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Hello Little Blue

August 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 095 - Hello Little Blue


A sorted history involving scams, monopolies, and acts of petty revenge predate the company the world would see dominate the computer industry in the 70's and 80's.  What started as an umbrella company became, under Tom Watson St's leadership, a tabulating company that grew to prominence in the great depression.  Later on his son Tom Watson Jr would lead the company forward in the transition from punch card tabulation machines into computers that IBM would become famous for!


Herman Hollerith Punch Card Machine:

Conductor Punching Tickets:

IBM Once Upon a Punch Card:

History of Looms and Punch Cards:

Harvard Mark I:

Harvard Mark I Original Video and Pictures:

IBM 650 Promo:

Demo of the IBM 1401:


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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download: 

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