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  • App emerges after decades of 3000 emulation from Turbosoft

    An Australian software company, Turbosoft, has unveiled the first iPad app that will emulate HP 3000 terminals, including emulation of block mode. While the functionality of TTerm Pro is being reviewed elsewhere in this issue, the community might review the costs of delivering a 3000 terminal interface to the world’s most-purchased tablet.

    Art Haddad made the first mention of TTerm on the HP 3000 Community group of LinkedIn. Turbosoft wasn’t on some radar screens for MPE-ready software, but TTerm’s Pro version for Windows has been on offer for 3000s for about 20 years. “TTerm definitely supports Telnet connections, and the [HP 3000] emulations are complete,” Haddad said. “Turbosoft has been developing terminal emulation software since 1986 and

    the HP series of terminals has been in its Windows-based products from the early 1990s. The main feature advantage that our Windows products have over the iPad range is NS-VT support, as well as scripting. However, there is a plan to add NS-VT

    Hiring older developers is

    nouveau again Federal labor reports show that

    programmers age like wines, even as they become more rare

    Migration is the same as legacy modernization when it comes to its end result. That’s change, even if the applications that move from the 3000 world still look and act just as they did on an HP 3000. Migration sounds more drastic because it describes the transition of apps from one platform to another. Modernization — especially in the hands of services companies — takes smaller steps but still wants to shift operations toward something more popular, newer, and easier to hire for. However, that ease can become a disappointment if the only goal is to hire newer and younger programmers who work cheaper. A recent study showed that the older programmer is not only a better value, but now in shorter supply. Bruce Hobbs, a veteran 3000 developer, pointed out the article in IT World which said, “Like a fine wine, programmers get better with age.” Researchers from the computer science department at North Carolina State University have released a study in which they examined whether programming knowledge gets better with age. Specifically, they used data on over 84,000 members of the Stack Overflow website community: the questions they ask and answer in that forum, and the site reputations for each user as proxies for the general population of programmers and their level of programming knowledge. Does age have a positive effect on programming knowledge? Do older programmers possess a wider variety of technologies and skills? To what degree do older programmers learn new technologies? 3000 managers who are planning for the future know it’s not easy to find a senior programmer. “I’ll be looking for

    Reorganized HP units now combine industry standard

    replacements with Unix, Linux

    Quietly this year, HP reorganized its

    server operations. Under the cover of an announcement of a new Converged Systems group, Hewlett-Packard combined its Intel Xeon- based server business with the specialized

    Itanium-based server products. The new unit

    hasn’t reported its results yet; the reorg took place just at the

    end of the second HP quarter of fiscal

    2013. Randy Meyer has been named as the GM of many products. Results for the first combined quarter were set for reporting on August 22. Hewlett-Packard says the combination of these groups will quicken the pace of something the vendor calls “the speed of transformation of the server industry.” While the un-migrated 3000 customer evaluates platform options, they’ve been watching a transformation which probably didn’t seem to require more speed. Business Critical Servers (BCS), the home of Integrity/Itanium operations, has been on a speedy path to a slimmer profile at HP for nearly two years. Integrity servers have become a tough sell to new customers, but a preferred

    See Older programmers, page 8 See iPad terminals, page 6

    See HP server reorg, page 6

    HP 3000 terminal emulation arrives on iPad screens

    All migration servers live together in new HP group

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    All migration servers from HP now live together after reorganization — Quietly this summer, Hewlett-Packard has consolidated the operations which replace 3000 servers, putting its Industry Standard Windows/Linux sales alongside the troubled Business Critical Systems unit that sells HP-UX environments — 1 HP 3000 terminal emulation arrives on iPad screens — Users can access MPE/iX applications via the world’s best-selling tablet, now that Turbosoft has released an iOS version of TTerm Pro, which has emulated terminals 20 years — 1 Hiring older developers is nouveau again — Federal labor reports help to show that programmers age like fine wine, improving their productivity even while they’re becoming a development asset in shorter supply — 1 HP sets end of sales date for OpenVMS servers — It outlasted the MPE by more than 11 years, but OpenVMS got its marching orders to trigger another HP-sparked migration. Homesteading starts when Integrity i2 boxes stop sales in 2015 — 10 Emulator speed working up to N-Class peaks — The fastest three N-Class serv- ers that HP ever built are still on the horizon for CHARON to match — 12 Staff’s collective age triggers 3000 migration — A pair of 3000 veterans in their late 60s and early 70s choose a fresh-faced future for their firm — 12 Terminals on tablets open new screen doors, by Jon Diercks — A mini-review from the creator of the MPE/iX Administration Handbook shows that the first iPad app for 3000 terminals includes block mode capabilities — 14 Server replacement unit at HP continues its decline — HP edged away from overall losing quarters, but the BCS unit making Integrity continued its slide — 15 Would you like fries with that? by Alan Yeo — A different kind of UPS is the order for a true power protection, after a storm’s surges fell an HP 3000 — 16 Q&A: Rich Pugh, Making Real Customers from Virtualization — The new senior VP of sales and services at Stromasys provides updates on how the vendor of the PA-RISC emulator is turning prospects into customers — 20

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