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20 People Who Changed Tech: Ken Olsen
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jmckenzie226
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jmckenzie226,
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5/13/2013 | 8:15:57 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Ken Olsen
One thing DEC did right, which wasn't hardware, was VMS. An operating system for the ages. It is 35 years old now.
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5/13/2013 | 8:02:05 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Ken Olsen
Excellent discussion of Ken Olsen and DEC. He had one great insight into the potential of the minicomputer and built a company around it. He extended that insight when he formed the alliance that brought Ethernet and All-in-One software to the minicomputer. He was an excellent "packager" of the technologies contained in a minicomputer. Unfortunately, Olsen didn't have follow up insights equal to his first. His board should have realized it and named the inventors of Alta Vista and VMS to take DEC in a new software direction,.But they couldn't do it. When Ken Olsen was no longer capable of leading, the board couldn't make the call and the company declined. It's a case study for why investors should look for a company that includes a board that's shown it can think and decide. Charlie Babcock, editor at large, InformationWeek and former editor, Digital News, covering DEC,
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ANON1250261443337,
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5/13/2013 | 2:18:37 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Ken Olsen
How about Dave Cutler. He had a big impact on DEC S/W and MS/NT


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