| -----Original Message----- | From: firstname.lastname@example.org | [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of | firstname.lastname@example.org | Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 2:15 PM | To: email@example.com | Subject: Re: IBM's version of New Coke (was SOM/DSOM) | | | | Coke still sells "New Coke", and everybody calls the iSeries the AS/400. | | Al Al, ICBW, but I think that's what's holding back the iNation. I think there's many great things about the 38 and 400 that are getting thrown out with the bath water: CL, DDS, SEU.. to name but a few... But the name isn't one of these things. I fought harder than anybody, to keep the AS/400 name. Starting Oct 3,2000 (I think) I quit using the name, except in a historical context. IMHO, the EASIEST way, by far, to resurrect the true heritage of the 38/400 family (IMV) is to embrace the IDEA of the eServer. IBM cannot and DOES NOT WANT TO support 4 platforms. However, that's what the market wants, and needs, at this stage. I don't think IBM would sell the "New Coke", if they didn't HAVE to. They'd mix the "New Coke" with the "Old Coke" in a second, if they saw HOW to do that... So what I think is that iCitizens can do a lot to help themselves, and help preserve the heritage of the family line: Make the iSeries a better *nix than *nix Make the iSeries a better Windows than Windoze (I agree with you, Al, that the iSeries is already a better mainframe than mainframes) => Develop a way to better support the iSeries Community than IBM education/support. IMV, this is THE KEY... I just don't see these things happening, at least any time soon, outside of a strong iNation, but ICBW... jt
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