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Ron Seybold
Austin, Texas
Writer and editor of the 3000 Newswire IT blog, the Write Stuff and the novel Viral Times (viraltimes.net). Fiction, fact and commentary.
Interests: film, stories, photography, cycling, acting, writing fiction and journalism
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HP advertised the transition off of 3000s as a migration in 2002. The changes and replacements took place throughout the rest of that decade, culminating around the time HP was closing off its support operations for MPE/iX in 2011. That... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
I would like to set up an HP 3000 as a file server. In one of my accounts I want to have a share for my 100 users pointing to a separate directory in this account. The homes section in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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Springtime in the Bay Area is a good time to gather in support of MPE/iX. Five years ago this week Stromasys hosted a social mixer at the Tied House pub, a Mountain View venue just 10 minutes away from next... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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Yesterday CBS News aired a Sunday Morning story about the fate of pubs in the UK. Pubs grew up in the country from the 17th Century. In recent years, though, their numbers are in decline. You can't smoke in a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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HP 3000s took a big step forward with the introduction of a fresh intrinsic in 1995. Intrinsics are a wonderful thing to power HP 3000 development and enhancement. There was a time when file information was hard to procure on... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The LinkedIn Group for the HP 3000 Community carried news of solid state storage this week. Tracy Johnson reported that his XP12000 disk array has been replaced by a two-unit SSD array. Four years ago, Johnson said he was moving... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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A Hidden Value question was posed about how manual and automatic masters work in TurboIMAGE. Roy Brown gave a fine tutorial on how these features do their jobs for MPE and the 3000 -- as well as how a detail... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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During a May of 33 years ago, the award-winning database at the 3000's heart got a hearty defense. HP had customers in 1985 who wanted relational indexes for their 3000 data — and a speedy Omnidex utility for IMAGE was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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This week I made my reservations for a date that's become rare in our community. On June 23, the 3000's experts, vendors, and consultants are gathering for another 3000 Reunion. That's the name that Apple is using for the group,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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A mysterious photo on a 3000 group website has started to spark guesses this week. Brett Forsyth has tacked a photo onto the LinkedIn Group that serves the HP 3000 Community. He's invited guesses on how a suitcase, or some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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We have a tape device that is not responding; that is, we put the tape in, but it is not coming online. I also see that a user is logged into the system using the LDEV assigned to the tape... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The provider of the only HP 3000 emulation solution, Stromasys, has announced a new product for its Digital VMS customer base. The Charon VAX platform got a launch of OpenVMS Operating System support on both the original VAX hardware and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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My first thought for this article was to ask, "Are you lonesome tonight?" Of course it's the lyric to the famous Elvis song. The tale of that tune suggests that being separated from something you love will help you back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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By John Burke After reading Jim Hawkins’ reply to my SCSI is SCSI article, I was reminded about HP’s 4Gb disk drive fiasco. These branded drives had a nasty habit of failing after being powered off after they’d been running... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In late April of 1999, first steps were being taken for the largest website ever devoted to the 3000 community. The site was not from the 3000 NewsWire, although we'd been publishing 40-plus stories a month for almost four years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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It's a reasonable question, that one, whose answer gets pursued by homesteaders and migrators alike. How many of those computers are still running out there? That's the question asked by the vendors who aren't familiar with the 3000. From another... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
I’m replacing my Model 10 array with a Model 20 on MPEXL_SYSTEM_VOLUME_SET, so it'll require a reinstall. What’s the best way to reinstate my network config files? Just restore NMCONFIG and NPCONFIG? I'm hoping I can use my old CSLT... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In the aftermath of the Interex user group bankruptcy, an HP enterprise user group survived. That group remains intact to this day. Its survival is due to an ability to combine forces with other groups, an effort that kicked off... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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By Roy Brown Each kind of migration has its advocates, and each has its pros and cons. Your constraints are going to be cost, time, and risk. Probably in that order. I can’t say much about the first two; that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Newswire Classic By Roy Brown So you are going to migrate. When migrating to a different system or platform, there’s usually something the vendor needs you to lose. But is it essential business functionality, or just an implementation quirk of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Stromasys, makers of the HP 3000 virtualization and emulation product Charon-HPA/3000, announced the company has hired Susan Skonetski as its Director of Customer Development. Skonetski comes to the Charon product team from the VMS Software firm that's been taking over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Is MPE/iX sensitive to heartbeat signals generated by network transceivers in LANs? We think it's having a performance impact on our 9x7. What can we do? These extra heartbeats can be a drain of up to 15 percent on CPU.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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By Bruce McRitchie VerraDyne Time — it marches on. We can measure it, bend it and try to avoid it. But in the end the clock keeps ticking. This is true for owners of the venerable HP 3000. In its... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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HP 3000s have survived more than 40 years by now. The live-server count probably numbers in the thousands, a populace that includes many members of the Series 9x8 line. This month, 24 years ago, HP started to deliver that low-end... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Keeping storage devices fresh is a key step in maintaining a datacenter that uses HP's 3000 hardware. Newer 3000s give you more options. Our net.digest columnist John Burke shared advice that's still good today while planning the future for a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire