• Subject: Re: Picture Support in the Database (was: Re: Ebay...)
  • From: "Mike Shaw" <mshaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 08:57:10 -0700

Al,

It does make you wonder what they have been smoking back there!  :-)

An observation from here is that as the AS/400 and RS/6000 have drawn closer
and closer together from a hardware perspective, you are seeing more of the
UNIX mentality in terms of release upgrade/distribution coming into the
AS/400 arena.  The situation below happens quite frequently in that
world....

Another observation would be that in late 3d quarter, who would be running
up a PTF of that order and magnitude given that  you should have stabilized
your software upgrades for Y2K in that timeframe....

And they sure did not consider disaster recovery in this scenario.....

Regards,

Mike Shaw
Senior AS/400 Tech Support
North American Mortgage
Santa Rosa, CA
-----Original Message-----
From: Al Barsa, Jr. <barsa2@ibm.net>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Friday, July 09, 1999 7:08 AM
Subject: Picture Support in the Database (was: Re: Ebay...)


>At 05:50 PM 7/8/99 -0500, you wrote:
>
>Hi,
>
>Picture support is coming.
>
>IBM lied to us when they told us that there would only be one release in
>1999.  They were (rightly so) afraid that users would rebel if they got a
>new release to put on in the last half of the year.
>
>So as to not create a commotion, the next "release" (I call it a release
>because it will cause database incompatibilities) will be supplied by PTF
>in the late third quarter.  It will allow us to store pictures and other
>"small" files in AS/400 data fields, with references to bigger pictures
>(e.g.: AVIs) as references to the IFS.
>
>Because the brain-dead people at IBM feel that the holy grail of the world
>is SQL, you will only be able to define these functions through SQL.  If
>you save a database containing these features, you will not be able to
>restore it to another V4R4 system unless it has the same PTFs.  (Sounds
>like a new release to me.  I suggested to IBM that they call this new
>function V4R4M1, and my suggestions were disregarded.
>
>Al
>
>
>>Why wouldn't the AS/400 work with all the pictures?  They would be stored
>>in a directory accessed by reference from the database.
>>
>>Also, doesn't V4R4 handle objects like JPGs?
>>---Bob
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From:   Peter H. O'Connor [SMTP:PHOC@compuserve.com]
>>Sent:   Thursday, July 08, 1999 12:33 PM
>>To:     INTERNET:MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
>>Subject:        Re: The Magic Box
>>
>>Bob
>>
>>IBM should give ebay a box free and write it off to advertising.  But IBM
>>has to get DB2 to work with all of those pictures on ebay.
>>
>>Peter H. O'Connor
>>www.paeinc.com
>>978-744-8612
>
>
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