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Goodbye mainframe

Today I have presentiated at the shutdown of a Bull DPS 9000 mainframe. It will be replaced by an Oracle RAC cluster on linux and hp hardware. My first work as an IT person was creating a suite of shell scripts that essentially fetched data via ftp from the mainframe and loaded them in an Oracle database. That was some 5 years ago and thise scripts more or less worked for all that time.

The scripts were scheduled to run on a BULL Escala machine (it featured a powerPC processor) running AIX. Those were my first tries with vi in an horrible zsh enviroment only! The escala will be shutdown very soon too.

Rest in peace...


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