>> Donate Hursley House To The National Trust.
>> Get rid of unproductive R&D — Feb. 2, 2015.
>> IBM’s 26% layoff is NOT enough — Jan. 27, 2015.
>> Punch-drunk IBM, 40% layoff — Oct. 21, 2014.
>> Continue to punish shareholder — Oct. 20, 2014.
>> Spin Off Watson — Oct. 8, 2014.
>> “Think” sign — Aug. 28, 2014.
>> Hursley’s John Fairclough … — Aug. 27, 2014.
>> Mainframe 50th — Apr. 7, 2014.
>> Gene Amdahl & I – Mar. 29, 2014.
>> IBM Hursley pictures – Mar. 16, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: And ‘Poor’ IBM — Mar. 11, 2014.
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During this week there has been quite an interest in my “IBM Layoff” posts. So this morning, while having coffee in bed, I did a Google, on my Android Pad, on “IBM layoffs UK”, since I was particularly interested in seeing whether there had been any cuts at my old IBM location, Hursley Laboratories (in the U.K.). I saw an entry for a U.K. Daily Mail (my favorite newspaper) article on “The Biggest Corporate Lay-off In History“. (See Below). Clicked on it. Then saw this ‘sidebar’ that said, “IBM: The Company Behind The Floppy Disk and First Modern ATM”.
Those would NOT have been my choices IF I had been asked as to what IBM should be famous for — and I am a bit of an IBM buff.
Yes, I like many others would have immediately blurted out “S/360” — which celebrated its 50th anniversary, duly commemorated here (multiple times). But that probably wasn’t the right way to present that. What the S/360 was the first commercially significant and successful general purpose computer for corporations. And that is a mouthful. Remember we had the BUNCH — Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC and Honeywell.
Oh! IBM is not even CLOSE in terms of the modern ATM! Check this history …
Floppy disks are correct and that was the year that I joined IBM. Plus floppy disks were what inspired me to develop this, the basis for today’s serial number based software activation schemes.
I am going to have to think about this, i.e., IBM’s abiding legacy in terms of just two inventions.
I have some ideas: synchronous communications (and we won’t have the Internet without that), FORTRAN etc.
But I think the key one has to be: Virtual Storage (VS).
You would not be using any kind of computer today IF not for VS, and I think that makes it more pivotal than floppy disks or ATMs.