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Re: One of your readers...
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 06:40:11 -0400



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From: "Rebecca S. Taylor" <becky () td-partners com>
Date: September 2, 2008 3:18:21 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net, spaf () cerias purdue edu
Cc: ddeininger () td-partners com, becky () td-partners com
Subject: Re: [IP] One of your readers...
Reply-To: becky () td-partners com

 Gene,

my business partner, Dick Deininger, worked at IBM from 1955-1984.
He sat in the circa Q3 1959 meeting where Vin Learson (then President of IBM) announced that "all future IBM computing products would be made using transistor logic". Vin made it clear that anyone who did not want to participate in this major transition was free to leave the company. The meeting lasted all of five minutes, after which the attendees were told to "get back to work".

He believes your figures are accurate, likely within a few pennies.

Dick is a treasure trove of information like this, feel free to call us if you like.

Kind regards,
Rebecca S. Taylor
General Partner
Taylor-Deininger Partners
Austin, Texas
www.td-partners.com

(512) 288-7352 (o)
(512) 657-1066 (m)




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From: David Farber [mailto:dave () farber net]
Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 03:11 PM
To: 'ip'
Subject: [IP] One of your readers...

Begin forwarded message: From: Gene Spafford Date: September 2, 2008 1:39:07 PM EDT To: David Farber Subject: One of your readers... Dave, Perhaps one of your readers would know the answer to this. I've tried various online and book searches and cannot find the answer. Some time back, I read (somewhere) that Thomas Watson, Jr. took a big gamble in going from the IBM 700 series to the 7000 series by using all transistor logic. This was circa 1959. The figure I recall is that transistors were about $7 each (in 1959 dollars; about $60 each in today's dollars). I'm looking for confirmation and/or a source citation for this. Thanks in advance. --spaf ------------------------------------------- Archives: https://www.listbox.com/member/archive/247/=now RSS Feed: https://www.listbox.com/member/archive/rss/247/ Powered by Listbox: http://www.listbox.com




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