Return Of The Dinosaurs

On a morning in early July, Louis V. Gerstner Jr. took the stage at the New York Hilton Hotel to tell 1,000 customers a thing or two about big computers. Declaring reports of the mainframe's demise premature, he chided his listeners: "IBM and you all deserve a shot in the head for allowing this mythology that mainframes are dead." Easing into his I-am-one-of-you role, IBM's CEO declared: "You take my mainframe away, and my business is dead." The mostly hard-core mainframe customers ate it up. At the end of his pep talk, Gerstner was given a T-shirt emblazoned with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the words "Mainframe Rex." Beaming, he raised the shirt and shouted: "Dinosaurs are back."

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