Fwd: IBM Alumni Directory

2020-06-30 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I'm just the messenger... Forwarded Message Subject:IBM Alumni Directory Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:59:22 + (UTC) From: Bob McGrath To: i...@agentsadvanceinc.com Spending time updating the online IBM Alumni Directory while trying to shelter in place.

Re: Here we go again

2020-04-22 Thread Gabe Goldberg
When I joined Mitre Corporation in 1971, my first TIAA-CREF end-of-year retirement statement predicted benefits I'd receive starting February 1, 2012. I suspect they'd been calculating/storing/displaying 21st century dates long before they needed one for me. Banks, insurance companies,

IBM will offer free COBOL training to address overloaded unemployment systems

2020-04-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
IBM is releasing a free training course next week to teach the 60-year-old programming language COBOL to coders. It is also launching a forum where those with knowledge of the language can be matched with companies in need of help maintaining their critical systems. The moves come in response

Re: New Jersey Pleas for COBOL Coders for Mainframes Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

2020-04-05 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Better article: https://freedomafterthesharks.com/2016/06/27/exactly-what-is-cobol-and-why-is-cobol-still-a-widely-used-language-in-it/ Phil Smith III said: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/new-jersey-cobol-coders-mainframes-coronavirus Reasonably bad article but kinda

Re: it was 20 years ago today

2020-01-04 Thread Gabe Goldberg
And this mess: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/23/style/y2k-bug-millennials.html On 1/3/2020 1:23 PM, Gabe Goldberg wrote: Just came across:  ‘Here We Go. The Chaos Is Starting’: An Oral History of Y2K https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a30338692/y2k-panic/ I

Re: it was 20 years ago today

2020-01-03 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Just came across:  ‘Here We Go. The Chaos Is Starting’: An Oral History of Y2K https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a30338692/y2k-panic/ I still have about half the Y2K books I bought, figure they'll go with the next Great Purge. Circa 1995 I thought of doing "The Y2K

IBM Destination z - Of Elephants and Mainframes

2019-08-01 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Think back… think way back, possibly to before you were born. Think of the reasons why SHARE was founded in 1955, and the main activities of SHARE. Once upon a time, when electronic computing technology was still being figured out, each new machine was so different from its predecessors that

Re: Help wanted | Computerworld Shark Tank

2019-07-20 Thread Gabe Goldberg
A friend had this long-ago story: he worked at Data General, on a not-yet released product. He saw an ad seeking someone with n years experience on the product. He was the only person on the planet qualified and he wasn't looking to change jobs. Uh oh. On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 7:37 AM Mark

DASD nostalgia

2019-07-19 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I mentioned a while ago remembering a friend's long-ago story about disk head crashes at DEC, resolved by rotating drive cabinet so platters aligned with loading dock of old mill building (rather than rotating perpendicular to dock's orientation). Problem had been head crashes when trucks

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Long ago I was asked for advice on proving that it was unsafe running multiple levels of classified material on VM, in a data center where the manager had -- of course -- insisted that it was. Whether or not that was true (and whether or not it could be proven), I suggested first

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I had a Sev 1 APAR against PROFS (or when it became OfficeVision) by pointing out that (at least on VM) sending a document with embedded .sy control word could, say, quietly format recipient's A disk (for those who've never touched VM, that's a VM user's personal storage). Tricky fix was

Fwd: Query for article on testing mainframe systems, applications, networks

2019-05-01 Thread Gabe Goldberg
? Forwarded Message Subject: Query for article on testing mainframe systems, applications, networks Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:41:17 -0400 From: Gabe Goldberg Query for article on testing mainframe systems, applications, networks This is for website/magazine I'd not seen before: https

Query for article on testing mainframe systems, applications, networks

2019-04-29 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Query for article on testing mainframe systems, applications, networks This is for website/magazine I'd not seen before: https://increment.com/ It's described: Increment is a print and digital magazine about how teams build and operate software systems at scale. It has an interesting approach,

Re: Incoming | Computerworld SHARK TANK

2019-04-16 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Indeed. Long ago, at Mitre -- relatively small account (360/50 running OS/MVT when I joined, 4341 and 4381 running VM as Single System Image when I left) that punched above its weight, we had an FE room with supplies/manuals/etc. -- including microcode listings as long as they were available

Re: Incoming | Computerworld SHARK TANK

2019-04-15 Thread Gabe Goldberg
No kidding. Long ago, monitor on a friend's PS/2 failed. Being a mainframer she was accustomed to calling IBM for software/hardware support -- so she called Support Center. They scheduled a visit. I was home, fellow showed up in unmarked white van, swapped monitors, cleaned up minimal packing

Re: Incoming | Computerworld SHARK TANK

2019-04-14 Thread Gabe Goldberg
was left remained there and didn't pollute the river anymore. Wouldn't want to eat any of the fish out of that pond. There were surely many other stories that I never heard. On 4/13/2019 12:16 PM, Gabe Goldberg wrote: Many years ago I had friends in old DEC building in Maynard, MA. They had story

Re: Incoming | Computerworld SHARK TANK

2019-04-13 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Many years ago I had friends in old DEC building in Maynard, MA. They had story of periodic head crashes on monster disk drives with vertically spinning platters. They realized cause: trucks backing into loading dock hitting and shaking the building -- since platters were oriented

Annual Enterprise Computing Community Conference

2019-04-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I don't think I've seen this on these lists -- it's been highly recommended to me over several years! --- 11th Annual ECC Conference, June 9 -  1 1, 2019 Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York https://ecc.marist.edu/ https://ecc.marist.edu/web/conference2010 The 11th Annual ECC National

NOTSP US Patent for Drone delivery of coffee based on a cognitive state of an individual Patent (Patent # 10,040,551 issued August 7, 2018) - Justia Patents Search

2019-01-20 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Coffee or other drink, for example a caffeine containing drink, is delivered to individuals that would like the drink, or who have a predetermined cognitive state, using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)/drone. The drink is connected to the UAV, and the UAV flies to an area including people,

The Yoda of Silicon Valley - The New York Times

2018-12-22 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Donald Knuth, master of algorithms, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress, “The Art of Computer Programming.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/science/donald-knuth-computers-algorithms-programming.html ...plenty here on computers, programming, mathematics, typesetting. I've forever

Charles B. Wang, former Islanders owner dies, his attorney says | Newsday

2018-10-21 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Born in Shanghai, China, he moved to the United States with his family at the age of 8. Wang later founded CA Technologies and led several Long Island-based philanthropic efforts. https://www.newsday.com/long-island/computer-associates-charles-wang-1.22209693 I met him when he and Russ Artzt

Destination z article: Ensuring Data Storage Longevity

2018-10-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Ensuring Data Storage Longevity Backup and Archival Data Data comes in many varieties, related to why it exists and how it's stored: active, warehouse, transactional, backup, archival and more. I'll skip over the first three forms and focus on backup data (briefly) and archival data

Computer History (Was: CLIP?)

2018-05-29 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Remember http://www.computerhistory.org/ -- Computer History Museum. They love artifacts, documentation, literature, memories: http://www.computerhistory.org/artifactdonation/ Date:Sun, 20 May 2018 03:39:44 -0500 From:Brian Westerman Subject: Re: CLIP? He originally had well thousands

Walt Doherty - RIP

2018-05-25 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Father of economics of sub-second response time; wonderful SHARE/mainframe/computing contributor. http://hosting-11936.tributes.com/obituary/show/Walter-J.-Doherty-106121619 https://jlelliotton.blogspot.com/p/the-economic-value-of-rapid-response.html -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and

[SUSPECTED SPAM] IBM Systems Magazine - Jim Stefanik on His Unique Journey to IBM Image alt tag: Jim Stefanik

2018-05-15 Thread Gabe Goldberg
/Reg Harbeck talks with Jim Stefanik about how he went from setting up a mainframe in his parent’s garage, to working for IBM./ http://ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/trends/ztalk/jim-stefanik/ -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place,

How Programming Affects Your Brain: 3 Big Truths According to Science

2018-05-01 Thread Gabe Goldberg
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-programming-affects-brain/ Funny, didn't mention effects on brain of learning APL or assembler. -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA 22042 (703) 204-0433 LinkedIn:

The Beauty of the COBOL Programming Language - DevOps.com

2018-02-20 Thread Gabe Goldberg
https://devops.com/the-beauty-of-the-cobol-programming-language-v2/ -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA 22042 (703) 204-0433 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gabegoldTwitter: GabeG0

Destination z article: Mainframes Span the Globe

2017-11-28 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Mainframes Span the Globe Clients share variations in worldwide IBM Z usage Some brands seem ubiquitous worldwide: fast-food chains are one example. And though one might assume that the same cuisine is being served 24/7, somewhere/everywhere, a few individuals inexplicably want to verify that

Preliminary query about mainframe "environmentals"

2017-11-04 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I've seen occasional list mentions/discussions about mainframe environmentals (power, cooling, floorspace, weight, etc.). Obviously these requirements have changed -- declined -- over various machine generations, but maybe this is still interesting enough for a Destination z website article.

Destination z article: Reflecting on Technology Progress

2017-10-10 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Reflecting on Technology Progress As IBM Z advances and evolves, varied skills are needed http://www.destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Reflecting-Technology-Progress http://tinyurl.com/y9m9w8jc -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver

Fwd: Fw: Special Request from Len Santalucia, Chairperson of the Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project

2017-08-14 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Forwarding here too, at Len's request. Reply as directed on survey -- not to me, just the messenger. From: Leonard Santalucia To: "william.mun...@bbh.com"

Re: Researching Destination z article on non-US mainframes

2017-08-11 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I didn't have an answer in mind for the question. If the only differences are obvious ones between countries, I'll profile the different uses of mainframes you mention, since sometimes non-US installations don't get much US visibility. But if there ARE country- or region-based variations

Re: Researching Destination z article on non-US mainframes

2017-08-09 Thread Gabe Goldberg
mention that and if it's different, I'll explore that. Gord Tomlin <gt.ibm.li...@actionsoftware.com> said: On 2017-08-08 15:37, Gabe Goldberg wrote: > If you're running a non-US mainframe Hi Gabe, To clarify: do you mean an IBM mainframe that happens to be situated outside the US, a

Researching Destination z article on non-US mainframes

2017-08-08 Thread Gabe Goldberg
in touch. As usual, if you reply to the list, please copy me directly so your note isn't buried in the daily list digest. Thanks! Forwarded Message Subject:Researching article on international mainframes Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 14:36:50 -0400 From: Gabe Goldberg &l

In Silicon Valley, dropping in at the GooglePlex, tech museums and the Jobs garage

2017-07-18 Thread Gabe Goldberg
In Silicon Valley, dropping in at the GooglePlex, tech museums and the Jobs garage By Renee Sklarew Like my college-age daughters, I am in love with my iPhone. And my ardor increased while I was researching a guidebook. With my cellphone, I narrated each hike into the Notes app, used Google

Re: Nice article about MF and Government

2017-06-10 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I have no dog in this fight -- never worked for government, never dealt with Compuware, don't remember problems with CA. Issues with other vendors, sure, as have been abundantly described here. Closest I came to gov work was 14 years at Mitre Corporation -- not-for-profit government research

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

2017-06-04 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in Maryland. She was 89. She lived in a retirement community in Silver Spring and died at a nearby hospital after a brief illness,

Article -- Application Modernization: "Here We Go Again" -- a New z/OS Application Modernization Approach

2017-06-04 Thread Gabe Goldberg
http://ourdigitalmags.com/publication/?i=409066#{%22issue_id%22:409066,%22numpages%22:1,%22page%22:18} Sigh -- overly elaborate URL and a magazine reader I dislike from which I can't copy a bit of text. This is tidier: http://bit.ly/2qRt7vN It's Enterprise Tech Journal, article by Phil

Re: Looks like lots of folks in marketing said thanks but no thanks

2017-05-29 Thread Gabe Goldberg
It's amazing what technology can do: http://ericwhitacre.com/the-virtual-choir https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong ...not symphony, but still remote collaboration. Timothy Sipples quoted Steve Smith who wrote: > A symphony can

IBM z/OS Systems Programmer Wanted -- Consultant / Contractor

2017-04-25 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I'm forwarding for colleague -- respond as requested below, not to me (but OK to copy me so I see this worked). IBM z/OS Systems Programmer Wanted Consultant / Contractor Requires highly experienced systems programmer capable of performing all conceivable z/OS tasks such as maintaining IOCDS,

Bridging the Distance: Remote system control, despite its complexity, is worth it

2017-03-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Bridging the Distance Remote system control, despite its complexity, is worth it Remote system programming used to mean using a keypunch machine outside the data center. But card decks still needed to get to the clunky 2540 or equivalent unit record device. Maybe we had a key or door code to

Query for Destination z article: How has system programming changed?

2017-02-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
How has system programming changed over the mainframe's life? Over your career? What did you do in the early days, what do you do now? Is it still "system programming" or ... what? Has traditional system programming become some/mostly/all system administration? Has how you divide time between

Legacy code can cost you billions. Just ask an airline.

2017-02-02 Thread Gabe Goldberg
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/legacy-code-can-cost-you-billions-just-ask-airline-greg-leffler Wow. -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA 22042 (703) 204-0433 LinkedIn:

Re: Paper tape (was Re: Hidden Figures)

2017-01-17 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Great line from great (at least as I remember it) scifi book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adolescence_of_P-1 -- after a gunfight in computer room, during which a certain device took a bullet, "That 1052 had it coming". Bill Godfrey mentioned: > IBM reference >

Destination z article: IBM z/VM's Single System Image feature links systems

2017-01-03 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Seamless Computing IBM z/VM's Single System Image feature links systems If awards were given for vague and over-hyped technology terms, cloud computing could be a strong contender. Like the famous fragmented elephant description ,

IBM Lays Out Plans to Hire 25,000 in U.S. Ahead of Trump Meeting

2016-12-13 Thread Gabe Goldberg
IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty said she plans to hire about 25,000 people in the U.S. and invest $1 billion over the next four years, laying out her vision for filling technology jobs in America on the eve of a meeting of industry leaders with President-elect Donald Trump. To read

Query for Destination z article: remote system programming

2016-12-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Remote system programming used to mean using a keypunch machine outside the data center. Then 3270-style devices allowed increased potential distance -- and hike -- to and from mainframes. Finally, networked terminals, workstations, tablets, and smart phones made location irrelevant. Whether

Re: LOOKAT gone? - Doc Buddy? Seriously?

2016-12-04 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Good luck embarrassing IBM anywhere, including (or especially) at shareholders meeting. During the 1980 OCO wars I was involved in industry efforts (it wasn't just SHARE/GUIDE, ADAPSO pushed too on behalf of software vendor members) fighting. I went to shareholders meeting and suggested to IBM

Re: LOOKAT gone? - Compiler incest

2016-12-04 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Related, I think the VM community's wonderful Melinda Varian observed that the best software is developed by people (often individuals) who actually want to use it. On the VM side, that includes Mike Cowlishaw's REXX and John Hartmann's CMS Pipelines. I'm sure z/OS has many equivalent stellar

Destination z article: Lessons Learned

2016-11-26 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Lessons Learned More seasoned mainframers advise their younger selves and Generation Z workers http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Lessons-Learned http://tinyurl.com/gpdrxbb Time travel is a science fiction literature staple, from “Back to the Future” and “Terminator” film

IBM Jargon and General Computing Dictionary Tenth Edition

2016-11-20 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Worth a glance, if you've not seen this. Or a refresher if you have. http://www.comlay.net/ibmjarg.pdf It just showed up in a LinkedIn group -- not exactly hot off the press. -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA

Checklists Bring Order Out of Chaos and Enhance Reliability

2016-10-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Checklists Bring Order Out of Chaos and Enhance Reliability Systematic procedures help avoid and solve problems After spending a career with mainframes, I prefer order to chaos. I like the deterministic manner in which mainframe OSes are maintained (audit trails, full piece-part

Query for Destination z website: What advice would you give your former self?

2016-09-09 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Times change but lessons learned and insights gained can often timelessly apply equally to younger generations. And we've all had moments of "If I'd only known then what I know now". So: What advice would you give your younger self, back then? Might this include job/career options/choices,

Paging Ed Gould

2016-08-24 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Ed -- please get in touch; I'd like to confirm for attribution comments you made for article I'm writing for Destination z website on checklists. And I need your affiliation (besides being on IBM-MAIN!). Thanks, -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401

Destination z article: A Rewarding z/VSE Community

2016-06-28 Thread Gabe Goldberg
A Rewarding z/VSE Community Fans focus on participation and knowledge sharing http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/A-Rewarding-z-VSE-Community.aspx http://tinyurl.com/he7wosp -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, inc.g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls

Query for Destination z article on using checklists in IT

2016-05-23 Thread Gabe Goldberg
The excellent and readable book "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right" (link below to avoid wrapping) illustrates -- using examples from medicine, aviation, and many other contexts -- great and pervasive value in applying structure, planning, discipline, and checklists to complex

Another Connor writeup

2016-05-15 Thread Gabe Goldberg
A Gen Z Mainframe Adventure http://www.ibmsystemsmagmainframedigital.com/nxtbooks/ibmsystemsmag/mainframe_20160506/#/50 http://tinyurl.com/hqd57s3 -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA 22042 (703) 204-0433

IBM Destination z - IBM z/TPF Excels at Transaction Processing

2016-04-28 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Mighty Mainframe OS IBM z/TPF excels at transaction processing For decades—essentially since birth of the IBM System/370 in the early 1970s—mainframers have known and used the three primary members of the mainframe OS family: z/OS, z/VM and z/VSE. Ask a hundred mainframers to name z Systems

Re: "IBM Layoff Epidemic Spreads Worldwide"

2016-04-27 Thread Gabe Goldberg
that's all that's possible to provide. Anyway, as I said -- points taken regarding forwarding, especially comments from elsewhere. Ken Hume <kph...@live.com> suggested, reasonably enough: Please tell me which current IBM employees collaborated with the Nazis. On 4/25/2016 1:52 PM

"IBM Layoff Epidemic Spreads Worldwide"

2016-04-25 Thread Gabe Goldberg
"IBM Layoff Epidemic Spreads Worldwide" http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/tech-careers/ibm-layoff-epidemic-spreads-worldwide Among the comments... Disgusting practice. I wouldn't expect any less from a company that helped the nazis It's all about the CEOs salary..vote

Re: z890 in my basement

2016-04-20 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Yay, Connor -- yes indeed, amazing guy. I enjoyed meeting him when he spoke at DC's Hillgang user group a while ago, then interviewing him for IBM Systems Magazine article which will be published one of these months. Regarding giving kudos for facilitating his SHARE gig, there's also HPE for

Re: Microprocessor Optimization Primer

2016-04-03 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I'm behind reading this epic thread, but I sent a question related to it to Bill Collier, instructor I had at IBM in 1968 while in full-time training for OS/360 System Design Department. He runs http://www.mpdiag.com and is biographied at http://www.bestweb.net/~collier -- so is valuable

IBM Systems Magazine article -- Learn by looking back

2016-03-13 Thread Gabe Goldberg
http://www.ibmsystemsmagmainframedigital.com/nxtbooks/ibmsystemsmag/mainframe_20160304/#/50 The Wayback Machine -- Archive.org -- remembers it all. Or at least a lot of it! I don't like most online magazine viewers but it seems the only way to see this article. -- Gabriel Goldberg,

Mainframes Have a Long History of Accessibility -- With tools, IBM z Systems is inclusive to all

2016-01-31 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Mainframes Have a Long History of Accessibility -- with tools, IBM z Systems is inclusive to all http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Mainframes-Have-a-Long-History-of-Accessibility http://tinyurl.com/hjtvcwp Thanks to many folks who helped/suggested/contributed... -- Gabriel

Lineage of TPF

2016-01-23 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Indeed. Then a couple people responded. Good timing; I'm writing article on TPF for Destination z or IBM Systems Magazine (I forget where it'll be published). IBM TPFers have been very helpful and I'm contacting TPF users group: http://www.tpfug.org/ . I didn't post here because well, I

Where do you place VSE?

2016-01-23 Thread Gabe Goldberg
One response cited Wikipedia entry. ALSO good timing; I'm ALSO writing article on VSE community. As you'd expect, the VSE list has had a lot to say -- positive, negative, and informative. I didn't post this query here because well, I just didn't, but I should have. Better late than

Fwd: Bloomberg: IBM's Third-Quarter Revenue Misses Estimates on Currency Impact

2015-10-19 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Forwarded Message Subject: Bloomberg: IBM's Third-Quarter Revenue Misses Estimates on Currency Impact Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:17:43 -0400 From: gabeg...@gmail.com To: Gabe Goldberg <g...@gabegold.com> From Bloomberg, Oct 19, 2015, 16:11:56 IBM lowered it

Destination z article: Best System Programmer Attributes

2015-09-05 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Best System Programmer Attributes Mainframers give advice and lessons learned on what helps in the real world http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Best-System-Programmer-Attributes ...thanks to those who responded and chatted! -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc.

Destination z article -- Application Review: IBM Interactive Product Catalog

2015-09-05 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Application Review: IBM Interactive Product Catalog http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Resource-Center/Application-Review--IBM-Interactive-Product-Catalo http://tinyurl.com/p6otxfe -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place,

web: The Inevitable Return of COBOL

2015-07-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
It's only a matter of time until the Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) will regain its spotlight as one of the most in-demand skills of future generations of software engineers. We can just see it now: Programmers of the future will hop out of their driverless cars, walk into their

web: IBM is struggling. But former CEO Sam Palmisano says he isn’t looking back. ...

2015-07-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Sums it up: You're there primarily to drive financial results. We could argue the good or the bad of that—that's a nice intellectual discussion—but you're measured by your owners, the shareholders, and they expect financial performance.

Query for Destination z article -- sysprog attributes

2015-07-02 Thread Gabe Goldberg
What attributes do system programmers absolutely need? Which are nice to have? Are there kiss-of-death traits for system programmers? Attributes can be skills, instincts, knowledge, etc. What's critical, what works, what doesn't matter, what's best never shown or seen? Perhaps at least as

Destination z: Turn Experiences Into Wisdom -- Testing, planning and sharing with others

2015-03-08 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Turn Experiences Into Wisdom -- Testing, planning and sharing with others http://www.destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Turn-Experiences-Into-Wisdom.aspx http://tinyurl.com/ns8rejf -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls

Destination z: Use Career Resources to Grow

2015-03-08 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Use Career Resources to Grow -- many different places to better yourself and find like-minded individuals http://www.destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Business-Case/Using-Career-Resources-to-Grow http://tinyurl.com/o9yufu9 -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc.

Query for Destination z -- mainframe accessibility

2015-03-08 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Over the years, IBM's done great work making technology accessible -- that is, reducing effects and limitations of diminished hearing, sight, mobility, etc. In the past, I've seen fat IBM handbooks describing platform-specific accessible technology -- though not lately. But given ongoing

web: Buffett Adds to IBM Stake as Rometty Shifts Big Blue to Cloud - Bloomberg B ...

2015-02-21 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Someone still has hope ... or faith. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-17/buffett-adds-to-ibm-stake-as-rometty-shifts-big-blue-to-cloud -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA 22042 (703)

Re: Query for Dz article -- mainframe problem notification systems

2015-01-06 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I should know better than to send a query over the holidays. I only received a few responses to this but figure it's more widely applicable than that. So -- chime in, please? On 12/28/2014 16:16, Gabe Goldberg wrote: How do you learn about mainframe system problems while they're happening

Query for Dz article -- mainframe problem notification systems

2014-12-28 Thread Gabe Goldberg
How do you learn about mainframe system problems while they're happening? Using standard facilities, add-on products, home-grown tools, hybrid systems blending technologies? Have you built your own (early) warning system? Have these tools averted disasters? Missed disasters? Lessons learned,

Query for Destination z: Underutilized resources

2014-11-14 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I've worked with mainframes and then other technologies for a long time -- and have always sought communities relevant to whatever technology niche I was in. By communities I mean people, companies, organizations -- anyone with whom I shared interest in some broad-or-narrow technology

Mainframe Work, Then and Now

2014-11-13 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Mainframe Work, Then and Now -- The issues and transitions mainframers faced in the past help us improve today It's all too easy as mainframers to answer What's new? with Not much. Or to gripe about the latest bug encountered or fixed, or look forward to installing the (supposedly)

Destination z articles -- moving a data center (two parts)

2014-10-17 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I previously sent first article, not second. Here are both parts... Planning for Data Center Move Is Critical Clearly defining steps and outcome before a move, upgrade or build helps ensure a smooth transition to success

Query for Destination z article: mistakes -- teachable/learnable moments

2014-10-17 Thread Gabe Goldberg
There are at least a bazillion (Google tells me) quotes about mistakes. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that's where you will find success. On the far side of failure. Thomas J. Watson, Sr. It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. Benjamin Disraeli Anyone

Destination z article query: mainframe work changed/changing?

2014-09-11 Thread Gabe Goldberg
For Destination z, I'm writing about how mainframe work has changed -- /especially /with with tips and what might be in the future and how to stay ahead. In the that was then category, there's all this... * I learned to program a keypunch drum control card my first day working at IBM *

IBM Destination z - Planning for Data Center Move Is Critical

2014-09-08 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Planning for Data Center Move Is Critical: Clearly defining the steps and outcome before a move, upgrade or build helps ensure a smooth transition to success http://www.destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Systems-Administration/Planning-for-Data-Center-Move-Is-Critical

web: IT History Society

2014-08-26 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Hadn't seen this before... Dedicated to Preserving IT History The IT History Society (ITHS) is an international group of over 600 members working together to document, preserve, catalog, and research the history of Information Technology (IT). Comprised of individuals, academicians,

Fwd: Mainframe users love their computer artifacts - share yours

2014-07-30 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I'm the messenger -- follow links and respond as suggested below. You might have to register on Destination z website to post there. Original Message Subject:Mainframe users love their computer artifacts - share yours Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:54 -0600 From:

Re: Query for SHARE blog article -- storage media issues

2014-06-22 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Really -- hardly anything to say on this? Surprisingly few responses, less than I've received for any other queries. Is there no story here, media migration just ... works? Nothing to see here, not worth writing about? Or are some aspects worth addressing? On 6/16/2014 23:42, Gabe Goldberg

Query for SHARE blog article -- storage media issues

2014-06-16 Thread Gabe Goldberg
As devices (DASD, tape, etc.) and media change format or simply age, how do you ensure you can read what's recorded? How do you migrate data across changing device types/characteristics? How much does device topology matter for that? What happens when you change backup tools/technology? Has

Destination z: Cherished Computer Memories

2014-06-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Part 2 Cherished Computer Memories: Holding on to keepsakes can teach us about a certain time in computing and help us relive our experiences http://www.destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Cherished-Computer-Memories ...thanks, IBM-Main, for reminder about button man! -- Gabriel

Re: Destination z article: Artifacts -- Holding on to History

2014-06-06 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Right and thanks! Buttons are covered in second part; I sent the editor an added sentence about Barry's buttons. Ed Finnellefinnel...@aol.com said: http://www.mxg.com/thebuttonman/index.htm dasdbi...@comcast.net writes: Holy horrors, Batman! You omitted Barry Merrill's very hefty white

Destination z article: Artifacts -- Holding on to History

2014-06-05 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Holding on to History Personal artifacts allow people to remember and preserve industry history http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Trends/Holding-on-to-History.aspx -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple Place, Falls Church, VA

Destination z article: Bringing New Workloads to System z

2014-06-05 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Bringing New Workloads to System z (Part 1) Simplify System z acquisitions and upgrades with IBM solution editions http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Business-Case/Bringing-New-Workloads-to-System-z.aspx Solutions Move Forward with System z (Part 2) IBM Solution Editions help cloud

Destination z article: Turn Challenges Into Opportunities

2014-06-05 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Turn Challenges Into Opportunities Mainframes—and Mainframers—Can Learn From the Past and One Another http://www.destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Business-Case/Turn-Challenges-Into-Opportunities -- Gabriel Goldberg, Computers and Publishing, Inc. g...@gabegold.com 3401 Silver Maple

Fwd: Bloomberg: Old and Fired at IBM: Tech Trendsetter Changes the Game, Guards Age Data

2014-05-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
From Bloomberg, May 12, 2014, 5:00:00 Although IBM employees are now able to accept a severance agreement and maintain their ability to bring an age- discrimination claim in arbitration, the strategy could make it harder and riskier for dismissed older employees to decide whether it’s worth

Query for Destination z website -- relocating a data center

2014-05-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Have you moved a data center? What was involved? How much fun was it? What was involved, from start to finish? Does the old disruption rule, two moves equals one fire apply? Please share lessons learned, gotchas suffered or avoided, if only wishes, war stories, etc. Here's some thinking

Query for Destination z article -- artifacts

2014-03-28 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Most people here have been at this a while (or a long time, or forever). So we've all seen technologies come and go -- probably with mixed feelings. Some vanished too soon, good riddance to others. What computing/career artifacts do people have? I have a couple hex calculators. One is the TI

Query for Destination z article -- identifying/overcoming mainframe challenges

2014-02-26 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Challenges are everywhere -- doing more with fewer resources, maintaining security, management/user sometimes willful ignorance of mainframe characteristics and strengths, disrespect (different from ignorance!) for mainframe heritage and value, staffing (recruiting needed skills,

Destination z article -- Mainframe Magna Carta

2013-12-07 Thread Gabe Goldberg
Mainframe Magna Carta The promise and reality of the IBM Mainframe Charter and Statements of Integrity http://destinationz.org/Mainframe-Solution/Business-Case/mainframe-charter-statement-of-integrity.aspx -- For IBM-MAIN

Fwd: Bloomberg: Druckenmiller Shorting IBM in Bet Cloud Computing to Win

2013-11-22 Thread Gabe Goldberg
He's also betting against Warren Buffet, of course... and against IBM technology providing cloud computing. From Bloomberg, Nov 22, 2013, 16:18:03 Stan Druckenmiller, who has one of the best track records in the hedge-fund industry over the past three decades, said he’s betting against the

Query for SHARE blog -- Redbooks, residencies, etc.

2013-11-12 Thread Gabe Goldberg
I'm writing an article for SHARE blog -- http://www.share.org/p/bl/et/blogid=2 -- on Redbooks, Redpapers, Redguides, residencies (shouldn't they be Redidencies or some such?), workshops, and the ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) structure behind them.

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