Punch Cards to iPad


Punched cards have been used for centuries to aid automation. When I was in med school, at the University of Ottawa, I occasionally watched the engineering guys cursing their IBM, punch-card stacks, while I waited to meet my wife, who was in U of O’s nursing school.

punch cards to the iPad

It doesn’t feel like a long time but, computer history from punch cards to CP/M PCs to Macs and now to the iPad tells a longer story; from punch cards to iPad.

Observation: iPad users seldom curse. 🙂

What’s next?

iPad DODOcase Story

iPad DODOcase

I’ve heard that the world’s largest container ships (15,000 containers) travel from China to the US to supply Wal-Mart. I’ve also heard that the same ships return to China almost empty.

Wal-Mart container ship

Paraphrasing from a video I watched on TV, billionaire T. Boone Pickens said, “We have witnessed the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world.”

Lesson: Outsourcing to China and others has cost North America much of its fortune.

Perhaps that’s why I’m always heartened when I hear about a North American, small business, manufacturing success story.

What do traditional bookbinding and the iPad have in common?

Glimpse at the iPad DODOcase story