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UNSW student solves IBM mainframe challenge

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University of New South Wales undergraduate Derrick Teo has taken out the winning prize for IBM's 2010 Master the Mainframe, beating approximately 460 university students across Australia.

The annual competition, held for the third time this year, was designed to familiarise students with concepts regarding the large enterprise computing industry and build modern mainframe skills among students.

Microsoft quietly invests in IBM emulator TurboHercules

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Continuing its low-key crusade for greater mainframe openness (or less IBM dominance of that market), Microsoft has invested an undisclosed amount of money in mainframe emulator provider TurboHercules, said the Paris company.

Neither company would disclose the amount or terms of the investment.

Microsoft's investment is one of a number that Microsoft has made in companies and organizations that are challenging IBM's mainframe stronghold, either by competitive or legal means.

Read article here : Computerworld

What is your Beverage of choice comes "Miller Time"?

Martin was the inspiration for this poll with his "miller time" comment on the list serv yesterday.

If you are a registered user you can add a choice (the "Write in" option)  if your beverage is not one of the options. Otherwise you are limited to the choices available.

Have a great weekend !

21% (10 votes)
VINO! Preferably rich and red! (write-in)
19% (9 votes)
Guinness Original/Extra Stout
19% (9 votes)
Smithwicks (write-in)
9% (4 votes)
Blue Moon
9% (4 votes)
Kentucky Bourbon (write-in)
4% (2 votes)
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale (write-in)
4% (2 votes)
4% (2 votes)
4% (2 votes)
4% (2 votes)
Foster's Lager
2% (1 vote)
2% (1 vote)
Rolling Rock (write-in)
2% (1 vote)
Total voters: 47

Cut CICS Problem Investigation and Diagnosis time by up to 90 per cent!

On 1st November 2010,  following many months of development and testing, Matter of Fact Software made PlexSpy Application Status Monitor Version 1.1 generally available.

This major update to the PlexSpy software brings new features and facilities and improvements to usability and performance. Using it will improve service management processes in businesses that rely in CICS.

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Webcast: Approaching COBOL Storage Overlays in CICS

2010-11-24 11:00


This Support Technical Exchange is designed to offer diagnostic approaches for COBOL application storage overlays within CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS). These approaches include using CICS dumps with and without an active trace. CICS, Language Environment (LE), and COBOL storage areas, control blocks, and diagnostic methods are also reviewed. Level of Difficulty: Intermediate. Presenter(s): Paul Albrecht. Date: 24 November 2010.

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