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IBM In Talks To Sell x86 Server Business To Lenovo 202

Posted by timothy
from the biggish-blue dept.
FrankPoole writes "According to CRN, IBM is in serious negotiations to sell its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo, which is looking to grow its server revenue. If the deal goes though, it will be the second time in eight years that Big Blue has exited a major hardware business and sold the operation to Lenovo. IBM sold its PC business to Chinese computer maker in 2005."

Comment: One item limits uptake of another. (Score 1) 219

by Binary Ninja (#42673679) Attached to: Intel Leaving Desktop Motherboard Business

Sometimes the unavailability of one item limits the uptake of the other. When Pentiums first started shipping, there were relatively few motherboards available for them. (Compared to the 386 stuff.) I can't verify the statement, but something like 90% of the Pentium chips were going onto Intel boards.

Availability of mice had a similar limiting affect on uptake of Windows. Likely explains the Microsoft mouse.

If desktop boards are no longer strategic for Intel, I can see why they'd want to focus their energies elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Sales Tax (Score 1) 443

by Binary Ninja (#36814054) Attached to: Borders Books, Dead At 40

I've been into Powells Technical book store about 5 times in the last year. And all 5 times, a book that the catalog indicated as (possibly) being on the shelf and in stock, wasn't.

Just about anywhere you go, the sales person will typically mumble something like "We can order that for you." Why reward a store that doesn't keep books in stock? I can order it myself on Amazon, and reward them (or the associate store actually selling the book) for keeping copies in stock.

After a while, it just gets easier to look to Amazon first.

Comment: Re:It's their own fault. (Score 1) 443

by Binary Ninja (#36813642) Attached to: Borders Books, Dead At 40

I live in the US, and I can sometimes buy new (but advertised as used) technical books from Amazon out of places like India for less than I can buy them here. Because they're priced at what the Indian market will bear, even with the freight charge, they're still cheaper than here. Modern Operating Systems by Andrew S. Tanenbaum sells for Rs. 450.00 over there for example.

Comment: The Mad Scientist's Club (Score 1) 1419

by Binary Ninja (#24111947) Attached to: Sci-Fi Books For Pre-Teens?

The Wizard of Oz and the sequels.
The Mad Scientists Club by Bertrand R. Brinley (Some reprints available at Purple House Press.)
Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. Maybe Solaris.
Stand on Zanzibar.
The Sheep Look Up.
Shockwave Rider.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Door into Summer.
The Dragon Riders of Pern.
The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.
The Illuminati Trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings, etc.
Sten. (Yup, Bunch and Cole.)
The Stainless Steel Rat.
The Nomads of Gor.
Dune.
Old time radio SciFi. (Free podcast on iTunes.)

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project

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