Atypical Girl Geek

Atypical Girl Geek

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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Publisher: Seattle, WA : Volant Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780996190503
Branch Call Number: 005.1092 H633H 2015
Characteristics: 159 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Mar 09, 2016

This is an interesting, if somewhat bland book, as it is an accurate history of modern-day IBM through the explosion of digital electronics and IT! The author did do several interesting jobs in her career with IBM, and is brutally honest on their shortcomings [I had worked at IBM facilities as a contract programmer 3 or 4 times and found the management absolutely and thoroughly incompetent - - I was responsible for coding the very first hyperlink] and this was mirrored somewhat in this book. The author was responsible for their adopting recycled printer paper, which led other companies to do so, and produce the phantom printer stoppage [which the author apparently was unaware of] - - a problem I solved in several minutes, after companies had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on it! [Lower paper weight and moisture content, with the moisture evaporating in the colder months, cause the recycled paper to float above the paper sensor, causing the printers to halt.] Under their CEO Akers, who gave away the DOS licensing deal to Gates and Microsoft, the company went from most valued corporation on the planet to number fifty!


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