Aaaaaah the 360 - pure Vaporware when announced by IBM in late '63 or '64 to 
stave off Honeywells - (remember them?) amongst others.

As a close associate once confessed--If you could looked under the covers of 
the publicity photo s/360 machines, you would have seen some of the most 
environmentally constructed computer frames - large cardboard boxes.  The room 
where the pictures were taken was at IBM's Yorktown labs and their employees 
took great delight in showing off the boxes and the repainted punched card 
machine covers used.  It really did give new meaning to the term 'revolutionary 
system architecture'. ...... And not one line of operating system code for 
another 6 mos / year.  This was the basis for the big 'Consent Decree' aginst 
IBM in the '60s.   The patents for the s/38 architecture started happening less 
than 2 years later - around '67 or '68, but IBM's hands were tied by then so 
they shelved it until their office products division dusted off the machine 'X' 
papers and started the ball rolling.  Another reason for not going ahead in the 
'60s was that IBM had also promised Corporate America they would not have to 
re-tool their systems for a looooong time to come due to the expense (and 
delays-see above).   
-----Original Message-----
From:   Rob Dixon [SMTP:rob.dixon@erros.co.uk]
Sent:   Friday, July 10, 1998 10:14 AM
To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject:        Re: History(the end)

Pat

Do you mean the Spectra 70 which came from RCA (who they now in
computing?)?  It was sold in this country in the mid 1960's by English
Electric - they merged with ICT to becomde ICL.

I was selling /360's at the time - how young you all are!.

Rob

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> From: Pat Barber <MBOCEANSIDE@postoffice.worldnet.att.net>
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: History(the end)
> Date: 10 July 1998 18:06
> 
> I don't want to wear out this history thing but as Al, I was in college
> in 1971... Not like my kids, I worked full time 2nd shift, and went to 
> school during the day..... just so you'll know I'm not drawing social
> security payments....
> 
> Bet none of you young folks ever saw a Sperry Univac machine that was
> a direct clone of an IBM 360 !!!!! (and you proably don't care)... so
> much for history.....
> 
> I apologize about the S/3 15D... I forgot all about partitions.....
> 
> I said I was feeble minded.....
> 
> Be kind to your kids.. "they get to pick the nursing home..."
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