IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 2 • Apr.-Jun. 2018

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  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): c1
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    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): c2
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  • Table of Contents 
  • Table of Contents

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):1 - 2
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  • From the Editor's Desk 
  • The Local and the Global in the History of Computing

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):3 - 4
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  • Masthead

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s): 5
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  • Interviews 
  • Oral History of Joe Thompson

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):6 - 16
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    Joseph Walter Thompson, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1933, was the first person trained as an operator of the 1951 Whirlwind computer at the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory. In this interview, he discusses his early career at MIT running Whirlwind, and then his long employment at RAND/SDC as a programmer and eventual group manager working on the SAGE continental air defense system software. Tho... View full abstract»

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  • Feature Articles 
  • Common Language: Business Programming Languages and the Legibility of Programming

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):17 - 31
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    The English-like business programming language COBOL saw widespread use from its introduction in 1960 well into the 1980s, despite being disdained by computer science academics. This article traces out decisions made during COBOLs development, and argues that its English-like appearance was a rhetorical move designed to make the concept of code itself more legible to non-programming management at ... View full abstract»

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  • Telematics and the Early History of International Digital Information Flows

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):32 - 47
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    The origins of telematics and the early history of international information flows is recounted. As a result of post-World War II efforts to encourage the free flow of data in the service of peacemaking and economic growth, the computer utility, distributed data processing services, and the post-industrial information society were born. Hand in hand with these developments emerged political and te... View full abstract»

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  • Susan Kare: Design Icon

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):48 - 61
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    Susan Kare is best known for designing the distinctive icons, typefaces, and other graphic elements that gave the Apple Macintosh its characteristic-and widely emulated-look and feel. Since then, Kare has spent the last three decades designing user interface elements for many of the leading software and Internet firms. If you have clicked on a desktop icon to save a file or tapped your smart phone... View full abstract»

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  • Anecdotes 
  • A Slice of Norways Computing History

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):62 - 72
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  • Events & Sightings 
  • The House of Arts, Brno; Jean Sammet Collection; and IPSJ Convention

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):73 - 79
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  • Reviews 
  • Reviews of Recent Publications [Two books reviewed]

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):80 - 84
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  • Think Piece 
  • Critical Failure: Computer-Aided Instruction and the Fantasy of Information

    Publication Year: 2018, Page(s):85 - 88
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  • CS Information

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