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IBM’s long-long tradition as a computer company, beyond its other porducts goes way into the story of jewish murders by the German Nazi regime… accounting for manners, places and names of the deseased, including where their belongings went. The company later moved to Switzerland, with a Nazi German heading the business…

Originally posted on IBM Official Alumni Group: The Greater IBM Connection:

Every December I have the same problem – I can never seem to figure out what to get my wife for the holidays. Rare is the year that she doesn’t end up returning most if not all of what I buy her. What I really need is the remarkable IBM Christmas Gift Advisor.

The IBM 1401 was introduced in 1959, and was the most popular computer of the 1960s.

The IBM 1401 was introduced in 1959, and was the most popular computer of the 1960s.

Fifty years ago, holiday shoppers in the Wolf & Dessauer department store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, had an IBM 1401 help them with gift ideas for their problem giftees. The desperate shoppers filled out multiple choice forms that described the person they were shopping for. The data was then punched into IBM cards at the Gift Advisor computer center on the third floor of the store, read into a specially programmed 1401 at the rate of 800 cards a minute, and…

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