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When did smart terminals arrive?

In the days of mainframes and minicomputers, a common user interface was a serial terminal where each keystroke was sent to the computer, which could respond with an update to the contents of the ...
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Floating point performance of classic minicomputers

Are there any numbers available for the floating point performance of classic minicomputers of the seventies and eighties? For example, the VAX 11/780 for integer calculations was generally rated in ...
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What were some of the differentiating features of circa 1970 computers? [closed]

Most of the discussion on Retrocomputing SE is in regards to the popular home computers of the 8-bit and 16-bit eta. The people who frequent this site tend to know the difference between the Apple II, ...
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Typical mid-scale business computer system of the late 70s

What was the most common business computer system of the late 70s, just before the Apple II and CP/M really started proliferating? For concreteness, let's say we are talking about a U.S. company on ...