September 05, 2016
Labor of homesteading lifted by advice
Today in the US we celebrate Labor Day, a tribute to the respect that workers earned during the labor movement of the 20th Century. Many offices are closed including most states' offices. Here in Texas organized labor works in the shadows cast by a business-sotted political engine. Nobody needed a labor movement and its human rights back when the 20th Century started, according to the politicians controlling those times. Mother Jones and other heroes who were radicals got the 11-year-olds out of the coal mines of West Virginia, as a start. Machine guns were employed by the powers in charge to oppose that movement. You can look it up.
Homesteading customers face labors too, and they have long struggled for respect. Their work is no less important than the heavy lifting of migration was. Migrations have tapered way back. It's easy to say there are now more companies working to keep 3000s in production than companies working to get off the platform.
If you are lucky enough to have a holiday today, thank your precursors in the labor unions. For a good look at what labors a homesteader should work on, here's Paul Edwards' homesteading primer from 2004. Homesteading tasks are little-changed by this year, with one exception. All customers have moved the labor of their 3000 support to third parties. The Web resources listed in Edwards' primer are much-changed, however, with a few exceptions.HP’s Web site at www.hp.com knows nothing of 3000s, except for the printers using that number. HP has become HPE.com.
HP manuals are no longer at docs.hp.com. The best independent collection is at HP MM Support. HP did not keep a promise to archive all of the manuals that homesteaders still use.
The HP Jazz site for utility MPE/iX programs and job streams closed in 2008. It's been cloned in large part at Speedware's HP legacy page
Interex passed away in 2005. There's been no user group replacement.
Still operating, from Edwards' list: OpenMPE at www.openmpe.com; the HP3000-L mailing list; and the NewsWire. Thank you for your support of our labor of love.
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