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[With apologies to Supertramp.]

Every now and then (read, once or twice a week) I’ll see an article or mention of the “crisis” in mainframe skills. “The workers are getting older and retiring!”, shout all the Chickens Little. “How will we ever replace them?!?” This is crazy talk. As though all those recalcitrant mainframers had a choice, and could simply remain young and vibrant until their employers lay them off, at which time they should simply disappear. It makes me, well, Always Grumpy… and also Very Surprised at the short-sightedness of the chickens. Silly me.

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Oh, this is going to be a good one. I’m going to let loose one of the biggest, meanest bees in my very full bonnet. This is one of the things that makes me Always Grumpy, but you know the old saying: the bigger they are, the harder they fall! This won’t take long to describe so it will be a shortish post.

If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I work in I/T. I work in an “enterprise shop”, which is some people’s way of saying that the corporation I work for has a large I/T footprint. It’s true! And like most large I/T shops we have many kinds of CPU, from big, blue mainframes down to servers under desks. We also have many kinds of network switch and router, but we won’t get into that here.

Servers are often categorised into three groups: Read More »

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