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Computer

Author: Paul Atkinson
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2010.
Series: Objekt.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The pixellated rectangle we spend most of our day staring at in silence is not the television, as many long feared, but the computer--the ubiquitous portal of work and personal lives. The computer is now so common we don't even notice it. It is difficult to envision that not so long ago it was a room-sized structure accessible only by a few, a mysterious machine inspiring fear, awe and respect. Now that it has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Atkinson
ISBN: 9781861896643 1861896646
OCLC Number: 457149469
Description: 256 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Computer histories --
Polar positions --
Personal matters --
Power tools --
Futuristic fantasies.
Series Title: Objekt.
Responsibility: Paul Atkinson.

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The computer has in many respects become so common that it largely disappears from view. This book shows how changes in attitudes have been reflected in the physical design of the computer, and the  Read more...

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