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History of Computing: An Encyclopedia of the People and Machines that Made Computer History Multimedia CD – February, 2001


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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 2300 pages
  • Publisher: Lexikon Services; Cd-Rom Only edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944601782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944601785
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,294,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Covers the history of computing from earliest times up through mechanical adding machines, calculators, giant brains, early computers of the 1940's, 1950's, up to the microcomputers of the early 1980's. Over 500 devices mentioned. Over 1,300 pages of information!

Very easy to use. Includes fascinating information on early computing and calculating machines, early digital computers, computer pioneers and entrepreneurs, computer companies, historical topics on ArpaNet/Internet, Silicon Valley, ENIAC, UNIVAC, SWAC, vacuum tubes/transistors, microprocessors, and much more! Covers early PC history as well. Includes glossaries, bibliography, chronology of historical firsts in computing, and much more. Illustrated. This is the world's first hypertext guide to computing history spanning 6,000 years!

New edition for 2001 now contains over 1000 photos and illustrations. Includes early programming languages, historical topics and articles, early transistor and vacuum tube technologies, robotics and much more.

Includes a Glossary of 7,000 terms & abbreviations, Chronology of historical events- 6,000, Over 3,000 individual entries in all. Includes a Computer History Quiz - 101 Questions to test your computer history knowledge

Installs to your hard disk or runs from the CD ROM.

Runs under Windows 95/98/NT or above.

Supports both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator browsers.

A great educational aid and reference tool!

For questions or free tech support, contact HistoryCD@aol.com -- Book Description

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
The History of Computing CD is the most complete of any computer resource I have used....I use it daily. D.Soll, Computer Applications Teacher, Walnut, California
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
There are plenty of pictures, and a stroll through this digital gallery of obsolete computing will bring back memories for many long-time computer users. Ideal for anyone interested in researching the history of computers and for computer collectors. - The Computer Paper, Toronto, Canada
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "collegeman3" on May 10, 2002
This Computer History photo CD contains a vast amount of data! It was a relief to see so much information in one reference source. The photos of early calculating machines, early computers and computer technology were very helpful to me in my research for school. I was able to use many of the photos in my school project, and the historical articles were fascinating. I like using my web browser to peruse all this data and the photos. I was easy and fast to do research. Found some computers listed that I never even heard of before!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
I was surprised at how many computers and calculators of various kinds have been made over the years. The photo history was lots of fun to scan through. The photos of the big vacuum tube machines are fascinating. Many close up photos of components as well. - I just obtained the 2001 edition which I am pleased to see is much expanded over the one I had purchased in 1999. There are some great (and rare!) micro computers included here too. I counted over 750 jpegs and gifs on the CD. - A nice tour of history...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Martin on November 21, 2000
"What a GREAT addition to a computer history buff's collection!!! The new "History Of Computing" is full of pictures and other wonderful features!!! You will want to own it... I have enjoyed many, many wonderful hours browsing through this SUPER rich resource of computer history."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wicho on October 28, 2000
Although a bit dated in some places, specially in recent computer history, there's a lot of interesting info on this CD.
And whatever it says on the editorial review, Mac users can use this CD-ROM too, since it is in HTML format: just open the file 01HISTORYCD-Welcome!.htm with your web browser and it'll work OK.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2002
I have reviewed the most recent "Red Label" version of this photo CD and love the photos of the old computers! If you have an interest in older computers, or even mechanical calculators, adding machines and pocket calculators, this guide has these and more. Excellent photos of the early microprocessor chips and the early vacuum tube based computers. Many photos of systems I have never seen or heard of, plus many more of those I have seen. Some photos are available in different sizes (contains mostly .jpg format photos) and can be accessed through any browser. I used my windows Internet Explorer. Not heavy on recent computer developments, but great info on early systems prior to the 1980's. Well worth the cost. Lots of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Atarian on January 19, 2005
The HTML interface has a unmistakable homemade look, and the info could be better organized, but it is a valuable off-line source of rare computer photos, specially if you like old big iron like ENIAC, EDVAC, UNIVAC and so on. Most of the stuff can be obtained from the Internet with a bit of research, though. Not bad, but I bit disappointing.
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