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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 2006

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • Guest Editors' Introduction: PC Software--Word Processing for Everyone

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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    This issue focuses on the evolution of word processing programs. Historical context is provided by Thomas Haigh, whose article chronicles the pre-PC years of word processing development and puts that application in the context of how text was prepared before the advent of PC-based software View full abstract»

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  • Remembering the Office of the Future: The Origins of Word Processing and Office Automation

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 6 - 31
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    Historians have not yet explored word processing's development, and so to provide a rounded treatment, we examine the story from multiple perspectives. We review the conceptual development of word processing and office automation; the development of word processing's constituent hardware and software technologies; the relationship of word processing to changes in the organization of office work; a... View full abstract»

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  • The Origins of Word Processing Software for Personal Computers: 1976-1985

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 32 - 47
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    Since Electric Pencil first debuted in 1976, more than 400 other word processing packages have emerged, most fading into oblivion. This article recounts the history of microcomputer word processing software - focuses on three of the earliest word processing software packages, Electric Pencil, EasyWriter, and WordStar, which was the mid-1980s leader in the CP/M, PC-DOS, and MS-DOS operating system ... View full abstract»

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  • The Proliferation and Consolidation of Word Processing Software: 1985-1995

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 48 - 63
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    Following development of the early word processing software packages $Electric Pencil, EasyWriter, and WordStar - and the IBM PC's arrival, the race among vendors began in earnest to win market share. Of the more than 400 software packages available in the mid-1980s, only a scant few survived. This article tells the story of how word processing software evolved in response to market pressures, new... View full abstract»

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  • Recollections: The Rise and Fall of WordStar

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 64 - 72
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    This memoir focuses chiefly on the story of WordStar, the pioneering word processing software for personal computers that was ahead of its time. A series of unfortunate circumstances - personal illness, management ineptitude, clash of egos, changing business conditions - converged to bring low a once-promising and shining venture View full abstract»

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  • Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 73
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  • The Media are the Message: 'The Influencers'

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 74 - 79
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    The author reflects on the impact of media and other opinion leaders in the 1970s and early 1980s on the emerging software industry: The fortunes of companies in the nascent personal computer market rose or fell, depending on what these opinion magnates said, wrote, or did (or did not) View full abstract»

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  • Selling PC Software: A Once-Irresistible Opportunity

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 80 - 86
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    How-and why-does an ex-geologist and semiconductor executive leave the corporate world and instead make a leap into microcomputer software sales? This memoir tells the story of a risk-taker who saw an unparalleled opportunity and took it View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Distance Learning Campus

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 87
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  • How We Process Words: The Marketing of WP Software

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 88 - 91
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    This personal note focuses on the market for PC word processing software and how it established a pattern of a popular product dominating the market until overtaken and pushed aside by its successor View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 92 - 95
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  • Taking Newspapers from Hot Lead into the Electronic Age

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 96 - 100
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    The authors discuss how they helped the Merganthaler Linotype Company adopt a computerized typesetting system. View full abstract»

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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 101 - 103
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  • IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 2006 Annual Index, Volume 28

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 104 - 109
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  • What Should We Collect to Preserve the History of Software?

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 112 - 111
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    Software is more than cards, tapes and disks; it is the meaning of the bits that they contain. To properly preserve the history of computing, we must preserve the software code, especially the source code, for analysis by future historians. View full abstract»

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  • Editorial Board

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  • [Back cover]

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Aims & Scope

From the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs -- the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history.

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Meet Our Editors

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