By Harry Henderson
This accomplished A-to-Z biographical dictionary explores the various crew of inventors, scientists, marketers, and visionaries within the computing device technology box. The state of the art, modern entries and data at the laptop provide a glimpse into not just their force but additionally their demanding situations in making a new form of enterprise and a brand new form of tradition.
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These included working in a store and as a bank clerk, but office work seemed to put a strain on his health. He then worked in his father’s shop making models for metal casting and then at a woodworking firm called Future Great Manufacturing Company. Burroughs’s mix of clerical experience and hands-on mechanical knowledge would prove to be ideal for the inventor of an office machine. From his business experience Burroughs knew that that bookkeeping by hand was a tedious and eye-straining activity and that bookkeepers had to spend about half their time rechecking each calculation for possible errors.
They made a bit of money by adding the new Computer Space machines to the route, but sales were slow. Using the money he had earned, Bushnell started a new project. He was convinced that the space game had been too complicated. After all, people in bars generally do not want games that require a lot of concentration. So Bushnell sketched out the game that became Pong—just a moving ball, two movable paddles, and a way to keep score. He and another former Ampex associate, Al Alcorn, put together the new game in only three months.
Based on his personal experience writing the operating system for the IBM 360 computer, Frederick Brooks described the obstacles and pitfalls that often wrecked software development. ” Brooks was born on April 19, 1931, in Durham, North Carolina, but grew up in a small rural town. His father was a medical doctor and encouraged Brook’s interest in science. He later recalled that “I got fascinated with computers at the age of 13 when accounts of the Harvard Mark I appeared in magazines. ” In high school, Brooks plunged into electronics, joining the radio club and the electrical engineering club.
A to Z of Computer Scientists. Notable Scientists [biographies] by Harry Henderson