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re: Ex-IBM CEO John Opel dies aged 86
larkforsure   11/8/2011 6:38:00 PM
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[ Begging for helps ] Complaint about Human Rights Violations by IBM China on Centennial Please Google: IBM detained mother of ex-employee on the day of centennial or How Much IBM Can Get Away with is the Responsibility of the Media or Tragedy of Labor Rights Repression in IBM China

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outlier   11/8/2011 5:56:22 PM
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TFC-SD, yes people do get lucky. In business schools it is called serendipity... Case and point almost 99.99% of start ups fail. Not only because of technology, but because of a variety or reasons. The world is a complex place and a lot of it cannot be explained with quantitative analysis...i.e. case studies in business school are just that 20/20 hindsight. So in the average case, what works, in a well defined structured instance does not work well when dealing with people or the masses. Any change/technology/innovation that requires socioeconomic behavioral changes, requires generation/s to take hold and requires a a lot of money to make it happen. Yes, the key ingredients need to be there: A brilliant technologist, an excellent supporting cast (monetary and emotional support) and a good product/technology...BUT at the end the train of luck has to hit you...all you are doing is doing the 1% to make sure you can seize the opportunity when it comes your way.

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re: Ex-IBM CEO John Opel dies aged 86
goafrit   11/8/2011 2:16:28 PM
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Nice report. IBM have made the world better and Mr. Opel was part of this process. Peace man.

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agk   11/8/2011 7:47:06 AM
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Amazing to read about Mr.Opel to fight in world war and started as sales rep at IBM and become the CEO of IBM.Good life lived by Mr.Opel with his children and grand children 86 years.Good and Great

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TFCSD   11/8/2011 6:08:59 AM
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it kind of made sad to hear about the United Way committee meeting being the reason Bill Gates got in with IBM. It makes it seem like people got lucky.

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SylvieBarak   11/8/2011 1:14:31 AM
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Thanks for the link betajet! Ahh, Wikipedia, what would we do without it, eh? :)

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joebos42   11/8/2011 12:24:02 AM
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From my father a retired 40 year IBMer : Opel was a brilliant executive, and I am told technically very sharp, especially for an English major. BTW, their remarks regarding the first IBM computer being the 360 were way off. In 1957, my high school chemistry teacher took us on a tour to the IBM (former) HQ building in Manhattan. They had an IBM 704 which was a few years after the 701. It impressed me as something that had great potential, and got me interested in becoming an electrical engineer.

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betajet   11/7/2011 7:53:16 PM
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The IBM System/360 (1964) was by no means the first IBM computer. It's origin IIRC was because customers were tired of IBM coming out with a new computer architecture every few years -- e.g., IBM 701 (1952), IBM 650 (1953), IBM 1401 (1959) -- and just wished IBM would stick with a single architecture which would be stable for a couple of decades so that the customers wouldn't have to rewrite their programs over and over. There's a nice "History of IBM" at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_IBM.



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