[ih] Fwd: History of "accounts"

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sat Feb 8 11:08:54 PST 2014


I had a look at Wilkes' 1968 book "Time-Sharing Computer Systems".
He describes the login procedure of CTSS as the exemplar. He also
cites a reference giving 11/1961 as the date of the first running
version of CTSS (on a 709). Since Wilkes would certainly have claimed
the idea of a login account for his own lab if he could have plausibly
done so, I assume that CTSS was the true origin.

BTW I also noticed that he credits Roger Needham with the idea
of storing only encrypted passwords on the host, using an unspecified
hard-to-decrypt algorithm.


On 08/02/2014 20:09, Joly MacFie wrote:
> Anyone here want to give Michele further pointers?
> j
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Fred Fuchs <fred at firesabre.com>
> Date: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM
> Subject: Re: [Air-L] History of "accounts"
> To: Michelle Forelle <mcforelle at gmail.com>, AoIR-L <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
> On 2/7/2014 7:51 PM, Michelle Forelle wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm working on a project which requires me to look into the history of the
>> concept of "accounts," as in bank accounts or social media accounts.
> "Accounts" in computing began in the days of batch processing and
> timesharing. Here are some related links:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-sharing
> http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/history/timesharing/timesharing.html
> http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Time-sharing.html
> http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=880740
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q07PhW5sCEk
> http://www.bobbemer.com/TIMESHAR.HTM
> Here's a bit more on banking too:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_banking
> http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/banking/
> swiss-bank-account2.htm
> http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0801059.html
> Good luck,
> Fred

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