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IBM Has Done Amazing Stuff in the Last 100 Years

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A company with an amazing history.

The computer industry is fairly young compared to many other industries, but one of founding pioneer companies of the information age is now officially a century old.

IBM, or International Business Machines, has changed our world for the last 100 years. The business may now have many more innovators, but IBM still stands as one of the biggest and most respected firms.

Today, IBM may be the all-business company that makes cool machines that kick ass on Jeopardy, but it's done other lots of amazing, world-changing things. Just check out the retrospective videos below to see what we mean.

A Look Back at the Last 100 Years of Computing With IBM

A Look Back at the Last 100 Years of Computing With IBM

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    PreferLinux , February 7, 2011 6:12 AM
    I didn't realise they've been around that long!
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    nebun , February 7, 2011 6:39 AM
    lightbulbsocketBet those videos don't bother to mention how IBM helped the Nazis keep track of all those concentration camp victims. That one made my jaw drop in amazement.

    just because IBM developed the tech it does not mean that they are the bad guys...without this company we would not be able to do a lot of things...so stop your complaining
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    eddieroolz , February 7, 2011 7:11 AM
    IBM has really been one amazing company. They may not be a household name but they're surely the driving force behind many of the innovations that we take for granted today.
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    fladder80 , February 7, 2011 7:27 AM
    lightbulbsocketBet those videos don't bother to mention how IBM helped the Nazis keep track of all those concentration camp victims. That one made my jaw drop in amazement.

    Yawn...
    So, when are you going to condemn all the weapon and ammo manufacturers for killing those billions of people since the invention of the gun?
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    jamesedgeuk2000 , February 7, 2011 7:40 AM
    lightbulbsocketBet those videos don't bother to mention how IBM helped the Nazis keep track of all those concentration camp victims. That one made my jaw drop in amazement.


    And, Siemens don't brag about the design work they did on the gas chambers either...
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    holygigi , February 7, 2011 7:45 AM
    Never new they invented so much, cool videos
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    Scott2010au , February 7, 2011 10:13 AM
    Times have changed.
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    GBPackerNut , February 7, 2011 11:08 AM
    Well, if you want to bring up the conversation about Nazi's and such, go research Bayer and IG Farben
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    Yuka , February 7, 2011 11:12 AM
    Who cares about their history when their current business platform sucks ass! DB2 sucks ass! Websphere sucks ass!

    The only thing they got going on is hardware.

    Cheers!
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    Zeh , February 7, 2011 11:29 AM
    sizomuSo You want progress above human lives? and Its not IBM only who made this progress! And most of this progress has little to do with the health and Wealth of Humans!!! NOTE: Cure for Diseases is In Nature and IN Your BODY!! So Helping Mankind is not what IBM DID!!! Killing Millions in order to Create New Millions isn't much of improvement.


    I hope you're trolling.
    Still, they did not need IBM to do what they did. The companies that projected and supplied the chambers on the other hand...

    Also, prople die in the name of progress. Yes, that's unfortunate. But in the long run, don't we end up saving even more?
    More people died in useless 'holy' wars than in (also useless) gas chambers. What does that tell you?
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    GBPackerNut , February 7, 2011 11:41 AM
    But yeah, IBM made some large leaps in technology here and there, but there is a bit of fluff in there also. Like how they like to make it sound like the SABRE project developed in the 60's is still running all of the bookings and such today. While yes SABRE is still around and responsible for most if the booking systems today, it is nothing like it was back then, and I guarantee you it isn't running on some ancient System/360's.

    Not to steal any of their thunder, but I just cant see where IBM has been at the front of any major technology breakthrough in the last 10 to 20 years.
    Intel, AMD, Motorola, Hitachi and others come to mind when I think about it.
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    Unolocogringo , February 7, 2011 12:23 PM
    Amd gets their Process technology from IBM. Without IBM there would no longer be an AMD.
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    Marco925 , February 7, 2011 12:39 PM
    sizomuSo You want progress above human lives? and Its not IBM only who made this progress! And most of this progress has little to do with the health and Wealth of Humans!!! NOTE: Cure for Diseases is In Nature and IN Your BODY!! So Helping Mankind is not what IBM DID!!! Killing Millions in order to Create New Millions isn't much of improvement.


    As you sit there and type on an IBM Clone PC.
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    baddad , February 7, 2011 12:41 PM
    A man takes a gun and shoots another man did the gun manufacture or the gun kill the man? A man takes a car and drives it into a crowd of people killing 20; did the car manufacture or the car kill those people? A man flies a plain into a building killing thousands did the manufacture or the plain kill those people? A dictator uses the technology of invented by man to kill other men did the technology kill or was it the individual evil in the hearts of the men that committed the act that did the killing. Those that want to blame the object and not the individual may have some of that evil within them.
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    dragonfang18 , February 7, 2011 1:00 PM
    Didnt they work with Nazis also?
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    avaksman , February 7, 2011 1:01 PM
    Good one baddad ! The tech does not decide for us, its just there.
    There are many devices out there which can do terrible harm, but its use only depends on man. When there were no guns men used rocks and sticks, will we blame nature then ? well we could , its better always to blame anything else then take responsibility.
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    elbarto1977 , February 7, 2011 1:19 PM
    GBPackerNutBut yeah, IBM made some large leaps in technology here and there, but there is a bit of fluff in there also. Like how they like to make it sound like the SABRE project developed in the 60's is still running all of the bookings and such today. While yes SABRE is still around and responsible for most if the booking systems today, it is nothing like it was back then, and I guarantee you it isn't running on some ancient System/360's.Not to steal any of their thunder, but I just cant see where IBM has been at the front of any major technology breakthrough in the last 10 to 20 years.Intel, AMD, Motorola, Hitachi and others come to mind when I think about it.


    IBM invented the hard drive. Without IBM there would be no Hitachi (Who bought IBM's hard drive factory when IBM sold it to focus on services and not products). The "byte" unit of digital information was invented by IBM. No byte, no Intel, Motorola or anybody else. The latest smartphone is not a technology breakthrough, true technology breakthroughs do not happen on TV... they happen on Almaden, Haifa or any other IBM Research Center. Quantum computing research is being funded by IBM by the BILLIONS of dollars and there are fully functional quantum computers already working on the labs... just to mention ONE true technology breakthrough from IBM of the last 20 years. Get your facts right.
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    Sizomu , February 7, 2011 1:23 PM
    Everyone here is right, the fact remains. DEHOMAG (which later became IBM) was very active in the WWII. (some even show that Without DEHOMAG Allot would been stopt... LOGISTICS!!) the members then where never charged and never prosecuted. the wealth (made by Blood) continued. So its not the PC to blame, its a company that never paid for its crimes. the general public doesn't know. admitting is a step. but covering up is just weak. and if thats there basis... what are there actions we don't know about? But BIG CONGRATS to the Men and Women who the IBM we know today!

    I don't believe IBM alone brought my PC! its a build up of situations that lead to the creation!. its a business thing, so if IBM did not do it.. then someone els. I rather have to wait 5-10 year to get a honest product than one with blood. but YEAH i Know WELCOME to EARTH! Nearly no product is Fair!
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