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The Hewlett-Packard Journal, A Blast from the Past

While reading up on special relativity this morning, I came across a very interesting article from the IEEE Spectrum circa 1964 by B.M. Oliver. A little more research on Oliver turned up the fact that he worked for Hewlett Packard in the ’60s and wrote for the Hewlett Packard Journal. Here’s the cool part: The entire collection of the HP Journal from 1948 to 1998 has been scanned by HP and is available online for free at
They’re chock full of electrical engineering articles like the one on time domain reflectometers by Oliver that the picture above was taken from. Check it out, engineers used to wear ties every day!

I did a little more browsing through the archives and made another cool discovery.  Mentor’s Harry Foster used to work for Hewlett-Packard, and wrote for the Journal.  His excellent article on formal verification can be found at:


The collection also makes for a rather nostalgic tech museum.  There are articles on the latest in vacuum tube engineering, discrete transistor noise levels, and the advent of sharing compute workspaces ala VNC/Skype via HP SharedX.

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