By Paul E. Ceruzzi
This enticing historical past covers sleek computing from the improvement of the 1st digital electronic desktop in the course of the dot-com crash. the writer concentrates on 5 key moments of transition: the transformation of the pc within the past due Nineteen Forties from a really good clinical tool to a advertisement product; the emergence of small platforms within the past due Nineteen Sixties; the start of non-public computing within the Seventies; the unfold of networking after 1985; and, in a bankruptcy written for this version, the interval 1995-2001. the recent fabric makes a speciality of the Microsoft antitrust swimsuit, the increase and fall of the dot-coms, and the appearance of open resource software program, fairly Linux. in the chronological narrative, the publication lines a number of overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's inner layout; the impact of monetary developments and the chilly conflict; the long term position of IBM as a participant and as a goal for upstart marketers; the expansion of software program from a hidden aspect to an important personality within the tale of computing; and the habitual factor of where of knowledge and computing in a democratic society. the point of interest is at the usa (though Europe and Japan input the tale at an important points), on computing according to se instead of on functions similar to synthetic intelligence, and on platforms that have been bought commercially and put in in amounts.
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84 38 Chapter 1 Following NACA’s advice, ERA modified the machine’s instruction set to include an ‘‘interrupt’’ facility—another first in computer design. 85 Another aerospace customer, Convair, developed a CRT tube display for the 1103, which they called the Charactron. 86 Overall, the 1103 competed well with the IBM 701, although its I/O facilities were judged somewhat inferior. The Drum Machines In the late 1930s, in what may have been the first attempt to build an electronic digital computer, J.
23 Setting up the ENIAC meant The Advent of Commercial Computing, 1945–1956 21 plugging and unplugging a maze of cables and setting arrays of switches. In effect, the machine had to be rebuilt for each new problem it was to solve. When completed in late 1945, the ENIAC operated much faster than any other machine before it. But while it could solve a complex mathematical problem in seconds, it might take days to set up the machine properly to do that. It was in the midst of building this machine that its creators conceived of an alternative.
IBM deliberately avoided the word ‘‘computer,’’ which it felt was closely identified with the UNIVAC and with exotic wartime projects that appeared to have little relevance to business. For main storage, the 701 used IBM-designed 3-inch diameter vacuum tubes similar to those used in television sets. (They were called ‘‘Williams tubes’’ after their British inventor, F. C. ) Although they were more reliable than those in other contemporary computers, their unreliability was a weak link in the system.
A History of Modern Computing (2nd Edition) by Paul E. Ceruzzi