Re: Determining program name/number of paramaters from called COBOL program

2020-09-22 Thread Tom Brennan
This may be a bit outside the box (or someone may have mentioned it already), but in the past when I wanted to know if someone was using a particular program, I'd rename that member to something else and create my own front end under the original name, which would spit out a WTO or similar and

Re: Ransoming a mainframe disk farm

2020-09-07 Thread Tom Brennan
Great notes, thanks! But real geeks know Warp Drive will be invented in 2063 and with that humans can easily catch up with Voyager, well, unless it becomes Vger. Here in the Los Angeles area a few years ago I went to see a guitar player and happened to meet a few guys who engineered and

Re: Ransoming a mainframe disk farm

2020-09-07 Thread Tom Brennan
While I really like your new term, "ransomwared", I have to disagree with the conclusion. Of course we need to try to prevent the attack, but we also need to have some kind of backup to get things at least somewhat back to normal. And that doesn't mean a single backup method for all kinds of

Re: Ransoming a mainframe disk farm

2020-09-05 Thread Tom Brennan
And to take this one step further (really one step too far), IBM boxes (DS and TS) have a built-in function called Secure Data Overwrite, so that before an old, replaced box goes out the door, the user can get a certification that all their old data is truly overwritten with multiple passes.

Re: Ransoming a mainframe disk farm

2020-09-04 Thread Tom Brennan
on behalf of Tom Brennan Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 5:31 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: Ransoming a mainframe disk farm Reminds me of a "Tech Support" (I think) magazine article I read many years ago that started out with something like, "The company datacen

Re: Ransoming a mainframe disk farm

2020-09-04 Thread Tom Brennan
Reminds me of a "Tech Support" (I think) magazine article I read many years ago that started out with something like, "The company datacenter has lost all its data, including all backups. A disgruntled employee with full access ran weekend jobs which overwrote all tapes and disk backups, and

Re: PF key - one PF key - not responding

2020-08-24 Thread Tom Brennan
I don't know if this is related, but I get emails every once in a while telling me a PC's higher PF keys don't do anything at all. It seems to often be a Dell laptop and they need to click the key either while or before clicking the PF key. People have also told me if they do (I think?) or

Re: Started task stopping immediately. No error messages.

2020-07-26 Thread Tom Brennan
From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List [IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] on behalf of Tom Brennan [t...@tombrennansoftware.com] Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:18 AM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: Started task stopping immediately. No error messages. I

Re: Started task stopping immediately. No error messages.

2020-07-26 Thread Tom Brennan
No, there was no reason for either. On 7/26/2020 9:39 AM, Paul Gilmartin wrote: On Sat, 25 Jul 2020 22:18:48 -0700, Tom Brennan wrote: I used to type JCLERROR or similar at the top of a proc I didn't want started. Like Steve said, this was typically because I was doing some work on the task

Re: Started task stopping immediately. No error messages.

2020-07-25 Thread Tom Brennan
I used to type JCLERROR or similar at the top of a proc I didn't want started. Like Steve said, this was typically because I was doing some work on the task in the middle of the night and I didn't want another sysprog (or more likely automation) starting it up until I was done. Auditors were

Re: [OT] OOBOL and English was Re: Still COBOL After All These Years?

2020-07-23 Thread Tom Brennan
Worth watching, thanks! Usually I'd rather read than listen, but this guy really moves along. That's about half an hour of info packed into 12 minutes. On 7/23/2020 6:17 PM, Tony Thigpen wrote: I know this has just about run it's course, but I came across this interesting youtube video

Re: OOBOL and English was Re: Still COBOL After All These Years?

2020-07-16 Thread Tom Brennan
On 7/16/2020 9:12 PM, Seymour J Metz wrote: I once saw a PL/I programmer that somebody had compressed Ouch! Was that common practice? If so I'm glad I never coded anything in PL/I :) -- For IBM-MAIN subscribe / signoff /

Re: z/OS 2.2 documentation

2020-07-16 Thread Tom Brennan
Maybe he's talking about this link, which is my old bookmark to the pdf's: https://www-01.ibm.com/servers/resourcelink/svc00100.nsf/pages/zosv2r2-pdf-download?OpenDocument The index is there, but if I click to look at a pdf file, I get a 404 error. On 7/16/2020 4:30 PM, Charles Mills wrote:

Re: iRC channel for 3270 and 5250

2020-07-13 Thread Tom Brennan
I don't know how IRC works, but I clicked a link and ended up here. https://ajk.me/building-an-ibm-3270-terminal-controller Wow! Nice work on the card and protocol. On 7/13/2020 5:48 AM, Alexander Huemer wrote: Hi For your information, I have created the IRC channel ##3270-5250 (mind the two

Re: ISPF 3.4 DSLIST questions

2020-07-09 Thread Tom Brennan
About 100 years ago I wrote such a program and did 4 calls, one each for ATTR=READ/UPDATE/CONTROL/ALTER. So either something new came out later, or I just didn't look hard enough :) I never thought of it as a big deal though, it's not like my program was getting called a million times a

Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-07-01 Thread Tom Brennan
ist [mailto:IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] On Behalf Of Tom Brennan Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:46 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions Thanks KB... I think I got my basic question answered, which is that one thing AT-TLS was designed for is to encrypt data

Re: Migrate z/OS DASD volumes from Mainframe to Hercules Environment

2020-07-01 Thread Tom Brennan
It wasn't me! I keep forgetting to lock up my computer when I leave my desk. http://www.mildredbrennan.com/mvs/toms_computer.png On 7/1/2020 5:53 AM, David Crayford wrote: On 2020-07-01 8:26 PM, John McKown wrote: And what? I can subscribe to IBM-MAIN using John Doe and some anonymous

Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-06-30 Thread Tom Brennan
‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐ On Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:16 AM, Tom Brennan wrote: Thanks KB... I think I got my basic question answered, which is that one thing AT-TLS was designed for is to encrypt data for TCP/IP programs that weren't originally written with encryption. In addition, it sounds like ev

Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-06-30 Thread Tom Brennan
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKEzX70moOQ I also got 200 hits for 'AT-TLS' after logging in to share.org; you might want to do the same to see which of those are the most useful to you. - KB ‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐ On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:27 PM, Tom Brennan wrote: I've tried

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-06-30 Thread Tom Brennan
Mainframe Discussion List On Behalf Of Tom Brennan Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:19 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions [CAUTION: This Email is from outside the Organization. Unless you trust the sender, Don’t click links or open a

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-06-30 Thread Tom Brennan
port ranges. FTPS handles MVS datasets better if possible use FTPS for MF to MF and use SFTP for MF to Other platforms(MS,UNIX,etc) MS -Original Message- From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List On Behalf Of Tom Brennan Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:58 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject

Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-06-30 Thread Tom Brennan
1.2 and higher. In your TELNETPARMS for the port, instead of using SECUREPORT, you use TTLSPORT, referencing a port specified in a TTLSRule in AT-TLS. First Horizon Bank Mainframe Technical Support -Original Message- From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List On Behalf Of Tom Brennan Sent

Re: AT-TLS ? Very Basic Questions

2020-06-30 Thread Tom Brennan
I've tried to skim some of the AT-TLS doc, and even attended an IBM webinar last week, but I'm still missing what I imagine are important background points. Maybe someone here can explain things, but don't worry too much about it. Client and server programs like SSH/SSHD call programs such

Re: Allocating GDG(+1) using SVC 99

2020-06-21 Thread Tom Brennan
Side note: I had to chuckle when I first saw "NDM" replaced in all the messages and screens with "C:D". Hey, a 3 character replace and we're done without having to worry about strings getting longer or shorter :) On 6/21/2020 10:24 AM, Steve Thompson wrote: Managed File Transfer. NDM, is

Re: z/OS Master Console Commands

2020-06-19 Thread Tom Brennan
And I'd add #3: Hunt for something like "key defaults" or "keyboard shortcuts" in the Help doc associated with the application. There might be a list of special keys there and that would help with other things like Clear, Attention, Erase to End of Field (or whatever that was called on a real

Re: New Mainframe Community

2020-06-15 Thread Tom Brennan
When searching google for manuals, I seem to remember coming across a site that has uploaded things like redbooks and (I believe) charges for access. Sorry no link right now but I'm sure I remember this. P.S. That'll be $19.99 for this information. But wait... if you call right now you can

Re: New Mainframe Community

2020-06-15 Thread Tom Brennan
That does seem a little unusual. It makes me wonder if Google can get to the notes for outside indexing. Tested: Apparently not. A google search for the URL comes up with only a few hits, and all bring me to the logon page when I click on them. On 6/15/2020 8:25 AM, Carmen Vitullo wrote:

Re: Quote style

2020-06-14 Thread Tom Brennan
him standing pretty much by himself, with anyone else socially distanced from him. And quit looking at ibm-main on weekends. On 6/13/20 1:05 PM, Tom Brennan wrote: On 6/13/2020 10:57 AM, Pew, Curtis G wrote: On Jun 13, 2020, at 12:46 PM, Bob Bridges wrote: Wait - is bottom-posting a thing? 

Re: "Everyone wants to retire mainframes ..."

2020-06-13 Thread Tom Brennan
Reminds me of a box of nanoseconds that the company I work for bought, containing long spools of fiber to test (or more likely prove that it won't work?) various km distances between sysplexed mainframes. http://www.mildredbrennan.com/mvs/fiber_spools.png On 6/13/2020 4:34 PM, Mark S

Re: Quote style

2020-06-13 Thread Tom Brennan
On 6/13/2020 10:57 AM, Pew, Curtis G wrote: On Jun 13, 2020, at 12:46 PM, Bob Bridges wrote: Wait - is bottom-posting a thing? I've always assumed that bottom-posters are just careless; they read down to a certain point, and then type in their responses without thinking about where. Are

Re: Quote style

2020-06-13 Thread Tom Brennan
Tom's opinion: Top posting is like a meeting where one person talks, everybody hears it, and the conversation continues without having to explain the whole meeting each time. When someone new comes along though, it would be nice to have a chronological history of what happened before -

Re: "Everyone wants to retire mainframes"

2020-06-11 Thread Tom Brennan
At least in that case you can hopefully reproduce the error :) It's the one-time lost error messages that as a support person, you sometimes have to say, "Oh well" My favorite is when someone is repeatedly getting an error, but when they call me over and without doing anything differently,

Re: [External] Re: "Everyone wants to retire mainframes"

2020-06-10 Thread Tom Brennan
Things like numeric conversion and scooting text around are difficult in assembler, so I would tend to put that off until later [1]. Then one day I coded a macro and underlying subroutine so I could do something like this: #PRINTF SYSPRINT,'DFS0929I BLDL ON DDNAME %s FAILED with RC=%d FOR

Re: "Everyone wants to retire mainframes"

2020-06-10 Thread Tom Brennan
://mason.gmu.edu/~smetz3 From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List [IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] on behalf of Tom Brennan [t...@tombrennansoftware.com] Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:29 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: "Everyone wants to r

Re: "Everyone wants to retire mainframes"

2020-06-10 Thread Tom Brennan
Yep! And I remember dynamic allocation errors where the user basically just gets the SVC99 return/reason code, and the only way to figure out what happened is to look it up in the programming manual - not even a message manual. So here's an example for you: If the BLDL gets a non-zero

Re: "Everyone wants to retire mainframes"

2020-06-09 Thread Tom Brennan
When I bought my Yamaha piano in 1989, I heard a story that Yamaha had been supplying free pianos to universities for years. It was more than them just being nice, they knew that someone practicing every day on the school grand piano would likely go on to buy one, or be the decision maker for

Re: TIME a data set was created?

2020-05-30 Thread Tom Brennan
SAMS sounds familiar, thanks! Original Message Subject: Re: TIME a data set was created? From: Alan Young Date: Sat, May 30, 2020 1:02 pm To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU You may be thinking of DMS/OS aka SAMS:DISK aka CA-DISK. From: Tom Brennan

Re: TIME a data set was created?

2020-05-30 Thread Tom Brennan
Semi-Related - I seem to remember a software product, not sure what the name was, that would poke a date and maybe other information in "unused" fields in the VTOC for each dataset. Maybe it was a last-opened date or similar. And it might have been a product that did a bit of what HSM does,

Re: Where do started PROC errors go?

2020-05-21 Thread Tom Brennan
Maybe we should all have a six-pack in the fridge that we're not allowed to touch until someone offers one. On 5/21/2020 4:44 PM, Jesse 1 Robinson wrote: Sam Virtual Adams. . . J.O.Skip Robinson Southern California Edison Company Electric Dragon Team Paddler SHARE MVS Program Co-Manager

Re: Is there any z/OS API to get byte file size for non-VSAM, non-zFS, non-database files?

2020-05-15 Thread Tom Brennan
Mainframe Discussion List [IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] on behalf of Tom Brennan [t...@tombrennansoftware.com] Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 12:44 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: Is there any z/OS API to get byte file size for non-VSAM, non-zFS, non-database files? That's one of my favor

Re: Is there any z/OS API to get byte file size for non-VSAM, non-zFS, non-database files?

2020-05-15 Thread Tom Brennan
That's one of my favorite things about Rexx (although I hear EXECIO is not really part of Rexx and I know it's not in PC versions like Regina). I've used it on some very large datasets, and yeah, you wait a bit for the data to load. But once data is in the stem variable, things are really

Re: 3270 terminals: CUT vs. DFT

2020-05-12 Thread Tom Brennan
On 5/12/2020 4:29 PM, Phil Smith III wrote: ... 3270 data streams were fun because they were so complex. Ha! Reminds me of when I was a trainee installing InfoMan V1 (I think) which was supplied with various 3270 screens in binary form, and no utility to edit them. To change a screen I had

Re: Developers say Google's Go is 'most sought after' programming language of 2020

2020-05-10 Thread Tom Brennan
Uh oh... He also has https://whydoesitsuck.com/why-does-javascript-suck/ and even https://whydoesitsuck.com/why-does-this-blog-suck/ I read his PHP page to the point where he says the PHP online doc sucks. I have to disagree - I think it's one of the best methods I've ever seen of handling

Re: Developers say Google's Go is 'most sought after' programming language of 2020

2020-05-10 Thread Tom Brennan
7 PM, David Crayford wrote: On 2020-05-10 11:33 AM, Tom Brennan wrote: When will it all settle down to just one programming language?? Ha - I know, never. Never! The new kid on the dynamic language block is Julia https://julialang.org/. It's a very well designed language that feels a l

Re: Developers say Google's Go is 'most sought after' programming language of 2020

2020-05-09 Thread Tom Brennan
tools. Nobody uses it internally. We do have a lot of products coming online that use Node.js. The young guys seem to be able to get stuff up and and running in matter of hours next not days. We use components https://www.carbondesignsystem.com/ On 10 May 2020, at 11:33 am, Tom Brennan wrote

Re: Developers say Google's Go is 'most sought after' programming language of 2020

2020-05-09 Thread Tom Brennan
Nice web site and pottery! PHP has long been my favorite even for larger web applications, and also for scripting under Windows. I was just about to try to learn something new though - web page scraping in whatever language they use for Chrome plug-ins. Now I guess I'll have to look at this

Re: IBM Developerworks is gone!

2020-05-07 Thread Tom Brennan
I've been making help-style web pages since about 2000, when my 5-year old daughter pushed me to learn a bit about html. A small group of us started a web server running on MVS at work, creating MVS doc web pages with things like JCL examples, etc. that we as sysprogs could point users to

Re: IBM-MAIN Digest - 2 May 2020 to 3 May 2020 (#2020-125)

2020-05-04 Thread Tom Brennan
I don't think it matters much. If the PC gets hacked then the hacker can probably figure out ways to get access to the mainframe whether it's setup to automatically logon or not. On 5/4/2020 1:31 PM, Tom Marchant wrote: On Mon, 4 May 2020 19:14:31 +, Frank Swarbrick wrote: What I would

Re: LzLabs

2020-05-02 Thread Tom Brennan
is available, I would hope. On 5/2/2020 6:47 PM, scott Ford wrote: Tom, I got to Switzerland due to a job phase out in NYC. It was an overall great experience. Scott On Sat, May 2, 2020 at 9:38 PM Tom Brennan wrote: Years ago I was offered a trip to Zurich (both me and my wife) to check

Re: LzLabs

2020-05-02 Thread Tom Brennan
Years ago I was offered a trip to Zurich (both me and my wife) to check things out. I said no thank you. My wife was upset :) On 5/1/2020 3:59 AM, David Crayford wrote: I used to work with the guy that was the tech lead for the LzLabs CICS project. He tried to recruit some of us!

Re: JCL error during TSO/E logon

2020-03-06 Thread Tom Brennan
I liked having DD's in my proc, but I had a second one with no DD's like you recommend. That saved the embarrassment of having to wander over to another sysprog's desk with my head held low. On 3/6/2020 10:20 AM, Steve Smith wrote: IMHO, a TSO logon proc should have no (0, zero, none, nada,

Re: Interesting IBM chip collection

2020-03-01 Thread Tom Brennan
Thanks! A home museum! On 2/29/2020 11:54 PM, Andrew Armstrong wrote: Have a look at: https://youtu.be/C0upso-RGF8 ...I didn't realise (had no way of knowing really) that the IBM multi chip modules were so colorful. -- For

Re: VSE related questions

2020-02-28 Thread Tom Brennan
Keep up with the sarcasm... I have more where this came from :) Everybody have a great weekend! On 2/28/2020 12:54 PM, Charles Mills wrote: OT. This forum is limited to questions related to punctuation and rotary dial phones. Charles -Original Message- From: IBM Mainframe Discussion

Re: 2 Spaces after periods [was: RE: Rexx parse using period as placeholder]

2020-02-28 Thread Tom Brennan
Maybe my problem is hereditary! My mom in La Mirada, California still has a working rotary dial phone hanging on the wall. I believe it doesn't even belong to her - they probably add a few dollars to the bill for rent. Printed in the center of the dial is the phone number, "LA-1 " which

Re: 2 Spaces after periods [was: RE: Rexx parse using period as placeholder]

2020-02-28 Thread Tom Brennan
--Original Message----- From: Tom Brennan To: IBM-MAIN Sent: Fri, Feb 28, 2020 9:49 am Subject: Re: 2 Spaces after periods [was: RE: Rexx parse using period as placeholder] Boomer :) On 2/28/2020 7:40 AM, Mitch Mccluhan wrote:   I VOTE FOR 2 SPACES!!!  Is that loud enough?  It has ALWAYS ma

Re: 2 Spaces after periods [was: RE: Rexx parse using period as placeholder]

2020-02-28 Thread Tom Brennan
Boomer :) On 2/28/2020 7:40 AM, Mitch Mccluhan wrote: I VOTE FOR 2 SPACES!!!  Is that loud enough?  It has ALWAYS made reading, easier. Mitch -Original Message- From: Joel C. Ewing To: IBM-MAIN Sent: Fri, Feb 28, 2020 9:26 am Subject: Re: 2 Spaces after periods [was: RE:

Re: Rexx parse using period as placeholder

2020-02-27 Thread Tom Brennan
> “Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.” Funny! And this is quite a thread I'm skimming over. I'm not totally sure if it's about old programmers who won't/can't change, or regular expressions. But I'll add my

Re: Larry Tesler Cut, Copy, Paste RIP from Computer World

2020-02-20 Thread Tom Brennan
I read a bit about him today, and I don't fully understand the software "modes" that he was apparently against. My guess is they are talking about the confusion I went through in my first BASIC college class, where the terminal started with a dot as a prompt. You type BASIC and the dot goes

Re: UTF16 to EBCDIC

2020-02-10 Thread Tom Brennan
Thanks, that makes sense. On 2/10/2020 2:23 PM, Mike Schwab wrote: Decimal instructions were affected. Character sets didn't really affect other instructions. On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 4:17 PM Tom Brennan wrote: I heard about that bit in college. Do you know what it was supposed to do

Re: UTF16 to EBCDIC

2020-02-10 Thread Tom Brennan
I heard about that bit in college. Do you know what it was supposed to do internally? On 2/10/2020 1:50 PM, Pew, Curtis G wrote: On Feb 10, 2020, at 3:01 PM, Mike Schwab wrote: ASCII wasn't finalized when the S/360 was announced. And it needed to use existing 7 bit peripherals, tapes,

Re: Who do you trust? trivia

2020-01-31 Thread Tom Brennan
Very interesting, to tell the truth. On 1/31/2020 1:54 PM, Chris Hoelscher wrote: Trivia: Who do you trust was an American game show primarily from 1957 -> 1962, hosted by Johnny Carson and his announced Ed McMahon - it was on the basis of his exposure in this endeavor that he was hired to

Re: Test post only

2020-01-25 Thread Tom Brennan
I got your test message. On 1/25/2020 10:39 AM, Jesse 1 Robinson wrote: Have not seen any new posts recently... . . J.O.Skip Robinson Southern California Edison Company Electric Dragon Team Paddler SHARE MVS Program Co-Manager 323-715-0595 Mobile 626-543-6132 Office <= NEW

Re: Talking to 3270 terminals?

2020-01-15 Thread Tom Brennan
But a couple of minutes earlier you said: > Well, I guess the proposal was to write a piece of software that a > TN3270 client connects to and is able to exchange data with it. Do you really have a 3174? Do you have a real IBM terminal? Or another way to ask: If you created such a program,

Re: it was 20 years ago today

2020-01-05 Thread Tom Brennan
software 5) Why IBM's implementation of Posix time zones is flawed 6) Is JCL really that bad? -Original Message- From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List [mailto:IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] On Behalf Of Tom Brennan Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 12:13 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re

Re: it was 20 years ago today ....

2020-01-03 Thread Tom Brennan
We probably should change the subject. Some suggestions: 1) What is the absolute best way to clear a register? 2) Exactly how many cycles does it take to do an LA instruction? 3) Is EBCDIC really that bad? On 1/3/2020 12:04 PM, Mike Schwab wrote: Was holding the primary for his replacement on

Re: it was 20 years ago today ....

2020-01-02 Thread Tom Brennan
> In the 90s Stewart Alsop famously predicted the end of the world. I just checked my old book collection and found "Time Bomb 2000" by Edward and Jennifer Yourdon. On the back it has questions like, Will your car run?, Will there be food?, Will your PC work? ... Yep, I fell for it. Marked

Re: FW: Re: it was 20 years ago today ....

2020-01-02 Thread Tom Brennan
My oldest was just hitting 5 and couldn't reach the breaker box. But I was at work anyway. I'm pretty sure everybody showed up, including the IT dept head. There was basically nothing to do. Maybe about 15 minutes after midnight I was looking at a console with a couple of managers behind

Re: How do I compare CPU times on two machines?

2019-12-14 Thread Tom Brennan
What about IBM's zPCR Windows program? That uses a base performance number from an old z9EC as a reference, coming up with numbers which look like single processor speeds that can be compared. For example: http://www.mildredbrennan.com/mvs/zpcr.png On 12/14/2019 7:28 AM, Charles Mills wrote:

Re: what is DSSUMON?

2019-12-09 Thread Tom Brennan
Unrelated, but the word TELEGENIX in that doc caught my attention. Wasn't that a box that connected to a 3270 coax cable, acted like a console (with no actual display), watched for certain messages, and then displayed tape mount serial numbers on displays mounted on top of reel tape drives?

I saw 7 new college mainframe hires!

2019-11-10 Thread Tom Brennan
Last week I was invited to an IBM z15 meeting for a particular customer. There were 7 younger folks in the row behind me who stood out among all the (let's say) "older" people there. I was amazed when I found out they were recently hired out of college by the customer and are on a 3 year

Re: Best way for a task to give up the CPU and let other tasks run?

2019-10-19 Thread Tom Brennan
harles -Original Message- From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List [mailto:IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] On Behalf Of Tom Brennan Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2019 12:37 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: Best way for a task to give up the CPU and let other tasks run? Great descripti

Re: Best way for a task to give up the CPU and let other tasks run?

2019-10-19 Thread Tom Brennan
Great descriptions! I was thinking of the PI calculation myself because that's a case where you're doing real work, but the loop could be coded with no I/O and no SVC calls (which would give up control). Now here's a case I thought about in the past: Assuming I'm running such a PI

Re: Important hardware question

2019-09-03 Thread Tom Brennan
LOL Those orange ladders are really good quality. I'm always tempted to take one home with me. On 9/3/2019 10:54 AM, zMan wrote: Only if you install an RPQ. On Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 6:43 AM Gadi Ben-Avi wrote: Is it OK to use the stool that came with a z890 to repair a z13s? The ladder

Re: Text to excel

2019-09-03 Thread Tom Brennan
And be careful even with the quotes. For example, if I use a script to create a csv file containing something like this: "3390","12E3" On my Win 10 system, even with the quotes that unit address turns into a number because Excel apparently thinks it's an exponent representation. I can fix

Re: Fwd: Case TS002648607 (PMR 76523,082,000) - Compiler abend

2019-08-29 Thread Tom Brennan
So many times I worked on a script or compiled/assembled code, got an error that made no sense, and then complained to anyone who would listen, "The system is obviously broken". And I'm sure you can guess *exactly* how many of those times the system really turned out to be broken :) On

Re: Attitude of companies toward mainframers working from home?

2019-08-22 Thread Tom Brennan
PM, Seymour J Metz wrote: I would consider a land line to be far more reasonable than a cell phone if I were telecommuting. -- Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz http://mason.gmu.edu/~smetz3 From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List on behalf of Tom Brennan Sent

Re: Attitude of companies toward mainframers working from home?

2019-08-22 Thread Tom Brennan
When I worked on site for many years around some of the best sysprogs in the business, such as Skip Robinson and Stuart Holland, about the only technical benefit was the ad-hoc meetings. I might have a question in my head and I'd just yell over the cubicle walls. Or someone would call me or

Re: Friday!

2019-07-19 Thread Tom Brennan
Simple: No Longer: I'll guess you're talking about clearing memory? I do seem to remember writing code on a z80 to clear a section of bytes to zero, and oops if I messed up it would keep writing zeros to 64K, wrap around to zero, and then continue on until the zeros hit the instructions that

Re: JCL COND Parameter

2019-07-12 Thread Tom Brennan
I always guessed COND= was invented by someone who took a Boolean Logic or Digital Electronics class, where I once heard that negative logic NAND/NOR ends up with less logic or hardware than AND/OR. On 7/12/2019 5:41 PM, Steve Smith wrote: As a long-time assembler programmer and JCL wrangler,

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-06-22 Thread Tom Brennan
No matter how correctly a site does their work, there's always a chance of an issue. So how we handle a breach should also be looked at. For example, how can data be held hostage? You just treat the failure as if your production disks all died at once, restore from your latest offline

Re: VTOC reading

2019-06-14 Thread Tom Brennan
On 6/14/2019 7:12 AM, Bill Ogden wrote: Wow. Everyone is being helpful. Yes! But only because nobody mentioned mainframe security or AMODE 32 :) I have to say when I saw that DSN=FORMAT4.DSCB post I said, "What???" and immediately went off to try it. Then I saw Skip's post about ZAP.

Re: BATCH JOB TO RUN GRS COMMAND

2019-06-01 Thread Tom Brennan
Or could it be done without having to involve the console, say with a batch TSO WHOHAS command or similar. On 6/1/2019 11:07 AM, Binyamin Dissen wrote: On Fri, 31 May 2019 16:32:13 + willie bunter <001409bd2345-dmarc-requ...@listserv.ua.edu> wrote: :>Hallo All, :>Would anybody have an

Re: Fwd: Just how secure are mainframes? | Trevor Eddolls

2019-05-30 Thread Tom Brennan
Thanks! On 5/30/2019 9:20 AM, Ray Overby wrote: ESM - External Security Manager. I use ESM when I am talking about ACF2, RACF, and TSS. On 5/30/2019 10:20 AM, Tom Brennan wrote: I've seen the acronym ESM a few times in this thread.  I'll assume that means "Enterprise Security Manag

Re: Fwd: Just how secure are mainframes? | Trevor Eddolls

2019-05-30 Thread Tom Brennan
I've seen the acronym ESM a few times in this thread. I'll assume that means "Enterprise Security Management", and I'll guess it refers to security processes (not RACF), such as assigning userid's, making sure people have just the access they need, periodic audits, etc. Am I even close? On

Re: CBT File 120 revisited

2019-05-27 Thread Tom Brennan
Sam was one of the regular writers I made sure to read every issue. It will be fun to read through some again. But now it looks like all text - where is Sam's picture, like in the magazine? :) On 5/27/2019 1:05 PM, scott Ford wrote: Sam, I loved Naspa, it was great and of the articles were

Re: IPL process - understanding IEFSSNxx

2019-05-21 Thread Tom Brennan
Thanks! That helps explain an IPL last year of a newly-created LPAR where we removed every startup parm we could think of for the first IPL. ACF2 messages still showed up on the console, so I figured there must be a hook somewhere. We had copied the res-pack from an already running system.

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-10 Thread Tom Brennan
Yep - that's what I was told. Of course it may have been just LzLabs' hope, or just talk. On 5/10/2019 10:53 AM, R.S. wrote: W dniu 2019-05-10 o 19:48, Tom Brennan pisze: And while I haven't heard any news about LzLabs (z/OS simulation on Linux) in the past couple of years, I was once told

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-10 Thread Tom Brennan
And while I haven't heard any news about LzLabs (z/OS simulation on Linux) in the past couple of years, I was once told their initial customers were going to be large European banks. If so, those banks didn't really care what platform they were running on, they just wanted their existing code

Re: Assembly JCL for tpx 5.4

2019-05-09 Thread Tom Brennan
"I'd expect unexpected results" Wait a second... I'm in a loop with that statement :) My first thought was a disassembler if this is something pretty small, and then try to pick out any assembled TPX macros and control block references since I think those would be the most likely changes

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-08 Thread Tom Brennan
"Were"... typing while eating is my excuse. Sorry for the crumbs. On 5/8/2019 12:27 PM, Tom Brennan wrote: We're you told what prevented them from getting into the mainframe, or any details about the attempt? On 5/8/2019 5:02 AM, Bill Johnson wrote: We did hire a firm to come i

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-08 Thread Tom Brennan
We're you told what prevented them from getting into the mainframe, or any details about the attempt? On 5/8/2019 5:02 AM, Bill Johnson wrote: We did hire a firm to come in and test. They were able to get into the building by piggy backing on someone else’s badge. Were able to get into

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-07 Thread Tom Brennan
beyond those assigned to your userid and groupid? -- Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz http://mason.gmu.edu/~smetz3 From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List on behalf of Tom Brennan Sent: Monday, May 6, 2019 9:27 PM To: IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU Subject: Re: mainframe

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-07 Thread Tom Brennan
On the flip side, I bet there are many folks who were prompted to check their systems when they saw Phil Young's "Soldier of Fortran" web pages. On 5/7/2019 7:49 AM, Nightwatch RenBand wrote: Publishing "success stories" is a two edged sword. Don't and other installations cannot protect

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-06 Thread Tom Brennan
had a much larger install base so was more targeted. Many other reasons. Hackers tend to target the easier platform. Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone On Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:27 PM, Tom Brennan wrote: Ok, but why is Windows easier to hack than the mainframe? Personally, I'd find a mainframe

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-06 Thread Tom Brennan
the same string for all password reset requests, and (as one of the RACF support people) I wanted to surreptitiously test that. But when they answered the phone with "Hello Tom Brennan", I thought I'd take the ruse as far as possible. The Help Desk wants to help. On 5/6/2019 7:0

Re: mainframe hacking "success stories"?

2019-05-06 Thread Tom Brennan
Ok, but why is Windows easier to hack than the mainframe? Personally, I'd find a mainframe far easier to hack because I know a little bit about control blocks, APF auth, SVC's, subsystems, address spaces, RACF, etc., and I know far less about the equivalents on Windows. But of course the

Re: Peter Frampton and IBM

2019-05-01 Thread Tom Brennan
I remember him! He made guitars talk. Ouch... I checked https://www.acronymfinder.com/IBM.html and it has at least one other body issue that could be considered worse. On 5/1/2019 6:22 PM, Phil Smith III wrote: Those of you who were conscious should know who Peter Frampton is (if you were

Re: Upper case for ISPF and SDSF

2019-04-29 Thread Tom Brennan
Just wondering... Is the reason for this because upper case may be easier to read for folks who's first language is something other than English? On 4/28/2019 10:43 PM, Gadi Ben-Avi wrote: I found a solution. There is an optional FMID you can download and install called JIF7R16 that adds

Re: ISPF development tips and tricks

2019-04-20 Thread Tom Brennan
Thanks Lionel! I skimmed over the pdf this morning - looks good! On 4/19/2019 7:10 AM, Lionel B. Dyck wrote: I am announcing a new, free, ebook with usable examples for all ISPF developers with tips and tricks to jump start or improve your dialog writing. It is 70+ pages and the zip includes

Re: Incoming | Computerworld SHARK TANK

2019-04-14 Thread Tom Brennan
testing, and they still turned over the working drive within the 2 weeks they had promised. I don't impress easily, but they impressed me. -- Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz http://mason.gmu.edu/~smetz3 From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List on behalf of Tom

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