9-volt battery rant

I hate them! If I’m aware that a product uses them I try to find a similar product that doesn’t. This is a highly unscientific rant. Totally based on my own opinion based on my lifelong experience using them. They are relatively expensive, they are often awkward to install. Why the rant? Because I just […]

Considering Fedora

With my desire to change my backup distro from Manjaro to something else and recently considering Fedora because of Manjaro removing any 3270 offering…now may be a good time! Their latest release 34 has been getting a lot of good press. My tendency is to stick with KDE but I have seen many positive mentions […]

Linux Mints mystery background downloads

I’ve complained about this before, but it’s a problem I have with Mint’s mystery downloading. Because of a new HD I recently reinstalled Mint and Manjaro. So both distros should be fairly fresh. And Mint is still doing this crap! Below is shortly after I logged on and haven’t used any programs. WTH is it […]

REXX testing Idea

I just had a Eureka moment…running it batch like the installation tests did. Even if it didn’t lead to a solution at least it would be quicker for me to write (then test) locally using an editor I’m familiar with. On the ISPF side I’m constantly pressing home to go to a line beginning, only […]


Maybe with all the trouble Rexx is giving me I should go back to something easier like Assembler 🙂 Was the Rexx developer trying to look like he wasn’t using other peoples ideas? I mean really…EXECIO. Execute I/O I guess. I guess I’ll just let it process in the background, until I have a Eureka […]


Just installed BREXX on TK4-/MVS. Now to read the manual! As they say…back in the day, I wrote many REXX execs in VM/CMS. Our shop used CA-Vollie, which was a VSE, ISPF like environment. I assume that, it’s been so long, I can only guess that, that’s what it was modeled after. It was a […]

Assembler Disk to Print

Successfully fixed Assembler Disk to Print program I had typed in week or so ago. Was having problems with DCB macro. More specifically line continuation. Almost asked for help in the MVS forum. Finally solved by editing in VS Code and realize my source alignment was off by using the visual guides. It was a […]

Latest YouTube Video

I think my latest video has a lot of useful info. However it’s turned into a kinda of Frankenstein project. With pieces edited in. Then realizing I already said the same thing later…but not as good, pieces edited out to avoid being redundant. Also it was originally supposed to be a dry run. I’ll just […]

Nemo search

When did this happen? My recent Mint update? Did nemo search get smart? I did a search…see below I thought it was for an exact match. But the 1st result doesn’t fit that. Obviously it could be useful, I just don’t remember it working like that.