seminal for the history of software as a whole. View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):90 - 94
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  • Anecdotes [software history]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):80 - 89
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  • The travails of software resources

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):82 - 85
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  • Founding the ICP directories

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):85 - 89
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  • Origins of software bundling

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):57 - 58
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    The bundling of software and hardware in a single product package predates electronic computers and can be traced back to information-processing pioneer Herman Hollerith in the late 1800s View full abstract»

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  • Software in the 1960s as concept, service, and product

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):5 - 13
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    Packaged application software established a small but important corporate niche during the 1960s. The author charts the shifting meaning of the word software, situates the first software companies within the overall computer services market, and probes the attractions and limitations of the first packages from the viewpoint of their potential purchasers: managers of data processing View full abstract»

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  • Software unbundling: a personal perspective

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):59 - 63
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    This article summarizes the author's invited talk at the Charles Babbage Institute conference on unbundling held in Palo Alto, California, on 23 September 2000. Humphrey, who worked at IBM for many years and was involved in many of the company's software unbundling decisions, was in a unique position to offer his perspectives on why, and how, IBM made its decisions View full abstract»

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  • Creating the software industry-recollections of software company founders of the 1960s

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):14 - 42
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    In the 1960s, customers either obtained software free from their hardware vendors or wrote their own, specialized software. The idea that packaged software might be an alternative to meet customers' requirements met with considerable market resistance. The Software History Center, dedicated to preserving the history of companies launched in this environment, presents this collection of reminiscenc... View full abstract»

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  • Think piece [history of computing]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):87 - 88
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    Many of us who write about the history of computing have had hands-on professional experience with computers. We are familiar with the gap between a machine's promised performance and its actual behavior, the undocumented tricks that make jobs run smoothly, and the complex social networks through which knowledge and authority flow. Yet the day-to-day work that goes into computing is seldom represe... View full abstract»

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  • Memoirs of a software pioneer.1

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):43 - 56
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    In the first of this two-part series, these memoirs trace the software industry's beginnings back to the early struggles by software firms such as Applied Data Research as they tried to compete against IBM, the computer industry's Goliath. The author identifies the questions raised, from the antitrust suits and related issues, that led to IBM's unbundling in 1970 View full abstract»

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  • A personal recollection: IBM's unbundling of software and services

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):64 - 71
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    Many people believe that one pivotal event in the growth of the business software products market was IBM's decision, in 1969, to price its software and services separately from its hardware. The author's recollections shed light on the internal process and surrounding business climate that led to IBM's decision View full abstract»

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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