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Xephon Launches new look Website

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The new looks really good.
They also have a promotion going and you can get 30% of off a new subscription as well as some other stuff. Here is the details:

To celebrate the website launch, the first 100 new or renewed subscriptions will receive 30% off of a twelve-month subscription using coupon code SUM2XX6. All subscribers to Xephon's Updates, by July 31, 2006, will be entered into a special drawing for a free subscription to any one of Xephon's seven publications and a $300 Amazon Gift Certificate. Total value: approx. USD $700-$1150.

Students think mainframes are cool

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The Register : By Peter Abrahams, Bloor Research A personal ad going up in campuses around the world says: FIND LOVE AND STABILITY Tired of being continuously available? Not me! I'm the world's leading self-healing, self-configuring, self-protecting and self-optimising enterprise server. If you're interested in having a low-maintenance relationship with your critical workloads, we could be a match made in heaven. Do you think you have the skills it takes to administer my environment? In fact, it is part of an advertising campaign promoting university courses in large system computing; large scale in this case is synonymous with IBM z/series.

DFHDS0001 CICS An abend (code 0C4/AKEA) has occurred at 0B02 "Help"

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Necesito información hacerca de este error que se presenta despues de varias cancelaciones de aplicativos (Se descarta SVO). Tengo 13 regiones de CICS. Uno de ellos comenzo con este error sin ningun antecedente. Otro de los CICS administrativos esta practicamente clonado(SIT, Areas, etc), y esto no sucede en el. (Pareciera como si el CICS llega a un punto donde no controla los errores). Lo unico que pudimos hacer fue el de suspender un archivo de uno de nuestros productos que intercepta los errores y han cesado los errores. Pero cabe la pregunta: Por que en los 12 CICS restantes no sucede el error. IBM no consigue el origen.

Even Slashdot Debated the "comeback" of the Mainframe

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Mainframe Programming to Make a Comeback? is the heading on Slashdot. There are some very interesting comments and then some over the top ones. An interesting read none the less.

I.B.M. Seeks to Make the Mainframe Modern Technology - NYTimes

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By STEVE LOHR New York Times For years, the I.B.M. mainframe business has been running on an ever-accelerating treadmill. The company must go faster and faster, with performance improvements and price cuts, just to keep mainframe technology in place and relevant in modern corporate data centers. Skip to next paragraph The New York Times That campaign has been remarkably effective, defying predictions of the mainframe's demise year after year. But now, I.B.M. wants to go further. It is to make a series of announcements today introducing software tools, academic programs and support for outside developers that I.B.M. says are intended to bring new business and new programmers to the mainframe. I.B.M. is trying to position the mainframe for corporate customers as a "hub of Internet-based computing."
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