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Anecdotes: Early Computer User Groups

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129636D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 14K

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Software Patent Institute

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Bruce H. Bruemmer: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Charles Babbage Institute Minneapolis, MN 55455 U.S.A. The computer industry is unique in its creation of computer user groups. Such groups are unlike industry associations because they directly involve customers. The most recent manifestation of this type of organization arose during the introduction of microcomputers, although computer user groups were first developed for mainframes in the 1' 50s when computers became commercialized. Two of the largest user groups, SHARE and USE, remain active today. Most other early groups were based on the use of a single machine, and died when the machine was no longer used. The following article, written by Herbert S. Brightl [Footnote] 1 Tile obituary for Herbert S. Bright can be found in the Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 217-218. in 1960, is not an analysis of user groups, but a snapshot of the growth of the organizations at a time when many of them had barely existed for more than a year. It mentions a number of groups, like POOL, RUG, and CO- OP, which may be remembered only by those who worked with computers such as the LOP-30, RECOMP, and CDC 1604. Within the definition of user groups, Bright included organizations formed around certain applications, and some, such as CODASYL, that focused on programming languages.

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Anecdotes: Early Computer User Groups

Bruce H. Bruemmer

Charles Babbage Institute Minneapolis, MN 55455 U.S.A.

The computer industry is unique in its creation of computer user groups. Such groups are unlike industry associations because they directly involve customers. The most recent manifestation of this type of organization arose during the introduction of microcomputers, although computer user groups were first developed for mainframes in the 1' 50s when computers became commercialized. Two of the largest user groups, SHARE and USE, remain active today. Most other early groups were based on the use of a single machine, and died when the machine was no longer used.

The following article, written by Herbert S. Brightl1 in 1960, is not an analysis of user groups, but a snapshot of the growth of the organizations at a time when many of them had barely existed for more than a year. It mentions a number of groups, like POOL, RUG, and CO- OP, which may be remembered only by those who worked with computers such as the LOP-30, RECOMP, and CDC 1604. Within the definition of user groups, Bright included organizations formed around certain applications, and some, such as CODASYL, that focused on programming languages.

The article is interesting because it describes an environment of computer use that has changed dramatically, and it provides details about some of the less-k...