JOSS

Experience with an Experimental Computing Service for Users at Remote Typewriter Consoles

by J. C. Shaw

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A report of the history and benefits of JOSS (Johnniac Open-Shop System), a computing service which monitors ten typewriters and serves up to eight users concurrently. It has been in daily use at RAND since January 1964. The author discusses both the hardware and software, and the training necessary to operate the system.

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