Posts Tagged ‘IBM’

Steve Jobs and chemistry: a personal recollection.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
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Steve Jobs death on October 5th 2011 was followed by a remarkable number of tributes and reflections on the impact the company he founded has had on the world. Many of these tributes summarise the effect as a visionary disruption. Here I describe from my own perspective some of the disruptions to chemistry I experienced (for another commentary, see here).

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Computers 1967-2011: a personal perspective. Part 2. 1985-1989.

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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As a personal retrospective of my use of computers (in chemistry), the Macintosh plays a subtle role. (more…)

Computers 1967-2011: a personal perspective. Part 1. 1967-1985.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
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Computers and I go back a while (44 years to be precise), and it struck me (with some horror) that I have been around them for ~62% of the modern computing era (Babbage notwithstanding, ~1940 is normally taken as the start of the modern computing era). So indulge me whilst I record this perspective from the viewpoint of the computers I have used over this 62% of the computing era. (more…)