Recent News and Tips
MPE Quickstart for Unix Users
Based on the technical support calls that we are receiving, it appears that many HP 3000 systems are being put in the care of staff with only Unix and Windows. So we have decided to write a series of introductions to MPE for these lucky souls.
First thing you need to know is that MPE has Unix-like features integrated into
it (via Posix), but most applications and software tools were written with the
Basic MPE consists of a single shell (the command interpreter) and a file
system that has only 3 levels (user, group, account) but has many
file attributes including record size/type, max file size, extents
and passwords (called lockwords).
The 3rd party product MPEX is an alternate shell, as is sh.pub.sys
(the Posix shell).
Click the link above for a cross reference from unix commands to MPE commands.
All About Dates
Suprtool has so many date functions that it is difficult to know where to start
in presenting them. Click the link above to read our two-part article
for The 3000 Newswire about date functions in Suprtool.
Sun Attacks HP-UX Future
And offers a program to lure HP-UX users away.
Interex in the News
The Register reports that "HP's largest user group has decided to withhold key information from reporters and analysts in an effort not to upset the company with the damaging data." They go on to report in detail on the portions of
the user survey that Interex revealed during an HPWorld session.
We have posted Birket Foster's slides from the OpenMPE meeting at
HPWorld last month (they are in Microsoft Word format).
Important to read them and contact the board if you have any
interest in receiving patches to MPE after end-of-hp-support.
OpenMPE needs purchase order committments by Nov 30th.
Update: here is the proposed budget in PDF format, and here are the original slides
in horizontal PDF format, in case you want to check anything in our MS Word
A Suprtool Dialogue
Between a Robelle customer and two of our Suprtool support team at Allegro:
Barry Lake and Barry Durand, ending with
the statement "This is close to the best support I have received from any IT organization".
Sybase Offers Free Linux Version
Limited to use of one CPU, 5GB of data storage and 2GB of RAM.
Zero software licensing costs. Zero maintenance costs.
Monday is a Holiday
As a reminder, Robelle will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6th for Labor
Day, as will Allegro our tech support partner. However, support for
emergency situations will still be available.
Disaster Recovery Planning for Homesteaders
Readable paper by Paul Edwards for homesteaders. Here is a
sample: "For most organizations, the recovery plan will include a contractual agreement with a disaster recovery vendor. Such vendors provide HP 3000 systems, facilities, and technical support in the event of a disaster. The most common types of agreements used by HP 3000 shops are for hot sites, shippable systems, and cold sites." In a related development, Paul Edwards has partnered with TAMP to provide disaster planning.
Robelle Newsletter for September
Covers HPWorld, STExport more than 2GB, help for
Powerhouse users, and much more!
Archived News and Tips...
HP 3000 Book
HP 3000 Evolution:
Bob Green of Robelle, from articles written by Robelle,
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