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The first computers and Ángel Javier Martínez Higueras

Ángel Javier Martínez Higueras remembers those first computers very well. Machines of a large size, with little memory and difficult to use. In 1987, the computers of the Senate were the Honeywell Bull DPS 6, communications computers with support for electronic mail, to transition, in 1988, to the DPS 8 which were more powerful and autonomous, but still with centralized office automation, for strategic reasons, of French origin and Not American as would have been preferable at the time. The software used was a powerful recovery tool on Bull DPS 8, the Mistral document retrieval system. His struggle against big companies and against his own institutional conservatism to evolve to open systems and UNIX led him to study computer science at night and go to the University of Berkeley to join forces with the emerging, relevant communities in Silicon Valley. The speed of computers was high at that time, though it cannot be compared to that of today, recalls Ángel Javier Martínez Higueras.