(IBM) The best known American computer manufacturer, founded by Thomas J. Watson (born 1874-02-17), known as “Big Blue” after the colour of its logo. IBM makes everything from mainframes to personal computers (PCs) and has been immensely successful in selling them, chiefly to business. It has often been said that “Nobody has ever been sacked for buying IBM”.
The IBM PC in its various versions has been so successful that unqualified reference to a “PC” almost certainly means a PC from IBM, or one of the many brands of clone produced by other manufacturers to cash in on IBM’s original success.
Alternative expansions of “IBM” such as Inferior But Marketable; It’s Better Manually; Insidious Black Magic; It’s Been Malfunctioning; Incontinent Bowel Movement, illustrate the considerable antipathy most hackers have long felt toward the “industry leader” (see fear and loathing).
Quarterly sales $15351M, profits $689M (Aug 1994).
- Internet protocol version 4
networking, protocol The version of Internet Protocol in widespread use in 2000. (2000-12-19)
- Internet protocol version 6
networking, protocol (IPv6, IPng, IP next generation) The most viable candidate to replace the current Internet Protocol. The primary purpose of IPv6 is to solve the problem of the shortage of IP addresses. The following features have been purposed: 16-byte addresses instead of the current four bytes; embedded encryption – a 32-bit Security Association ID […]
- Internet public library
(IPL) A project at the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies to provide an on-line, 24 hour public library, chaired by an assemblage of librarians and information industry professionals. The library aims to provide library services to a target audience estimated to number 1/4 of the entire American population by the end […]
- Internet registry
(IR) The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has the discretionary authority to delegate portions of its responsibility and, with respect to network address and Autonomous System identifiers, has lodged this responsibility with the IR. The IR function is performed by the Defense Data Network Network Information Center.