A few good men from Univac by David E. Lundstrom

By David E. Lundstrom

During this own memoir, electric engineer David Lundstrom remembers the heyday of early computing, the increase of keep an eye on information out of the Univac department of Sperry Rand, such milestone computers because the Univac and the Naval Tactical facts approach the exploits of CDC's best dressmaker Seymour Cray, and the slow company shift from the fascinating and technically attention-grabbing global of computing device layout to inner politics and clumsy paperwork. - writer.  Read more...

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At the first session McDonald explained the importance of the contract It was probably the most significant that Univac had ever received. If it was successfully executed, the follow-up business could be many times as large as the original contract value.

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