The Best of Creative Computing Volume 2 (published 1977)

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New Electronic Desk Calculator from China (Great Wall 203, reprinted from China Reconstructs)
by Kung Chang
10 Good Reasons Why Computers Can... (humor, poetry)

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[image] GOOD REASONS WHY COMPUTERS CAN ...

A computer can do more work than a man.

One reason that's little known
Is that it never has to stop
To answer the telephone.

A computer can do more work than a man.

One more way to explain
Is that it doesn't stop it's work
To argue and complain.

A computer can do more work than a man.

Because it never takes
Those dawdling, lengthy lapses
That we call coffee breaks.

A computer can do more work than a man.

And it's easy to see why.

It doesn't sit with its chin on its hand
And watch the girls prance by.

A computer can do more work than a man.

One reason it's such a whiz:

It doesn't buttonhole passersby
To tell them how busy it is.

A computer doesn't take nervous pills
All day at the water fountains,
And wastes no time with molehills
Making them into mountains.

A computer can do more work than a man.

Because, I have a hunch
It doesn't spend three hours
With a customer at lunch.

A computer can do more work than a man.

And one good reason I've seen is
It doesn't spend the afternoon
Half-conscious from martinis.

A computer can do more work than a man.

And partly it's a matter
Of not spending all day angling
For the next job up the ladder.

A computer can do more work than a man.

Here's a final explanation:

It wastes no time on fears of being
Replaced by Automation.

Author unknown
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NEW ELECTRONIC DESK CALCULATOR FROM CHINA

KUNG CHANG

THE Great Wall 203, an advanced type of electronic desk calculator, was
trial-produced early this year by a plant under the Institute of Mathematics of
the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is 2.5 times as fast as similar calculators
produced abroad, has twice the storage capacity and an expanded machine
language. It is also slightly smaller and easier to operate than such models.

The Great Wall 203 is of a type more advanced than ordinary electronic desk
calculators. It has more functions, greater storage capacity, higher operating
speed and under program control can automatically solve complex problems.
Programs can be written, debugged and modified conveniently at the keyboard.
Equipped with a printer and a magnetic tape unit, it is a complete, independent
small computer system that performs some of the functions of a general-purpose
electronic digital computer. Its easier handling and maintenance make it
suitable for wide popular use.

Most of the people who designed and built the calculator are young
mathematicians. Though they were unfamiliar with electronics and computing and
their plant was poorly equipped, they drew encouragement from Chairman Mao's
teaching. "The Chinese people have high aspirations, they have ability, and they
will certainly catch up with and surpass advanced world levels in the not too
distant future." After studying a lot of material and critically assimilating
the good points of foreign and domestic calculators, they boldly created a
design in line with the characteristic of Chinese components. Making full use of
collective wisdom, the whole plant made suggestions in the course of trial
production.

They designed and built this new advanced electronic desk calculator which uses
integrated circuits in one year and five months.  Now the Great Wall 203 is
undergoing comprehensive testing to perfect it for production and distribution.

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[image]Testing the Great Wall 203.

Reprinted from a recent issue of CHINA RECONSTRUCTS, Peking.

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