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       I thoroughly enjoyed the way these massive machines were portrayed
in the movies -
            filling an entire room, whirrin' with lights a-flashin'   ;-)

From: toki <>
Date: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] [OT] Operating Environment Survey [Kubuntu

On 07/22/2015 07:26 PM, anne-ology wrote:

       and going back further to the 1940-'50s,
          IBM thought that there would not be any market for these
outside of financial & scientific researchers  ;-)

IBM was looking at the market potential at that specific point in time,
especially as it related to the cost of the individual computers.
Today, we'd call that the top end of the super-computer/super-cluster

It was only in the mid-sixties that corporate use of computers took off,
and even then, most computer experts didn't think that individual would
be using computers, basically on the grounds that computers would be too
expensive for individuals. Maybe a few programmers would have
hand-me-downs from where they worked, but that would be about the extent
of personal computer usage.

Not even the science fiction of the fifties and sixties anticipated that
by the end of the twentieth century, computers would be as  ubiquitous
as they were.


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