[Chicago] Good readings on the history of computing

Randy Baxley randy7771026 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 21:39:35 CEST 2013


First Machine I worked on was a Univac 1108.  Anyone convert octal to
decimal?

Second machine was a CDC using DOS for a command language.

Next contact with CDC was the Plato system, evaluating a purchase of their
"super computer" vs the Cray 1-S and using a CDC machine somewhere to do
optimizations of a geophysical program on Arpanet.


On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Lance Hassan <lance at roytalman.com> wrote:

> Wow Soul of a New Machine…you must be as old as I am J does anybody else
> remember Control Data?****
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> Thank You,****
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> Lance Hassan****
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> Roy Talman and Associates****
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> *From:* Chicago [mailto:chicago-bounces+lance=roytalman.com at python.org] *On
> Behalf Of *Leon Chism
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:02 PM
> *To:* The Chicago Python Users Group
> *Cc:* maney at two14.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Chicago] Good readings on the history of computing****
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> Soul of New Machine is a great read, as are Nerds 2.0.1 by Stephen
> Segaller, Eniac by Scott McCartney (if standing mercury waves for memory
> storage seems like a good idea) and lastly I'd recommend What the Doormouse
> Said by John Markoff for a look at the role of the counter culture on
> Silicon Valley's evolution.****
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> - leon****
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> On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM, kirby urner <kirby.urner at gmail.com>
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> On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM, Martin Maney <maney at two14.net> wrote:****
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> On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 08:00:01AM -0700, kirby urner wrote:
> > Good computer history and a classic worth collecting (I don't have it):
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> > 'Computer Lib / Dream Machines' by Ted Nelson.****
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> I hope I still have the copy I got back in the seventies - amazingly
> weird, fun book.****
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> << snip >>****
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>  And
> Knuth's joyfully contrary "Structured Programming with Goto
> Statements"  And much more.****
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> I've never seen Knuth's programming with Goto statements thing.  I've****
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> always thought a hyperlink could be described as a "goto statement"****
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> for humans (and there's not even a return -- just your back button,****
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> which some web pages fight you for).****
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> However, Knuth's four volumes The Art of Computer Programming****
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> does have a fair amount of history, I know from owning Semi-****
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> Numerical Algorithms (stuff on Euclid's Method goes way back).****
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> Plus it's an historic work all by itself.****
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> So, partly inspired by this useful thread (glad it's archived in public,**
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> I'll be going back to get more titles), I finally just bought his full
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> set of four volumes, 1-4a, woo hoo.****
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> Kirby****
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