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#iheart IBM

ibmblr:

Today, thousands of songs fit in your pocket. Back in the day, this one took up a whole room.

Mainframe days

1911 by ibmphoto24 Via Flickr:
IBM was formed as the Computing Tabulating and Recording Company, or C-T-R, specializing in punch cards, commercial scales and clocks.

1911 by ibmphoto24 Via Flickr:

IBM was formed as the Computing Tabulating and Recording Company, or C-T-R, specializing in punch cards, commercial scales and clocks.

via smarterplanet:

Feast Salons: Soho House - The Feast Conference 
Speaker: Steven Daniels, Researcher, IBM
Steve’s  research focuses on how people create, adapt and use technology in  resource-constrained environments, currently as a researcher at IBM. Prior to joining IBM,  Steve published the book Making Do: Innovation in Kenya’s  Informal Economy about development and industry centered around co-creation with local  makers. On the web: IBM African Innovation

via smarterplanet:

Feast Salons: Soho House - The Feast Conference 

Speaker: Steven Daniels, Researcher, IBM

Steve’s research focuses on how people create, adapt and use technology in resource-constrained environments, currently as a researcher at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Steve published the book Making Do: Innovation in Kenya’s Informal Economy about development and industry centered around co-creation with local makers. On the web: IBM African Innovation

via www.ibm.com
This a great icon!
(I hope I don’t get a DMCA take-down as a result of posting it). Credit where credit is due: it came from the site linked above, website name is
IBM100 - Patents and Innovation.

via www.ibm.com

This a great icon!

(I hope I don’t get a DMCA take-down as a result of posting it). Credit where credit is due: it came from the site linked above, website name is

IBM100 - Patents and Innovation.

IBM Inventors Break Patent Record  IBM today announced that its inventors received a record 5,896 U.S. patents in 2010, marking the 18th consecutive year it has topped the list of the world’s most inventive companies. IBM became the first company to be granted as many as 5,000 U.S. patents in a single year. It took IBM’s inventors more than 50 years to receive their first 5,000 patents after the company was established in 1911 

horizonwatching:

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IBM Centennial Film: They Were There - People who changed the way the world works

“They Were There” is told by first-hand witnesses—current and retired employees and clients—who were there when IBM helped to change the way world works. 

ibmsocialbiz:

Nice black and white video footage, music by Phillip Glass.

I liked this.

Green Plug plugs digital power supply »

This is what smarterplanet posted:

It’s time to digitize power supplies to make them smart enough to work with multiple devices and draw just the power electronics need, according to Green Plug.

Green Plug on Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show introduced its Green Power Process, which it said will be available in the…

SmarterPlanet? If you’re not a bot, I have a question for you. It probably demonstrates my ignorance. Be patient, please.

This was my understanding of what you re-blogged from CNET: The benefit of using Green Plug’s digital microprocessor is more accurate matching of power supplied to actual power required by an electronic device in order to function. Your post said that analog tech is in place at present. And that this analog tech does not efficiently match actual demand with amount of power supplied.

I’m very confused. What happens to the surplus power drawn now, with existing analog tech as described? Wouldn’t devices short out, or blow fuses? It isn’t like the power can be stored anywhere, that would require a battery. And I don’t think it would just run through the circuit until needed. That doesn’t make sense either. 

Sidebar: I’ve seen these power saving devices on the shelves at Home Depot for at least a year now. I’m uncertain what difference there is between them and Green Plug’s product. Except that Green Plug is targeting manufacturers first, and will wait to directly sell to consumers, whereas this product is already sold directly to consumers.

I want to attend the Consumer Electronics Show too. I hope I can, one day. It sounds really fun.