A History of IBM Computers

IBM stands for International Business Machines and the history of IBM computers may be traced back as far as 1880! Some people refer to IBM as "Big Blue". Today, we'd like to share information about the history of the company's computers, as well as a bit more interesting information about IBM itself!

IBM Is Old School

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Since this company started way back in 1880 or thereabouts, when a trio of companies merged, it has a long and colorful history. The three companies were the International Time Recording Company, the Tabulating Machine Company and the Computing Scale Company. When the three companies merged, a new company was born, which was known as Computing Tabulating Recording Company, or CTR for short. CTR became incorporated during summer of 1911, in New York State. The company's name was changed to IBM during 1924.

Initially, the company made machines which seem simple now, but were quite high-tech at the time. Examples include coffee grinders, meat slicers and punch card devices.

During 1928, the company produced an important machine, known as the Tabulator, which was able to do subtraction. This primitive computer was the work of two men (Wallace John Eckert and Benjamin Wood) and a team from Columbia University.

By the late 1930s, the company was making five to ten million punched cards each day and had thirty-two presses functioning within its branch in Endicott, New York.

The 1950s Were Pivotal

During the 1950s, IBM reinvented itself. Its founding father passed away midway through the decade and then the company experienced a shift in leadership, after having the same leadership for over forty years. A new CEO took the reins and he was responsible for guiding the company through an era of rapid technological advances. During this pivotal time in the company's history, the firm moved forward by producing magnetic tape storage, programming, disk drives and electronic computers.

During the mid-1960s, the IBM System/360 was launched. It was the most important product that the company had produced up to that point in time. This system was designed to be a cutting-edge "family" of computers, all of which relied on Solid Logic Technology from IMB in order to run. This family concept was brand-new and revolutionized the computer industry.

IBM also entered the printer market, primarily offering simple laser printers and dot matrix. The printer and copier market is a competitive one, with market leaders such as Konica Minolta having a large presence. Their Bizhub C258 is well priced at the £1500 mark.

Today, IBM offers technologically-advanced computer programs for people from all walks of life. Examples include Lenovo Thinkpads and the IBM T40 laptop. Customers may browse computer solutions via the company's official website.

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