Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

Summary: IBM used its motto "Think" wisely - as it celebrates a century of spectacular achievements in technology


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  • In 1986 IBM, scientists won the Nobel Peace Prize for the scanning tunneling microscope - which would eventually manipulate atoms to spell I-B-M.

  • The huge changes in the computing world caught IBM by surprise in the 1990s with the PC and client/server revolutions. Business purchasing decision making changed radically and IBM was slow to adapt resulting in billions of dollars in losses.

    Enter Lou Gerstner in 1993 as IBM's new chairman and CEO. The first outside leader of the company, Gerstner cut costs by shrinking the company's workforce while developing new product lines. He anticipated the growth of network computing and pushed IBM toward that goal.

  • In 1996, IBM made news by challenging chess champion Garry Kasparov to a match with its new 32-node IBM RS/6000 SP. Kasparov managed to beat the computer by a score of 4 to 2. But Big Blue did make news by winning one game.

    In the 1997 rematch, Big Blue won by a score of 3 1/2 to 2 1/2. Photo is from the rematch.

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  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    please proofread before you publish.
    • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

      @blinkinandnod True, but "the most successfully technology company in the world" still sounds good even when mistyped.
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    I am a retired employee with the Co. for 38 years, in the Customer Engineering Division. Twenty years as a Field
    anager. I had my own branch office at Islip Airport on Long Island N.Y. were we installed the Air Traffic Control System. I also was assigned to White Plains H.Q. to write the SOP manual for Branch Managment which I successfully completed. I am proud to be an IBMer.
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    I still have my original Fortran manual for the IBM 650 (1,000 calculations a second) the IBM 1620 Also the original IBM internal manual for PL/1 which originally was called NPL.
    The Old Timer
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    Memories - sure makes me feel old. I worked on the very first releases of S/360 BEFORE there the Disk Operating System was in place - Original COBOL and RPG, as a very young trainee. IBM gave me my start in computing...
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    I worked for IBM for 30 years and I never heard of this Thomas R Watson fellow. The company I worked for was run by T. J. Watson, first the Sr and then the Jr. Don't you people do any proofing of your stories?
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    I guess it's been long enough that no one knows typewriter terminology anymore. "Keys" are the things on the keyboard, and are obviously still used. The IBM Selectric did away with "hammers," which struck the ink onto the paper.
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    .. and here's where IBM will be going in the next 100 years: and
    a foot in both camps
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    You totally missed the invention of the disk hard drive in 1956 in San Jose. It's the storage invention that has made cheap, quickly available data a reality for the entire internet. The invention of mag tape is mentioned, but it's a bit player against the disk drive.
  • IBM

    A Great Company. I just wish that they would have kept it a family operated company.
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    They have missed out two potentially most significant aspects of IBM developments: Virtual Storage that worked (1972) on System/370 and the ditching of Future Systems (S/38 and System R are remnants) and thereby avoiding an unprofitable breakthrough: the risk was left to Apple to pioneer - we now have the iPhone/iPad/iCloud. Do you agree?
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  • HP

    IBM, Meh... HP is a far superior company. We will be changing our logo to "HP - We build the most spreadsheets"
  • WOW! The Nobel Peace Prize?

    Regarding <a href=";get-photo-roto"><b>these cute little atoms</b></a> it says:<br>"In 1986 IBM, scientists won the Nobel Peace Prize for the scanning tunneling microscope" ??<br><br>Perhaps now I understand why some comments above keep referring to "Proofreading".<br>Watson, Forget that "Jeopardy" nonsense - get a job proofreading at ZDNET!<br>BTW, were you named after TJ or TR?<br><br> - Percy - see <a href="" title="ZDNET sludge also!"><b> Our CFL HAZMAT Team! </b></a>
  • RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    ah, FORTRAN. Great days when you could develop a program and have it doing useful things in a few lines without having to define everything up front. Also, because all keyboards then only had uppercase, the syntax was easily readable and used simple punctuation (no colons, semi-colons, curly/square brackets, etc.)
  • It's nice to see, but too many mistakes

    It's nice to review this history but the value of the information is greatly depreciated with so many mistakes.
    On picture nbr. 14 says "The IBM System/360 was introduced in 1964 and brought with it a radical idea - businesses could purchase one system with the option to upgrade if their needs required. It came with from 8KB to 8MB of internal memory,..." I'm 100% sure nobody talked about 8 mega of memory on those days.
  • OXYMORONIC - RE: Gallery: IBM: 100 years of THINKing big

    ""the Electronic Tabulating System, a mechanical tabulator based on punched cards""
    Oxymoron : "electronic" and "mechanical".
    Dunce Cap for : "electronique" (At best: "electric" relays, but no electron tubes (nor transistors !)).