IBM's propaganda wars

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Right in the middle of  Beyer’s chapter on Howard Aiken, there is this amazing comparison between what Grace Hopper  wrote about Aiken’s role regarding the invention of his baby Mark I  & what was published by IBM at the same time.  IBM, even at the close of WWII set a tone with its propaganda where the company, rather than individuals are responsible for technological innovation.  Will I get in trouble if I compare IBM to The Borge?

This chapter also discusses the parallels between the Aiken/Hopper relationship and the Babbage/Lovelace relationship.  Can you imagine, I had no idea there were all these women involved before I started this project?!  Shame!

Which reminds me,  I owe Rosemarie Reed a letter of support for her PBS documentary about Ada Lovelace.  You should write one too.

Oh, and David Allen was here yesterday from Palo Alto. We caught a beer after my class.  I still look up to him like a 13 year old kid looks up to an 18 year old boy… blink, blink… smile.

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