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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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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