Moving Targets: Elliott-Automation and the Dawn of the by Simon Lavington

By Simon Lavington

The Elliott-Automation corporation used to be an lively player within the delivery of the data agein Britain. By 1961, the corporate was once delivering 50% of the electronic desktops dropped at united kingdom consumers in that year. but via the tip of that decade, Elliott-Automation had successfully disappeared in a flurry of takeovers, leaving little obvious hint of the technical excellence that had as soon as characterized the identify Elliott.

Moving Targetscharts the sluggish take-up of knowledge know-how in Britain, as noticeable throughout the eyes of 1 leading edge corporation. The ebook examines how the sunrise of the electronic desktop age in Britain came about at numerous instances for various functions, from early government-sponsored paintings on mystery defence initiatives, to the expansion of the marketplace for Elliott desktops for civil applications.

Topics and features:

  • Charts the institution of Elliott’s Borehamwood examine Laboratories in 1946, and the jobs performed through John Coales and Leon Bagrit in reviving an ill company
  • Examines early Elliott electronic pcs designed for categorized army purposes and for GCHQ, corresponding to the Elliott 152, 153 and OEDIPUS
  • Describes the analogue pcs built via Elliott-Automation, together with the enormous TRIDAC
  • Reviews the improvement of the 1st advertisement Elliott pcs, the expansion of functions in business automation, and the contest provided via rival brands in Britain
  • Includes a background of airborne desktops as much as 1988, written by way of a former director of Elliott Flight Automation
  • Discusses the evolution of computing device architectures and platforms software program for the Elliott 800, 900 and 4100 sequence computers
  • Investigates the mergers, takeovers and eventual closure of the Borehamwood laboratories, and the death of Elliott-Automation and its successors, ICL and GEC

This special textual content might be of serious curiosity to historians of know-how and company, and also will attract the overall reader enthusiastic about the emergence of electronic computing in Britain and the paintings of the formerly unsung machine pioneers of the Elliott-Automation laboratories at Borehamwood.

Simon Lavington is Emeritus Professor of machine technology on the collage of Essex. between his many guides is the booklet Early British Computers.

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Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism by Angelo Mazzocco

By Angelo Mazzocco

Authored through one of the most preeminent Renaissance students lively this day, the essays of this quantity provide clean and illuminating analyses of vital features of Renaissance humanism, comparable to the time and motives of its foundation, its connection to the papal courtroom and medieval traditions, its classical studying, its spiritual and literary dimensions, and its dramatis personae . Their interpretations are various to the purpose of being contradictory. The essays endure the imprint of the paintings of the eminent students of the second one half the 20th century, particularly Kristeller’s, and reveal an know-how of many of the modes of severe inquiry that experience prevailed lately. As such they're an immense exemplar of present scholarship on Renaissance humanism and are, hence, imperative to the coed who needs to discover this pivotal cultural circulate.

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Intellectual property and open source by Van Lindberg

By Van Lindberg

"Clear, right, and deep, this can be a welcome boost to discussions of legislation and computing for someone -- even lawyers!" -- Lawrence Lessig, Professor of legislations at Stanford legislation tuition and founding father of the Stanford heart for web and Society

for those who paintings in info know-how, highbrow estate is important on your activity -- yet facing the complexities of the felony method should be mind-boggling. This ebook is for a person who desires to know the way the felony procedure bargains with highbrow estate rights for code and different content material. you will get a transparent examine highbrow estate concerns from a developer's standpoint, together with sensible recommendation approximately occasions you are more likely to encounter.

Written by means of an highbrow estate lawyer who's additionally a programmer, Intellectual estate and Open Source is helping patents, copyrights, logos, alternate secrets and techniques, and licenses, with distinct concentrate on the problems surrounding open resource improvement and the Gpl. This booklet solutions questions such as:

  • How do open resource and highbrow estate paintings together?
  • What are crucial highbrow property-related matters whilst beginning a company or open resource project?
  • How in the event you deal with copyright, licensing and different matters while accepting a patch from one other developer?
  • How are you able to pursue your personal rules whereas operating for somebody else?
  • What elements of a patent can be reviewed to work out if it applies on your work?
  • When is your notion a alternate secret?
  • How are you able to opposite engineer a product with no entering into trouble?
  • What in the event you take into consideration whilst selecting an open resource license to your project?

such a lot felony resources are too scattered, too arcane, and too not easy to learn. Intellectual estate and Open Source is a pleasant, easy-to-follow evaluation of the legislations that programmers, process directors, photo designers, etc will locate essential.

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Words and Their Meaning by Howard Jackson

By Howard Jackson

During this booklet, the improvement of the English dictionary is tested, besides the categories of dictionary on hand, the variety of data they comprise, components affecting their utilization, and public attitudes in the direction of them. in addition to an descriptive research of observe that means, the writer considers even if a thematic, thesaurus-like presentation may be extra appropriate than the normal alphabetical structure to the outline of phrases and their meaning.



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Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

By Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

The tale of writing within the electronic age is each piece as messy because the ink-stained rags that littered the ground of Gutenberg's print store or the recent molten lead of the Linotype laptop. through the interval of the pivotal progress and common adoption of observe processing as a writing know-how, a few authors embraced it as a wonder whereas others decried it because the loss of life of literature. The made of years of archival learn and various interviews carried out by way of the writer, tune adjustments is the 1st literary background of be aware processing.Matthew Kirschenbaum examines how the pursuits and beliefs of inventive authorship got here to coexist with the pc revolution. Who have been the 1st adopters? what sort of anxieties did they percentage? used to be note processing perceived as only a greater typewriter or anything extra? How did it swap our knowing of writing? tune adjustments balances the tales of person writers with a attention of ways the probably ineffable act of writing is usually grounded particularly tools and media, from quills to keyboards. alongside the way in which, we find the applicants for the 1st novel written on a notice processor, discover the unusually diversified the explanation why writers of either renowned and critical literature followed the expertise, hint the unfold of latest metaphors and concepts from observe processing in fiction and poetry, and examine the destiny of literary scholarship and reminiscence in an period while the ultimate remnants of authorship may possibly include folders on a difficult force or records within the cloud.

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Looking Back and Going Forward in IT by Jean-Pierre Corniou

By Jean-Pierre Corniou

This publication areas IT in viewpoint by means of tracing its improvement via time, masking its origins in company, the big enlargement of the position of IT on the finish of the twentieth century, the expansion of the web, and the successes and screw ups of businesses fascinated by this development.
regardless of its ubiquity within the glossy international, the writer highlights that effective use of IT by means of companies can purely be won via a great figuring out of its potentials and pitfalls, highlighting how its educated use in perform is vital for firms to be triumphant. ultimately, questions are raised about the way forward for IT: who will gain the advantages and why? Will IT proceed to supply ideas and should it usually carry on its promise? Will it stop to develop and hence stop to be studied or will it proceed to increase and hence supply new possibilities and demanding situations to users?Content:
Chapter 1 the 1st details Revolution (pages 17–25):
Chapter 2 From Electromechanics to Electronics (pages 27–45):
Chapter three The sunrise of the electronic period (pages 47–67):
Chapter four mild and color within the electronic global (pages 69–90):
Chapter five The Promise and fact of recent know-how (pages 91–119):
Chapter 6 IT rules in effective companies (pages 121–151):
Chapter 7 New directions for CIOs (pages 153–166):
Chapter eight New Vision(s)? (pages 167–189):

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Decoding the heavens by Marchant J.

By Marchant J.

The bronze fragments of an old Greek machine have questioned students for greater than a century when they have been recovered from the ground of the Mediterranean Sea, the place they'd lain due to the fact that approximately eighty BC. Now, utilizing complex imaging know-how, scientists have solved the secret of its tricky workings. unrivaled in complexity for one thousand years, the mechanism functioned because the world’s first analog desktop, calculating the pursuits of the solar, moon, and planets throughout the zodiac. In deciphering the Heavens, Jo Marchant info for the 1st time the hundred-year quest to decode this historical laptop. alongside the way in which she reveals a various forged of exceptional characters—ranging from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau—and explores the deep roots of contemporary expertise, not just in historic Greece, yet within the Islamic global and medieval Europe. At its middle, this can be an epic experience tale, a e-book that demanding situations our assumptions approximately expertise improvement throughout the a long time whereas giving us clean insights into heritage itself.

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