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  • Buying Big Blue On A Clean Quarter And Record Q2 EPS [View article]
    I joined IBM and also purchased my first IBM shares in 1967 and stopped buying in 1993, the year I left IBM. During this time I re-invested the dividends and now they are worth close to $1m and I am doing fine in retirement in 2 weeks leave for a 2 month cruise. One area not mentioned is IBM's research into Lithium-Air and/or Sodium batteries. If IBM comes up with commercially viable alternative batteries to lead/acid that will really be a game-changer.
    Jul 18, 2014. 07:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Attracted Warren Buffett To IBM? [View article]
    IBM does much under the radar. One area is Lithium Air battery and also Sodium batteries.
    Obviously research does not also always provide a marketable product but if one, or both, of the above projects does eventuate then they will change the automotive vehicle directions for ever. The original 500 project was to provide a vehicle battery 1/10th weight with 10x the capacity of conventional batteries.
    (Lithium-ion can not be used because of volatility and risk of fire)
    A couple of references:
    and the most recent (highly technical)
    Jun 24, 2014. 05:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM: Incentives Are Most Important [View article]
    I joined IBM in May 1967. My employment lasted 26+ years and it was a wonderful experience.
    From the very start of my employment I participated in the IBM Employee stock purchase program in which part of my salary was used to purchase IBM stock at a discount of 15%. In addition I re-invested all dividends to purchase further stock.
    Then I took a 'package' then forming my own company providing technological solutions, sourced Worldwide, IBM and IBM Global Services/ISSC being amongst my customers. If you work for IBM for 25 years, well true here in Australia, you may attend an annual dinner largely paid for by IBM for IBM 'Quarter Century' members. At these dinners I converse with IBM'ers that were raw recruits/trainee's in 'my' day. The moral of these employees is extremely high and very positive.
    I still hold ALL of my IBM stock and I am convinced, as a long term investor who passionately and constantly research's technological directions, for the future of the stock.
    Trust what IBM management says.
    Jan 22, 2014. 05:02 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM to spend $1.2B on ramping up cloud offerings [View news story]
    I also am a retired IBM employee after 26+ years. Thank goodness I kept my IBM stock and re-invested the dividends since 1967. WOW one of my best investments ever. IBM will shock in a very positive direction over the next few years.
    Jan 17, 2014. 04:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM: Do Flat Revenues Matter If EPS Continue To Rise? [View article]
    Not mentioned of late is IBM's research into Lithium Air batteries due
    for performance testing in 2015 and factory production by 2020.
    Lithium Air batteries, 800Klm/500 miles between charges and 1/10th the weight of conventional Lithium Ion batteries. NO fire hazard and no pollution.
    Oct 23, 2013. 04:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM's Earnings Growth: Overrated or Just Beginning? [View article]
    Read up on IBM's research into Lithium-Air batteries, 1/10 weight of conventional car batteries with 10x the storage. hence a single large will power a car for 500ml/800Klm. Hopefully available 2015-16.
    Will solve oil problems. ..and then theres the new patents/development in solid state memory, 100x speed, 100x capacity and 100x life span (read/write cycles) than any current memory stick. This means hard disk drives in PC's/Notebooks will go the way of the floppy drive.
    In notebooks/tablets far less power/heat/weight hence battery life far longer.
    Aug 14, 2011. 06:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM Management Proves Its Brilliance [View article]
    If IBM can master the production, and it is a listed target for the within the next 5 years, of lithium-air batteries then transport etc et al will change dramatically. Lithium-air batteries will be 1/10 of the weight of lithium-ion batteries with 10 times the power storage. My understanding is that the current design level problems are slow charging times. Lithium-ion batteries for use in automobiles have the problem of over-heating and fire. Lithium-air will not have those problems. Read up on IBM plans for the next 5 years.
    Dec 27, 2010. 03:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Like Oracle Said, Sun Acquisition Was All About Java [View article]
    mmmmm...and what about us poor open source programmers that use, and love, java scripts?
    What are the legal implications for us?
    In my software design I use java scripts rather than Flash because
    of the limitation of not being able to use Adobe Flash on Apple products,
    I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads.
    Dec 10, 2010. 02:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Inside IBM's Share Buyback Plan [View article]
    Have you considered that just possibly IBM is closing in on making an earth shattering announcement?
    Their research into Lithium-Air batteries would be such an event.
    Re-charge and safety issues resolution would change the automotive world.
    IBM have many patents following Lithium-Air research.
    Oct 26, 2010. 04:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment