|"Clocktower" belt buckle for employees|
who had been at headquarters five years.
|Ken Olsen, President of DEC|
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|Poster for DEC's search engine, AltaVista|
DEC was not alone in suffering setbacks and contractions in the 1990s. IBM shrank from 405,000 employees in 1985 to 220,000 by 1994, and reduced its stock dividend by two-thirds. Data General, Wang Laboratories, Prime Computer, Lotus Development Corporation and Apollo Computer were all greater-Boston area computer companies that faded and folded or were acquired around the same time.