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Once Upon a Pocket: Programmable Calculators from the Late 1970s and Early 1980s and the Social Networks Around Them
July-Sept. 2012 (vol. 34 no. 3)
pp. 55-66
Dejan Ristanović, PC Press, Serbia
Jelica Protić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Programmable pocket calculators of the mid-1970s opened up a new segment of the personal computing devices market. Calculator users established clubs, magazines, and conferences, and their interaction with manufacturers shaped the products' further development. This article explores one of the understudied roots of personal computing, through the evolution of the user communities formed around the TI-59 and HP-41C calculators.
Index Terms:
Calculators,Software development,History,Microcomputers,Calculators,Random access memory,Programming,Hewlett-Packard,Calculators,Software,Libraries,Microcomputers,Registers,Random access memory,Programming,personal computers,history of computing,computer system implementation,computer systems organization,electronics,programmable calculators,TI-59,HP-41C,Texas Instruments
Citation:
Dejan Ristanović, Jelica Protić, "Once Upon a Pocket: Programmable Calculators from the Late 1970s and Early 1980s and the Social Networks Around Them," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 55-66, July-Sept. 2012, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2011.63
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