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Seymour Cray, the penultimate "tall, thin man." (microsoft.com)
5 points by asciilifeform 2093 days ago | 4 comments



Best quote:

Last week Control Data ... announced the 6600 system. I understand that in the laboratory developing the system there are only 34 people including the janitor. Of these, 14 are engineers and 4 are programmers ... Contrasting this modest effort with our vast development activities, I fail to understand why we have lost our industry leadership position by letting someone else offer the world's most powerful computer.

-- Thomas Watson, IBM, Aug 1963 (slide 44)

It seems like Mr. Watson has answered his own question.

-- Cray's response

I started my career in hardware, and Cray was always one of my heroes.

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He is the "next to last tall, thin man"? Now that makes no sense...

* http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-penultimate-mean.htm

* http://betterppt.typepad.com/betterpresentingcom/2009/03/eig...

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Who's the ultimate?

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Carver Mead. Didn't make it to slide 2? :)

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/gbell/craytalk...

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