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1960's Era IBM 360

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Found this picture while browsing during our semester break. This is what computers used to be like. Yes, your new iPhone 6 would blow it's doors off... Here's what Wikipedia had to say about it: "The IBM System/360 (S/360) was a mainframe computer system family announced by IBM on April 7, 1964, and delivered between 1965 and 1978. It was the first family of computers designed to cover the complete range of applications, from small to large, both commercial and scientific. The design made a clear distinction between architecture and implementation, allowing IBM to release a suite of compatible designs at different prices. All but the incompatible model 44 and the most expensive systems used microcode to implement the instruction set, which featured 8-bit byte addressing and binary, decimal and (hexadecimal) floating-point calculations.

The slowest System/360 model announced in 1964, the Model 30, could perform up to 34,500 instructions per second, with memory from 8 to …

Fall 2014 Student Projects

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Nowhere is the motto of the Marian University Byrum School of Business "Where Business Happens" more evident than the end-of-semester student presentations, business plan competitions, and internships. This week we had two classes that I'm directly involved with present their work. The first photo shows the BUS 209 Quantitative Analysis of Business class making their final presentation. Each semester students in BUS 209 work with a real company or organization, study its operations, collect and analyze data, and make recommendations. Much like a consultant would for a client. The class is 9 credit hours and incorporates Management, Marketing, and Business Statistics. Integrating content from each of these disciplines, the class is team taught by three instructors. I am primarily responsible for the Statistics module which would be equivalent to a three hour class. We use Excel and SPSS for most of the data analysis. This semester, our client was the Crossroads of America…