• Subject: Re: Midrange Predictions
  • From: John Earl <johnearl@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 06:33:20 -0800

Chris Rehm Asked for it.....
 Here are some of last years predictions.  Read 'em and weep.

At 06:31 PM 1/4/97 UT, Bob Cozzi wrote:
>Here's are a few, somewhat obvious items, I think...
>The standard PC will be 3.x (as in "three point something) gigabytes on the 
>store shelves.
>32Meg on a PC will be considered the same as 8 meg is today (that is only half 
>what you want).
>IBM will attempt to enter the PC harddisk market more aggressively.  I think 
>if they have a good price/Mb they will dominate the IDE hard disk market.
>AS/400 sites with under 64Meg installed will envy their desktop PC (which will 
>have more memory than the AS/400 host system. <G>)
>IBM will offer AS/400 memory on their small systems, in the form of SIMMs.  
>You'll finally be able to go out and buy 64 additional meg for our AS/400, at 
>only a few hundred bucks at CompUSA or someplace like that.
>CISC-based AS/400 customers will complain about not having another release. 
>IBM will eventually announce a "clean up" release, perhaps V3R3, that includes 
>all existing PTF packages, and perhaps brings the compiler function up to the 
>V3R7 or V4R1 level.
>IBM will have focus groups on what needs to be done to "fix" CA/400. Those 
>focus groups will propose more studies, and two years will pass before 
>anything is scheduled to be done.  IBM employees involved with this focus, 
>will have moved on, and as always, nothing will be done about it.
>Bill Gates will be worth over $25 Billion by the end of the year, and he and 
>his wife still won't invite me over for lunch. <g>
>AS/400 developers will starting to install Win NT as their desktop choice, 
>with the assumption that their users can move to Windows 95/97 safely, they'll 
>want NT for themselves, for stability.
>The "Internet in a box" system, i.e., the Advanced Entry 150, will replace the 
>40s as the developer/software house system of choice. Few customers will 
>actually connect the AS/400 to the Internet. Most only want to connect 
>NetScape on their PC to the Internet.
>RPG IV will be enhanced with new features, such as:
>  ELSEIF  (operation code)
>  In-line procedures
>  Expanded conditional compiling
>  Dynamic File Names and integrated override options
>  %ParmLen built-in function to allow you to avoid using CEEDOD for variable 
>length (*VARLEN) parameters
>The mission to Mars pathfinder will land almost exactly on July 4th on the 
>surface of Mars. It will have its share of problems. But hopefully, the micro 
>rover will deploy properly.
>Bob Cozzi
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John Earl       Lighthouse Software Inc.
8514 71st NW    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
253-858-7388    johnearl@lns400.com

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