Original Publication Date: 1995-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Software Patent Institute
EARL SWARTZLANDER: AUTHOR [+2]
The Calculators column is intended to focus on that aspect of computing history that in many respects preceded the introduction of the computer and has paralleled the computer for the past 50 years as the original ";desktop"; machine, and in later years as the ";pocket"; machine. Through this column we hope to provide information for historians and collectors about the world of calculators.
THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.
Copyright ©; 1995 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
EARL SWARTZLANDER, EDITOR
The Calculators column is intended to focus on that aspect of computing history that in many respects preceded the introduction of the computer and has paralleled the computer for the past 50 years as the original "desktop" machine, and in later years as the "pocket" machine. Through this column we hope to provide information for historians and collectors about the world of calculators.
We invite readers to submit short contributions regarding the development, manufacture, and use of calculators for publication in this column. Longer articles should be submitted to Editor-in- Chief John A. N. Lee, with a copy to Earl E. Swartzlander, University of Texas at Austin, Department of E & CE, Austin, TX 78712; phone (512) 471-5923 (office), (213) 271-4213 (home); fax (512) 471-5907; e- mail email@example.com.
Calculator and Antique Instrument Collectors Convention
The First International Electronic Calculator and Antique Scientific Instrument Convention will be held Saturday, May 20, 1995, at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas (about a 10-minute drive from the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport).
The focus is on antique scientific instruments and electronic pocket calculators (dating from the early 1970s). Teaming antique scientific instruments with pocket calculators should provide a remarkable contrast in form and function between mechanical and electronic systems.
This "show and swap meet" will feature tables for sales and displays A slide show and a videotape presentation are planned to provide historical highlights of the various calculators It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. Sales and display tables must be reserved in advance. The source for more information on the convention is
Mr. Skip Solberg 717 Salsbury Arlington, Texas 76014 (817) 467-0368 (after 6 p.m. C.S.T.)
More information on the International Association of Calculator Collectors is available from International Association of Calculator Collectors, Box 345, Tustin, CA 92681; mrcalcO01@aol.com.
Computer Collecting in Australia
The following is an edited description of the state of computer collecting in Australia and some of the thoughts that have led to the creation of the Australian Computer Museum Society. The original was written by John Geremin for the first Australian Computer Museum Society newsletter.
IEEE Computer Society, Jun 30, 1995 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 17 Number 2, Pages 5-6
I have always been a collector; I guess it goes back to my deprived postwar childhood, when toys were scarce and ordinary working people seldom had a telephone, let alone a motor vehicle. My mother had an influence in the stamp-collecting depa...