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A Century of Building, Buying & Selling
In business for more than a century, IBM has transformed itself again and again. Here are some highlights about a company that has grown from a newly hatched company selling equipment that ranged from cheese slicers to adding machines to an empire built on computing hardware, software, and services. (Source: IBM)

In business for more than a century, IBM has transformed itself again and again. Here are some highlights about a company that has grown from a newly hatched company selling equipment that ranged from cheese slicers to adding machines to an empire built on computing hardware, software, and services.

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Susan Rambo
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I see a president
Susan Rambo   3/18/2014 3:27:22 PM
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I think that's Ronald Reagan on slide 5.

betajet
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betajet   3/18/2014 4:25:08 PM
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It is RR, with Watson Laboratory's Herb Grosch.  I wonder what RR was doing there in 1954?

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Caleb Kraft   3/18/2014 4:25:37 PM
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Kind of looks like it doesn't it? Maybe a bit too tall and thin. I guess it could be though, he was that thin for a while.

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rich.pell   3/18/2014 4:35:15 PM
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It's Reagan all right:

IBM 701 meets the future president

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Caleb Kraft   3/18/2014 5:06:02 PM
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Cool find! Good eye Susan!

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Susan Rambo   3/18/2014 5:22:55 PM
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Yes, unfortunately I've seen a few of his movies.

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IBM memory
Susan Rambo   3/18/2014 5:23:56 PM
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Looking through those IBM pages that Hailey links to in this story, i was surprised how many memory innovations IBM tried.

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TanjB   3/18/2014 5:27:55 PM
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He hosted General Electric Theater beginning in 1954, presumably it was something to do with that TV series.

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such an odd choice of 11
TanjB   3/18/2014 5:37:36 PM
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Nothing about early magnetic disks or sealed "Winchester" drives, nothing about floppy disks, nothing about high speed printers, nothing about their tape drives and robot archives, the switch to semiconductor memory, pioneering transactions and database with CICS/IMS/DB/2 and System/R, SQL,  development of languages like PL/1, nothing about the PC or OS/2, advanced research on superconducting, on atomic force microscopes, research labs on the semantics of programming languages, introduction of virtual machines .. huge changes in the business.  Even things IBM did not necessarily wish to do like opening up and documenting all interfaces after the consent decree, caused tectonic shifts in the industry.

Some of the items in the list seem relatively minor.

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Re: such an odd choice of 11
betajet   3/18/2014 5:54:45 PM
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No IBM helicopters either :-)

Maybe the author was being nice to IBM by not showing how far IBM has fallen from its best years.

[I'm not kidding about the helicopter.  IBM Federal System Division sold an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.]

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