[rescue] San Antonio, TX area rescue

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Dec 2 14:38:52 CST 2002

On Monday, December 2, 2002, at 03:33 PM, Stephen D. B. Wolthusen wrote:
>>    Learning, man.  These are fascinating machines that much of the
>> world's business runs on...and arguably, the ONLY computers in common
>> use today that actually evolved from the earliest digital computers,
>> and incorporate many of the techniques and thoughts that the world's
>> most brilliant minds came up with from the 1940s to the 1960s...as
>> compared to *everything* else we've got now which descends from the
>> i4004, which was designed for use in a Japanese-built desktop
>> calculator.
> I think folks like Ken Olsen or Gordon Bell would be mortally offended 
> at that
> statement (just to mention a few - the ILLIAC IV team is another that 
> instantly
> springs to mind).
> IBM hasn't always been an first or most successful to innovate. In 
> some cases
> they had to be dragged along kicking and screaming by their customers.

   I believe you've misinterpreted me; perhaps I wasn't clear.  I never 
intended to state that IBM made these innovations...only that IBM's 
mainframes are just about the only current designs that make use of 

   This is a topic of intense personal interest to me, that I've studied 
at length...so please share any thoughts you may have, if you're so 


Dave McGuire                 "You don't have Vaseline in Canada?"
St. Petersburg, FL                     -Bill Bradford

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