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June 30th, 2008 |
David Caminer has died. Now there was a radical digital pioneer.
Yes, a true pioneer. I note that he was a senior man on the software of the ICL New Range series (2900 series). Not a successful range of systems, specified by mice, not men. Not David C’s fault, however.
I’ve posted a link to a nice book about the emergence of the computer (easy non-technical read) – which has a chapter on LEO, with an inspiring and heartwarming description of David Caminer.
Ooops – the link (the book is called “Electronic Brains”):
The current versions of new range are still running many systems, government ones in particular, and will continue to do so until at least 2020. That gives it a life of around 50 years. It has been a financial and technical success. Not sure what dreamingspire bases has conclusions on
For more information click on the book image above
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