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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

MetroCast Internet & Phone Will Be Down In New Hampshire, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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Roku Service Will Be DOWN, For 6 Hours, Starting 8am (Eastern), This Thursday, August 11, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


E-mail from Roku given that I am registered (and active) customer. Click to ENLARGE. Visit support.roku.com for original.

So this coming Thursday — 3 days from now.

NOT the end of the World!

Your currently installed channels will CONTINUE to work during this planned maintenance.

So not really that big a deal.

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Metrocast — Central New Hampshire: Scheduled Maintenance To (Prep Us For Our 105 Mbps Service).

by Anura Guruge

** ** Monday, January 18, 2016: I already have 105 Mbps,
from Metrocast, in Alton, NH! 
** **

Post re. Metrocast 105 Mbps service for us on High Speed Ultra.

Though they don’t spell it out I am 99% sure that this 4 ‘nights’ of maintenance is to implement the 105 Mbps.

This is in case YOU did not get the e-mail from Metrocast.

Do not panic. I do, for my sins, work beyond 1 am (every night) but I will take a break these 4 nights.

I am so happy and excited about getting 105 Mbps from MC (though I also get 15 Mbps from TDS as a backup). Here is the FUNNY thing. My TDS, as it has always been, is DSL/Fiber to the house. Not shared. So my bandwidth is NOT support to fluctuate. Metrocast, being cable, is a shared Broadband access methodology. That means my bandwidth should fluctuate when the load on the cable, say when everybody is watching TV on Saturday night, increases. Well, I monitor BOTH my Internet feeds quite regularly. Metrocast’s 75/77 Mpbs is ROCK SOLID, 24×7. TDS fluctuates like the New England weather. 

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TDS Broadband (Fiber) Internet: Long Outage Last Night In The Lakes Region, NH.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Last post about TDS:
>> Talk About Absurd. TDS Is Making Me Pay $6.89 Tax For A Telephone Line I Do NOT HAVE! — Oct. 4, 2012.

Bang! Right at midnight I lost my TDS Internet connection.

TDS does this to me quite often; twice a month. It is always between midnight and 12:20. I am still working. Yesterday, I was just about to access this blog. Nothing.

Now, anytime after midnight, even if there is even the faintest flicker, I automatically glance down at my Windows 7 icon tray — bottom right. Sure enough, the DREADED Internet down Yellow Triangle. That is the Yellow Triangle of death for me.

Usually they are back within 20 minutes. Not so last night. I am sure they will claim it was related to the earthquake — which was 4 hours 45 minutes earlier.

Basically they are doing maintenance and I appreciate the need for that. I am cool with that.

I have, however, repeatedly asked for but two things, both of which I think are reasonable:

1/ Any chance you can DELAY the maintenance till later in the morning 3am to 4am. I am sure MOST folks really are a sleep by then.

2/ Any chance you can send us an e-mail saying scheduled maintenance tonight.

Nada. Very strange company. I would say the strangest I deal with. The people CANNOT be nicer. It is as if they are trained and trained again to be polite, courteous and helpful. [I have only ever had one TDS rep. who was testy and rude and basically told me I was an idiot.] But, the faceless corporate, i.e., the amalgamation of all those really nice people, does not seem to care about me. I dread getting anything from TDS. It is never good news.

It is funny. I interact with Fidelity, GoDaddy and Bank of America, as much as I do with TDS. With those companies there seems to be a correlation between the folks you talk to and the faceless corporate. Fidelity is a prime example. I have been dealing with them for decades. Invariably the person you are on the phone with represents Fidelity; i.e., there is no disconnect between the rep and the company the rep. works for. Take for example my local TDS techie. Cannot be nicer or more helpful. I sing his praises. But, in this perverse way, he is NOT TDS. TDS is the company that charges taxes on a phone line I don’t have or refuses to listen to me about scheduled maintenance. He can’t fix it and neither can anybody in TDS. It is that faceless corporate.

C’set la vie.