Approval of the Proposal

I concur with Lyle's comments and much appreciate the further comments below on the history of the abacus as an IEEE Milestone Worthy achievement as we construct a trail--with numerous branches--of computing milestones. I have been struck by the trail of computing artifacts dating back many millennia that are on display in the Computer Museum in Mountain View, California (adjacent to San Jose). In particular, there are the counting rods also of millennia ago. (See

Tbickart17:00, 18 February 2014