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And at the very end I have appended the index to the first 23 chapters, which Underwood-Miller did not print. I was the second scientist ever hired by IBM, and I watched the Watsons on Olympus, and Bill Norris and Ken Olsen and Gene Amdahl, and a thousand great commercial and academic figures.

Providing this edition on CD/ROM, uncoded and uncompressed, means that chapters or sections of the book can be downloaded and subjected to full-text search. Later, for three amusing years, I was the top Federal computer honcho, and escaped to be editor of the major trade newspaper.

The Index (which applies only through Chapter 25) is fully linked, and page anchors have been added through the end of Chapter 25, and correspond to the printed pages of the first edition (which has 24 chapters and no index).

Page numbers appear inline, representing the beginning of the corresponding printed page, as to press.

Slice it along the time axis and you have histories: big computers, software, the evolution of standards.

Slice it another way and you have applications: science, or banking, or air defense; another, and you have organizations.

When I returned to the United States I brought with me the remains of my huge original archive: my 1962 call reports to Control Data, my flight logs, my appointment (and hotel/restaurant) lists, some of my expense account carbons.

Cautiously I began to reconstruct what had happened to me and to the burgeoning world of computers from mid-1959 on. Then I was awarded a National Science Foundation grant.Well, it looked like a lot of work, and not much fun for me or for the readers. Lewis Carroll is a favorite preceptor for just about everybody in the computer wonderland, and the thought of Watson Senior shouting "Off with her head!" at every married IBM woman [1948] was very appealing. " as I grew into a manager - oh, the parallels were evocative.The television link between the jet engine test cells in Lynn and the GE 704 really did click only a few moments before the generals and the airline presidents arrived.Tom Junior really did walk through the sacred halls of Armonk carrying a whisky carton, and with a duck in it! And some, some of the best ones like Comrie and Watson Senior and Wallie Eckert, have gone beyond my praise.Perhaps I could do for the computer trade what Casanova did for Venetian diplomacy? Or I could do a history: a history of the computer times I had lived through.

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