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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • Date March 2011

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • Why the Arpanet Was Built

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):4 - 21
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    The who, what, when, and how of the Arpanet is usually told in heroic terms-Licklider's vision, the fervor of his disciples, the dedication of computer scientists and engineers, the work of graduate students, and so forth. Told by one of the key actors in this salient part of US and Internet history, this article addresses why the Arpanet was built. View full abstract»

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  • Scale and Scope in American Key-Set Office Machine Dynamics, 1880s–1930s

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):22 - 31
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    Industrial production of office machines emerged in the 1880s and grew extensively until the Second World War. Although sales and applications of punched-card machines expanded in the interwar years, the key-set office machine industry lost dynamics and ultimately collapsed. The lack of scale and scope improvements in the development of key-set office machines was the major reason for this sharp c... View full abstract»

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  • The Development of Cash-Dispensing Technology in the UK

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):32 - 45
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    The success of currency dispensers in the 1960s was the technological precondition for the now omnipresent automated teller machines (ATMs). An examination of the three earliest separate instances of cash-dispensing technology not only illuminates the history of this device but demonstrates how users-in this case banks-shape and direct technological change. View full abstract»

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  • Implications of Historical Trends in the Electrical Efficiency of Computing

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):46 - 54
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    The electrical efficiency of computation has doubled roughly every year and a half for more than six decades, a pace of change comparable to that for computer performance and electrical efficiency in the microprocessor era. These efficiency improvements enabled the creation of laptops, smart phones, wireless sensors, and other mobile computing devices, with many more such innovations yet to come. ... View full abstract»

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  • Hasselblad and the Shift to Digital Imaging

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):55 - 66
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    Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the high-end Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad struggled to integrate its product lines with emerging digital imaging technology. Hasselblad's history illustrates how digital technology emerges in various high-end niche applications and later enters the mainstream markets and displaces incumbents. The Hasselblad case exemplifies how incumbent firms encounter di... View full abstract»

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  • Willis H. Ware [Interviews]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):67 - 73
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  • Host Tables, Top-Level Domain Names, and the Origin of Dot Com

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):74 - 79
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  • Reviews of ["Tom Green, Bright Boys" (Peters, A.K.; 2010) and "Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconfuctor" (Lecuyer, C. and Brock, D.C.; 2010)]

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):80 - 81
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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):82 - 85
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  • Control in the History of Computing: Making an Ambiguous Concept Useful

    Publication Year: 2011, Page(s):88 - 87
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    Computing and control are deeply intertwined. As a theory and practice of engineering, control was a main impetus for the emergence of modern computing in the 1940s. With its broad connotations of mastery and steering, control seems intuitively applicable to many of computers' uses. With versatility, however, comes ambiguity. The concept has been applied to a range of disparate phenomena, at diffe... 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