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S involved during the company's rapid technological transformation IBM's Early Computers is a uniue contribution to the modern history of computers It focuses on engineering alternatives rather than business and general management considerations and reveals the significance of imaginative solutions to problems in design and technology from initial experiments with electronics in digital machines to the threshold of the System 360 era This fair and balanced account of IBM's role in shaping today's electronic revolution identifies t This is a technical history of IBM computers from Herman Hollerith s 19th century census tabulators up to but not including the System36

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IBM's Early Computers History of Computing

In describing the technical experiences of one company from the beginning of the computer era this book unfolds the challenges that IBM's research and development laboratories faced the technological paths they chose and how these choices affected the company and the computer industry It chronicles the transformation of IBM into a computer company in a remarkably few years discussing projects that ended in frustration as well as the successful ones and providing a sense of the atmosphere the people and the decision making processe Fundamental to the concept of the general purpose digital computer was its adaptability to a wide variety of computing tasks The instrum

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He individuals both inside and outside the company whose pioneering work influenced developments at IBMThe book's fourteen chapters briefly survey the card machine era and then cover electronic calculation the magnetic drum calculator the Defense Calculator and other first generation products ferrite core memories magnetic tape and disk storage development programming transistors Project Stretch which involved disappointments but led to one of IBM's greatest successes high speed printers research and new product line consideration This has got to be the most enjoyable book I ve read in recent timesMost computer books are a lot of fun but there s always that sense o


5 thoughts on “IBM's Early Computers History of Computing

  1. says:

    Fundamental to the concept of the general purpose digital computer was its adaptability to a wide variety of computing tasks The instrument of that flexibility was the program whereby the capabilities of the machine were marshaled and orchestrated to accomplish a specific purpose the processing of a specific set of data

  2. says:

    This is a technical history of IBM computers from Herman Hollerith's 19th century census tabulators up to but not including the System360 project It can be considered the background of Fred Brooks's books on the System360IBM

  3. says:

    This has got to be the most enjoyable book I've read in recent timesMost computer books are a lot of fun but there's always that sense of I wish there were technical details Yes they solved a complex issue but how This book finally gave enough solid technical details to really suck me in The only other book to even come close is Sou

  4. says:

    While this reuires some knowledge of computer programming and maths it is a fairly accessible history of computing from IBM's perspective I read the book for the general technical history than for the corporate history and it was suited to this There is uite a bit of biography especially at the beginning it focuses uite a bit on s

  5. says:

    A very slow read nowhere as good as The Soul of A New Machine But it was still interesting to read about the earlier days of computing