John F. Akers, 79, Dies; Led IBM as PCs Ascended


John F. Akers, the chief executive and chairman of IBM during a turbulent time when the rise of the personal computer undercut the profitability of the mainframe computer business, died on Friday in Boston. He was 79. His death was confirmed on Saturday by Edward Barbini, a spokesman for IBM, who said the cause was […]

In Memoriam-Chuck Mason

Charles Erwin Mason, Jr., age 80 of Frisco, Texas passed away on August 16, 2014 in Frisco.  He was born on November 21, 1933 in Oneonta, Alabama to Charles E. and Grace (Towns) Mason.  Charles married Linda Gieseler on February 16, 1979 in Houston, Texas.  He served his country in the United States Air Force […]

Memory Boot Camp-September 6

Join a team of experts as they explore factors that contribute to memory loss, strategies to improve cognition, maintaining caregiver wellness, and more! Bring your iPad or iPhone if you have one. Day and Time:  Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 a.m. until noon Location:  Park Cities Baptist Church Park in parking garage and you will be […]

U.S. Regulators Clear IBM-Lenovo Deal

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) has signed off on the $2.3B sale of IBM‘s x86 server unit to Lenovo (OTCPK:LNVGY). The deal had been closely scrutinized due to the division’s sales to U.S. government clients, sales which have included a decent number of supercomputer deals. IBM has tried to soothe concerns in part […]

IBM Labs: Governing Geographically Dispersed Cloud Data

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) inventors have patented a technique that helps clients automatically analyze and manage the location where their public and private cloud data is stored, thereby enabling companies to comply with regulations governing where data can be stored in different countries and continents. The patented IBM invention […]

Good Neighbor Awards

Have you heard of “Good Neighbor Awards?” Some communities have implemented systems similar to Yard of the Month, except that instead of honoring immaculate grass and well-cultivated shrubberies, they recognize neighbors who’ve done something nice for one another. Whether it be raking an elderly woman’s yard or taking care of a sick friend’s dog, perhaps those kindnesses should […]

IBM Develops Computer Chip That Works Like the Brain

New Computer Chip

Inspired by the architecture of the brain, scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that draws no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers. The new processor, named TrueNorth, was developed by researchers at IBM and detailed in an article published Thursday in the […]

In Memoriam-Roy Detro


Roy L. Detro, age 85, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014, at Longview Regional Medical Center. Roy was born December 21, 1928, in Greencastle, Indiana, to Roy and Lorean Detro. He married Myrt Scaggs on July 23, 1949; they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Roy began his 33-year career with IBM in 1954 in […]

360 JCL: More Profound Than You Ever Imagined!

This will be best appreciated if you remember your JCL commands. Among my experiences [from Ross Daily] is an IBM computer story which I know will amuse you and maybe will move you. When I ran into one the early 360/50s in 1964 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I was hooked. At graduation, I interviewed with IBM, but […]

IBM and Apple: From Rivals to Partners in 30 Years?

The lynchpin of the new IBM-Apple alliance will be this simple phrase in the first sentence of their joint press release: “an exclusive partnership.” It sounds so innocent—a sentiment reflected at every human marriage. The two will become one. But business combinations are not human marriages. About ten years ago, when New Jersey Superior Court […]