IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Vol 32, Iss 3

Some interesting articles, as usual, in the latest issue:

There are also a few articles on the AEG-Telefunken TR 440 computer.

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I find the prospect of alternate choices of OS other than Microsoft fascinating and refreshing. I would be glad if Unix was resurrected and given a new face. I think we need more options other than what MS is bringing to the public. I like to have choices.

However, it does seem that MS has finally gotten widows to work right with Win7. But what was wrong with XP in the first place?

Don't forget Linux too...