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Archive for the ‘IBM SAA CUA’ Category

Computing History – The UK Computer Museum – Cambridge

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/19

On my places to visit:

The Centre for Computing History is a computer museum based in Cambridge, UK. With a collection of vintage computers and game consoles, many of the exhibits are hands on and interactive.

[WayBack]Ā Computing History – The UK Computer Museum – Cambridge.

When I bumped into it, this was their collection size, ranging from the 1960s until recent history:

Archive Statistics :

  • Computers = 993
  • Peripherals = 1446
  • Mobile Devices = 31
  • Game Consoles = 213
  • Video Games = 10259
  • Software Packages = 2605
  • Books = 2045
  • Manuals = 4106
  • Magazines = 9057

Looking at their archived brands (having [WayBack] MITS – AltairĀ and [WayBack] Raspberry PiĀ in the collection) is such a joy.

Archiving the older parts is a tough job, as they stem from way before the web era, so information has been lost, parts are hard to source, a lot of hardware got thrown away or is hard to find at all, people have died. More on that atĀ [WayBack] About – Computing History.

Without a physical visit, you can find what they have at [WayBack] Search Our Archive – Computing History.

The video below on their archive is impressive.


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Posted in 6502, 68k, Apple I, BBC Micro B, BBS, C64, Commodore, CP/M, dial-up modems, FidoNet, History, IBM SAA CUA, PowerPC, Tesseract, VIC-20, Z80 | Leave a Comment »

Some links and references to IBM CUA: Common User Access which defines a lot of the UIs and UX we still use.

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/02/04

Back in the late 80s and early 90s of last century, engineersĀ Richard E. Berry, Cliff J. Reeves set a standard that still influences the user interfaces and user experience of today: the IBM Common User Access.

I mentioned CUA a few times before, but since an old client of mine managed to throw away their paper originals in a “we don’t need that old stuff any more as we are now all digital” frenzy, I wanted to locate some PDFs. And I promised to write more about CUA.

If anyone has printed versions of the non-PDF documents below, please donate them to aek at or scanning at archive.orgĀ as they are really hard to get.

A few search queries I used:

The PDFs I think are most interesting:

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Posted in, Development, History, IBM SAA CUA, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Software Development, UI Design, Usability, User Experience (ux) | 3 Comments »

Keyboards, logo keys CUA and a some more history…

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/04/06

My response to the comments in Cut and Paste Files & Folders in Mac OS XĀ got a bit took long. So here is it in an article:

Indeed. CUA. The days (:
I’ll write more about CUA in the future (there is some CUA stuff from the past) as it defines a lot of modern UI and user experience.

In fact the history of Ctrl-C and Command-C goes back until before System 1 (the OS for the first Macintosh)Ā whichĀ indeed had the Open Apple Key shortcuts, but didn’t introduce them.

The Command Key was introduced in the Apple III and became more popular in the Apple //e and //c (I own both) where AppleWorks was already using these shortcuts in 1986.

It is funny to notice that Apple keyboards lost their logo keys but Windows keyboards gained them.

Some Apple keyboard pr0n can be found on Wikipedia.


Posted in 6502, History, IBM SAA CUA, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts | 1 Comment »

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