Category Archives: Past

1975 – First “Laptops” Arrive

Believe it or not, this was once considered a portable personal computer – the IBM 5100.

With a heady 16 kilobytes of memory and weighing a mere 25kg, the was the 5100 was the first machine of its kind – a fully self contained computer including a monitor, keyboard and storage.

It was also a bargain ranging from US$9,000 to US$20,000.

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Palmisano Compensation Over $31mil in 2010

Technology, Innovation, and Deficit Reduction

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In short: “IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Samuel J. Palmisano saw the total value of his 2010 compensation rise 30% to $31.7 million, thanks mainly to an increase in an incentive plan for meeting the company’s long-term roadmap.”

That roadmap included exceeding an earnings per share target of $10 ($11.52 in 2010) but IBM also “reported its best quarterly revenue growth in nearly a decade as companies again spent money on technology” and hit an all time record high share price of over $160.

Full article on Wall Street Journal here.

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IBM Awarded Company of the Year 2010

What: “Based on its recent analysis of the digital media market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes IBM with the 2010 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year.”

Why: “IBM’s grasp of the future market and the technology demands of digital media is far beyond that of its competitors….Its focus on business analytics combined with in-depth industry expertise and a corporate vision dedicated to creating a smarter planet sets it apart.”

How: “IBM focuses on a number of strategies to meet the needs of the digital media industry. IBM has developed a cohesive Media Enterprise Framework that embraces open standards and is focused on helping media firms to continue the transformation from analog products and physical distribution to digital offerings and network distribution”

Full press release on PRLog here.

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100 People, 100 Innovations

“The film features one hundred people, who each present the IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born. The film chronology flows from the oldest person to the youngest, offering a whirlwind history of the company and culminating with its prospects for the future.”

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Patently Fantastic

United States Patent Cover from a real patent ...

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IBM earned more U.S. patents (5,896) in 2010 than any other company, topping the list of patent winners for the 18th year in a row.

Samsung Electronics was the second most prolific patent winner, with 4,551 patents received in 2010. Microsoft placed third with 3,094 patents, followed by Canon (2,552), Panasonic (2,482), Toshiba (2,246), Sony (2,150), Intel (1,653), LG Electronics (1,490) and HP (1,480).

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