My name is Mark Dean. I am a Fellow at IBM; hold 22 patents; and helped invent the Personal Computer in 1981. Ask me anything.
Good Morning Reddit!
My name is Dr. Mark Dean. I am a Fellow and Vice President of Technical Strategy for IBM Research at the Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Prior to this, I led the research team that created the first 1-gigahertz RISC processor chip, and was responsible for the group that developed the ISA Systems Bus, an integral component for making the first Personal Computers possible.
It seems like there are many kindred spirits here on Reddit, so I thought it’d be fun to come on today and answer any questions you might have about computer science, engineering, programming, your first PC -- you name it.
As tempting as it is, I still have a day job and can’t stay on all day, but I’ll be checking in for the next half-hour, again at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, and then later this afternoon at 4:30 to answer as many questions as I can.
So go ahead, ask me anything!
Edit: Hey everyone, I had no idea I'd get so many questions! This is great, and I'm going to try to answer as many as possible. I can only check in periodically throughout the day, though, so thanks for being patient with me. Keep 'em coming!