IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • Jan.-Mar. 2016

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  • Front Cover 
  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of Contents 
  • Table of Contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk 
  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s): 2
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  • Think Piece 
  • Ask Your Doctor... About Computers

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):3 - 5
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  • Feature Articles 
  • 101 Online: American Minitel Network and Lessons from Its Failure

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):6 - 22
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    In an effort to replicate its experience with Minitel, the first successful mass-market digital information-distribution ecosystem, in 1991 France Telecom launched 101 Online in San Francisco. 101 Online was as massive a failure as Minitel had been a success. This article reveals the previously undocumented history of the 101 Online ecosystem and suggests reasons why it failed where Minitel had su... View full abstract»

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  • Contested Ontologies of Software: The Story of Gottschalk v. Benson, 1963-1972

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):23 - 33
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    In 1972, the US Supreme Court issued Gottschalk v. Benson, one of the most prominent decisions in the history of software patenting. It ruled that a computer program developed at Bell Laboratories by Gary Benson and Arthur Tabbot was ineligible for patent protection. This article argues that the journey of Benson and Tabbot's program through the patent system from 1963 to 1972 consists of a series... View full abstract»

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  • Peering through the Curtain: Soviet Computing through the Eyes of Western Experts

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):34 - 47
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    A collection of trip reports from Western computer experts who visited the Soviet Union in the 1960s reveals details about interactions between these Westerners and their Soviet counterparts during the height of the Cold War. These previously unexplored first-hand perspectives help to illuminate how such interactions shaped and countered American perceptions of Soviet computing and the threats it ... View full abstract»

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  • Studying History as It Unfolds, Part 2: Tooling Up the Historians

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):48 - 59
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    This article is the second in a two-part series exploring the development of the early history of information technologies, from the 1940s to the present. This article describes the evolving information infrastructure used by historians in support of their research on the history of computing and of the role of IT practitioners, computer executives, scientists, and universities in creating that su... View full abstract»

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  • The IBM ACS Project

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):60 - 74
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    One of two major IBM supercomputer efforts in the late 1960s, the Advanced Computer Systems (ACS) project had significantly more ambitious performance goals than the earlier IBM System/360 Model 91 project, and it pioneered many features that became common decades later. Although the project was canceled, it brought many talented engineers to California and contributed to several later development... View full abstract»

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  • Interviews 
  • Fernando Corbató: Time-Sharing Pioneer, Part 2

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):75 - 79
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    Fernando Corbató is best known for his work developing time-sharing operating systems. Early in his career, Corbató had a key role in the development of both the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) and Multics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1960s. This interview is the second in a two-part Annals series based on an oral history conducted by Steven Webber for ... View full abstract»

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  • Anecdotes 
  • A Mechanical Calculator for Arithmetic Sequences (1844-1852): Part 2,Working Details

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):80 - 88
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  • Events and Sightings 
  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):89 - 93
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  • Reviews 
  • The innovators: how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution (Isaacson, W.; 2014) [book review]

    Publication Year: 2016, Page(s):94 - c3
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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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Meet Our Editors

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