Thoughts About Healthcare Options for IBM Retirees

If you are interested in speaking with an independent insurance agent about healthcare insurance options, please send an email to and I will provide referrals. There are a couple of agents who are licensed in Texas who can help you understand more fully the many choices you might want to entertain. Please note that there are […]

In Memoriam-Ron Rettus


Long-time former IBMer Ron Rettus died on 10/4/14 after a lengthy illness. Ron was born on 2/15/38 in San Francisco to Maxine and Charles Rettus. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Virginia; father, Charles Rettus; sister, Shirley Doose; son Michael Rettus (Stacey) and their two daughters, Samantha and Jaclyn and daughter Sara […]

IBM in Worse Shape Than It Seemed

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Like a driver obeying the commands of a GPS system even as passengers shout that the car is clearly headed toward a ditch, IBM’s chief executive officer, Ginni Rometty, has followed the profit “roadmap” laid out by her predecessor. The company was going to reach $20 in adjusted earnings per share by 2015, damn it, […]

In Memoriam-Myron Susoreny

Long-time former IBMer Myron Susoreny died Friday, October 17, 2014. Visitation for Myron will be Friday, October 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., followed by Mass at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the following location: St. Marks Church 1201 Alma Drive Plano, Texas  75075 Florals can be sent to the church.

OneExchange Prescription Profiler Available by November

OneExchange anticipates the Prescription Profiler being available by November. The company is still uploading all of the new medications to the website so they can ensure they provide an up-to-date prescription list. OneExchange apologizes for this delay and any inconvenience you may have experienced.   Once this tool is operational, make sure that you are logged into […]

Medicare Part B Costs for 2015 Remain Constant

Medicare Part B costs for 2015 are staying the same as 2014.Medicare Part B premiums will be $104.90 per month in 2015, which is the same as the 2014 premiums. The Part B deductible will also remain the same for 2015, at $147. Read more at What You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2015-Kiplinger.

2015 Open Enrollment Information Now Posted on OneExchange Website

2015 information for Open Enrollment is now posted on the OneExchange website. OneExchange will be sending their Open Enrollment newsletter to all enrolled retirees on a staggered basis over the next two weeks. Retirees who have provided their email address will receive this communication via email. Those who do not have an email address, which would […]

IBM and SAP: A New Cloud Pact that Solves Problems and Holds Promise


The cloud business presents a paradox. For customers, the cloud offers flexibility and lower costs. For suppliers, the ante is just the opposite — high fixed costs. In an interview last month, Lance Crosby, chief executive of IBM’s SoftLayer cloud unit, observed that he spent hundreds of millions of dollars a month on data center […]

King of the Click (IBM Model M Keyboard)


King of the click:  The story of the greatest keyboard ever made! Emulated, replicated, and tweaked for 30 years, IBM’s Model M is the forefather of modern keyboard design. By Adi Robertson, October 7, 2014, The first thing you notice about the IBM Model M keyboard, when you finally get your hands on it, is […]

Medicare Part B Premium Reimbursements

A number of you have had questions about Medicare Part B premium reimbursements, and the following information comes to us Kyu Rhee, M.D., IBM VP for Integrated Healthcare Services, via Roger M. Please also see the detailed additional information below the letter. “Dear Mr. M.,   This is in response to your email to Barbara B. regarding […]