Funeral for a friend

Long time friend, and former IBM VM and LAN Systems Director, now fellow Austin resident, Art Olbert point me to this video. It’s the University of Manitoba holding a funeral procession for their mainframe system after some 47-years of service. Nothing on their web site says what they’ve replaced it with, I’ve emailed them and asked. Their web site is currently running on Apache on Linux after migrating from Solaris some time in 2005. As always, Slashdot covers this with comments that range from the helpful to the absolutely bizarre.

Art is familiar with this type of stunt, Art is lovingly remembered for blowing up an IBM mainframe at the announcement of the IBM LAN Server in the 1990’s. Sorry Art, couldn’t avoid mentioning it 🙂 – Ahh the good old days.

3 Responses to “Funeral for a friend”

  1. 1 AIXpi February 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    These are some serious geeks! Very funny speech as well!

  2. 2 cathcam February 15, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Yes indeed, I especially like it when he says “turn to your IMS Messages and codes manual”. Anyone that ever worked on, or in a system that used IMS, knows how important it could be!

  3. 3 jpalbee February 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hey … ya think they are looking to keep warmer in the winter with racks of heat producing distributed servers? Hey

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society ( I'm an information technology optimist.

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