By David E. Lundstrom

During this own memoir, electric engineer David Lundstrom recollects the heyday of early computing, the increase of regulate information out of the Univac department of Sperry Rand, such milestone desktops because the Univac and the Naval Tactical facts approach the exploits of CDC's most sensible clothier Seymour Cray, and the sluggish company shift from the fascinating and technically fascinating global of computing device layout to inner politics and clumsy forms. - writer.  Read more...

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With these constant changes and little pr ogress in getting th e computers operational, morale in the test group dropp ed. One of the tech nicians adop ted as our slogan th e ph rase that is the title of this chap ter: "Progress Is 28 Progress Is OUf Only Product Our Only Product," a takeoff on the General Electric slogan, "Progress Is Our Most Important Product" The reader may well ask-and I did ask-why didn't we just shut down the testing until the development computer documentation had stabilized The answer is that there was so much marketing pressure for the delivery of these already late computers that management did not want to lose even a week on the schedule despite the cost Testing continued ten hours a day, three shifts, and a half-day on Saturday.

A numbe r of small changes were being made to the processor itself to add some new or imp roved instructions. None of these ~ha nge s seemed to be particularly difficult. What was going wrong? While ponder ing the cause of the problem, I had a number of administrative duties: planning th e test pro cedures to be used on Univac IL ordering en gineering drawings and tools, establishing working relation- 20 On Technology and Geography ships with the manufacturing people, etc. I had mad e friends with a couple of other young engineers with whom I usually ate lunch.

I had mad e friends with a couple of other young engineers with whom I usually ate lunch. W e were soon joined by Dick Karp en, a tall good-looking senior engineer who had worked on maintenance of the Univac I at the Livermore Laboratory. Dick Karpen told a story of negotiating across the table from Pres Eckert on the LARC contract. Eckert was making ad etailed technical pr esentation on LARC to the Livermore staff, which included Karpen. " " Yes, it is: ' replied Eck ert, " I ju st ch anged it" The LARC was eventually deli vered to Livermore and performed as promised, but it was a financial disaster for Univac, having cost several times the contract amount to develop.

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