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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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In 2009 in this month we made a case for why the time was ripe for a product to emulate HP's aging hardware for MPE/iX. Time has only reinforced those talking points. It's worthwhile to review them while figuring what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at 3000 NewsWire
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I’m replacing my old Model 10 with a Model 20 on MPEXL_SYSTEM_VOLUME_SET. This will of course require a re-INSTALL. What’s the best way to reinstate my network config files? Just restore NMCONFIG and NPCONFIG? Can I use my old CSLT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at 3000 NewsWire
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Ten years ago a system admin who used a 3000 explained why emulation seemed to be a bad idea. In the era of 2009 there was no software to emulate PA-RISC processing on an Intel system. The problem really didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at 3000 NewsWire
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(Hat-tip to 3kRanger's website) Getting rid of HP's hardware will be a more popular choice during this year. For some companies that might mean shedding MPE/iX. The Hewlett-Packard iron worries some 3000 sites. But not enough to drop MPE/iX, for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at 3000 NewsWire
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Experts on 3000 practices are advising customers to get away from using tape devices. You may have no other choice while tending to an achival system, though. An interleaved backup requires special handling. Backup errors on STORE tapes can occur... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at 3000 NewsWire
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Robert Mills has a plan to put an HP 3000 in his pocket. The UK programmer reported this week that he's got the MPE V version of an HP 3000, the Series III Simulator, running on a Dell Inspiron desktop.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at 3000 NewsWire
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When MPE/iX systems, both virtual and physical, see their clocks tick over tonight at midnight, it will be a significant date. The end of Dec. 31 puts MPE/iX, as crafted by its creators — into single digits for years remaining.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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By Gilles Schipper While working with a customer on the design and implementation of disaster recovery (DR) plan for a large HP 3000 system, it became apparent the implementation had room for improvement. In this specific example, the customer had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Eleven years ago we wished for nine things that would help 3000 users in the years to come. At the close of 2007 there was no virtual HP 3000 product like Charon. We didn't even allow ourselves to wish for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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I want to provide an option for rebooting an HP 3000 remotely using LDEV 21. How do I do it? Can I using a modem and landline or an IP address to get to LDEV 21? Gary Stephens replies Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Earlier this year Jeff Kubler of Kubler Consulting was trying to label the status of MPE/iX security. The distinction between hardware and software is noteworthy. Whatever security the 3000s had confers onto the virtualized 3000s running under the Charon emulator... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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The Distributed Terminal Controller was a networking device with intelligence that stood between an HP 3000 and a peripheral. We use the past tense to describe the DTC usage for many of the homesteading 3000 sites. In some places, DTCs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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There are still moments out there waiting for the homesteading 3000 manager. The ones where someone in IT who's pretty sure they know better about systems says something like "MPE sucks." Or anything equally glib, dressed up little to hide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Editor's Note: Initial HP 3000 hardware networking can be like a trip down a Yellow Brick Road. Here's a primer for the administrator who's wondering if that HP 3000 can link to a network By Curtis Larsen Auntie MAU! Auntie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Ten years ago this week the 3000 community was in a state of anticipation about MPE/iX. HP had an offer it was preparing that would give select vendors the right to use the operating system code. The vendors would have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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NewsWire Classic By Jeff Kubler You need to get management support for your efforts to keep your systems performing at their best. Memory and disk are two components of your performance picture under MPE/iX. Main Memory is the scratch pad... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Almost two years ago, an expert in HP's 3000 systems was working to use solid state disks (SSD) with the computer. John Zoltak was trying to link the server to microSD cards late in 2016. He checked in with us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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An HP 9000 HP-UX virtualization product is in development. In that kind of design, a single Intel server with enough computing power (concurrent threads) could host both HP 3000 and HP 9000 virtualizations. HP had the same objective almost 20... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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In a webinar this week, Stromasys made its case for how shutting down HP's 3000 hardware can reduce an IT budget. Using data from Gartner analysts and other sources, the company estimates that downtime costs companies $1 million per year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Early this morning the new-ish HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was connecting with its customers in an old-school way. The HPE Discover conference has been unreeling since Monday and today was the final day of three in Madrid. These kinds of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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It's been many years since an HP 3000 appeared on a datacenter's budget. That's only true of the capital expenses for Hewlett Packard's hardware. It's been so long since the vendor billed for MPE/iX computing that the Hewlett-Packard corporation which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Editor's note: We're taking Friday off for some holiday R&R during the Turkey Day weekend. Homesteading customers who rely on HP's 3000 hardware have complete systems waiting to backstop their production operations. This month some discussion on a 3000 newsgroup... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Long ago the HP 3000 was faced with a problem at HP. The vendor wanted the system to fit in. Fit with customer expectations of compatibility. Fit into the ecosystem of open systems, those touted like HP-UX as uniform enough... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
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Steve Douglass of United Technologies Aerospace Systems writes, "We have an A-Class 400-100 machine that would only stay up about an hour before it autobooted. This machine was simply used for archived data lookup from an old ERP system. After... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire
You can use shorthand and say "November 2001." Or you can say the day that HP's 3000 music died. November 14 still marks the start of the post-HP era for MPE/iX as well as the 3000 hardware HP sold. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at 3000 NewsWire