Category Archives: IBM

From Social Security to Social Anxiety

Two of this week’s milestones in the history of technology highlight the evolution in the use of computing machines from supporting social security to boosting social cohesion and social anxiety. On January 31, 1940, Ida M. Fuller became the first … Continue reading

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How Steve Jobs and Thomas Watson Sr. Sold AI to the Public

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology showcase two prominent computer industry showmen, Steve Jobs and Thomas Watson Sr., their respective companies, Apple and IBM, and how they sold smart machines to the general public. On … Continue reading

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Inventing and Fumbling the Future

Thirty-five years ago this week, Apple introduced a computer that changed the way people communicated with their electronic devices, using graphical icons and visual indicators rather than punched cards or text-based commands. On January 19, 1983, Apple introduced Lisa, a … Continue reading

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The Web Goes Public, First Email From Space, Grace Murray Hopper and COBOL

August 1, 1967 The US Navy recalls Grace Murray Hopper to active duty. From 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy’s Office of Information Systems Planning and was promoted to … Continue reading

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IBM Introduces Personal Cloud Computing, Today in 1976

Today in 1976, IBM introduced Virtual Storage Personal Computing, “a new program product to allow people with little or no data processing experience to use a computer terminal to solve problems.” The terminals were connected to remote IBM mainframes via telephone … Continue reading

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Bill Gates Explains control-alt-delete

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The IBM Idea Launched, Defying Management Gurus for 102 Years

Today in 1911, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company was incorporated. It changed its name to IBM in 1924. Many commentators on IBM’s centenary two years ago attributed its longevity to the power of idea or ideas. In “Ideas make IBM 100 years … Continue reading

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