Start Master the Mainframe course

Registered and started the IBM course Master the Mainframe. I thought I looked at this before but it was only available for younger students. Anyhoo I think I’ll skip the COBOL course because I don’t think that will add anything I don’t already know about COBOL. However I am glad, for reasons I explain below, …

Facebook and Google are coming for Zoom

Article Didn’t see that one coming…did you? So…videoconferencing is a thing. We’ll do it too and crush them, because we hate to see another company succeed. Reminds me of when Microsoft went after Netscape. Early in the days of the Internet little Netscape was selling their web browser for a modest price because they realized …

Open Mainframe Project

Looking into The COBOL Training Course, an open source initiative under the Open Mainframe Project. Saw a YouTube video titled “COBOL Fridays – Get hands-on – Run a COBOL program”Which talks about running COBOL on a z/OS.It requires …VS Code for COBOL development which I’m already using for COBOL on my MVS emulator and GnuCOBOL.Also …

Scanner problems on Linux Mint

First time trying to use since I installed 19.3.Installed XsaneFirst it didn’t even recognize it.So tried to add printer with cups.Then got message “Failed to scan, Unable to connect to scanner”Next installed HP Tools which at least could scan USB and then recognized the printer.Scanning software still didn’t find scannertail -f /var/log/* seemed to report …

Manjaro individual program install warning

In the past this has bitten me so many times. I don’t know if this will remain true and I might have stayed with Manjaro long ago if I knew this one thing. Don’t use the pamac GUI to apply big updates to Manjaro. If you use the pamac GUI to install an individual program …

Thoughts on COBOL

Watched an interesting video about COBOL on YouTube called “The New COBOL” – Benno Rice (PyCon AU 2019). In that video he showed a quote [COmmon Business-Oriented Language] (Synonymous with evil.) A weak, verbose, and flabby language used by code grinders to do boring mindless things on dinosaur mainframes. Hackers believe that all COBOL programmers …