Now you can own a little piece – no, scratch that – a big piece of computer history, for your own, for less than $10.00! This compilation of more than 120 articles, from the Best of Creative Computing, circa 1978, is sure to appeal to and fascinate geeks of all persuasions: science fiction buffs, science fact buffs, technology history buffs, educators, and just average Joes who find this sort of thing interesting. It is at once a fabulous overview and review of both computing history, and computer predictions of the future. Now you can look back from that future, boggle at how far we have come, and marvel at who got it right, and who got it oh-so-wrong. All for just $9.99!
This is because colleague of ours has, with permission, ported “The Best of Creative Computing: Volume 3”, which is a compilation of articles from Creative Computing Magazine, circa 1978, to the Kindle, and has made it available for $9.99.
The book was originally published in 1980, and features articles published in Creative Computing Magazine in 1978. So it’s got articles about: what it will be like to have a portable computer, Coin-in-the-Slot Computing at a Public Library, the introduction of the Kurzweil reading machine for the blind, etc.
You can download it here for your Kindle (note that this link has our affiliate code because that is the link we have handy, but you can also go directly to Amazon and search for it if you don’t want to go through our link – either way the cost is the same to you):
Here’s the description:
Finally, a fantastic piece of computing history has been formatted for the Kindle.
The Best of Creative Computing: Volume 3 contains more than 120 articles
published in Creative Computing magazine in 1978. It contains an amazing collection of material of interest to technology historians, retrocomputing hobbyists, and programmers.
These articles were written at a time when home computers were only becoming reality for the first time, when electronic calculators were still an expensive novelty, and when computers were only beginning to be used in business. It is *so* interesting to look back ‘from’ that future that was predicted, and see how things have evolved, and what experts back then thought it would look like now! Here are some of the topics and articles included (and remember, you get it *all* for that $9.99!):
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Technology – Present and Future
Trends Into the Future by Stephen B. Gray
EFTS: Living is Better Electronically Or IS IT? by Deanna J. Dragunas
The World In Your Own Notebook by John Lees
Eeny, Meeny, Micro And More by Alan B. Salisbury
The Pocket Computer is (Almost) Here by Richard A. Ahern
Microprocessors: A Primer by Theodore J. Cohen, PhD
Coin-in-the-Slot Computing at a Public Library by Harold M. Shair
Computer Power to the People! by David H. Ahl
A Dream for Irving Snerd by Ted Nelson
It’s Time For A National Computer Club by Rich Kuzmack
The Microcomputer Inflicts “Future Shock” on Technical Education by Richard Vuillequez
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Computers in Education
Interactive Computing in Secondary Schools in France by Robert S. McLean
A Microcomputer Software Course by Joseph C. Williams, David S. Yaney, Robert K. MacCrone
Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon Univ. by Susan Hastings
Final Exams — Let the Computer Write Them by Bernard Eisenberg
Computational Unsolvability by Lynn Arthur Steen
State-of-the-Art vs. Compatibility by David H. Ahl
Languages and Programming Theory
Something is Missing by Craig A. Finseth
Programming Techniques: File Structures by John Lees
PILOT by Gregory Yob
Be Careful of RFI and TVI From Your CPU
Ten Ways to Spot a Computer Expert by Chuck McMichael
A Taste of APL by Craig A. Finseth
ARTSPEAK — A Computer Language For Young At Heart And The Art Lover by Jehosua Friedmann
Computers in Medicine and Science
A New Generation of Biomedical Instruments by John M. Brus
The Miraculous Medical Microprocessor: A Look Into the Future by Pamela Weintraub
Computerized Robots: A Step Into The Future for Hospitals by Susan Trout Armstrong
Computer Correction of Optical Illusions by David A. Smith
Brown Scientists Peer Into Fourth Dimension by Curt Norris
An Inexpensive Reading Machine For The Blind by John M. Brus
Medical Computerized Data Bases by Susan Hastings
The Placebo and the Computer — Unexpected Antagonists
Computers in Music
Music Dream Machines: New Realities for Computer-Based Musical Instruction by Fred T. Hofstetter
Interactive Woman-Machine Improvisations or Live Computer-Music, Performed by Dance
New Horizons for Microcomputer Music by Malcolm Wright
Bottom-Up Bizet: Reflections on Implementing Release 234.5 of The Pearl Fishers by Robert P. Taylor
The Digital Computer: Orchestra or Composer’s Assistant? by Arthur Layzer
The Transposition and Composition of Music by Computer by David B. Shmoys
All by Ahl
Saga of a System by David H. Ahl
The First West Coast Computer Faire by David H. Ahl
Gamboling in Atlantic City by David H. Ahl
Some Tips On Using A TV Set For Computer Output by David H. Ahl
FICTION AND FOOLISHNESS
The Land of Halco by Frank B. Rowlett, Jr.
Them Hobbyists by Jim Dunion
Computer Control by Michale R. Vitale
How I Installed a Yellow Computer and Saved 50 Cents a Week by Alex Ragen
Edu-Man Meets Pseudo Hero by David H. Ahl
Edu-Man Meets the Rumor Mongers by David H. Ahl
The Lighter Side of Robots
The Lighter Side of Computer Dating
Nords by Sunstone Graphics
Glorobots by Gloria Maxson
The Floating Point Solution by Robert P. Taylor, Esq.
Ohms ‘n’ Wrigley by Ned Sonntag
Glittering Skyline of Marsport by Ned Sonntag
Intergalactic Incident by Ned Sonntag
The Memory Club by Ned Sonntag
Out of the Mouths of Babes by Eve R. Wirth
Still a Few Bugs in the System
Here’s the link again, so that you don’t have to scroll back up:
Thank you, Kevin Savetz of Savetz Publishing, for making this available!
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