IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • July-Sept. 2007

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • Guest Editors' Introduction: PC Software--Spreadsheets for Everyone

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):4 - 5
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    In the October-December 2006 issue of the Annals, devoted to the history of word processing, we noted that word processing has long been the primary use for personal computers (although lately it may be in second place after Web "surfing"). Yet when one looks at the history of the personal computer's adoption, another, entirely different program stands out: the electronic spreadsheet. Why is that? View full abstract»

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  • Number Crunching without Programming: The Evolution of Spreadsheet Usability

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):6 - 19
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    The first personal-computer spreadsheet, VisiCalc, was launched in May 1979. During the next decade, the spreadsheet evolved from a simple calculating aid to an indispensable tool of modern business, employed by tens of millions of users who had little or no direct computer experience. This article describes the development of spreadsheet usability from VisiCalc through Lotus 1-2-3 to Microsoft Ex... View full abstract»

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  • The Creation and the Demise of VisiCalc

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):20 - 31
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    VisiCalc, an instantly updated spreadsheet software product, is often credited with being largely responsible for the widespread acceptance of personal computers in the early 1980s. VisiCalc met with unrivaled and virtually immediate success when introduced in 1979 yet was superseded in just a few years. This article examines the factors behind the creation and the demise of this remarkable produc... View full abstract»

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  • Recollections on Lotus 1-2-3: Benchmark for Spreadsheet Software

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):32 - 40
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    These recollections trace the founding of Lotus Development Corp. and the genesis of Lotus 1-2-3, the spreadsheet software for personal computers that took the market by storm in the early 1980s. The author examines the state of the personal computer industry at the time and forces that favored Lotus 1-2-3's success. View full abstract»

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  • Recollections: Developing Lotus 1-2-3

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):41 - 48
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    This article is based on a transcript of an oral history interview conducted by historian Martin Campbell-Kelly with Jonathan Sachs on 7 May 2004 as part of the Software History Center's PC Software Conference in Needham, Massachusetts. The transcript was edited by Martin Campbell-Kelly, Louise O'Donald, Burton Grad, and Jonathan himself. View full abstract»

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  • Computing at the Malta Statistics Office, 1947-1970

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):49 - 61
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    Malta's establishment of a Statistics Office in 1947 occurred amid political instability and an economic depression. The official compilation and timely publication of statistics by a central government agency - made possible by the introduction of tabulating equipment soon after the Office's creation - proved invaluable for the development of a planned economy despite initial skepticism. View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):62 - 66
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    Exploring International Records at CBI; Computer History Museum Meeting Reports; History of Programming Languages Conference (HOPL III); In Memoriam: Ken Kennedy; Obituary: George R. Trimble. View full abstract»

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  • [Masthead]

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 67
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  • Design of an Early Minicomputer

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):68 - 71
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    In this article, I describe the design of an early 1950s attempt to build a relatively low-cost computer, using a mechanical desktop calculator to perform the arithmetic operations. The resulting computer-one of the earliest attempts at building a "minicomputer"-could perform stored-program addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as carry out a simple decision operation based ... View full abstract»

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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):72 - 75
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  • Max Newman: Topologist, Codebreaker, and Pioneer of Computing

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):76 - 81
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    The dominant discourse in the History of Computing holds that the world's first stored-program digital electronic computer--the Manchester "Baby"--was developed under the sole leadership and direction of the Department of Electro-Technics. This biography, which arises out of a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, challenges the dominant account of the project and re-situates the mat... View full abstract»

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  • Patrick Blackett: Physicist, Radical, and Chief Architect of the Manchester Computing Phenomenon

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):82 - 85
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    The dominant discourse in the history of computing holds that the world's first stored-program digital electronic computer--the Manchester "Baby"--was developed under the sole leadership and direction of the Department of Electro-Technics. This biography, which arises out of a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, suggests that the physicist P.M.S. Blackett was much more influential ... View full abstract»

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  • Computers as Ethical Artifacts

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):88 - 87
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    One of the advantages that historians of computing have over their colleagues in other historical disciplines is that our object of study has broad contemporary relevance. It is rare that I meet someone who doesn't know something about, think they know something about, or wish they knew something about the topics about which I regularly teach and write. This is not simply because the history of co... View full abstract»

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  • Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c3
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  • IEEE Computer Society Digital Library

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): c4
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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