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Issue No.03 - July-September (2006 vol.28)
pp: 76-80
Jesse T. Quatse , Pay By Touch
ABSTRACT
Carnegie Mellon University engaged in a major hardware design project serendipitously as an important step toward the founding of the Department of Computer Science. Alan Perlis, the first head of the department, needed a research facility adequate for attracting the faculty needed to attract the funding needed to build the research facility. He resolved the circular dilemma by engaging a graduate student to develop the hardware on the university computer site during the three years preceding the Center of Excellence ARPA grant to found the department. The system served its intended purpose for the founding of the department and for the following first years of its existence. This unusual story is told by that former graduate student.
INDEX TERMS
CMU, computer science department, graphic display, multiprocessing, shared memory, RACE file, portable computer terminal, acoustic modem, remote batch, system design
CITATION
Jesse T. Quatse, "Anecdotes", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.28, no. 3, pp. 76-80, July-September 2006, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2006.49
REFERENCES
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8. J. Quatse, Portable Computer Terminal Using Digital Code Over Conventional Telephone Channel, US Patent 3,505,474, Patent and Trademark Office, 1970.
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