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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Logics  
  Machines that let you request information, and then display it for you on a screen.  

Everybody's got 'em and we're still findin' out what they can do. At least, that's what Leinster wrote in 1946. Still true today.

I'm a maintenance man for the Logics Company. My job is servicing Logics, and I admit modestly that I am pretty good. I was servicing televisions before that guy Carson invented his trick circuit that will select any of 'steenteen million other circuits - in theory there ain't no limit - and before the Logics Company hooked it into the Tank-and-Integrator set-up they were usin' 'em as a business-machine service. They added a vision screen for speed - an' found out they'd made Logics...

You know the Logics set-up. You got a Logic in your house. I looks like a vision-receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get.

From A Logic Named Joe, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Street and Smith in 1946
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This seems like a pretty good description of a web browsing computer for the home. Be sure to take a look at the entry for Tanks, to get a clear idea of what kind of information could be displayed. And don't forget about the Carson Circuit that would let you connect to any of millions of different information feeds.

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