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08 April 2008

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Dave Ferguson

You left out my favorite name in the mainframe business: GE, which along with Dartmouth invented timesharing. The GE effort eventually morphed into GE Information Services. GE eventually sold its computer manufacturing business to Honeywell but under GEIS kept the data-processing side.

I recall battles between GEIS's Honeywell-platform partisans and the IBM-mainframe guys, battles that continued even as the PC snuck its 3270-emulating self into the mix.

Some were still squabbling when GEIS decided to outsource its network. Probably some were still squabbling when parent GE sold what had become GE Global eXchange (complete with dot-com odd capitalization) in 2001.

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