I'm stunned by the negative psychology behind this style of thought. Personally I don't expect the world to collapse on 1/1/0, and I don't know anyone else who is expecting significant disasters. Why would IBM respond in this negative fashion? Suppose they introduce new hardware on 1/1/0 and no one orders it until February 29th? Delivery is normally far beyond annouce, with new products, so I don't see what is to be gained by slipping the announcement. It just adds to the mystique of the year 2000 problem. And, it encourages people who might order for earlier delivery, to delay any hardware purchases. Why would you order something which is already obsolete, knowing that IBM is putting off their new product announcements? Too bad. Is this part of an industry pattern? Are other IBM product lines holding back new hardware, or software, until the second half of 2000? I am not aware of this as a general pattern, at least not yet. Carl Friedberg, email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: Glenn Ericson [mailto:Glenn-Ericson@att.net] Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 5:12 PM To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com Subject: ROCHESTER PUSHES BACK 2000 ANNOUNCE DATE Was Feb 00 ROCHESTER PUSHES BACK 2000 ANNOUNCE DATE http://www.news400.com/nwn/StoryBuild.cfm?ID=908 If you're expecting Rochester to announce new AS/400 hardware and OS/400 software this spring, don't hold your breath. Big Blue has pushed back the release date for its hardware refresh and OS/400 upgrade - IBM hasn't yet decided whether it should be called "V4R5" or "V5R1" - to the second half of the year to give folks a breather from Y2K. Many shops have gone into a Y2K lockdown, analysts say, and don't plan to buy any new hardware until well into the new year. If these shops have to deal with unresolved Y2K problems and roll out their contingency plans, upgrading their AS/400s will be the last thing on their minds. So Rochester decided that it would be poor timing to launch new hardware upgrades and operating systems until after any Y2K fallout has settled down and shops can start thinking about investing in new technology. "This 2000 thing has a lot of people concerned," says Jennifer Clark, the AS/400's technology marketing manager, "so why should we be a part of the problem?" _______________ +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +--- +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---
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