Having worked at IBM ?in the day?, the ?official? reason (near as I could tell) was that
IBM didn?t want to anthropomorphise computers. So it was never ?memory?, it was always
?storage?. So we didn?t have RAM or ROM, we had storage or ROS. Disks were called DASD.
Main boards were called ?planars?.
TTFN - Guy
On Dec 19, 2018, at 1:16 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018, Grant Taylor via cctalk wrote:
I always liked the PS/2 cases. Just about every
one I've seen is tool less down to, and sometimes including, the system planar (as IBM
Typically unreliable source (my uncle who worked for IBM) said that the reason that they
REFUSED to call it a "motherboard" was due to some TV news broadcasts from
Merritt College where Black Panthers were saying "UP AGAINST THE WALL, MOTHER!"
I was there. They said 'motherfucker", not "mother".
(there was a New Yorker? cartoon with an elderly woman commenting that she loved how they
kept saying "mother")
Nevertheless, s'posedly it caused IBM to choose a different name.