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Computer Grids Link People and Machines

Don Miller gets a kick out of paying for his groceries at the local Lucky Store in San Mateo, Calif. Even before Lucky's computerized check-out system has finished scanning the bar codes on his coffee, beer and bread, Miller has run his bank card through the system's magnetic strip reader, punched in his personal identification number and poised his finger above a button marked AMOUNT OK.

Wanda Jaworski cannot imagine life without the IBM PC in her Hartford office. The Travelers Corp. underwriter now gets done in one day what used to take half a week, thanks to a new office...

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