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IBM In Talks To Sell x86 Server Business To Lenovo 202

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

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

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

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

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.
Old time radio SciFi. (Free podcast on iTunes.)

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