When Jim Sauer, the vice-president of technical services at the Toronto-Dominion Bank’s central computing facility, joined the bank in 1970, bigger was not just better, it was the only option. In those days, when a large corporation needed to buy or upgrade a computer system, it bought a mainframe—a collection of refrigerator-sized units spread over an entire floor of office space which, in tum, was linked to terminals in the bank’s offices and branches across Canada.By JOHN DALY6 min
It is one of those unhappy coincidences that we find our problems multiplying at the same time as we find our will to solve them disappearing. Each new horror is met with, first, a rash of headlines, then, a shrugging of the societal shoulder, as if to say, “Well, too bad, but what can we do?”By CHARLES GORDON5 min
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