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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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