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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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Is using PURGEGROUP a way to clean up where groups reside on multiple volume sets? I want to remove groups from Volumesets that aren't considered HOMEVS. Tracy Johnson says The syntax for a command on group PUB.CCC might read PURGEGROUP... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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At a recent meeting of HP 3000 managers running ERP shops, the present conditions and futures surfaced during a discussion. The MANMAN users, running an application on 3000s that hasn't seen an update in more than a decade—like their servers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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Some functionality of MPE/iX will be outliving its accuracy. That's the situation with the CALENDAR intrinsic, which now has less than 10 years of correct capability remaining. Few 3000 support and development companies can reach inside MPE/iX source, and of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Terms about transition have been fluid and flexible for more than a decade in the 3000 community. People say migration when the solution is actually conversion. Migration has also been called emulation, a status that was the holy grail when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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NewsWire Classic By John Burke Even though Patch/iX and Stage/iX were introduced with MPE/iX in 1996, these HP tools are poorly understood and generally under-used. Both are tremendous productivity tools when compared with previous techniques for applying patches to MPE/iX.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Patches and workarounds will be a continuing part of the 3000 manager's life, even here in the second decade of the 3000's Afterlife. You can get patches if you want 'em. You may want a workaround instead. A custom workaround... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Ten years ago the threads between MPE/iX patches and Hewlett-Packard were intact. The vendor stopped developing the fixes and additions to a 3000's abilities. But owners were assured that the software would be ready for download. A call to HP's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
How can I set up a time constraint to a particular login, or group of logins, onto the HP 3000? If you do not have a security product, you could create a UDC using OPTION LOGON, which would check the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Meg Whitman, who led HP from an acquisition-hungry behemoth to a company split in two, is heading to work making short television. Good Morning Silicon Valley reports that she's going to lead NewTV — a name is considered to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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A personable community was one of the big reasons the HP 3000 got its own publication. The HP Unix community was more reticent during the 1980s, holding just a few meetings. HP 3000 owners and managers were a social bunch.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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I am in serious need of some hardware and hardware setup redesign. Essentially, we have 30GB of disk all in the system volume set and want to add 20GB more and go to multiple volume sets. How do I do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The HP 3000 has journeyed on the migration path for more than 16 years. The journey's length hasn't kept the community from gaining new resources give an MPE/iX datacenter a fresh home, though. VerraDyne takes a bow this year with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
Newswire Classic Editor's Note: The 3000s still in service continue to require disaster recovery processes and plans. Here's a primer on crafting what's needed. By Gilles Schipper Newswire Homesteading Editor While working with a customer on the design and implementation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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A few weeks ago the 3000 community was polled for a legendary box. One of the most senior editions of Classic 3000s, a Series 42, came up on the Cypress Technology Wanted to Buy list. The 42 was the first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The world of cloud-based ERP got a rumble today when Rootstock acquired competitor Kenandy. The Support Group is a MANMAN-ERP service firm that's got a Kenandy migration in its resume by this year, after moving Disston Tools off MANMAN and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
Newswire Classic By John Burke It is probably more and more likely that, as the years pass by, you will discover a STORE tape and wonder when it was created. Therefore it is a good idea to review how to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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It's a world where it's ever-harder to find files of value. This week a story aired on NPR about a hapless young man who mislaid a digital Bitcoin wallet. The currency that was worth pennies eight years ago when he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Now that it's 2018, there's less than 10 years remaining before HP's intrinsic for date handling on MPE/iX loses its senses. CALENDAR's upcoming problems have fixes. There's a DIY method that in-house application developers can use to make dates in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Editor's note: In the last two weeks 3000 owners have been asking about DDS tape storage migration and how to find 38-year-old systems. Here in the last working day for the year 2017, it seems like we're running in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire
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About a month ago, HP 3000 managers, vendors and developers shared techniques on getting their MPE/iX systems a longer lease on life. The barrier of 2028 and beyond has been cleared. Now it's time to clear up some questions about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire
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Wayback Wednesday The replacement hardware arrived in a box that fit inside my mailbox. We bought a jumbo-sized mailbox in 1993, one big enough to let the industry trade journals lie flat on its floor. In those days our community... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire
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Replacing HP's 3000 hardware is a natural occurrence in a homesteader's life. Components and systems built in the middle 1990s wear out after 20 years of use, whether it's frequent or infrequent. I felt the same way when I checked... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire
I have a new HP 3000 A-500 installation that I can't Telnet to. Ping works both ways, but I get nothing with Reflection's Telnet. What do I need to check on the 3000 to get Telnet running? Robert Schlosser says:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire
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It was an odd encounter to see the HP 3000 show up on the Forbes website recently. An article about technology and school systems mentioned the server in a sideswipe of a wisecrack. Justin Vincent, a CTO at a school... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire
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I began writing about migrations only in 2001, after HP decided that moving was the way forward for 3000 folk. I already had 17 years on the 3000 beat by then. Much has happened over these last 16 years, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at 3000 NewsWire