Computers: Even in the Bedroom

At long last, Engineer Richard Foy has it: a computer in his bedroom. In his house outside Los Angeles, he has installed a Teletype-like machine that is wired into a central computer, which Foy must share with up to 350 other users. For five hours each month, at a rental of $160 monthly, he can type problems into the machine and get instant solutions. Besides using it in his work and to help design his own hydrofoil boat, Foy will rent out computer time to his two grade-school children to assist them with homework. For each three minutes of...

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