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jbvb wrote: ↑Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:19 am I traveled for business on the Night Owl many times. Wilmington Trust (then a bank) put their mainframe into production at 0900 so an 0530 arrival at Wilmington was just right: grab a pastry walking up to downtown, install my new software version and test for a while, breakfast and post-mortem after 9 and return to Boston after lunch. Saved the company quite a bit of money vs. flying to PHL, renting, driving, hotel.Exactly the kind of business market the owl would cater to: be there in downtown right in the AM, before the first
eolesen wrote: ↑Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:03 am Perhaps, but that same market has shrunk considerably.Same here, done two ways: Overnight in Baltimore to get into the office at 5am, log in, deploy w/off-shore team, test, post-mortem.
I work in IT operations... that same mainframe deployment today:
Wake up at home around 5am, get a poptart from the kitchen cabinet, log in via VPN and dual authentication, and do the upgrade while your kids eat breakfast in the next room, continue testing and do your post-mortem via Zoom or Teams.
I work for a large company with 24/7 operations, and on average 100+ software changes a night. None are done on-premise anymore. The only on-prem changes are for network switches and other hardware, and that's done by people permanently assigned to that location...
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Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:26 pm Messrs Olesen and Wolf, who am I to say anything when all I know is how is how to get to my regular sites, such as here on this Samsung phone (a 9) and my Dell Desktop (W 10). I would think an outfit the size of Mr. Olesen's could only have mainframes to meet their needs.I think the only actual modern mainframe commercially available is IBM's Z-machine series, which is still programmed in Cobol and runs zOS (an off-shoot of VM-370). Maryland's "MVA" (DMV) uses them.
You can't be telling me that Spaceman Jeff just has servers?
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:58 am So "Spaceman Jeff" runs his business with rows and rows of servers like I've seen in photos where they're used for mining Bitcoins?More like stock photos of server racks, but yes.
Oh well, maybe Driver's Services here (it's a department of the Secretary of State in IL) still has mainframes.
COBOL? I think I heard a frat brother majoring in Computer Science use that term; also heard him use FORTRAN.