By Harry Henderson
This finished A-to-Z biographical dictionary explores the various workforce of inventors, scientists, marketers, and visionaries within the computing device technological know-how box. The state of the art, modern entries and data at the desktop provide a glimpse into not just their force but in addition their demanding situations in making a new type of enterprise and a brand new form of tradition.
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There he helped design video terminals and computerized typesetting systems. His most important achievement at that time, however, was designing and partly writing one of the earliest word processing programs, called WP-8. When DEC wanted him to move to an office in New Hampshire, Bricklin decided to go back to school instead to get a degree in business administration. In 1977 he went to Harvard Business school. Bricklin continued his programming work and interest in software design, but he was also interested in gaining more knowledge of and experience in business.
This proliferation would have a profound impact on the field of computer science and technology. The PDP-8, introduced in 1965, went beyond transistors to integrated circuits that packed many logic units into a small space. The entire computer now fit into a space the size of a small refrigerator. With prices eventually dropping to less than $10,000, more than 100,000 of the PDP-8 and its successors would be sold. Just about any college could afford to buy one or several of the machines, and with the development of timesharing systems, this meant that students could gain plentiful free computer time.
The STRETCH introduced Brooks to innovative ideas that would become basic to all modern computers, including pipelining (the efficient processing of a collection of instructions to avoid wasting time) and the use of interrupts, or special signals that allow the computer to process input (such as keystrokes) in an orderly way. By 1960, Brooks had been placed in charge of all computer system design at IBM, responsible for creating the new generation of machines that would make the company’s name a household word in data processing.