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October 31, 2006

Waking up to an afterlife

Three years ago today HP stopped taking orders for the HP 3000. The day was marked around the world with a wake, celebrated in pubs, bars and backyards, as customers and engineers who grew up around the server gave it a fond farewell.

But 36 months later, just how far has the 3000 moved? It's nowhere near HP's corporate price list, a move that has made the hardware cheap, even fully licensed. This summer a Series 987, complete with valid license for the MPE software on it, sold for 0.1 percent of its price new. Matt Perdue grabbed the steal of the year with a check under $300, a long way away from the $230,000 of the system new in the 90s. Thanks to the Spring, Texas school district auction starting at a $5 opening bid, that 3000 enjoyed the greatest discount of any. "They just didn't know what they had there," more than one 3000 manager said about the deal that sprang from Spring.

Support from HP is still available, many months away from beig discontinued by the vendor. Meanwhile a wider array of third party support companies ply their trade, waiting for the HP customer to go independent of their system vendor. The Wall Street Journal, ABC News and others might be surprised to see systems still for sale, companies continuing to rely on MPE and an afterlife in full flow, three years after the wake.

Witness: HP about to report on the repairs to the IMAGE/SQL Large File datasets, more than five years after LFDS sent customers fleeing from the new feature. HP's report will at least show the vendor has been studying fixes for 3000 problems. Three years after the wake.

Witness: An HP 3000 conference in Houston, even after the original nationwide HP-specific user group folded its tent during 2005 in bankruptcy. The conference is being held next weekend, just two days short of the fifth anniversary of HP's "We're pulling out" announcement in 2001.

Missing: New versions of off the shelf applications.

Missing: A clear vision of the transition timeline. The 3000 was supposed to switch off by now. HP was supposed to be selling 70 percent of its server revenues on the strength of Intergrity and Itanium 2. Even PA-RISC was supposed to be in steep sales decline, from a forecast HP gave the world less than two years ago. HP and the world have tried to handicap the rise of Integrity/Itanium, or the fall of the 3000's utility. Either guess is just that, a forecast of a front moving ever-so-slowly across your landscape.

Not stalled, that front. But not dead in the sense of extinction. Like so many things in the realm of the supernatural, waking up in the afterlife has given the 3000 community freedom.

11:28 PM in Homesteading, Migration, Newsmakers | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 30, 2006

Travel to train on leisurely November weekend

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Why travel to train? It's a throwback, but a rich one. Long after the days when trains were the best way to travel, people still crave the experience. Room to roam. A different pace. Seeing what the airlines cannot show you.

In much the same way, in-person user conferences deliver an experience of yesterday that makes it easier to get through your tomorrows. In Houston in less than two weeks, a conference with the 3000's transistion in mind wants to pull you out of your seat and office and down to the Gulf Coast for a few days of extraordinary in person education.

 

We're excited, even if we are just up the road in Austin and so nearby we can drive. Alfredo Rego, who has become a rare speaker indeed, gives the keynote next Friday morning. Gilles Schipper and Paul Edwards will show you how to manage the 3000 resource for homesteading, whether you're staying a long time or just marking time until the Unix or Windows system gets finished. Then there's Bill Hassell, who's offering the best HP-UX and Unix training you'll get.

Last year, the community and its vendors said this kind of conference sounded like a good idea. It's a reality now, but it needs your support.

And the price? Outrageously inexpensive. Would you believe $175, with $60/night rooms still available at the likes of Extended Stay America (my address for that weekend)? Then there's the beach, just 30 minutes away in Galveston, for stellar walks in the moonlight to help mull over what you've heard. With other users, talking in person and bringing their experiences from the migration trail. People are moving by now; you can ask them the hard questions in person.

The conference only demands one workday away from the office, though you want to get to the Univ. of Houston Clear Lake campus early on Friday, so as not to miss Alfredo's talk. Vendors and sponsors are coming. The conference needs you, the user, to add networking and that train-travel glee. Have a look at the agenda for the Nov. 10-12 meeting. Registration forms are available online, too. At the door signups are just $200. GHRUG has already scoped out the nearby hotels, too.

In-person training and networking is a superior, old-school IT practice. Companies that rely on the 3000 for a little while longer until migration, or a long time to homestead, can do no better than the Gulf Coast weekend coming up.

Leading off the homesteading track is Gilles Schipper, founder of the GSA support firm for HP 3000s. Schipper will speak in two successive sessions on "Easy and affordable enhancements for the HP 3000 homesteader." A migration track kicks off at the the same 9 AM start, led by Michael Marxmeier training on Eloquence migrations of IMAGE data and Speedware's Dani Knezevic on data migrations.

Alan Yeo travels from the UK to Houston present on the migration track. There's even a talk on how to migrate HP 3000 IMAGE data to MySQL.

This is the first conference of its kind in many decades, and the first of several to come. You can be a part of making your community richer. Hit the Web page and download the registration form, and tell Michael Anderson and the GHRUG volunteer's you're on your way. Set up the Southwest Airlines Ding! service on your PC -- Hobby Airport has lots of flights and is less than 15 minutes from the campus.

For those customers who wanted a low-cost, low-hassle, high 3000 content conference, this is it. Let's see you on the Third Coast the weekend after next.

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October 27, 2006

Open source at HP, some closed minds for customers

Dude HP's commitment to the open source font of software is pretty well documented. HP Software Engineer Ragavan Srinivassan told customers at the recent HP Technology Forum they could see that commitment at opensource.hp.com. HP has its own guild for open source and Linux engineers who work at Hewlett-Packard, as well as a structured process to get an engineer approval to spend HP time working on open source solutions.

HP now runs its corporate-wide Enterprise Directory services on an open source solution, one which HP created using "some really high-quality open source tools," according to Srinivassan. Information retrieval, authentication, authorization, group management, messaging and collaboration between HP employees are all made possible through the Directory.

Srinivassan said that HP used a broad range of open source tools to create its directory: RPM package management, OpenSSH, CVS for revision control, rsync to synch up data files between servers, Perl, Postfix as an LDAP-aware mail server, Sudo to delegate root privileges to administrators, Apache as its Web server and something called RRDtool for infrastructure data collection and analysis purposes.

The presentation at the Forum drew some questions from an HP 3000 manager who's on the road to migration, trying to duplicate MPE faculties without spending beyond his budget on third party tools. Srinivassan said HP's decision to use open source made the Enterprise Directory possible.

But another HP talk on the same day at the Forum cast doubts on open source capabilities. Of course, that presentation touted the wonders of an HP-branded net management solution, operating on Linux. What open source set of tools could really compete? "I'm not going to trust my business to some hacker in Denmark who's got a ring in his nose and is awake when I'm asleep and asleep when I'm awake," said HP's David Claypool, Product Manager in Technical Marketing.

This issue of supportability is essential to making open source work; both HP speakers agreed on that. But Srinivassan was uncovering resources and methodologies to make open source as reliable as anything proprietary. He said moving to open source helps HP acquire customers by offering leadership instead of being viewed as a laggard.

He said going with open source required some patience, probing and help with development. that "Seeing as how important this [directory] infrastructure was at HP, it was not an easy decision to make to say we'd go open source. A couple of years ago, OpenLDAP was not ready to be an enterprise-capable directory server."

But HP ended up working with the OpenLDAP community to bring the open source solution up to the capability HP requires. HP ended up contracting with one of the key contributors to OpenLDAP, Howard Chu, who Srinivassan called one of the chief architects of OpenLDAP.

Applying support to open source solutions was among the chief concerns for the 3000 customers in the audience. The issue is the same kind of concern HP raised about open source network management tools: reliability, and what to do when bugs crop up. "Somebody's got to fix it," said one 3000 manager.

Srinivassan agreed, saying, "If anyone tells you there is no cost [to use open source], that obviously is not the case. You get the software for free, but you still have to run it, to have the operational know-how to keep it up and running. Some organizations may choose to self-support, and others may choose to contract with an organization for support."

Which, to me, sounds a lot like the model of the only business HP continues to do with the 3000 community: support. At the risk of creating a circular argument, if HP can contract with a third party to build and support a mission-critical app, non-proprietary in part, then why can't 3000 customers look to do the same thing by contracting with third parties to help support MPE/iX? (It's a rhetorical question, but one that every 3000 shop should consider.)

An organization that wants to use open source software as part of a migration strategy is like any other company looking at open source: you need solid procurement ideas as well as solid  "maturity assessment ideas," Srinivassan said.

Customers can get a good start on that maturity assessment at the Open Source Business Readiness Rating Web site. The BRR is in Phase One, a public comment period. BRR supporters such as Intel, O'Reilly Code Zoo, Spike Source and the Carnegie Mellon West Center for Open Source Investigation asking the community to provide feedback and help shape this standard to make it useful to both enterprise adopters and open source developers.

07:43 PM in Homesteading, Migration, News Outta HP | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 26, 2006

Copy tapes, patching FTP and more

Is there a way in MPE to copy a tape from one drive to another drive?

John Pitman replies:

I have done this before. Use the biggest number that is accepted by file equate for the device to cover the biggest blocksize used. I'm a bit hazy about using 1 as recs/block. I used something like this to copy reel tape backups to either DDS or QIC 120 tapes once long ago.

File tapin;dev=7;rec=32768,1,f,binary
File tapout;dev=8;rec=32768,1,f,binary
Fcopy from=*tapin;to=*tapout;files=all

Robert Mills adds:

Go to HP's Jazz Web site and have a look at TAPECOPY and TCPY.

I would like to patch my Series 969 6.0 system. When I browse HP's patches database, it lists several patches depending on the version of FTP. I can't tell what version I run. Also, can I do this update with people on the system, or do I really need exclusive access for PATCHIX to finish just the FTP patches?

Craig Lalley replies:

You should be able to update as long as no one is accessing FTP and the JINETD job is not running.

The current GR patches for FTP as of 8/25/06:
FTP 7.5: FTPHDG4 for C.75.00 (A0012-G)  11/21/05
FTP 7.0: FTPHDE9 for C.70.00 (A0012-E4) 08/01/05
FTP 6.5: FTPHDF6 for C.65.00 (A0012-F)  09/30/05

HP's James Hofmeister adds:

The latest general release patch for MPE/iX 6.0 is FTPGDN1 (R) 2/4/2004 and you should still be able to pull this patch from the HP-ITRC.

Sorry, the 6.5 patch for FTP/iX will not work on MPE/iX 6.0.  I will leave the answer as to why as a trivia question.

After John Burke offered an answer of "Large file support," Hofmeister replied:

Congratulations John, that is the correct answer!

The 6.5 FTP client and server both touch the file system below the standard F'intrinsic interface we all know and love...  thus FTP was recoded for the new "large file" internal procedure calls on MPE/iX 6.5.  If you try the FTP/iX 6.5 FTP client and server code on an MPE/iX 6.0 system, FTP will report missing externals and terminate.

Our HP 3000 Series 979 needs some help. When I was rebooting it Monday, I got this error:

Bad System Logical Sector number 0x3ad0 on LDEV 32

I removed the drive and the system came up fine, as the drive is software mirrored. But when I try to suspendmirrvol on pending drive, the system goes dead immediately. What command do I use to suspend mirroring?

Bob J of Ideal Computer replies:

Normally there is no need to suspend mirroring for a failed disk drive. The system should have realized a drive is missing from a mirrored pair and sent a message to the console. The mirroring would have automatically been disabled for the affected pair. Use :mirvutil, then showset (set_name) mirror to confirm. When you reply to the operator request you will stop getting the console messages. You will need to manually replacemirrvol after you replace the hardware to rebuild the mirror.

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October 25, 2006

Keeping watch on 3000 hosts

HP 3000 servers may not need the babysitting that other environments demand. But when a server is mission-critical, as so many 3000s are, monitoring that resource's availability makes good IT sense.

New solutions for this kind of watching are rare on the 3000 market these days, but the existing product selection works just fine for HP 3000s — as well as HP-UX servers, Linux boxes, and even Digital VAX systems.

The software comes from ASP Technologies, based in Windsor, Colo. and it's been available for years now. Vantage is a console management package designed differently than many network watchers. This solution does not require installation of agent software on any managed resource like a 3000 or a 9000. ASP says this design "allows control over a much wider variety of systems and devices."

As a result of the Vantage design, no processing overhead is imposed on resources under Vantage control. All event detection and automation is performed 'outboard' on the management workstation.

Donna Hofmeister testified to the advantages of Vantage in a recent report to the user community over the 3000 newsgroup. In typical lower-case Donna-speak, she posted

vantage will watch your console traffic and will react according to what you've instructed it to do. the company owner (allen) knows mpe and is great to work with. the software itself is well written and well behaved. i think it's reasonably priced as well.

Veteran 3000 manager Greg Stigers added than many an SNMP-driven solution could fill the bill of requirements requested by Wesley Setree, who needs "a tool that will monitor HP 3000 and OpenVMS for certain conditions and send an alert via e-mail or pager and/or possibly a console or command center ... I would not only want to monitor down conditions but other items like disc space thresholds and job aborts." Stigers noted

While I’ve read that SNMP is becoming less important for system health and notification, it’s better than nothing. There are a number of tools that will query systems and handle SNMP responses. My last 3000 shop used What’s Up, although it never did much work to have it talk to the 3000, unfortunately.

I like to ask, who watches the watchers? Can you imagine a reasonable scenario, such as losing power or network connectivity, that would mean that the monitoring either was down or could not report the problem? Sure, it’s unlikely, but it’s not impossible.

At the other end of the problem, I will admit to writing a job that was a wrapper for a set of command files that checked the system for certain states, and reported their exceptions. Things like background jobs not running, or the number of jobs waiting increasing over three samples. That’s fine for OS & application states, local to the system.

Tony Summers adds that for the 3000 site with DIY skills, tracking solutions may be more flexible and engage more reporting devices:

For job tracking, we have written our own COBOL program which is invoked by the magic of system logon UDCs whenever a job is streamed, logs on, reports an error or logs off.  By carefully managing the status during each of these events, we are able to report to the operators any jobs that have failed or didn’t reach their normal !EOJ job card.

A separate monitor program (another COBOL program) simply keeps watch on the job tracking files sending out alerts via various means — to the console, to e-mail and by SMS to the operator’s (and my) mobile phone (cell-phone).

We use a product called Scrambler from UK-based Gainsborough Software to forward the SMS messages from a Windows server to our mobiles. A simple FTP script transfers the SMS files created on the HP 3000 to the Windows server running the scrambler software.

As for monitoring disk usage — we currently have a job (run once per business day) that essentially inspects the results of a DISCFREE and send a similar email/SMS when the disc falls below a certain percentage.

I think the Scrambler product has built in functions to monitor the HP 3000 on your behalf, but our operators have never bothered to implement them.

Our monitor program also checks for other unusual conditions — for example, reporting when the global job limit has been set to zero.

I’m not suggesting you write the whole solution yourself, but given the limited market for the HP 3000 you might find you need to consider a bit of Do It Yourself.

11:57 PM in Homesteading, User Reports | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 24, 2006

Reflection's owner readies for Vista

Although many HP 3000 sites say that Microsoft's Vista desktop won't be a part of their near-term strategy, the 3000 vendor which counts the greatest number of desktops running a product will be ready for Vista. Well, ready now — and then ready a little later, in the case of software serving HP hosts.

The split schedule springs from the merged entity of AttachmateWRQ — or simply re-named Attachmate, following a corporate rebranding of the combined company this summer. Attachmate sells a host access solution called EXTRA! X-treme, software that offers functionality similar to WRQ's Reflection, but for OpenVMS, Unix and IBM systems only.

The connectivity for HP 3000 systems is left to the redoubtable Reflection, whose Service Pack 2 of version 14 is scheduled to be ready for Vista in March of next year. EXTRA! X-treme will be ready next month, the same time Microsoft is promising its initial release of its overhauled Windows. Attachmate says that X-treme is the first piece of commercial software to receive the Microsoft Certified for Windows Vista logo. The "next-generation terminal emulation" program, as Attachmate calls Reflection, will be ready in the spring — probably long before Vista gets even a toehold inside HP 3000 shops, both those migrating as well as homesteading.

Just as there are two separate releases of the Attachmate host connection products — products that appear to serve the same set of hosts, with WRQ adding HP support — Microsoft will be rolling out Vista on two timetables, too. Volume license business customers will be looking for Vista in November, if Microsoft meets its schedules. The rest of the world's Windows users get the chance to convert their desktops in January, provided the testing of the product uncovers no new roadblocks.

Microsoft is still calling Vista's ship-ready version a Release Candidate, but Attachmate is making no such distinctions about its Vista-ready products, either those X-treme ones or the SP 2 of Reflection. You can keep an eye on the stickiest parts of the Vista release by looking at the European IT community's battles with Microsoft. There, the preference for Microsoft's search engine built into Vista, as well as a file format to compete with Acrobat PDFs, has raised concerns. Microsoft says its made Vista's search bar easier to tweak so users will be able to Google.

As for the new XML-based document sharing format, XPS, it saves documents that cannot be easily modified. Microsoft doesn't want to submit XPS to a standards body and allow other companies to license it for little or no cost, like PDF, because it would reduce Microsoft's own competitive benefit from the format.

But Europe is far too large a market to let wee things like proprietary document formats tie up the chances of selling the biggest Windows upgrade since 2001. Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith said the European Union's Economic Commission is going to get what is required for balanced trade. After all, more than $350 million in EU fines over Windows XP is still in play. Smith said the EU's commission

advised us that it wanted us to submit this new [XPS] specification to a standards organization. We have agreed to do so. We will move forward to submit the XPS format to an international standards association, and we will be doing that shortly. The Commission also advised that we should make certain changes to the licensing terms on which we make this specification available for other software developers to use in their products. We agreed to make these changes as well.

Is Vista shipping on time? Well, let's say that HP's Montecito-based Integrity servers were a lot closer to being delivered on schedule with Intel's chips — and Montecito held back those Integrity units by a year. Microsoft disappointed the consumer side of the industry by missing the year-end holiday window. But Microsoft says January is now really the same as December, gift (and IT budget)-wise.

"January has emerged as almost a second Christmas, with gift cards, sales, etc. It's a new trend," said Microsoft's product manager Brad Goldberg. We couldn't spin it better ourselves.

06:21 PM in Homesteading, Migration, Newsmakers | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 23, 2006

DR for HP's PR

After sinking to historic lows in misjudgement and ethics, HP is doing its best to dig itself out of its PR trench — but it needs to use its legendary engineering discipline to uncover the sources for the mistakes. In the second part of our weekend podcast (5 MB MP3 file) we talk about why the examination can be good thing for its customers, especially those going forward from 3000s to HP Integrity systems. The remaining partners and customers of the 3000 community, while privately saddened about the clay feet HP’s shown — well, they’re standing behind the company they’ve worked alongside for decades. A customer who cares about HP’s future can only hope that HP can assemble some image recovery, kind of a PR-DR, in IT-speak.

05:18 AM in Migration, News Outta HP, Newsmakers, Podcasts | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 20, 2006

The smell of hubris revived again

After reading a fresh stirring of HP's messy cauldron on Page One of this week's Wall Street Journal, customers get reminded again about the HP boardroom's disregard for privacy — and its hubris in thinking company secrets trump the rights of reporters, board members and many others. In our weekend podcast, (8 MB MP3 file) the first 10 minutes of two parts, we listen to what HP's CEO says, review some history, and consider what Mark Hurd's words mean to the future of your system maker.

07:58 PM in Migration, News Outta HP, Newsmakers, Podcasts | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 19, 2006

HP puts Integrity marketing into higher gear

Hppwrtools_materials1000 As the twelfth year of HP's campaign to tout Itanium nears its end, the company is drawing some HP 3000 veterans into the battle to replace the 3000 with Integrity servers. The latest of these systems will be powered by the Montecito version of the chip first announced in December, 1994. Since HP's Unix will run on no architecture other than Itanium and no server but Integrity, migrating 3000 customers are open to the idea of buying into a chip that many have dismissed. The opening comes mostly because needed applications run on HP-UX. Oh, and the upheaval of embracing a new vendor — by stepping away from HP — helps HP's 3000 replacement appear as an easier choice.

To its credit, HP is making things easier for the 3000 solution providers to sell an Integrity system, driving the effort with wireless toys and access to a proprietary database of contacts, among other tools. You could be the owner of a race car or robot, along with an HP Integrity server running a replacement application for your HP 3000 mission-critical programs.

HP now offers $11,000 and more in marketing money to even a modest-sized member vendor in the Developers & Solution Partner Program (DSPP) . HP has often paid its resellers to market HP wares; in the past this money was called co-op funding and paid out in cash. Now resellers never see these thousands of dollars directly deposited, then spent as a vendor wishes.

Instead, marketing expertise in lead generation and co-branded collateral material is funded directly by HP this year. After all, the vendor said nearly two years ago that its goal was to have Itanium-based sales pull even with PA-RISC-based enterprise revenues. Radio-controlled robots and a database subscription service form the newer parts of HP's wood behind the Integrity marketing arrow.

HP has negotiated discounts of up to 80 percent on a lead generation program from Austin-based Bazzirk, Inc. PWR Tools offers a reseller a way to grab the attention of the best 50 prospects who are most likely to buy soon. Bazzirk sends a unique package with remote-controlled F1, Cayman or NASCAR style race cars, or a Robone Robot. Customers get resellers' collateral material and the car or the robot, but not the remote control. That comes with a scheduled meeting with the reseller sales rep, one the customer sets up through an automated lead management tool.

Winn Technology Group gets paid the HP marketing monies to give resellers up to 5,000 contacts over a 12-month period from a "proprietary targeted database" updated monthly. Direct mailings are one thing to do with these contacts, although cold-calling and e-mails are obvious options, too.

Winn creates three postcards, 6 by 9 inches each, to mail to prospects out of its database, leads a reseller can select. Another tool, from MarketReach, Inc., creates a one-page jointly-branded collateral piece touting "the unique value proposition of their solutions on HP Integrity systems based on the Intel Itanium 2 processor."

The marketing extends to writing, too. HP will pay for writing of the collateral piece, printing and translation, too. If a reseller already has accomplished a sale of an Integrity server, a writer will interview the customer and reseller to create a success story. That tale gets posted on HP's internal Web pages as well as the public HP.com site.

There are multimedia marketing options to buy with the HP Integrity marketing dollars, too. IB Productions will manage a Webcast for DSPP partners. HP used this technology in helping OpenMPE to conduct its August, 2005 meeting online. Any multimedia demo can be posted on HP's Solution Demo Portal, a "virtual trade show booth. Customers can view these demos without scheduling a face-to-face meeting — the most precise and precious contact to spark an Integrity sale.

HP 3000 partners have a wide range of marketing expertise in their stables, from the "we have too much business now to advertise" strategy up to in-house design teams with complete, multi-channel campaigns across Web, e-mail and postal delivery. HP's Integrity push is exposing the reseller who's selling migration to outsourced professionals, which can be a welcome relief to a company already employing every body it can manage to develop and support solutions for Integrity.

10:24 PM in Migration, News Outta HP, Newsmakers | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 18, 2006

Another look in the i at an alternative

Some online news resources are just discovering that IBM has taken down HP 3000s in some places. Search400.com, which sometimes writes original articles instead of just pointing at news from other sources, ran an article today about the news that Flax Art shifted from HP 3000 to the IBM System i servers.

As news, it's a bit stale. Flax made its move in the winter of 2003-4, mostly because the IT director there was fed up with HP's departure from the 3000 marketplace. We took note of the Flax story in this blog last summer, and the 2005 news even ran in a special "iSeries Update" issue the NewsWire printed in the summer of 2004.

But "new to me" is one reason for writing a story, so we'll use it to update our migrating readers about IBM's alternative to the 3000. The server had a smaller third quarter in 2006 than in 2005, with sales down 22 percent from the prior year's quarter. HP has often told customers who consider the System i (known as the AS400, iSeries and i5 over the past five years) that IBM couldn't hold together the market or community around this server and its applications.

IBM has other things to say. It's helping a new "i Society" social network take off, one that smacks of the connectivity of MySpace, according to the System i press. Last week IBM released a special entry-level version of its System i 520 with SAP installed, ready to compete on price and performance with Windows server solutions running SAP. This is not a community declining at anything close to the rate of HP's withdrawal from the 3000 community. Several HP 3000 mainstay ISVs do business in the System i market, too.

Among those mainstays, Minisoft recently announced that its version 6.7 of eFormz added support for color printing, and runs on any Java platform. Yes, that's the HP 3000 and MPE/iX; but it's also the System i, and Windows, Unix, Linux, HP/UX, AIX and Solaris

Much like AttachmateWRQ embraced the AS400 community, Minisoft is supporting applications popular at places like Flax (Commercialware) as well as those at HP 3000 sites (Ecometry, still supporting many MPE/iX shops).

To nobody's surprise, computer choices are usually about the applications. Unless an IT manager feels abandoned by his vendor, and another integrated system offers a competitive application. That's Flax Art's story.

As for eFORMz, which eliminates the need for pre-printed forms and merges with output from any software application, the new version adds

- Forms fill-in feature allowing data entry into eFORMz.
- Populate forms directly from a database with instant data retrieval.

- Internal SORT feature allowing you to choose between:
   - ascending or descending order
   - sort individual forms and/or selected text within a print file
   - sort key option resulting in very little overhead

- Ability to read PDF formatted files as text files.
- Support for PCL, PDF, XML, and EFD (eFORMz Document Files) output.
- Edit Unix script files directly from the eFORMz Composer.
- Drag and Drop features allowing text and barcode images to be positioned precisely on a page.
- eDirect, the email, faxing, and archiving module included with eFORMz.

11:40 PM in Migration, Newsmakers | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 17, 2006

User group election deadline nears

Members of the HP enterprise computer user group Encompass have just the rest of this week left to vote on directors who will take seats in 2007. One candidate brings experience from the advocacy efforts of Interex, the user group that started its life in the 1970s from a wellspring of HP 3000 experts and volunteers. Whatever the obvious business mistakes Interex made in its final years, volunteers like Steve Davidek offered services to benefit users, no part of the Interex problems. Even HP 3000 members, on several occasions, saw advocacy channels open up through Davidek's efforts.

While the GHRUG group signs dedicated managers up for a 3000-specialized conference in a few weeks in Houston, Encompass can call on a wider volunteer base and greater resources. HP is allied closely with Encompass, a partnership that offers customers an opportunity to be heard in Encompass events, both in-person and online.

The Greater Houston RUG and Encompass still have a role to play in spreading information and connecting 3000 users. Speedware's Chris Koppe is already on the board of directors for Encompass, which is offering a 3000-related event next week.

Encompass is also hosting a Webcast next week about HP 3000 migration options. The one-hour event on Thursday, October 26 at 4 PM EDT presents Alvina Nishimoto of HP outlining "HP e3000 Transition Options." To register, visit the Encompass Web site.

Encompass is open to the prospect of offering non-migrating 3000 sites some aid, too. Becoming a member and voting is still within the deadline this week. Consider opening up a new community channel for your enterprise by joining and voting.

08:57 PM in Homesteading, Migration, Newsmakers, Web Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 16, 2006

HP 3000 conference offers agenda

Ghrug_112006The Greater Houston Regional User Group (GHRUG), the last working RUG in the US with a conference to present, has released its November agenda for the Nov. 10-12 meeting of this year's only HP 3000 conference. GHRUG has outlasted its parent organization Interex, as well as many other North American regional user groups, to offer this $175 event at the University of Houston Clear Lake campus.

Full abstracts from the 15 speakers offering more than 20 talks are available on the GHRUG Web site. There's also a vendor show offering a chance to talk with providers of solutions for HP 3000s.

The conference, which begins Friday morning at 8 with Alfredo Rego's keynote "A bit at home, a bit on the edge," runs through 4 PM Friday and Saturday afternoons and wraps up at 11:30 Sunday, after Bill Hassel's talks on system security.

Leading off the homesteading track is Gilles Schipper, founder of the GSA support firm for HP 3000s. Schipper will speak in two successive sessions on "Easy and affordable enhancements for the HP 3000 homesteader." A migration track kicks off at the the same 9 AM start, led by Michael Marxmeier training on Eloquence migrations of IMAGE data and Speedware's Dani Knezevic on data migrations.

Alan Yeo travels from the UK to Houston present on the migration track. There's even a talk on how to migrate HP 3000 IMAGE data to MySQL.

Registration forms are available online, too. Registration right up to conference day earns the $175 rate; at the door signups are just $200. GHRUG has already scoped out nearby hotels, too. Some of the best HP 3000 advice available will take to the meeting rooms in Clear Lake. We hope to see you there.

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October 13, 2006

The end of HP's lessons on hubris?

    With the release and reviews of Carly Fiorina's book Choices, and former chair Patricia Dunn teeing off on the company's boardroom members, it's been open season on HP strategy and its targets.  HP is doing its best to dig itself out of this PR trench, and that’s a good thing for its customers, especially those going forward from 3000s to HP Integrity systems. (No comment on the irony in that product name, HP's replacement for the 3000, is necessary — except maybe to say that HP's iron has a better record now than the boardroom at the top of its maker.)

   It appears the revelations have tailed off now, and even those who’ve been fingered and vilified got their say on national TV. Bad judgment can crop up anywhere, but it often grows in the pungent fertilizer of hubris, the “we’re Number One” re-engineering of the HP Way started by Carly during the Compaq assimilation.

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October 12, 2006

Get updated on HP's migration advice

Mark down Oct. 25 on your information calendar if you want the latest advice and reports from HP about the march to migration away from the HP 3000. The vendor has scheduled a Webcast through the Encompass User Group service at 4 PM EDT that day.

HP Transition Manager Alvina Nishimoto will present “HP e3000 Transition Options:”

This Webcast will outline the current HP e3000 transition programs available to customers along with the different transition options and resources to help in a transition:

- Hardware and software roadmap and support - Conversion kits for A’s and N’s
- Substantial discounts towards purchase of new Integrity servers
- Transition webinars
- Free education offerings
- Migration services available
- Tools, compliers, and database options will be examined and migration tools discussed.

To register, visit the Encompass Web site Webcast page. At the bottom of the page there is a link to the registration page. Simply click on the link and follow instructions. The 3000-specific Webcasts haven't been oversubscribed in the past, but this one seems broad enough to attract some extra interest.

We're especially interested in the advice about conversion kits for A- and N-class servers, since their HP-UX counterparts are already on the discontinued list.

Take it from us: you can forget about using anything other than a Windows system, 2000 or newer, to access this training. (Sign up and you will get dial-in instructions, which will give a lot of the details of the briefing. You can always ask Alvina for the PowerPoint slide deck afterward.)

The Encompass instructions, aimed at a North American audience when the Virtual Room's help desk is considered:

- If you have never participated in an Encompass/HP webcast, click on ‘First Time Users Click Here To Register’.
- Please use hpencompass as your signup password
- You will need to create a User ID and password for yourself; it is important that you remember this information as you will need it when you log into the Web site for the webcast.
- Please be sure to test your PC on the HP Virtual Room 2-3 days prior to the Webcast. If you any have problems when you test, please call the HP Virtual Room help desk at 888-351-4732 so that the problem can be solved prior to the Webcast.
- If you have participated in an HP/Encompass Webcast in the past, enter your ID and Password and then select ‘Course Catalog’ and click on the link to this Webcast.

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October 11, 2006

3000 conference unveils speakers

With about four weeks left until its Nov. 10 start date, the weekend HP 3000 conference is making a registration form, cost, hotel options in southeast Houston and its speaker lineup all public this week. The $175 conference covers three days and features Adager's Alfredo Rego as the keynote speaker, taking users through a tour of MPE, Unix, Macintosh and Windows enviroHotel_map_092006nments, all while delivering a peek at the latest in database management.

Judy Reustle, coordinator of the show's speaker slots, said that the conference committee still has a few speaking slots left open.

"The rest of the speakers are: GSA's Gilles Schipper, OpenMPE's Paul Edwards and Chuck Ciesinski, MB Foster's Birket Foster, Speedware's Alan Yeo, Transformix's Charles Finey, Eloquence creator Michael Marxmeier, Dani Knezevic of Speedware, HP-UX guru Bill Hassel, Richard Sonnier and Charles Johnson.

"I still have one or two possible slots if there is still a speaker out there that wants me to fit them in. I just need abstracts with initial correspondance." Contact Reustle at judy.l.reustle@nasa.gov. The call for speakers form is at the GHRUG Web site.

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October 10, 2006

Making Unix equate with MPE

File equations are a 3000 speciality in an IT operation, "the commands that redefine the attributes of a file, including perhaps the actual filename," according to our friends at Robelle. Since Unix doesn't have file equations, customers who are making their transition need to learn how to make Unix's symbolic links report what a 3000 manager once learned from a LISTEQ command.

Up on the 3000-L newsgroup a customer asked what he might use to do the work of LISTEQ on a Unix system. 3000 managers are used to checking file equations when something mysterious happens with an MPE file.

Dave Oksner of 3000 application vendor Computer And Software Enterprises (CASE) offered the 'find' command as a substitute in Unix/Posix, telling it to only process files of type "symbolic link."

Oksner's example of substituting find for LISTEQ:

find /tmp/ -type l -exec ls -l {} \;

which would start from the /tmp directory, look for symbolic links, and execute “ls -l” on the filenames it finds. You could, of course, eliminate the last part if you only wanted to know what the filenames were and get

find /tmp/ -type l

(I believe it’s the same as using ‘-print’ instead of ‘-exec [command]’)

Beware of output to stderr (if you don’t have permission to read a directory, you’ll get errors) getting interspersed.

HP's Jeff Vance added that the command interpreter in MPE also can deliver file information through a listfile command:

Don't forget the CI where you can do:

:listfile @,2;seleq=[object=symlink]

:help listfile all shows other options.

HP's come up with a MPE-to-Unix command resource online to help with this sort of thing. Our former Inside COBOL columnist and product reviewer Shawn Gordon offers his own MPE vs. Unix paper, and Robelle's experts wrote a column contrasting Unix shell scripts with MPE tools in Robelle Tech in the NewsWire.

HP's also got free training available to help make these comparisons. John Burke reviewed the options in a 2002 column for the NewsWire. These online classes are still free

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October 09, 2006

Double shots in less than 60 minutes

We couldn't label this report as "News Outta HP" because its principals have both been turned out of the company by now. But in a brief span of network TV time, both of Hewlett-Packard's former chairmen took shots at the current management of their former companies. CBS let reporter Lesley Visser interview both Carly Fiorina and Patricia Dunn in a remarkable pair of segments notable for their lack of balance.

CBS used the "we couldn't get them to talk to us" alibi while keeping their report focused on just one point of view about HP's past five years. The two leaders excised from the company complained about conspiracies, charicature-ization and the unfair treatment HP's board gave them.

Customers of HP 3000 installations might sympathize with these former executives; the 3000, after all, was cut from the HP roster almost as "suddenly and without warning" as Fiorina claims she was fired. The transcript of the CBS stories shows a former CEO in total denial about her shortcomings. What else would anyone say on the eve of publication of their book about HP management, Carly-style?

HP employees — current and former — hurled plenty of criticism at the TVs broadcasting the CBS stories, more at Fiorina and her revision of history. The richest irony escaped the 60 minutes news dragnet: Dunn sparked the moves that led to Fiorinia's ouster. CBS viewers were treated to the spectacle of seeing a fired CEO commiserate with the director who swung the axe on her.

As for regrets, HP's former CEO expressed few. While CBS was happy to note that former director Tom Perkins now sails the world's biggest private sailboat, the report failed to mention the $22 million, plus options on 850,000 shares of HP stock, Fiorina took on her departure. Few lessons in corporate management, steeped in operational failure, pay so well. The stock, of course, has nearly doubled in value since Fiorina was forced to quit.

Dunn, who never enjoyed the rock star perks of an HP CEO new hire, departed with far less: a few million dollars in a parachute, an indictment on criminal charges, and a new diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer and a course in chemotherapy. Plus the chance to tell her story unchallenged on a US broadcast network.

For a more balanced take on the story that just won't quit putting HP into the news, have a look at the report from IT Web site The Register: Fired women of HP heap scorn on the dirty old men.

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October 06, 2006

MPE upgrade carries bonus gigabytes

HP is offering an upgrade to the world of HP 3000 disks in the form of a revised version of MPE.

Some MPE revisions bring subtle changes. But none of them, until now, have increased the available storage space on the 3000's boot drive. Moving from MPE/iX 6.5 to 7.5 will do that, because HP's final version of MPE recognizes space greater than 4 GB on the system's startup volume.

HP engineered the change for maximum flexibility, according to users and vendors doing upgrades these days. HP's early discussions about the design would have made the liberated space only available for a user volume.

HP found a way to restrict the files that needed to be in the 4 GB section of drives while leaving the remainder of the space available transparently. For customers whose LDEV 1 is an 18 GB device — and it should be, since those are the newer generation of HP's smallest 3000 drives — recovering those gigabytes could be a way to induce an upgrade.

Customers get the extra space back which they paid for on their drives without extra hassles like an INSTALL. The retesting involved with upgrading needs to have an obvious benefit, for some 3000 customers.

No OS upgrade for MPE up to now has ever had the potential to quadruple the amount of free space on the 3000. Even a 918LX with a 9GB disk drive as LDEV 1, and after the update can use all of the greater than 4GB space.  "Automagically," as some vets like to say, without that INSTALL>

HP's 3000 group has delivered something very rare: an OS upgrade that doesn’t take up more space than the one it replaces.

HP's also worked to give "big disks" the ability to work with MPE/iX, up to half a terabyte, with 300 GB volumes available for use with the 3000.

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October 05, 2006

How long has this been going on?

HP's former chairman trusted her chief counsel and the company's head of legal ethics to approve methods to plug leaks from HP's board. How did they investigate? They used an outsourced company which has been working "as a captive contractor" for Hewlett-Packard for at least eight years.

HP 3000 customers from the late 1990s might do the math on that figure and see that Security Outsourced Solutions could well have been working on HP's bust of the illegal broker community selling HP 3000s. Those investigations ramped up in 1999, seven years ago. One of the operatives in that case, Fred Adler, also testified in HP's charges against Allegro Consultants in 2002, in a spin-off case where HP charged the company with engineering a unprotected version of SS_CONFIG, a key tool used in the broker investigation. Adler spoke plainly in the Congressional hearings last week. He's now an HP employee, and he reported that HP considered the SOS pretexting procedures a standard practice.

That statement has to be reckoned against the denials of former chairman Dunn, chief legal counsel Baskins and CEO Hurd, who all say they never heard of pretexting, or never heard it was part of the SOS procedure. Top leaders of HP said they believed private phone records are available though a public Web site. It's up to HP's customers to decide if they want to trust a company with so many innocents at the senior executive level. Investors don't care. HP's share price rose another 80 cents on Wednesday.

Although the misconduct at the top of HP is separate from the daily activities of the HP 3000 engineers, the top of HP is where legal actions get reviewed and approved — legal activities that still have an impact on the future of HP 3000 customers, especially those who are homesteading on the platform.

One long-time contributor to the 3000's public software treasure trove posed a question whose answer might link boardroom investigations with the 3000's history. "
It raises questions about how long they've been doing things like this, and to whom. During the broker scandal?"

HP is entitled to protect its property, intellectual and otherwise, through legal means. Our stories from 1999 and 2000 showed a heavy-handed, ruthless investigation process, conducted by third parties from law enforcement agencies outside their jurisdictions. People were jailed. Now that outcome looks like a prospect for HP's employees, if the indictments lead to convictions.

In an echo of comments from Washington DC about the Rep. Foley page sex investigations, some 3000 community members say these indictments are political. The California AG is running for office with his election in five weeks' time. Politics is a common scapegoat in investigations of poor judgement. If anybody can be said to have dragged this mess into the open, it's former HP board member Tom Perkins, who told HP if they didn't go public about why he resigned he would, including news of the pretexting hoax.

HP still has the capability to bring good leadership to its board. Perkins is proof enough of that. Keeping the good directors in chairs, and making aware that HP still knows how to do the right thing in solving a problem — well, that's what CEO Hurd faces over the next few years, a time when 3000 customers will be sizing up which vendor to choose as their trusted advisor.

The board-authorized misconduct, aimed at individuals while top HP executives say they were in the dark, is an example of what makes homesteading 3000 customers cling tighter to the calamity of seeing their vendor cut out the 3000 from its future. A vendor can get too big for a niche community, or too busy to police its own security. Customers who make a transition want a vendor to trust, a quality that demands focus, even from a large organization.

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October 04, 2006

The other HP charged with crime

Today the California Attorney General announced he will seek indictments for former HP chairman Patricia Dunn, and HP's ethics attorney Kevin Hunsaker, based on their conduct in the hoax to quell leaks from the HP board.

This is the first time an HP board member — well, resigned board member — has faced indictment, let alone a chairman. Dunn wanted to keep her seat on this board before all allegations surfaced. Now at least HP is spared the embarrassment of having someone active in its executive level under indictment.

But the general news media are reporting headlines in shorthand. "HP executives face indictment," said NPR this afternoon, overlooking the fact that neither Hunsaker or Dunn are associated with HP anymore. That's a level of distinction some customers are applying to the whole pretexting scam out of the boardroom. That's the other HP, some say, not the one associated with the HP 3000. Other customers make no distinction, according to comments offered in our spot poll.

To be clear, the five indictments expected today are aimed at people not linked to HP anymore. But the three investigators and HP's folks each had a recent hand in the company's conduct. The New York Times reported that "The five will be indicted on four felony charges: using false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes."

HP 3000 community members are of several minds. One OpenMPE board member said today that the indictments were "the other shoe dropping" in the scandal. A reseller and supplier of 3000 services, John Lee, said HP's conduct is

Just another example of the end justifying the means.  It has become OK to cheat in America if you get rich by doing so.  "Sometimes it's easier to apologize than to ask permission"  My question to you and the rest of the business community is this... where did these corporate employees learn to cheat?  Do they teach this in business school?  Most of them (I'm guessing) have advanced degrees from American universities.  Is this how they teach their students to get ahead?

Some are less incensed. Tracy Pierce replied to our use of the word hoax by commenting

"Hoax?  are you suggesting this is just a publicity stunt to get HP onto the front page for free?  You must be right about there being two HPs though: the folks at 633-3600
always want to know if the toner's fresh in my HP 9000."

The notion of two HPs was addressed most eloquently by Alfredo Rego, CEO of database experts Adager. Rego doesn't confuse the misguided ethics of HP board members and executives which have resulted in indictments with the dedication of the 3000-related staff at the company:

HP’s privacy blunder does not affect my relationship with Hewlett-Packard (please notice that I explicitly use “Hewlett-Packard” and not “HP”).

Through the decades, I have gotten used to the sad fact that HP’s “upper” level managers (please notice that I don’t use “leaders”) seem to exhibit a consistent lack of understanding regarding the technical treasures that Hewlett-Packard has developed.  Fortunately, I have always elected to associate myself with the technical “worker bees” at Hewlett-Packard.

HP’s “upper” level blunders do not affect my friendships with the many wonderful engineers with whom I have always enjoyed discussing the deep bits and bytes of MPE’s file system and TurboIMAGE databases.

In the early 1970s, I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in the assembly line for the HP 2100 computer in Cupertino (yes, there was an assembly line on Wolfe Road).  We talked about Dave’s trips to Guatemala.  Later on, I skied with Bill in Alta (Utah) and in Sun Valley, where he had a home for many decades.  In 1990, during HP’s attempt to unbundle TurboIMAGE, I corresponded extensively with both Bill and Dave.  They understood, intimately, the significance of the HP 3000 computer, of Hewlett-Packard’s MPE operating system, and of Hewlett-Packard’s TurboIMAGE DBMS.  It’s unfortunate that they had already started to step out of their leadership roles just at the time when MPE and TurboIMAGE needed the most help from their corporate parents. And who would step in as a step-father?  The rest is academic.

By the time HP’s current “upper” level blunder came along, I have had too many of these sad HP experiences to even care any more.  My affection and loyalty towards Hewlett-Packard’s HP 3000 customers, and towards Hewlett-Packard’s hard-working engineers, become stronger and stronger with each new faux pas perpetrated by HP’s “upper” level managers.

Please spare a thought for Bill and Dave.

F. Alfredo Rego
President and Chairman of the Board
Adager Corporation
Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S.A.

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October 03, 2006

HP sells the Integrity concept

HP sent out another message to the marketplace starting last week, one that didn't involve "tracer technology" or any phony product information designed to smoke out reporters. (Now we hear CEO Mark Hurd approved the fake message to the CNET reporter, if not the tracer technology.) But all of that has little to do with the HP most 3000 customers engage, the long-time engineers and managers of the 3000 group. Today in Minneapolis, HP taught customers about the advantages of its Integrity, a server, HP hopes will replace some other HP product that it won't support or update in at least a few years.

The HP Integrity Solutions Tour is visiting 30 cities between Sept. 26 and Nov. 16 across the US  — plus a bonus show in Hawaii on Dec. 12. (For the best-performing team, perhaps.) The morning-long event, with breakfast served before and lunch afterward, gives customers a chance to "deep dive" into either the Integrity hardware, or the new territory (to 3000 vets) of virtualization.

Several members of the multiple teams doing the show hail from the 3000 division, when there was such a thing at HP. At the NewsWire we're marking down November 14, and not just because it's the five-year anniversary of the HP step-away announcement. HP's team will present the show in San Antonio that day. We hear the zen master of the HP hardware briefing, HP's Dave Snow, will be on hand for that one.

It's been a lot of years since we heard Dave Snow talk about anything related to 3000 hardware. The last memorable HP 3000 briefing he gave was in Chicago, in August 2001, when nary a slide on the screen suggested HP was pondering its path away from the community. Perhaps HP had not made up its mind by that week at HP World. Heck, at least HP's 3000 friends are still around in HP, unlike the user group that hosted that meeting.

Head out to www.hp.com/go/integritynow to make your reservations. It's free, with door prizes and lunch served at 12:30. Here's the schedule:

Oct 05    St. Louis
Oct 05    Nashville
Oct 10    Boston
(Waltham, MA)
Oct 10    Atlanta
Oct 11    Denver
Oct 12    Cincinnati
Oct 17    New York
Oct 24    Philadelphia
(Blue Bell, PA)
Oct 31    Washington DC
Nov 01    Chicago
Nov 01    Richmond
(Glen Allen, VA)
Nov 02    Phoenix
(Scottsdale, AZ)
Nov 02    Detroit
(Southfield, MI)
Nov 07    Houston
Nov 07    Pittsburgh
Nov 08    Dallas
(Plano, TX)
Nov 09    Cleveland
Nov 09    Virginia Beach
(Portsmouth, VA)
Nov 14    Seattle
(Bellevue, WA)
Nov 14    San Antonio
Nov 15    Columbus
Nov 16    San Diego
Dec 12    Honolulu

We'd love to hear your impressions about the show, if you attend. Send your comments — anonymous, if you like — to me at the NewsWire. We'll have our own report once we get back from San Antonio.

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October 02, 2006

Still linking, after all these years

It's true: many resources have changed, and some have expired, from the workbench of the HP 3000 customer in the almost three years since HP stopped selling the system. HP predicted that the ebb of the computer's ecosystem, within five years of 2001, would make the server a bad bet for long-term enterprise computing.

But with what's close to five years of hindsight to guide them, the community still offers much of what was available before HP's decision. A massive menu of resources for the 3000 customers lives at hp3000links.com, maintained by the OpenMPE's Webmaster John Dunlop. At the very top of a well-stocked page today, Dunlop's put a link to an article about using PHP, the powerful Web server utility, on the HP 3000.

Dunlop recently dropped us a note to seek a little more spotlight for the site, which continues to offer a terrific one-page roundup of all things Web-based for the 3000's ecosystem.

Dunlop has maintained the Web site since well before Y2K, strictly on a volunteer basis. From his UK headquarters he writes that hp3000links.com is a good reply to accusations a shrinking 3000 ecosystem.

"In spite of all the discussion about dwindling HP 3000 resources, the links I have pulled together and maintained are still available," Dunlop said, "and demonstrate that there is still a lot out there for the HP 3000 user."

We are pleased to see that Dunlop has posted a direct, daily-updated link to the 3000 NewsWire's blog headlines on hp3000links.com. That's an offer we'll make to any other 3000 community member who's got a Web site: we invite you to offer our headlines to an ecosystem that keeps proving the law of natural selection. Contact me at rseybold@sbcglobal.net, or editor@3000newswire.com, and we can help you set up headline hosting, with automatic updates.

11:54 AM in Web Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)