Computing LivesFrom the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs-the "Computing Lives" Podcast of selected articles from the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing cover the breadth of computer history. This Podcast series features scholarly accounts by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand stories by computer pioneers.

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On the Arpanet

 

The fourth and final segment of the discussion about the 30-year history of research and development that created the underlying technologies on which the Web is based. Much of this foundation was laid in the 1960s by Douglas Carl Engelbart.


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The Demonstration

 

Part three of the discussion about the 30-year history of research and development that created the underlying technologies on which the Web is based. Much of this foundation was laid in the 1960s by Douglas Carl Engelbart.


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Support from ARPA

 

Part two of the discussion about the 30-year history of research and development that created the underlying technologies on which the Web is based. Much of this foundation was laid in the 1960s by Douglas Carl Engelbart.


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Developing the Underlying Concepts for Contemporary Computing

 

A discussion about the 30-year history of research and development that created the underlying technologies on which the Web is based. Much of this foundation was laid in the 1960s by Douglas Carl Engelbart.


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What Constituted Invention? Pt. 4

 


What Constituted Invention? Pt. 3; Busicom and Intel: Defining a Product

 

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What Constituted Invention? Part Two: Busicom and Intel

 

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What Constituted Invention?

 

This podcast aims to tell a more interesting and complex story by examining the historical context in which the 4004 was developed, both outside and inside Intel.


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The Emergence of Computing Science Research and Teaching at Cambridge

 

The Cambridge University Mathematical Laboratory was set up in 1937. This article describes the motivation behind the creation of the laboratory and its original terms of reference.


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A Mysterious Advertisement

 

Editor's Note: Brian Randell submitted the following notes on July 9, 1981, in response to seeing the text of the advertisement mentioned by Garry J. Tee in the preceding article. We invite our readers to provide Randell with any further information.


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The BINAC: A Case Study in the History of Technology

 

The BINAC, short for Binary Automatic Computer, was developed by John Presper Eckert, Jr. and John William Mauchly during the years 1947-1949 under a contract with the Northrop Aircraft Corporation.


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S.A. Lebedev and the Birth of Soviet Computing

 

The life and work of Sergei Alekseevich Lebedev, one of the world's pioneers in digital computing.


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Biographies: Konrad Zuse

 

Konrad Zuse, creator, in 1941, of the first fully automated, program-controlled, and freely programmable computer for binary floating-point calculations, and later, of the basic programming system, Plankalkül.


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Biographies: Gordon Earle Moore

 

Gordon Earle Moore, a chemist with a PhD from the California Institute of Technology, was a key figure in the development of the semiconductor industry and silicon integrated circuit technology.


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SuperPaint: An Early Frame Buffer Graphics System

 

The union of digital computing and video was made possible by high-density integrated memories in the early 1970s. This new technology led Xerox PARC researchers to develop SuperPaint, the most famous of the early pixel-based frame buffer systems and one that portended a significant part of the future of computer graphics in television by illustrating the Pioneer spacecraft missions to Venus and Saturn.


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The Women of ENIAC: Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli

 

A group of young women college graduates involved with the ENIAC are identified. As a result of their education, intelligence, as well as their being at the right place and at the right time, these young women were able to perform important computer work. Many learned to use effectively "the machine that changed the world" to assist in solving some of the important scientific problems of the time. Ten of them report on their background and experiences. It is now appropriate that these women be given recognition for what they did as "pioneers" of the Age of Computing.


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Origins of Software Bundling

 

The bundling of software and hardware in a single product package predates electronic computers and can be traced back to information-processing pioneer Herman Hollerith in the late 1800s.


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William Charles ('Bill') Norris

 

Peter Eckstein recounts major biographical events, background influences, education, professional experience, and achievements in the life of Control Data Corp.'s founder William C. Norris.


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BBN's Earliest Days: Founding a Culture of Engineering Creativity

 

In establishing BBN, the founders deliberately created an environment in which engineering creativity could flourish. The author describes steps taken to assure such an environment and a number of events that moved the company into the fledgling field of computing.


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Recollections: The Rise and Fall of WordStar

 

This memoir focuses chiefly on the story of WordStar, the pioneering word processing software for personal computers that was ahead of its time.


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