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August, 2008

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August 27, 2008  8:06 PM

Mainframe gives some Iowans a tax break, but this isn’t a good thing

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio
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Linn County, Iowa residents will likely get about a one-month reprieve on paying their property taxes, thanks to the mainframe. But this isn't a good story. The flood earlier this year that devastated many parts of the...

August 26, 2008  2:20 PM

Gartner: System z revenues looking good

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio
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Worldwide server revenues are up 5.7% from last year, according to a recent report from research firm Gartner. The release said that IBM had "solid increases" in its System p (Unix) and System z (mainframe) lines. As a result, IBM's...


August 25, 2008  10:08 PM

More than half the mainframe MIPS IBM sells are Linux?

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry
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By some estimates, since this past February when the z10 was introduced, Linux has accounted for more than half the total mainframe MIPS IBM has sold since the

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August 22, 2008  4:56 PM

Mainframe = cloud

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio
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The cloud is hot. So hot. But not everyone is buying into its hype. One of those people is Bruce Arnold, a Miami-based web designer who recently blogged about "techno-marketeers" throwing out terms like...


August 21, 2008  3:52 PM

American Express takes steps to retain institutional knowledge

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio
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BusinessWeek had a great story yesterday about American Express' attempt to retain some of the institutional knowledge that was slowly draining from the company, mostly in the form of retirements. And yes, that...


August 14, 2008  8:14 PM

A list of things all mainframers should know

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio
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SAN JOSE - One of the more popular sessions I attended this week at the Share user group conference was called "Things a Mainframer Needs to Know, But No One Ever Tells You." The panel was a group of mainframe professionals who had been in the industry a while. A lot of the audience members,...


August 6, 2008  3:31 PM

The governator, COBOL, and minimum wage

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio
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terminatorcobol.JPGIn an effort to pare down the...


August 4, 2008  2:30 PM

Where’s z/VM?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

As I reported on SearchDataCenter.com, a new feature of the next version of z/VM will allow mixing and matching of ICFs, IFLs, zIIPs and zAAPs...


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