The mega international company, IBM, was born in 1911. It was first called Computing-Tabulation-Record Co. Someone, most likely Thomas Watson, after some corporate maneuvers, changed the name to IBM.
My father was hired at the flagship company in Endicott, NY in 1936. He always told his sons that if he took the offer of employee stock options back in the day, our family would have been worth millions by the 1990’s.
The joke was on us.
His kids used to joke with dad.
“Where do you work, dad?” “IBM”, he’d answer.
“You mean ‘Itsy Bitsy Machines.’
Here is a very brief history of how objects that were so big got to be so small (and then big again).
The first attempt to store information was done on an ‘IBM’ card:
Information storage then went to the great invention, the Transistor:
Today, computers are now ‘Main Frame’, like a lot of little units working together.
I wouldn’t be typing on my laptop, and in 1969 we never would have landed on the moon if big, bulky electronics hadn’t gotten so small (and this is just the beginning.