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Old 12-18-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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The mainframes have traditionally been called "Big Iron".
Maybe for a certain segment of wannabes. I worked with mainframes, the 1160/1180 Univacs and the IBMs they were clones of. We never referred to them as "big iron". Try going past Wiki knowledge. From Minneapolis to Santa Clara, no one at Sperry used the term. Of course, step outside of the arena where people actually worked with them and yeah, they might have called them that.

Big Iron also means muscle car engines, the steel industry in the sooty town of PA, they guy with the .50 caliber casull and lots of other things.

My first thought was to the steel industry. I get it, you were trying to be cute. Always someone wanting to use terms of urban legend they picked up. Oh well.

Regardless, there isn't a lot of truth in your analogy anyway. What you seem not to understand (recurring theme) is that the large computer manufacturers, like IBM, Cray and Xerox and so, still control the mainframe computer industry. Their dabble into "computers" that you might use was nothing more than a fleeting endeavor which they found to be not in the interests of their core business and they just left it to others. The consumer computers weren't their core and never was.

Your analogy failed on every level.
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Old 12-18-2014, 03:01 PM
 
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Let me quote Wikipedia

Mainframe computers (colloquially referred to as "big iron"[1]) are computers used primarily by corporate and governmental organizations for critical applications, bulk data processing such as census, industry and consumer statistics, enterprise resource planning and transaction processing.
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Old 12-18-2014, 03:55 PM
 
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Let me quote Wikipedia

Mainframe computers (colloquially referred to as "big iron"[1]) are computers used primarily by corporate and governmental organizations for critical applications, bulk data processing such as census, industry and consumer statistics, enterprise resource planning and transaction processing.
Like I said...wiki knowledge.

Some never learn, others simply refuse.

Your problem is you seem to think the total sum knowledge is what you glean from searching the Internet. There is far more information not available on the Internet than it will ever host.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:04 PM
 
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Here is another definition:

big iron

a Harley Davidson motorcycle. "Big" is in reference to their size and "iron" to their originality as a "tractor" type motorcycle. Term was used especially when lightweight Japanese motorcycles first appeared..

What does big iron mean? big iron Definition. Meaning of big iron. OnlineSlangDictionary.com

Since we're now quoting unreliable sources of pop culture but were discussing anything but that.

Broaden your horizons.

Regardless, your analogy failed. The big mainframe giants never went after the consumer computer market as their core businesses, it was always peripheral to what they were doing.

Where does almost all the roof top solar connect to?

(hint...it isn't off-grid battery storage)

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Old 12-20-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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Like I said...wiki knowledge.

Some never learn, others simply refuse.

Your problem is you seem to think the total sum knowledge is what you glean from searching the Internet. There is far more information not available on the Internet than it will ever host.
The first mainframe I worked on was an IBM 1620. The things you are so sure of but so out to lunch on would fill the hold of a supertanker.
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