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It is primarily floating point (needed for scientific calculation) versus fixed point decimal (needed for monetary calculations). Because that is in what the applications differed, and that was what w …
answered Oct 5 '20 by dirkt
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Douglas McIlroy wanted to introduce pipes already at the beginning of Multics project in 1964: We should have some ways of connecting programs like garden hose -- screw in another segment when it bec …
answered Dec 17 '20 by dirkt
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Look at the development: ROM = read-only memory = can only be read when on the board, programmed in the chip factory. PROM = programmable read-only memory = can be programmed with a special programmer …
answered Jan 31 by dirkt
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(Another "what was the first" question where it's basically impossible to answer it unless one goes through all computer instruction sets ...) One example of the usage of "logical" is the IBM 7090 (19 …
answered Feb 22 by dirkt