Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vintage IBM Logistics

A few years ago I came across some vintage photos of IBM shipping hardware in Italy, including on a gondola in Venice.  Thanks to my colleague in Haifa another great photo featuring the now defunct PAA or Pan American Airways.

Below is the IBM 305 RAMAC, the first 'SUPER' computer with a hard disk drive (HDD).  The HDD weighed over a ton and stored a 'whopping' 5 MB of data. Compare that to your iPod or USB stick.

The funny thing is, 60 years later we are still using air to transport these massive computers, which while being thousands of times more powerful are just as large.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, not much has changed. Computers and logistics nowadays being a part of each other too. Glasgow Logistics