Computers in the 1950's

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Computers in the 1950 's
People have been in awe of computers since they were first invented. At first scientist said that computers would only be for government usage only. "Then when the scientists saw the potential computers had, scientist then predicted that by 1990 computers may one day invade the home of just about ever citizen in the world" ("History" Internet), the scientists were slightly wrong, because by 1990 computers were just beginning to catch on. Then a few years later when scientists when to major corporations to get help with a special project, the corporations said no, because computers would just be a fad and they wouldn 't make much money off of it. "By definition Abacus is the first computer (the proper definition
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Programmers, decided to make a command in assemblers called sub routines (s Appendix b), this enabled them to continue using computers at the same constant speed rather than loose the speed for a better program. "Conditional control transfers allowed

Ali 4 programmers to be able to step and start from anywhere into the program" ("Computers" Internet). By letting this happen programmers were giving major lee way in their programs and letting people be capable of entering commands stopping the program go eat lunch and then start it right back up again, this lead the way for many operating systems.
"C programming was in the experimental stages just about nonexsistant in the 1950 's. While it was not in practical use, it was in fundamental use, because of its need scientists and programmers sought to create it so as they could make programming easier to do" ("Hackers" Internet).
One of the most important uses a computer can have is for air navigation, be it airplanes. Some of the other uses consisted of, "weather studies, trajectories, night time maneuvers, navigation of ships and planes, radar, and sonar" ("History" Internet). They were used in mission control tower so as the planes knew where to land, they told the exact path that would be nessicary to take for a safe and fast flight. They told how many planes were in the air so as there would not be any collisions.
"The navy had

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