• Subject: Re: Why we are where we are on Y2K.
  • From: bcurrey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 10:55:32 +0000
  • Comments: Authenticated sender is <bcurrey@pop.ce.mediaone.net>

You have a very one sided view, IMHO.

I personally submitted a request for Date Fields and Operation Codes 
to IBM at Common in 1979.  It was rejected as a "Future Objective".   
At the time, many companies were still running code that was from the 
beginning of RPG.  It stood to reason that once the tools were 
available, it would be a long time before they actually replaced 
the old methods in existing systems.  This is still the case.  After 
all, people don't replace systems unless they really have to, 
usually.

How many sytems did IBM come out with before the capability was 
built in?  Not on the SYS/36, but nobody expected it, there for 
"marketing reasons".  Not on the SYS/38, Lord knows why.  Then, 
they left it out of Silverlake (AS/400 for those who are newer).  How 
many systems have been lost to other platforms as a result?  I know 
of quite a few migrating out.

I agree, especially given when MS came out with their base code, 
that it all should just have been there (Intel is not to blame, 
IMHO), but IBM has absolutely no room to talk, given their lack of 
attention until too little, too late.  What about all the AS/400's 
that they've dropped support on?  Maybe OS/2 is ok, I don't know.  I 
removed it from my system a few years back.

All my Y2K RPG conversions are done, thankfully.  Not without 
effort.  I hope before things start to wrap around the 6th digit, 
that everyone else can say the same.

Not that its the end of the world, but I think its unfair to say MS 
is all goofed and tout IBM as having been perfect.  Mr. Gore's 
lack of understanding is understandable. :)

Bob Currey
Currey & Assoc.
(847) 934-5076
bcurrey@mediaone.net
Programming on the 3X since 1977 

> Date:          Mon, 04 Oct 1999 00:19:36 -0400
> From:          Larry Bolhuis <lbolhui@ibm.net>
> Organization:  Arbor Solutions, Inc
> To:            Midrange Systems Mailing List <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
> Subject:       Why we are where we are on Y2K.
> Reply-to:      MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com

> I thought most of you on This list would appreciate this clip from
> http://www.duh-2000.com: 
> 
> Vice President and all-round technology guy Al Gore: "How could this be a 
>problem
> in a country where we have Intel and Microsoft?"
> 
>       Asked and answered.
> 
> 
> Now if the entire country was only running OS/400 and OS/2.......
> 
> 
> -- 
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