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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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Earlier this month, a long-time 3000 migration firm pointed to an IEEE article about legacy IT investments. Inside the Hidden World of Legacy IT Systems quotes a study by Statista that reports that three-quarters of all IT spending since 2010... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3000 NewsWire
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HP 3000 and MPE/iX manuals might be found anywhere these days. It's a common request to hear from a 3000 pro, "Where can I find that manual? HP is back in this business with a new interface. These webpages at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3000 NewsWire
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It was easy to complain about OpenMPE's unmet hopes and dreams. HP never gave the small collective of ardent MPE veterans a chance to change things top to bottom. Hemmed in by non-negotaible NDAs, and sequestered to the corral where... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3000 NewsWire
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Using the analogy of moving out of a house, an MB Foster Webinar shows how application portfolios can tell a company when it's sensible to move apps. Sometimes it's off the 3000 altogether, and then it triggers retirement. Migrations can... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3000 NewsWire
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This holiday weekend, many of us can give thanks for surviving a year unlike any other. A pandemic is one way to learn how deep your fortitude can go. It was easier to love a business computer that was still... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3000 NewsWire
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Paper, printed with barcodes or mailed, still plays a role. Nineteen years ago, Hewlett-Packard rocked the 3000 world with a fateful announcement. "No more new 3000s," the creator of the system said. "December of 2006 marks the end of HP's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Served from a deep cup of irony comes the report that HP, both Enterprise and PC-printer arms, will be paying $1.45 million in a penalty for illegal treatment of its female employees. The US Department of Labor levied the fine,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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I’m writing to you from a blackout. It’s a willful one, because I’m staying clear of the election vote totals until later today. It’s too soon to tell what the results might mean to people like me, hoping for change,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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NewsWire Classic We've marked the end of HP's passions for the 3000 many ways and many times over the last 19 years. The month of November is upon us again, and once again filled with changes. From 10 years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Close to 30 years ago, a fresh software vendor included the HP 3000 in its targeted platforms. The hopeful mission was to help level the HP playing field for Unix and MPE/XL business computing. In the years when mainframe stability... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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TE Connectivity is closing down its HP 3000 operations by the end of this year. The company uses MANMAN to manage its manufacturing operations, including IT leadership from Terry Simpkins. This veteran of the community threw his light into my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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The World Series is on stage this week, seven games of baseball as rich in legend as anything the 3000 represents. In midsummer, the Series appeared to be a longshot to be played. COVID and its threats were reducing the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Some of the longest-standing 3000 customers continue to serve IT with MPE this year. These are often not large corporations. Glenn Osaka, who managed HP's server futures in 1996, said big customers wouldn't get an HP recommendation for MPE computing.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Do you remember the day your first 3000 logon banner rolled across a terminal or a PC? That heady feel of stepping into something new with a promise of permanent promotions? You knew about MPE, a little, or just slid... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Gilles Schipper, our Homesteading editor who's shared so much advice and instruction, wanted network help. Along the way to answers, an MPE/iX flaw was uncovered. There's a fix. But first, the problem. Schipper writes, "All of sudden, two HP 3000s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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It's November of 2000, close to a year past the harrowing Y2K milestone. The HP 3000 is now renamed the HPe3000, adding a letter to remind customers and prospects that the 36-year-old server is ready for the Web. HP Europe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Emulator day was a Saturday. February 2, 2002 arrived less than 90 days after HP cut short the lifespan of the HP 3000 hardware. On that Saturday, Robert Boers of Software Resources International announced a prototyping project. We are currently... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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The deepest and dimmest part of the 3000's road might have been the earliest days of 2002. All customers knew for certain was that HP had lost its desire to create more MPE/iX customers. Sixty days earlier, the vendor had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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It remains uncertain when everyone can return to an in-person office. For the HP 3000 manager, this kind of return may not even be necessary. With few exceptions, nearly every hour of maintenance, configuration, and development on MPE/iX can be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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For any manager outside the HP 3000 ecosystem, it's hard to fathom: a business server last sold during the 1990s hosts a scheduling app today. Yes, it's a 9x7 Series HP 3000, the servers that launched the second generation of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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For hobbyists who operate emulators, licenses for OpenVMS have a new supplier. VMS Software Inc. is supplying OS licenses for the VAX users who employ the Stromasys Charon emulators. Up until this year, such licenses were only available from HP.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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HP 3000s can surprise us with their tenacity. A consultant to a financial services company is managing mail exchange from an HP 3000. The work relies on the Telemon MAIL software, created in the 1990s by the well-regarded data transfer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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One decade ago this week, the Stromasys PA-RISC emulator made its debut in the market and on our webpages. The founders of the project were Dr. Robert Boers and the company's CEO in 2010, John Pritchart. Their interview with us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Hewlett-Packard manufactured countless hardware devices over the 31 years that it built HP 3000 gear. The earliest systems could heat rooms while running and buckle pickup truck beds when moved. In time, the 3000s could be carted in a luggage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire
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Apple soared through a $500 per share mark yesterday. The market confidence comes from assessing the outlook for Apple's business model. The computers and devices Apple sells are powered by proprietary chips, either today, for phones and tablets, or next... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at 3000 NewsWire