Anyway, another IBM staffer also contacted Sneak in response to the same blog entry, wishing to remain anonymous, to remind us all exactly how old IBM is and how many pies still contain bits of its fingers.
IBM was formed on 15 June 1911 from the merger of Hollerith's Tabulating Machine Company, the Computing Scale Company of America, and the International Time Recording Company. It called itself the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR), with a product line ranging “from commercial scales and industrial time recorders to meat and cheese slicers”.
The meat and cheese chopping business was sold off in 1934 – ten years after CTR changed its name to IBM. But IBM being IBM, it was never the kind of company to sell a product, take the money and run. According to Sneak’s tipster, the company sold its kitchen goods with reassuringly long warranties. A bit too long, perhaps.
Sneak would welcome a second source, but allegedly some of the 1930s slicers were sold with guaranties that spares would be available for the life of the machine, meaning that some ancient, wizened cook could conceivably call up customer support today and ask for replacement parts for their trusty old IBM bacon slicer.
Server buyers, especially, should remember this. Be careful to state your requirements very, very clearly when talking to IBM about buying new blades...
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