David Bradley is an engineer
, one of the 12 strategists who worked around the clock to hammer out a plan for hardware, software, manufacturing setup and sales strategy
for the first IBM PC from 1980-1981. At that time, Bradley and others were tired of wasting time rebooting the system without powering it down. So, one day he had something like "write keyboard shortcut to reboot system" on list of things to do, and Control-Alt-Delete was created
. Years later, he said "I may have invented it, but I think Bill made it famous
." (YouTube) [more inside]
, father of the spreadsheet, discovers VisiCalc
of an IBM PC 5150. [more inside]
NASA will send you an email or text alert
when the International Space Station is visible from your area. IBM scientists have recently made significant advances in nanotechnology
. A mathematician thought a poorly-encrypted headhunting email from Google was testing him, but he had actually discovered a major security hole
. All of this found via The Brief: A Daily Briefing of Technology News Worth Caring About
from MeFi's own nostrich
. [via mefi projects
In 1967, IBM had the answer to our "paperwork explosion."
Somewhat surreal film promoting new IBM dictation technology. Mad Men meets the future with a trippy electronic soundtrack. [more inside]
IBM to give away 500 patents.
Curiouser and curiouser. Why now? And, what patents? IBM makes a great deal of money licensing their patent portfolio - is this meant to stimulate additional licensing? How does this fit in with the open source movement?
In other news, IBM just received the go-ahead to sell off their PC unit
to a firm that just won a rather large contract to provide PCs in China.
is one of the major talents in the history of the development of computers, responsible for major advances
without which computers we buy now would be much different. She's
also a transsexual
, born physically male. While working for IBM she had her sex-change operation, and IBM immediately fired her for it.