Notes on the 2015 IBM Investor Briefing

IBM 3 Colors

Summary As expected, IBM does not propose a new Roadmap for the next few years. Instead, Big Blue sheds some light on its growth areas, in the evident attempt to improve the public’s understanding of its business. The final result is a renewed financial model that again provides decent predictability of shareholder returns. At today’s […]

In Memoriam-Jack Raymond


RAYMOND, John Joseph John Joseph (“Jack”) Raymond was born in Buffalo, New York, on July 3, 1931, the eldest of the seven children of John Joseph Raymond and Kathryn Marie Dowd Raymond. He married Wanda Lou Abernathy on September 6, 1956, in Washington, D.C. John Raymond grew up in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo, which […]

IBM’s 100-Year History–Cash, Culture and Mutualism

IBM Blue

Summary Some investors believe IBM can – once again – turn itself around. Most investors believe this despite a hazardous lack of knowledge to support their investment decision. Reviewing IBM’s hundred-year history of change will assist the long-term investor in determining if this CEO has the leadership style to turn it around. IBM’s past history […]

Online Resources for IBM Retirees


Thank you to EPJ, who reminds us of the following online resources for IBM retirees and IBM Medicare-eligible retirees:  •    •   •   There’s some good information at these sites, just in case you haven’t seen it previously. 

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Silver Haired Legislature

The Texas Silver Haired-Legislature is a non-partisan advocacy organization for issues that affect older adults. Learn more at CANDIDACY REQUIREMENTS – DALLAS COUNTY Must be 60 years of age or older prior to February 27, 2015.  Must be a resident of Dallas County and of the district in which candidacy is being sought. Candidates […]

In Memorium – Ron Smiley


SMILEY, Ron Potter Age 79, ascended into the next life on January 26, 2015 at a hospital in Richardson TX after a courageous battle with a sudden, brief illness. Born in Old Forge PA on November 14, 1935, Ron was a resident of Dallas for the last 38 years of his life. Early on, he […]

Vintage IBM Typewriter Ribbon Packaging

Ribbon Package

This is vintage IBM typewriter ribbon packaging designed by the legendary Paul Rand, American Modernist and graphics artist. Paul Rand (born Peretz Rosenbaum, August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996) was a well-known American graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs. Rand was educated at the Pratt Institute (1929-1932), the Parsons School of […]

IBM Wants to Put Watson in Hands of Every Teacher


IBM’s Watson team is in the early stages of developing a mobile app that will help educators use artificial intelligence to create lesson plans. Are you a public-school teacher in need of a lesson plan but faced with the crushing ennui of having to find something fresh in your dreary curriculum? There’s an app for […]

IBM, Endicott Residents to End Environmental Lawsuit


In 2007, IBM said it would settle Endicott residents’ claims with a $3 million payment, an offer that was dismissed as insufficient to compensate victims in a $100 million lawsuit against the Armonk-based company. A breakthrough finally occurred in the past several months. On Tuesday night, the two sides announced they had come to terms […]

Anniversary of IBM 1130 Computing System


Some 40 years ago — on February 11, 1965 — IBM introduced the 1130 computing system as a powerful small computer offering a capability greater than systems costing several times as much. The 1130 was the first IBM computer to rent for less than $1,000 a month (it could be purchased for $32,280), and it […]