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September 1, 1988

IBM’S NEWSPEAK

By CBR Staff Writer

It must surely embarrass IBMers to realise how much their company has in common with the Kremlin, but one of the most striking examples is the addiction to revisionism and Newspeak: anyone who still believes that CMS stands for Cambridge Monitor System is now regarded as a hopeless old fogey, disk drives were long ago consigned to the dustbin of history to be replaced by shiny new DASD – Direct Access Storage Devices this week, but who knows what it will come to stand for next – while you’re living in the past if you still talk about processors or CPUs because by now you should know that they’re CECs, or Central Electronic Complexes.

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