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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE

Issue 1 • Date Jan.-March 2013

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  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of Contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • Reviews [Four books reviewed]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 4 - 10
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  • "Wat For Ever:" Student-Oriented Computing at the University of Waterloo

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 11 - 22
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    In 1965, four undergraduates at the University of Waterloo wrote Watfor, a fast student-oriented Fortran compiler for the school's IBM 7040, largely because the available Fortran compiler was slow and offered weak diagnostic and debugging tools. This article describes the birth and evolution of the Watfor family and explores how it fits into the University of Waterloo's unique-within-Canada cooper... View full abstract»

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  • The Best of Both Worlds? A History of Time-Shared Microcomputers, 1977–1983

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 23 - 34
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    This account of the evolution of time-shared microcomputers, often overlooked members of the microcomputer industry, looks at articles and advertisements that appeared in Byte magazine from 1977 to 1983. The author's quantitative and qualitative analysis reveals that time-shared microcomputers attempted to combine the best aspects of microcomputer and mini-computer/mainframe technologies and, for ... View full abstract»

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  • The Australian Educational Computer That Never Was

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 35 - 47
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    Computers are now commonly used in Australian schools, as in most developed countries. In the early 1980s, a multitude of incompatible microcomputers sought to enter the education market, presenting a significant problem in terms of technical support and teacher professional development. To address this, Australia investigated designing and building its own educational computer. This article tells... View full abstract»

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  • The Diamond Ordnance Fuze Laboratory's Photolithographic Approach to Microcircuits

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 48 - 55
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    From 1952 to 1958, Jay Lathrop worked on a project at the National Bureau of Standards (later the US Army Diamond Ordnance Fuze Laboratory) to develop microminiaturized, transistorized hybrid integrated circuits for radio proximity fuzes. In this article, Lathrop describes his experiences during this project, the development of photolithography, and how photolithography became critical in the firs... View full abstract»

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  • Dummer's Vision of Solid Circuits at the UK Royal Radar Establishment

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 56 - 66
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    This article described the history of Geoffery Dummer's idea of semiconductor “solid circuits” and microchips. The author foresaw the future of microcircuitry, but due to inadequate funding, lack of access to necessary expertise, and skepticism by potential customers, the RRE project to construct the first integrated circuit was doomed to failure. View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 67 - 71
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  • Rolf Skår

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 72 - 77
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  • Starr Roxanne Hiltz: Pioneer Digital Sociologist

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 78 - 85
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    Starr Roxanne Hiltz, coauthor of the acclaimed 1978 book The Network Nation, was one of the earliest sociologists to study online and virtual communities. Her groundbreaking work with Murray Turoff forecast the future development of virtual communities and their effects on society, politics, and law as well as helped to set a precedence for online learning and group decision-making research. View full abstract»

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  • De-Brogramming the History of Computing [Think Piece]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 88
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  • Richard E. Merwin Student Leadership Scholarship House Advertisement

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  • Software House Advertisement

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): c4
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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