* Posts by Xink5692

4 posts • joined 4 Jul 2013

A 1970s magic trick: Take a card, any card, out of the deck and watch the IBM System/370 plunge into a death spiral

Xink5692

Early days of "open source"

IBM used to send the OS with all its source code which had to be assembled and then installed. This allowed a variety of code modifications to be made by the local site. User groups would publish mods that could be made to "Improve" the system. While attempting to implement job accounting with a "low impact" mod that used the S/360 Channel Programming to bypass the majority of the OS I/O scheduling, 'someone' managed to make the offending disk drive unavailable. Unfortunately, it was the host drive for the OS. It took several re-boots of the massive machine to obliterate and correct the situation. And that's why we worked weekends. Never could convince my wife of that.

Cops cuff alleged email hackers in GLOBAL bust

Xink5692

100's of email accts compromised? Where are the Target - Michaels - Nieman Marcus perpetrators?

Looks like the big cases are too hard.

Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

Xink5692

A board position would be reasonable. You need someone there to explain why management has done what they have done. Bill G. should move to a director role also and the CEO and Chairman roles should be some new blood that can provide a new perspective in the world of computing. Microsoft is sitting at a crossroads exactly where IBM (the previous Olympian gods of computing) was when they brought in Gerstner. They need to be able to redirect their focus from the past to whatever will bring them into the 21st century.

Speaking in Tech: 'Wanna come upstairs and look at my VRTX?'

Xink5692

Can you believe this?

Granted asylum in Russia, traded to Tibet for a Russian spy; exchanged for monk with China, exchanged for spy with India, traded to Pakistan for a non-Muslim all-rounder, exchanged for a Taliban chieftain and finally given up as part of a peace treaty with (guess who) Russia which by then will be democratic and at odds with socialist USofA.

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