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A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa (Feb, 1983)

Also check out Byte’s review of the Lisa: The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine (Feb, 1983)

An Interview with Wayne Rosing, Bruce Daniels, and Larry Tesler

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa.

Chris Morgan Gregg Williams, Senior Editor Phil Lemmons, West Coast Editor

Of the more than 90 members of the Apple engineering staff who participated in the Lisa project, Wayne Rosing, Bruce Daniels, and Larry Tesler are three of those who were most responsible for its final form. Rosing, formerly of the Digital Equipment Company, oversaw hardware development until Lisa went into pilot manufacture and then assumed responsibility for technical management of the entire Lisa project. Daniels and Tesler were responsible for Lisa’s systems software and applications software, respectively. Chris Morgan, senior editor Gregg Williams, and West Coast editor Phil Lemmons interviewed the three at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, last October.

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Compuserve Trademarked the Word “Email” (Jan, 1983)

I’m guessing they figured it was unenforceable because they abandoned the trademark in 1984.

Last Night We Exchanged Letters With Mom, Then Had A Party For Eleven People In Nine Different States And Only Had To Wash One Glass…

That’s CompuServe, The Personal Communications Network For Every Computer Owner

And it doesn’t matter what kind of computer you own. You’ll use CompuServe’s Electronic Mail system (we call it Emailâ„¢) to compose, edit and send letters to friends or business associates. The system delivers any number of messages to other users anywhere in North America.

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Microcomputing, British Style (Jan, 1983)

Microcomputing, British Style

The Fifth Personal Computer World Show

by Gregg Williams, Senior Editor

Quick: what’s the most microcomputer-hungry country in the world? The United States, of course, right? We’ve got Silicon Valley and Route 128 (recently dubbed Technology Highway) near Boston. We’ve got BYTE, Apple, Atari, and IBM. True enough, but Britain has the people and it has a lot more than we do.

There’s ample evidence that, compared to the U.S., proportionally more of Britain’s population is interested in microcomputers. The Fifth Personal Computer World Show, a business and hobby microcomputer show hosted by one of Britain’s leading computer magazines, Personal Computer World, is a case in point. From September 9 to 12, 1982, 47,461 people attended the show—12,000 more than visited this year’s West Coast Computer Faire, which also lasted four days and was—until now—the world’s largest microcomputer show.

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Faith, Hope and Computer (Dec, 1961)

Why does it not surprise me that modern customized direct mail fund raising was invented by the Catholic church?

Faith, Hope and Computer

By Donald Young

Aided by the most sophisticated use of ultramodern electronic data processing equipment, the world’s most efficient, most effective direct mail operation is used to raise funds for the charitable activities sponsored by the Society of the Divine Savior, an order of the Catholic Church dating back to 1881. These charities include the support of seven American seminaries, numerous foreign missions, three Southern Negro missions and five American Indian missions.

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Byte Reviews the Compaq – First PC Clone (Jan, 1983)

The Compaq Computer

A portable and affordable alternative to the IBM Personal Computer.

Mark Dahmke Consulting Editor

What emulates an IBM Personal Computer, can easily be carried from place to place, and costs a lot less than the competition? The Compaq computer, and because it can run any major business and professional software written for the IBM PC, it looks like a sure winner. I visited the Compaq Computer Corporation’s headquarters in Houston recently to try out a prototype of its brainchild.

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What’s New in Mnemonics? (Jun, 1955)

I thought I’d post these two ads together. Here is a Remington Rand computer ad from 1955 and below is a Remington typewriter ad from 1902.

What’s New in Mnemonics?

The news is that the magnetic-core memory has emerged from the computer laboratory and has been in customer use for approximately a year, passing all tests with flying colors. This new development has been pioneered by Remington Rand with the Univac Scientific—the first installation of a commercially available computer that successfully uses magnetic-core storage.

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BRASS BRAIN Saves U. S. $125,000 Yearly (Nov, 1928)

BRASS BRAIN Saves U. S. $125,000 Yearly

IN THE rooms of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in the Capitol at Washington there stands a complicated mechanism of wheels and cogs known officially as “Tide Predicting Machine No. 2.”

But to the men who operate it, and who have a very human respect for its uncanny ability to do the work of 100 trained mathematicians, it is known as “The Brass Brain.”

And so, in truth, it is. Would you like to know the exact minute of the flood tide in Hong Kong harbor in 1980? Very well; put the problem up to the Brass Brain.

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Small wonder: a breadbox-size computer with up to 1 million bytes of fault-control, semiconductor memory at 5c a byte. (Sep, 1977)

128KB of ram for $6400 ($21,800 in 2007 dollars). That’d get you somewhere around 1.2TB of ram today.

Small wonder: a breadbox-size computer with up to 1 million bytes of fault-control, semiconductor memory at 5c a byte.

For technically and/or environmentally demanding applications where processing reliability, or high speed, or both, are essential, HP 21 MX and HP 1000 computers can now contain up to 1 megabyte of memory in modules of 128k bytes.

With up to 1 million bytes of fault-control semiconductor memory, HP’s small computers can go to work in demanding applications where large or disc-based systems were previously needed:

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Looking Back On Tomorrow (Sep, 1977)

Reading this ad sure takes me back. I know that the first thing I think about when I remember the seventies is the Fairchild F-8 microprocessor. Doesn’t everybody?

Looking Back On Tomorrow

“Science Fiction, my electronic eye.” great-grandfather said.
“Half the time it’s not fiction at all, just premature fact.”

by Boni Peluso

“Well, Bobby, how about a story before bedtime?” great-grandfather asked as he tucked me snugly into my weightless bubble.

“Oh, yes tell me some more about the old days and what they were like.”

He smiled and squeezed my arm. “OK son, I know just the thing. Long ago, back in 1999, I was being transferred from a unit control center in the New City to Space Station Zenith 1. While packing I found an old, old copy of Scientific American. It was yellow and rumpled and dated — imagine this—September 1977! At that time periodicals were printed on sheets of wood pulp!’ “Wow! No playback cards?”

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Bell System Data-Phone (Apr, 1965)

Few things are as useless to a businessman as information that reaches him too late

When vital business information is tardy, something or someone usually suffers. Production is slowed up. A customer has to wait. A decision is delayed.

Remedy: Bell System Data-Phone* service. Connected with the business machine-virtually any type —it converts data (from punched cards or tapes) into a special “tone” language and transmits it over the same nationwide telephone network you use for voice communications.

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