An American car
The future Ford EVOS
And now (My apologies in the beginning for a boring post!):
I was in on the ground floor of computers. The forerunner of the digital world was IBM. Very High Tech machines that punched and read an 80 column card. A combination of punches in each column would represent a number, letter or special character. I was schooled to operate and repair the Key punches, sorters, printers and collators.)
(Above are a combination of all the punches used on IBM crds. the first ten columns are 0-9, A-I,J-R, S-Z and special characters)
The IBM card was the center of ALL corporations and our Government was the #1 user. If you bought a US savings bond or received a Government check, it was on a form that was actually, an IBM CARD. The IRS even had a short form on an IBM card. I filed using one. It could be printed and processed at speeds of 2000 cards a minute.
This is approximately 400 cards (We would write on the top of the cards a description, after that you could tell if the cards were out of order)
IBM became a name to be reckoned with. They became so positive they had the business world on a string, they could see past cards. Their engineers were designing smaller and better cards. IBM is one of the largest companies in the world that learned a lesson, “YOU cannot sit back and say no one can touch us.
(This is an actual picture of some of the millions of cards holding history in the National Archives, each box holds 2000 cards.)
BUT kids like Gates and Jobs set the world ablaze with ‘Windows’ and ‘Apple’. Leaving IBM scrambling to stay afloat.
Businesses learn that complacency will destroy you. You only have to look at Roses, Sears, Grants, Kmart, etc. I am amazed at one fact. Sears became tops because of a thick catalog and mail orders. Now, basically Amazon is the same, just a different avenue.
Our postal service, at the wrong time, decided there was little profit in shipping packages. Now UPS & FEDEX has paid for fleets of planes and trucks just to deliver packages. It is hard to stomach, but today USPS is losing money and works part time for Amazon.