Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 170. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-07-16 12:20:10+00:00 From: Henry Schaffer
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.168: the role of the IBM System 360 & successors? There is an active listserv LINUXfirstname.lastname@example.org which might be of some help - although its content is much more on keeping the software working than on the applications. Also two people who were very much involved in the genesis of the 360 and moving on from there are Fred Brooks and Gene Amdahl. I did a lot of computing on the 360 and later generations, but never thought about the computer as relating to humanities, or other, computing. It was the mechanism which carried out my instructions, and I was much more concerned about the computer language(s) I used which made it easier/harder to express my instructions. My humanities programs where primarily done in SNOBOL/SPITBOL, and all I wanted was for the computer to do what it was told - and I didn't care if the computer was made by IBM or CDC or ... While I could have expressed my instructions in assembly or machine language, that would have been more work - and at that level I'd have to be aware of the details of the computer (its instruction set, number of registers, configuration of registers, memory configuration, ...) but not of the manufacturer. --henry On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 2:04 AM Humanist wrote: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 168. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2020-07-15 16:46:43+00:00 > From: Reg Harbeck > Subject: Introductory email, Humanity and the IBM > System/360-descended mainframe > > Hello, members of the Humanist listserv! I am honoured to join your > excellent > community. > > I became aware of this listserv in my research for my Master's thesis > about the > humanity of the IBM System/360-descended mainframe. It began with reading > an > article about Fr. Roberto Busa, and then buying a book about him by Prof. > Steven > E. Jones, "Roberto Busa, S. J., and the Emergence of Humanities > Computing." That > led me to buy two additional books about digital humanities: "Defining > Digital > Humanities: A Reader" and "A Companion to Digital Humanities." And they > led me > to this listserv, the archives of which I have been eagerly digging > through to > find references to IBM mainframes. > > Before I provide further context, let me cut to the chase with a request > for > your insights: > > I would greatly value any insights you can offer about the role of the IBM > System/360 mainframe and its successors (running operating systems that > include > OS/360, VM, MVT, MVS, OS/390, z/OS and even VSE and TPF, and possibly Linux > under VM or z/OS containers in more recent years) in the development of the > digital humanities, and also about any contributions that humanities have > had to > the creation and ongoing development of that platform. > > Depending on any responses received, I can add more context about my > personal > and professional journey and thesis if requested. > > > - Reg Harbeck > Reg@Harbeck.ca > +1.403.605.7986 _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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