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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129669D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 33K

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Software Patent Institute

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JEAN E. SAMMET: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers. Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor. 1. The Xerox Corporation was initially involved primarily with the copier business and then got involved with computers in various ways. These questions relate to Xerox involvement with computers as a developer a) What computer company did Xerox Corp. buy, and why? Who were the key executives on each side at the time of the acquisition, and how much was paid? When did this occur? Was the company acquired profitable or unprofitable when the acquisition occurred? What happened to this acquisition as part of Xerox Corp.? b) What subunit related to computers did Xerox initially form and where? When was this done and why? How was it organized and who were the key people at the beginning? What was the relationship to the computer company mentioned in (a)? c) What were the main projects in this Xerox subunit? What new technical developments occurred there? What happened to them? d) What ACM awards did people in this Xerox subunit receive, and for what? 2. For many software developments and broad concepts it is difficult even in retrospect to recognize early instantiations of them. Into what field of software do MGDPS and DSDPS fall? When were they developed, by whom, where, and why? What were their major characteristics? How long did either of them last?

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Copyright ©; 1990 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Self-Study Questions

JEAN E. SAMMET, EDITOR

This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers. Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

1. The Xerox Corporation was initially involved primarily with the copier business and then got involved with computers in various ways. These questions relate to Xerox involvement with computers as a developer a) What computer company did Xerox Corp. buy, and why? Who were the key executives on each side at the time of the acquisition, and how much was paid? When did this occur? Was the company acquired profitable or unprofitable when the acquisition occurred? What happened to this acquisition as part of Xerox Corp.? b) What subunit related to computers did Xerox initially form and where? When was this done and why? How was it organized and who were the key people at the beginning? What was the relationship to the computer company mentioned in (a)? c) What were the main projects in this Xerox subunit? What new technical developments occurred there? What happened to them? d) What ACM awards did people in this Xerox subunit receive, and for what?

2. For many software developments and broad concepts it is difficult even in retrospect to recognize early instantiations of them. Into what field of software do MGDPS and DSDPS fall? When were they developed, by whom, where, and why? What were their major characteristics? How long did either of them last?

3. Robots have been used for many years in a very practical way. Who built the first industrial robot in the U.S. and in what year and what company did he found? What technology did that first robot use? What company was the first user? What happened to the developing company?

4. Numerous user groups have been formed to provide an effective means of communication between users of a particular computer (family) and the manufacturer. What was the first one formed and for what computers? For the list shown below, name the computers and manufacturer each covered, when the first meeting took place, and who the first president or chairman was. (Note that in a few cases the manufacturer and computer identification is in the name; they are included here for completeness and because of the other parts of the question.)

ALWAC. U.A. MCUG CO-OP PB-250 U.G. CUE POOL DATAMATIC 1000 U.G. RCA 501 U.G. DUO-West RUG EXCHANGE SHARE FAST TUG GUIDE UNIVAC U.A.

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