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New Facebook Public Group To Celebrate The Legacy Of “IBM Mainframes”.

by Anura Guruge


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The Goal of this Public Group.

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Click to access the Facebook Public Group.



The intentions are very clear. For those that want to share and celebrate their experiences and memories working with IBM ‘big iron’, the mighty mainframes.

With luck, essentially a repository, where people can come to remember and leave with a smile on their face. There must be, by now, hundreds of thousands who have worked with or on IBM mainframes over the last 5 decades.

I have already posted. Now it is your turn.

Enjoy.


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by Anura Guruge


Struggling IBM Should End-Game Mainframes & Milk Existing Revenue Stream For 10 Years!

by Anura Guruge



IBM stock price Year-to-Date (YTD) — from MarketWatch. Click to ENLARGE and puzzle over.


Click to access MarketWatch article from July 19, 2017.


Last week’s IBM results was the 21st consecutive quarter of declining revenue! That is plainer English is 5.25 years of declining revenues in a row! That is bloody stupid. And all of that since Gin-and-Tonic Ginni Rometty took over as Chairman. Forget political correctness, she has to go. But, that aside.

It is time to stop being sentimental and emotional about IBM mainframes — and this from one who loves IBM mainframes and made a living thanks to those big, blue iron. But, you have to be realistic. Mainframes, FINALLY, after 53-years are on their deathbed BUT will keep going, without any sustenance, for another 10-year, MINIMUM.

That is the beauty of the LEGACY business. The legacy will continue even once the ‘legacy-maker’ is dead.

Developing new mainframes and mainframe features is an extremely costly business. IBM should stop ALL mainframe development efforts forthwith.

IBM has a rich and very profitable revenue stream of mainframe leases, mainframe maintenance and mainframe software maintenance. That revenue will continue as long as IBM keeps the mainframe running — via just maintenance.

Remember when Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7 etc. are end-gamed. But people, including I, keep on using those operating systems. Well, it is much better when it comes to mainframes.

IBM can end-game mainframes tomorrow and mainframes revenues will continue to pour in for at least 10 years. But, IBM can save many millions, maybe even a billion, on development costs.

So, mark my words.


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by Anura Guruge

Making Fun Of Aging IBMers Is Not Funny.

by Anura Guruge


You can find this on Facebook.

cics15btshirt

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.

cics10bnaday

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:

cicstransbel

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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Nate Silver Of NYT ‘FiveThirtyEight’ (538) Notoriety Uses An ‘ASUS’ Laptop For His Political Predictions.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


On Sunday mornings, just before getting out of bed, as a registered ‘Sun Worshiper‘, I like to watch the intentionally Sun-centric CBS ‘Sunday Morning‘ show with its eclectic repertoire of ‘trivia’ and compelling graphics of the Sun.

This morning their lead story was about ‘Nate Silver‘ which was quite a ‘coinkidink’ for me because the last thing I did ‘this morning’ [i.e., 12:22 am] before turning my PC off was to visit Nate’s supposedly super-accurate ‘FiveThirtyEight‘ (538) election prediction site.

IF you are a political junkie (like me) you know Nate and his hard to believe predictive accuracy in the 2008 presidential election. Until last night I have, intentionally, ignored Nate’s prognostications. Most likely because I am into statistical analysis and computerized predictions I think that Nate’s uncanny success in 2008 was a once-in-a-lifetime FLUKE. I don’t think he has got it right this time around.

Click to access the CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ story.

Click to access Nate’s 2012 predictions, THOUGH I do not recommend it. He is nowhere near to being even close this time around. 2008 was a fluke.


There was, however, one thing in the CBS coverage that amused me. Nate (no doubt in collusion with the producers of the show) went to inordinate trouble to showcase the ASUS laptop he uses … or at least did in the context of this show.

I like ASUS. I am a big fan of ASUS. The motherboard of this, my workhorse, PC is ASUS.

Deanna and Devanee both have (relatively) new ASUS laptops — albeit, both refurbished from TigerDirect. Nate’s would be a much fancier, 4x times as expensive version.

I have found the refurbished ASUS at TigerDirect (and Amazon.com) to be exceptionally good value. Most people have no idea when I say ‘ASUS’ in the context of Laptops. They invariably think of Dell, HP, Gateway, Sony etc. Those are consumer brands. ASUS is a step up in terms of component quality.

We also now have two (2) Google Nexus 7 ‘pads’ [i.e., tablets], one each for the kids. One of the reasons I got the Nexus 7, other than its hard-to-resist $199 price tag, was that they are made by ASUS. So we are kind of an ASUS household.

Seeing Nate plugging ASUS just brought that home to me.

So IF you are looking for an INEXPENSIVE, good quality laptop, start by looking at the REFURBISHED ASUS at TigerDirect.

Click … to access TigerDirect.


The ‘Sunday Morning’ show started off with an account of the 1952 presidential election and the UNIVAC mainframe that correctly predicted the landslide result. They showed this picture. Wow. This predates ME by one year. But, I cut my teeth on comparable, but more powerful, mainframes — albeit IBM (though I did do a very short stint at Univac in 1979 and then did some extensive consulting for them in 1996).

1952 election prediction with a Univac with Walter Cronkite.