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Issue December • Date Dec. 1983

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): c2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 1
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  • List of staff

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 2
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  • A tribute to Dr. Larry K. Wilson

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 3 - 7
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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 8
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  • Chairman's corner IEEE SAC

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 8
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  • Feedback letters

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 9
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  • R.S.V.P. reader survey

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 9
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  • A basic guide to selecting a personal computer: The number of types and accessories is overwhelming. Info on basic components is followed by questions key to making your selection

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 10 - 13
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    Just a few years ago the idea of buying your own computer was as outlandish as buying your own aircraft carrier or gold mine. Not only were computers incredibly expensive, but they were also enormous and complicated. Today, however, you can go into a computer, radio/electronics, or department store and buy one. Some sell for under $1000. More elaborate models cost several thousand dollars. As usua... View full abstract»

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  • Company culture vs. personal style: Finding the perfect match: Understanding corporate cultures will help you choose a work environment that suits your personal style

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 14 - 17
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    If you are representative of the majority of engineering students, the following is a list of the major criteria you would use in selecting a company you would want to work for: • State-of-the-art technology • Quality products • Type of industry • Company growth and stability • Career advancement opportunities • Size of company • Salary View full abstract»

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  • EE at work: Telecommunications: A big job in a shrinking world: It started with the Pony Express and now includes satellites and fiber optics. The field is ripe, with above-average pay and unlimited growth for EEs

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 18 - 20
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    Have you used the phone lately? Or the school computer to access a data base? Or did you have to call home to have money wired to you? All these actions, and similar ones you may not have thought of, have one thing in common: telecommunications, or communications over long distances. The field has a glorious history, beginning with the Pony Express in pioneer days. Later, it was the U.S. mail. At ... View full abstract»

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  • The word processing game: “Engineering” the paper chase: Engineering students should learn the skills associated with word processing (WP) in order to use WP in their school work, and later in their careers

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 21 - 23
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  • View from the top: What is the view from the top? Our involvement in resolving issues of concern at the top (of the IEEE) will ultimately help shape the quality of our lives

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 24 - 25
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    During the five years that I served on the IEEE Board of Directors, I was constantly reminded of how closely issues of concern to the IEEE reflect the concerns of the world. Consider, as an example, a current issue, which will be voted upon by the IEEE membership as a proposed constitutional amendment at the next election: Should technical activities have equal representation to regional activitie... View full abstract»

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  • A programming language called C: The C programming language is claimed to be compact, efficient, and expressive, to the point of supplanting assembly language on Unix

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 26 - 30
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    C is a general-purpose programming language developed by Dennis Ritchie at Bell Laboratories in 1972. Since then, it has become a major language not only at Bell Labs but also throughout the world. C was originally developed for use with the Unix [a trademark of Bell Labs] operating system, which is largely written in C, so part of the success of the language is due to the acceptance of Unix. C, h... View full abstract»

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  • Engineer or technologist: A matter of degree? Part II: It is at the interface of entry-level positions, where EE and EET graduates meet, that the similarities in their backgrounds tend to mask their differences

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 31 - 32
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    Since the 1940s, the analogy of a spectrum has been used to define the engineering manpower team. At that time, a simple, two-dimensional chart showed the relationship between theoretical and practical knowledge as it applied to two-year associate degree engineering technicians (EETs) and four-year baccalaureate degree engineers (EEs). With scientists and craftspeople extending the spectrum at eit... View full abstract»

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  • Reading up books: Software engineering — The critical component for computing: The goal of software engineering is to provide structures and techniques that will lead to the production of high-quality programs

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 33 - 35
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  • Designing your own microcomputer: Constructing your own micro will give you experience, more power for your money, and a system that will do just what you want

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 36 - 39
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    Whether you are a potential entre-preneur who wants to keep inventory records, a future engineer who needs to do repetitive calculations, or a hobbyist looking for a home computer, you have to decide how much computing equipment you will need and what kind will best fulfill your requirements. You will also have to decide whether you are better off building or buying your computer equipment. If you... View full abstract»

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  • What's happening

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 40
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  • The gamesman puzzles and sticklers

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 41 - 46
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  • Circuit rider branch news

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 47
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  • Looking back

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): 48
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  • [Inside back cover]

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): c3
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  • [Back cover]

    Publication Year: 1983 , Page(s): c4
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IEEE Potentials is the magazine dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals.

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Carnegie Mellon University
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