An IBM executive who was part of an engineering team that designed the very first IBM PC has moved on to tablets and thinks we're on the verge of the post-PC era. He said as much in a blog post yesterday, the timing of which comes just two days before the 30th anniversary of the IBM 5150 PC, and some six years after IBM sold its PC division to Lenovo.
Quick, someone assemble an eight-man band like the one that played during the Titanic's final moments above water. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications' Blue Waters project is sinking fast now that IBM has abandoned ship, leaving NCSA on its own to build a sustained petascale supercomputer. IBM and NCSA didn't have any kind of falling out, it just turned out to be more expensive than either side anticipated.
Companies hoping to shield themselves from costly patent lawsuits have no choice but to play the patent game, which entails building up as big of a patent portfolio as possible. It's expensive, but still cheaper than going to court and risking high dollar verdicts. Some consider it a broken system, including Google, which has publicly called for patent reform. In the meantime, Google is forced to play the game, and according to reports, the search giant just purchased over 1,000 patents from IBM.
IBM is getting a head start in celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Selectric typewriter, which was born on July 31, 1961. The Selectric typewriter was one of the most common typewriters around during its 25-year tenure, and included 2,800 parts, many of which IBM says were designed from scratch. That in and of itself is a noteworthy achievement for IBM, which spent seven years solving the Selectric's manufacturing and design challenges before putting it up for sale. But the real story here is the impact IBM's Selectric had on modern day computing.
International Business Machines (IBM) today announced a new lower-cost mainframe server aimed at mid-size organizations and governments in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world. The z114 is the latest and most powerful version of IBM's zEnterprise System, and also the most scalable ever. It costs 25 percent less and offers up to 25 percent improved performance compared to IBM's zB10 BC servers, IBM says.
We're not sure if what we're about to confess will solidify our status as geeks at heart or if it will have our fellow bipeds accusing us of treachery, but here goes. We rooted for Watson. That's right, we cheered when Watson answered Jeopardy questions correctly and wiped the sweat from our brow when, after starting strong, Watson appeared, well, human by giving quirky answers. As enthusiasts of technology, we wanted Watson to win, and it did, quite handily as it turned out. So what's next on Watson's agenda? Wheel of Fortune, perhaps?
Engineers at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland claim they've come up with a breakthrough in phase change memory (PCM) technology that, for the first time, would allow it to store data for longer periods, potentially paving the way for lower cost solid state chips that are faster and more reliable than today's multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory chips. The trick is in figuring out a solution to a problem called "drift."
In compiling a list of the world's oldest software companies, one comes face to face with an inevitable question. Namely, what is it? What the heck is this thing we call "software?"
While it's easy to say that Windows or Office or even the wanton dismemberment of Dead Space 2 are obvious examples of software, where does one draw the line? Did software, for instance, exist before the advent of computers? In our minds, it did. Though the concept of altering the performance of mechanisms by feeding them independent sets of instructions has clearly become rampant in the computer age, it in fact started long before that – the early 18th century, to be exact. And that is precisely where we'll start our journey.
It was on this day in 1911 that a handful of technologies and companies merged to form the Computing-Tabulating-Recording-Company (C-T-R), which would be renamed International Business Machines (IBM) in 1924. That makes IBM older than Apple, Intel, and Google combined. Big Blue has earned the right to celebrate living longer than most tech companies and humans alike, but you'll never guess what IBM has planned.
Henry Chow spent more than 40 years at IBM in various positions, including more than a decade as General Manager of IBM's Greater China Group where he was responsible for overseeing IBM's operations in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Now the 65-year-old former GM will spend time on AMD's Board of Directors, the chip maker announced this week.