• Subject: Re: AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft
  • From: jpcarr@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 21:47:59 -0500

I have a couple of stories.

1.  I was teaching up in the Seattle area about a year ago and one of the
students I was teaching (SQL on the AS/400)  was telling me that he just
left Microsoft.    He was working on the conversion of AS/400 -> NT.
While I was teaching DB Constraints (Referential,  Check, etc)  he relayed
a funny story of when he was helping to move from DB2/400 to SQL server
that they tried to implement DB Constraints( I think Referential) and that
after 2-4 days of running just trying to get a sync point,   they had to
quit.    They could never achieve a sync point just trying to apply the DB
constraint.    He said the AS/400 didn't have that problem and that MS had
decided to run with out the constraints.

2.  I sent out a question about a year ago on COMP.SYS.IBM.AS400.MISC about
people knowing any thing about AS/400's running at MS.   I got a couple of
responses.    One was from a guy from Atlanta who worked for a service
company there.   He said that Yes,   They own the AS/400's and that they
are dedicated to the MS account.   They do MS's processing on them and so
technically MS could say they don't use the AS/400's.

3.  A couple of years ago,   I remember a posting on MidrangeComputing's
forum from a guy who had a film clip of a MS Stockholder's meeting and MS
showed a video of their computer center.    As the camera panned the
computer room on one wall was a line of AS/400's.     They didn't notice it
when making the video I guess.

4.  I corresponded with a lady from England/Ireland   who saw AS/400's at
MS's   distribution Center there.   (A couple of years ago)

John Carr

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