by E. A. Barbour
For much of the 20th century, IBM dominated the data-processing field, both by control of the patents on Hollerith punch-card processing equipment and via considerable later innovation in electronic digital computers. Plus ruthless and aggressive marketing practices. By the 1960s the American computer industry was known as “IBM and the seven dwarfs”. IBM was larger than all of its competitors combined.
And yet, it’s difficult to get a feeling for this from the Wikipedia coverage of the company. Despite a 100-year history, long dominance of the data-processing field, and uncountable thousands of past and current products, the main article is only 65k bytes with 92 references. The entire Category:IBM contains more than a thousand articles, most buried in the “IBM People”, “Power Architecture” and “IBM Products” subcategories, thus difficult to find. The interest in Power Computing products is mainly due to Apple’s use of PowerPC processors in its products in the
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