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IBM & I, in our own separate ways, were into ‘THINKING‘ before our paths intersected in 1974. I was thinking well ahead of joining IBM, and IBM was encouraging folks to think decades prior to my birth.
IBM did not encourage me to think, but working there made me truly appreciate that THINKING was a good thing.
I am glad that IBM is having a ‘Think 2019‘ Conference.
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That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.
But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.
That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.
But, I resisted OneDrive.
But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.
So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,
Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.
Another desperate, drunken-lurch by ‘gin-and-tonic’ Ginni Rometty to distract the market & investors and DESPERATELY cling onto her job for another year.
This is but a shiny object to distract.
Open Source does NOT command the margins that IBM needs — and got so used to, for over 70-years, with its PROPRIETARY systems, e.g., mainframes, 8100s, S/36s etc.
The market has changed, fundamentally.
Over the last 30-years IBM missed every single major market move. It let the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, NVidia steal the show.
Oh, and don’t forget IBM has its own version of UNIX, AIX — and has had it for 20+ years. It will take years to transition from AIX to a different flavor of Unix.
IBM’s days as an acquirer are gone.
IBM needs to be ACQUIRED by the likes of Amazon or Google.
This is beyond crazy. She is bleeding this iconic company to death.
This not fair. It is stupid. This is political-correctness gone wrong.
IF she was a man she would have been fired 3-years ago.
Keep her on is crazy. Ask Watson.
I ‘speak’ here as a proud ex-IBMer, one who made a decent living for 30-years as an IBM ‘expert’ and one who has been accused, more than once, of ‘bleeding blue when cut‘ (‘Big Blue‘ being IBM’s nickname).
This has gone on for long enough. She has made a lot of people lose a lot of money.
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Out of habit, I looked for ‘IBM‘. I couldn’t see it. Went and looked at the original chart. Can’t see IBM. That seemed crazy.
Went and checked IBM’s market cap. $136B. Wow. Talk about how the worm has turned. All these Tech companies with higher market caps — but, at $136B, IBM should make the list.
I e-mailed (& Tweeted) the author, Sue Chang. Did not hear back from her. There is a chance that she has never heard of IBM!
Left from Katunayake Airport which in 1967 was pretty small — just one, ‘one-room’ building. Quite a few people came to see us off. It was night. I think the flight left around 9pm. We left on a Pan Am 707. My first time in a jet — though I had flown quite a bit on DC-3s. I had always liked the 707 and it is still one of my favorite planes today. First stop, for a day, for Athens, Greece.
44-years, to the day, I walked into IBM! Wow. Much water has flowed under the bridge in Romsey.
P.S., Lord Mountbatten’s assassination was on August 27 — in 1979. I was still at Hursley and remember it well.
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Teischan has a problem common to many artists. She is not sure when one of her works is done. She — and we — thought the table was done by Sunday night. Appears it was not the case. Yesterday, after school, she had the inspiration to add these ‘black’ trees (or I think that that is what they are). I must confess they do add some je ne sais quoi.
In the late 1970s, while working for IBM, I was extremely fortunate in getting to spend some time with the GREAT British painter, conservationist and rail enthusiast David Shepard. One night over some drinks, in a pub, he told me his secret as to when he knew when one of his masterpieces of done. He would look at it, over his shoulder, using a mirror. If it looked right in the mirror he knew it was done.