On Thu, 25 Mar 2004, jt wrote:

> Point is that the designers of OS/400 seem to have forgotten the 1-"man"
> shop, entirely.  Problem with that design approach is this:  If you have a
> computer that a single semi-intelligent person can handle all aspects of
> pretty doggone well then, to me obviously by definition, you have a computer
> that a large shop can get even MORE from.  (The converse obviously does not
> apply, and is usually the reverse.)  And furthermore, you'd have (and the
> 400 is) a computer that IGS could get even MORE than THAT from, also.

Hi jt,

You make some good points.  Consider the above paragraph from the point of
view of a one man shop that has to admin several different platforms.  In
that scenario, the iSeries is the one that is the least consistent with
the others.  It is certainly self-consistent, but it is the most different
from the other platforms.

I'm not advocating that any given platform be made to work like any other.
If a certain way of doing things is advantageous, I think a platform
should stick to it even if it is not consistent with other platforms.  My
point is simply that if you have ten machines that do 'ps ax' and one that
does 'WKRACTJOB', that one will be the one that seems inconsistent.  I
love having 'ls' and 'chmod', etc. on iSeries.  I wish I could do 'ls' on
windows.

At any rate, for a one man shop with multiple platforms, having similar
commands across them all makes things easier.

Of course, you could just take a shotgun to all the Windows machines and
get rid of their misery and yours...

James Rich

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