How computers and computing changed over 50 years
- A copy of "COMPUTERS AND AUTOMATION" from 1961 was cited earlier today
in the Usenet comp.dcom.telecom group due to the data modem ad on page
2 from the Bell Telephone System.
A lot of other interesting material appears in the 44-page 6.4MB copy
of the February 1961 issue available here:
The various computer ads are eye-opening: you can see how physically
large yesteryear's computers actually were.
I was quite surprised to find an ad (page 16) for Space Technology
Labs (STL); I feature one of STL's planispheres on my website (scroll
down to the 4th thumbnail):
Some of the articles in that 1961 issue bring back memories. The
Brainiac ad on page 21 ("Make over 200 Small Computing and Reasoning
Machines") is really a hoot. :-)
A cartoon on page 28 brought a laugh regarding how computers displace
humans in the workforce: "Remember the good old days when we could get
five men for a bowling team?"
It's amazing how many "name brand" computer companies listed and/or
advertising in that issue no longer exist. The ad on page 32,
however, for Lockheed Missiles and Space Division is still current --
LMSD is still in Sunnyvale CA (Silicon Valley).