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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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We've turned the corner here at the Newswire to begin our 24th year. Thanks for all of your continued interest. We've always been interested about the future as well as the past which can teach us all. By this year,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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We have a DLT tape drive. Lately it wants to take 6-7 hours to do a backup instead of its usual two or less. But not every night, and not on the same night every week. I have been putting... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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Six years ago this week the HP 3000 emulator Charon had its debut among the masses who wanted to kick the software's tires. 2012 was the first year when a downloadable version of the PA-RISC emulator, the first of its... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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NewsWire Classic By Roy Brown Whether you are migrating data, or just wanting to present it in a more portable format, be aware of how you can manipulate it using those all-pervasive Microsoft tools. When your consulting role takes you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The fate of MPE/iX shops can be a malleable thing. In the middle of the last decade every one of them was considering paths toward the future: migrate, homestead, or some blend of the two where homesteading was the prelude... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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This article first ran in the opening month of the 3000's migration era. For the companies still working through a migration, most of the issues remain in play. More to the point for the homesteading 3000 site: These are high-level... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Is the bloom finally off the rose for migrations away from MPE/iX? I had lunch today with a support provider for third party maintenance who sees a lot of activity in the 3000 market. He said that as far as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Life in the 3000 community revolved around platforms. We used to think about these as operating systems. Long ago it was time to change that thinking and call the combo of servers and the OS a platform. You could think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In the world of book publishing, a customer with a legacy of using HP 3000s is pushing users through a migration. The Nielsen name has long been associated with TV ratings, but that former HP 3000 customer tracks so much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
Does the MPE/iX Store-to-Disc option allow for a ‘parallel store,’ analogous to a parallel store to tape? For example, when a parallel store to tape is performed, the store writes to two or more tape drives at the same time.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Ten years ago this week the HP shareholder community got a slender boost amid a storm of financial crisis around the world. While the US economy was in a meltdown, Hewlett-Packard -- still a single company -- made a fresh... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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3000 owners have made plans for many years to leave the platform. The strategies do take a considerable while to evolve into tactics, though. The planning stage is easy to get stopped at, like an elevator jammed up at a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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NewsWire Classic By Ken Robertson An overworked, understaffed data processing department is all too common in today’s ever belt-tightening, down-sizing and de-staffing companies. An ad-hoc request may come to the harried data processing manager. She may throw her hands up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The Series 918DX was going to deliver the 3000's Field of Dreams If only the HP 3000 were less costly. The price of the system and software was a sticking point for most of its life in the open systems... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
NewsWire Classic By Shawn Gordon A powerful feature of MPE is the concept of user-defined job queues. You can use these JOBQ commands to exert granular job control that is tightly coupled with MPE/iX. HP first introduced the commands in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Earlier this month a notice on the 3000-L mailing list tried to match an old HP 3000 with a new home. Joshua Johnson said he's got a Series 918 LX (the absolute bottom on the 9x8 lineup) that's got to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Here in the US we celebrate Labor Day today, a tribute to the wages and benefits that workers first guaranteed during the labor movement of the 20th Century. It's a holiday with most offices closed, but much labor in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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We’ve talked about it here before. Is there any genuine interest from 3000 owners and managers for getting their servers migrated into the cloud? In the most common scenario today, an adequately powered Amazon or Rackspace server, or even something... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Open source software developed a reputation for keeping HP 3000s online and productive, even in the face of industry requirement changes and new government regulations. Applied Technologies founder Brian Edminster has shared reports of a 3000 installation processing Point of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Earlier in August a 3000 manager who relies on the Stromasys virtualized 3000 was searching for failures. Well, he was asking about the causes for failures. He wanted to know more about failures of SFTP transfers on his MPE/iX system.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Podcast: Ending the Reruns Podcasts have become more popular than ever. We started recording and sharing stories about 3000s back in 2005 when blogs were just taking off along with the audio content that people think of as free. It's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The cozy corner of your world that's the HP 3000 Community on LinkedIn has many reports about where users are working. One story that's slid onto our desk from that community illustrates the work a 3000 owner faces when a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In the summer months of 1996, HP was plugging 3000s in where mainframes were serving. Jim Murphy, program manager for the mainframe replacement project, told the 3000 community that IBM mainframes from 30 years earlier were getting the boot because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The Stromasys Charon software is a fact of life in the homesteading community by this year, after almost six years of field service. Lately the emulator users have been offering insights on how they're using their servers. It's a lot... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Just a few weeks ago, a 3000 manager using an A-Class server checked in on how he might connect the SC-10 arrays from Hewlett-Packard to his A500. As a West Coast service provider carried the manager toward that hardware (it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire