Daily Archives: February 1, 2016

Making Fun Of Aging IBMers Is Not Funny.

by Anura Guruge

You can find this on Facebook.


Click to ENLARGE and read. It says (in case you have trouble reading it): “What has processed 5 billion transactions in the time it took you to read this? CICS”.

CICSCustomer Information Control System
is an old, much beloved and widely used 
computer system for managing
large database-oriented systems.
Think: banks, airlines, financial institutes,
utility companies, car rental etc.

Yes, granted that this is VERY nerdy and obscure joke BUT it is cruel.

It basically pokes fun at aging IBMers (I being one of them), especially those that worked on mainframes, trying to mock their APPARENT lack of awareness of modern technology and their supposed unfamiliarity with large numbers.

OK. Let me explain. The 5 BILLION number is a huge, huge, huge exaggeration.

Most people can read about 8 – 10 words per second. So 16 words = 2 seconds.

So this is saying that IBM CICS systems (and there are a LOT of them still in use) are processing 5 Billion instructions in 2 seconds.

So that is 2.5 Billion instructions a second.

And that is the BUTT of this joke.

2.5 Billion/second is just PLAIN WRONG. And that is the POINT of the joke. Anybody who wears this is going to get thought of as ‘soft’.

Per IBM (see below and use this link), and this person, from Hursley (where I worked for IBM), would know and would have no reason to make a false claim, states 10 Billion CICS transactions a DAY.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link cited above to access “Computer Weekly” original.

The real number is 1.1 MILLION transactions/second or 2.2 MILLION transactions in the time it takes to read the T-shirt blurb.

The 1.1 (1.15) million number is pretty well known. Here is another credible reference to it:


Click to access original which quotes IBM’s CICS newsletter.

Attempts like this to belittle aging IBMers, such as I, upset me. Yes, we are getting old and are no longer as swift as we once were. But it doesn’t mean that we have become complete mindless, drooling dinosaurs. We can still hold our own against the new generation of IT folks. Don’t try to trip us up by trying to get us confused as to whether it is an ‘M’ or a ‘G’.

This T-shirt was uncalled for and callous. The guy who came up with it should be ashamed of himself.

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by Anura Guruge

Camouflaged Cheetah In South Africa — Amazing Photograph In U.K. Daily Mail.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from February 1, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and enjoy here.


I felt compelled to share this with you since I know that most of you, unlike I, do not read the always brilliant, U.K. “Daily Mail“, on a daily basis, as I do. This story, without the enlarged loop I reproduce here was actually the headline story around mid-day today!

by Anura Guruge

Microsoft App For Tallying Iowa Caucus Results CANNOT, Fortunately, Be Hacked.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from February 1, 2016.

Click on images to ENLARGE and enjoy here.
Images from the “Daily Mail” article.


This, fortunately, is NOT — and I repeat ‘NOT’ — electronic voting.

There is no secret balloting per se in the Iowa caucus. People stand in areas representing the candidate they are backing and a headcount is taken, in public, by multiple people, of each group. So that CANNOT be fudged or altered.

All that this Microsoft APP is going to do is allow the 1,700 (I think the number is 1,682) precincts to enter in their numbers and then come up with the GRAND FINAL TALLY for the State.

But multiple others, including the Hillary Campaign, will do their own tallying. So this APP can do NO harm. Its results can be easily verified.

So I have no concerns about this APP unlike my major concern for fraud with electronic voting.

by Anura Guruge

Masterful Google Doodle For African-American Reformist Frederick Douglass.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Note that Frederick Douglass’ birth date is NOT KNOWN.



Click images to ENLARGE and read here. Use links above to access original.

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by Anura Guruge

22nd Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza, Giuseppe’s, Meredith Will Be On April 10, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. This is BUT a heads up so that you can mark it on you calendar. Note it is later than usual, in April rather than March. I will keep you posted as I get more information from Julie.

Last Year’s

Click image to access main post to do with last year’s JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza.

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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 1, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

by Anura Guruge

With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

See this post for more details.

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