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data processing

the organization and processing of information in a business. The use of COMPUTERS to store data (see DATA STORAGE) and to undertake routine data processing activities such as recording purchases, sales, payroll etc. can save time, improve recording accuracy and reduce staffing costs. See INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, LOCAL AREA NETWORK.
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So in the 1920 office we might find shelves of ledgers, but also adding machines, typewriters, or maybe a time clock, and somewhere near the center of the room there would most likely be a box of punch cards with both numbers and letters, and a tabulator and sorter waiting to work on them.
Further, the integration of peripheral components into this new generation of computer foreshadowed future computer "systems" that married keyboards, printers, magnetic storage and punch card devices with powerful central processing units.
The Netherlands in 1939 had one of the most accurate census methods in the world with all sorts of information about its citizens stored on Hollerith punch cards. The chief statistician had boasted that he could create a paper record that could characterise every citizen in detail.
* By tampering with the punch card "book." With most punch card systems, the voter is dependent on a book, under which the punch card is inserted to remove the correct chad.
During the Korean War, each OI's file included a punch card recording his name, rank, serial number, and much else.
Arizona was punch card free within one year and HAVA compliant on all but the disabled voter requirement.
That little card got me thinking: If shoppers are willing to patronize the same coffee joint because of a punch card, why wouldn't pool and spa customers do likewise?
A.5 WRIGHT Enacts the voting systems standards act of 2005; includes electronic display within the definition of ballot; implements a statewide uniform voting machine; establishes the election modernization fund; relates to the examination of voting machines and ballot counting; enumerates the requirements of a voting machine before it may be approved by the state board of elections; removes the absolute time limit a person may spend in a voting booth; eliminates punch cards and all punch card voting systems.
And, there were issues that surfaced with all machines--lever, punch card, electronic and optical scan.
The reason was those 'hanging chads', and a confusing voting method, caused by a cumbersome punch card system in Florida.
The company's partnership card is a plastic punch card that allows the customer to buy a dozen donuts and get a dozen free.
We also noted that the Viagra offer comes in the form of a "'Value Card," an actual piece of plastic not unlike the punch card you show at the sub shop so you can get every 12th sandwich free.