October 17, 1994 |
AST to Launch Machines: AST Research Inc., which said Friday that it would lay off nearly 700 workers and move its California manufacturing operations to Taiwan because of heavy losses, plans to introduce two products today that it hopes will help sales. The Irvine-based computer maker said it is rolling out two computers that will allow networks of business machines to operate complex software.
March 21, 1994 |
Lee Dayton was anxious. It was early 1993, and IBM was bleeding red ink. Dayton, IBM's manager of real estate, ordered his staff to slash expenses for office space. They quickly responded, moving four employees into one wastefully big office. His. "I told my team that we'd better make an example of ourselves," the manager recalled, grinning. "They came up with a plan which required me to evict myself." Dayton's transfer to a smaller office in Stamford, Conn.
April 12, 1992
A Reynolds Aluminum Can Recycling Machine has been installed at Covina Square, 422 N. Azusa Ave., Covina. Unlike recycling centers that must be staffed, the machine automatically accepts whole or smashed cans and pays consumers cash on the spot. It operates 24 hours a day. The machine pays 70 cents a pound, with 26 empty cans to the pound. Other Reynolds machines in the San Gabriel Valley are at Alpha Beta, 3130 S. Colima Ave., Hacienda Heights, and Commerce Center, 20817 Valley Blvd., Walnut.
September 11, 1991 |
Vincent Valenza recalls the most unusual fax that he has transmitted for a customer--a 37-page musical composition for a television commercial: "The producer sent it from here (Burbank) to New York. Changes were made there and sent back. More changes here, then back to New York. Back and forth again a third time. It took about five hours." Valenza, owner of Mail Boxes and Accessories, makes a business of sending faxes, and other kinds of correspondence.
June 11, 1991 |
Apple Computer Inc., inventor of the personal computer in the mid-1970s, now appears to be reinventing itself as it struggles to extend its successful machines into an extremely competitive market. In the past few weeks it has lopped staff, mulled an executive pay cut and slashed PC prices. Now it is taking the unprecedented step of discussing a link with its longstanding nemesis, International Business Machines Corp.
August 17, 1990 |
There seems to be some concern that as cash registers get smarter, the people behind them get less so. Consumers complain that clerks can't add up even two or three purchases without a register. A newspaper columnist writes of his encounter with a salesclerk who couldn't "do 10%" of $28.86 in her head. And a Los Angeles lawyer named George Schulman had to fight a McDonald's clerk and her manager over the proper charge for two "Happy Meals" with milkshakes substituted for the provided drinks.