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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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Ten years ago this month the LinkedIn group for HP 3000 users opened for communications. In a posting from August of 2008 we took note of 30 members in a new group devoted to a server that hadn't shipped a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3000 NewsWire
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In early 2028 I’ll be 70, and some MPE/iX apps could be 40 years old. I can hope retirement is in my rangefinder by then, but at the moment it looks like I’ll be writing until I can’t make sentences... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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Newswire Classic Twenty years ago HP took steps forward, into the realm beyond 2028, when it released a set of COBOL-related MPE/iX intrinsics. The community is now looking into the next decade and seeing a possibility of hurdling the Dec.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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The Newswire's articles can sometimes be evergreen, even in the hottest months of the year. This week we got an email about a 2001 article that introduced Linux to our readers. A companion to the article from 17 years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Despite having both hardware and application vendor deserting them, companies who chose the Ecometry e-commerce software to run on HP 3000s keep making sales. Fluent Edge Technologies has served Ecometry sites for more than 20 years. Cliff Looyenga checked in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The coming change for HP 3000 date-keeping is a product of the computer's operating system. The hardware will run as it always has, no matter how far ahead calendars and dates reach into the future. Even into the year 2028... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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By Scott Hirsh There is a saying in Washington about Washington: “If you want a friend, get a dog.” Ha! We system managers should be so lucky. We can’t even be our own best friend. It’s sad but true: we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Earlier this month a seasoned veteran of 3000 development asked how he could get SFTP service supported for his system. He's been managing a 3000 that's been ordered to employ file transfers that are more secure than FTP. Secure FTP... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Illustration by Melanie Demmer A few years ago the world's astronomers kicked Pluto out of the list of planets. 3000 owners and managers might know how that feels. Pluto was a perfectly acceptable planet for 80 years, like the 3000... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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HP's storage for the 3000 was always a step later to arrive than on the Unix side of the business line. Sometimes a storage protocol like an SCSI bus was rated at half the speed of the HP-UX version, even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Twenty years ago this month the 3000 community got its biggest assurance of a long future. The system's lab manager said that the IA-64 architecture would be fully supported in future 3000 models. New compilers would be built for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Just a bit more than a week ago the airwaves were quiet around the 3000-L mailing list. It had been more than a month without a message. 3000-L used to have thousands of messages a month. Those were the days... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The last recorded message on the 3000-L mailing list and newsgroup was posted on June 12. The five weeks of radio silence is the longest this information asset has weathered. The quiet isn't due to technical difficulties. A test message... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
I have a 959 system at my site and there are times when I can't get the remote console port on LDEV 21 to work. How do I troubleshoot this problem and reset the console port? 1. Is the port... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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As much as companies want to step away from legacy data systems, some are forced to make historical vaults of financials, customer profiles, inventory and much more. The HP 3000's current populace is full of this kind of work —... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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At this summer's 3000 Reunion, close to two dozen friends and colleagues broke bread, watched video, asked questions and listened to advice. There was a local flavor to the visitor's register. There was also experience shared about what bets to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
I have a script that uses FTP to send files to a site which we open by IP address. We've been asked to change to SFTP (port 22) and use the DNS name instead of an IP address, and I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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On the night before this summer's HP 3000 reunion, a handful of grey experts shared stories over a bar in Orly Larson's tiki hut. The Hewlett-Packard veteran and IMAGE expert built the hut in his backyard just beyond the ping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In Cupertino at this summer's 3000 Reunion, the attendees who flocked to the flocked-wallpaper pub room on a Saturday read a roadmap to continued use of MPE/iX. The advice was wrapped around hardware because Ralph Bagen delivered the goods. He... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The number of people in the pub was not noteworthy. The weekend's HP 3000 Reunion added up to something more than a body count, though, a remarkable and lively turnout for a computer whose vendor declared it dead more than... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In a few hours I'll be back home. Well, one of my homes. There's the one in Texas. The one I visited this month in Toledo where I grew up, and the one in my heart for my bride and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Just an afternoon, to trade stories on the 3000 On June 23, the 3000's users, friends and family are gathering for the latest 3000 Reunion. It may be the last, but then legendary rock bands tell us each tour is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
Newswire Classic By Gilles Schipper The activity light on the 3000's LDEV 1 was abnormally high, and we noticed very sluggish response time, even though only the console was signed on and no batch jobs were executing. Having no idea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Fresche Legacy floated a request this month for 3000 experts to contact the company which was once called Speedware. Eric Mintz runs the services group there. Fresche Solutions (formerly Speedware) is looking for HP resources (related to MPE, HP-UX, 4GLs,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has reintroduced its ProLiant workhorse, talking up the server in connection with next week's HP Discover conference in Las Vegas. The DL325, when it ships in July, will be a newer and more powerful model of the DL380... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire