On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:55 PM Joe Pluta <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

What I was saying is that IBM is the grand champion of creating the best
tools in the world and then killing them off, usually because they can't
figure out how to monetize them in a way that the pointy-haired bosses
can relate to (i.e., not enough services).

Ha! I remember when I was contracting at IBM 25 years ago, a bit of a wise

OS/2 Warp had just come out and everyone was commenting, "Now's our chance
to beat our greatest enemy, Microsoft!"

I said, "Pardon me, but you don't have to be around here long to figure out
IBM's worst enemy is IBM."

I was called on the carpet ...

But I'm not bitter. Nope, not me.

Now, a quarter of a century later, I realize most large corporations (and
most human beings!) are their own worst enemies, and yet, they keep on
going ...

And in some instances, e.g., IBM Q, they are still doing earthshaking
research and development.

This thread ...


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