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Holmes, WN 2002 , 'To See Ourselves As Others See Us' , Computer, vol. 35, no. 1 , 144, 142-143 , doi: 10.1109/2.976932.

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This essay outlines boom and bust cycles in the computing industry, looks at the way PCs were adopted in govenment and business and how this has led to grotesque computing projects that typically fail, deplores the abandoning of simplicity as a design objective, and sees in all this good reason for reforming the computing profession.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: computing projects, PC adoption, commercial applications, business applications, program simplicity, computing profession
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/2.976932
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This essay has been more formally published as essay 4.3 in the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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