To: Users of Robelle Software
Re: News of the HP 3000 and of HP-UX, 1998 #4
The press release states:
Hewlett-Packard Company today announced that it plans to transition the HP 3000 server line to IA-64 (Intel Architecture, 64-bit). HP intends to leverage its co-development with Intel of EPIC (Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing), the technology foundation for IA-64, to ensure a smooth transition for all HP 3000 customers.Even more encouraging was news that HP would help provide a smooth transition plan and continue to develop PA-RISC systems in conjunction with the first IA-64 systems.
HP also stated they would be refocusing their business strategy on five key vertical markets: mail order, health care, airlines, manufacturing and credit unions.
To emphasize their commitment to the new platform, HP has been giving out
T-shirts with the slogan:
The IA-64 announcement certainly makes the future of the HP 3000 look bright.
October 15 - 16To arrange training at Robelle or your site, call us at 1-888-762-3553.
Even though I was the new "kid" in the office, I was given the opportunity to help plan for and attend the show. Although several of you asked about the Robelle people you regularly speak to-like Hans, Mike, Paul, Ken, Dave, Kerry and Rosemary-alas, you received "only" me instead. (How should I take that...?:-))
Everyone was excited about this event, and Robelle was no exception. Our booth was always a movin’ an’ a shakin’ with our in-booth seminars, one-to- one demos, prize draw, cake & coffee and old friends stopping to say "hello." The seminars highlighted new enhancements to Qedit (long lines), Suprtool ($stddate), and Qedit for Windows (scripting). The one-to-one demos provided in-depth training to current users as well as people seeing it for the first time.
Attending HP World gave me the opportunity to meet and talk with many HP 3000 and HP 9000 enthusiasts, and to learn about the particular concerns of the 3000 community. I heard a wide range of ideas about how businesses are coping with their Y2K projects, as well as insights on how current customers are using our products in their projects.
My hat goes off to the organizers of this year’s events. From Dave Barry’s hilarious Key Note Address, to the Welcome Reception, to the main HP World Reception, all events were well attended and enjoyable.
Now that HP World is over, I expect that everyone is back to their regular routine. Thanks to this experience I have gone from being an industry novice to being aware of current needs and goals of HP users. I will have fond memories of my first HP World conference, but nothing may ever top the sight of seeing some Robelle staff and clients hopping on a Harley Davidson motorcycle for a picture and sharing the dream of winning it-you know who you are!
Third prize: Master Photos Studio
Roger Peacock of Science Applications Int. in Oakridge, TN
Second prize: A Snappy Video Snapshot
Kevin West of Cardinal Health in Folsom, CA
Grand prize: Palm Pilot Professional
Roy Bybee of Infotrust in Salt Lake City, UT
You can see pictures of the prize winners and coffee get together on [Marie Reimer]
Tory recently arrived in Vancouver from her home town of Toronto, Ontario, but we decided not to hold that against her. (For the geographically challenged, Toronto is north of Detroit and is the city that the rest of Canada loves to trash.)
Tory moved here to join family and friends. She really appreciates the West Coast terrain, especially the Mt. Whistler area for its hiking and mountain climbing. Tory is also on the lookout for a local baseball league and has hopes of being drafted by the Yankees. One suggestion Tory: don’t quit your day job.
After some experimenting, I found that shutting down my PC was much faster if I first disconnected from the network drives by executing this command:
net use * /deleteTo automate this step, I put the command in a batch file on my desktop and called it netstop.bat. Now I click on the Netstop icon before shutting down. It takes only a second to execute.
I also read that changing the Network configuration helps (in "File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks", change the value of the item called "LM Announce" to "No"), but I have not tested this myself.
Every morning I had to manually open these two files, but now the Recent Files list gives me quick access to files that are used everyday.
Qedit for Windows 4.6.11 saves the name of the 16 most recently accessed files. Now I can open one of these files using the Recent Files command in the File menu. The file names are stored as fully-qualified names. For local files, the drive letter and the complete path is displayed.
Host files are also fully-qualified using the appropriate syntax for the host on which they reside. They are prefixed by the connection name. Qedit also keeps track of the options used at the last open (i.e., Read only or Force unnumbered).
Accessing the Recent Files list in Qedit
For customers outside of North America who wish to print on A4 paper, you can
set the OUTA4 Job Control Word before running Printdoc.
:setjcw outa4=1 :run printdoc.pub.robelle[Dave Lo]
For the last year and a half, I have been working on the Y2K problem within a team in our organization. In my most recent project, I was faced with a huge VPLUS formsfile that had many "processing specifications" (field edits) embedded in the form’s fields such as:
IF SFPOL_EFF_DATE LT SFRATE_B_DATE THEN LE 500000 "Must not exceed 500,000 before 10/01/90!"To avoid searching through every field by using "next" in Formspec, I did the following:
1. In Formspec, list the form.
2. In Qedit use :Showout then Text in the spool file from the listed form.
/:SHOWOUT JOB# JOB OWNER DFID NAME PR CO F LINES STA #S175 DAVE.DAVEACCT #O1363 FORMLIST 8 1 17042 RDY /T O1363.OUT.HPSPOOL 'Language' is now DATA Note: LENGTH set to 2563. List all the occurrences of each date field.
/L "SFPOL_EFF_DATE" (upshift) 41 Save Field: SFPOL_EFF_DATE Length: 6 Data Type: IG 1754 IF SFPOL_EFF_DATE GE SF_950401_DATE THEN 1757 IF SFPOL_EFF_DATE LT SF_950401_DATE THEN 1983 IF SFPOL_EFF_DATE GE SF_0691_DATEYMD THEN 2011 IF SFPOL_EFF_DATE LT SF_0692_DATEYMD THEN 2021 IF SFPOL_EFF_DATE LT SF_0692_DATEYMD THEN
In one example, dates can be stored as CYYDDD, where C is the number of centuries elapsed since 1900, YY is the year of the century, and DDD is the day count in the year.
The full article, including the source code, is available at the Dr. Dobbs Web site
@Guard works by filtering codes from the HTML stream before your browser sees it. It’s totally configurable and has an interactive learning mode in which it asks you what you want to do with certain elements as it encounters them. For example, if you are browsing a Web site that asks for cookies, you have four choices:
Both the English and the French versions are available as a self-extracting executable file. Users downloading these files report problems with Netscape 4.0 Gold on NT 4.0, so we also provide a link to directly download the files with FTP.
You can reach our download page at
I found this particular feature useful when I mistakenly purged from our test machine the database that Suprtool uses to test Master Dataset eXpansion. I was rewriting some of the tests and went to our crash-and-burn test machine to copy the test database.
File Transfer Protocol [A0008H30] 220 HP ARPA FTP Server [A0009001] Connected to bluto.robelle.com Name(bob): neil/passwd,user.acct,suprmdx 230 User logged on Remote system type is MPE/iX. ftp> mget @.suprmdx
SUPRTOOL/iX/Copyright Robelle Solutions Technology Inc. 1981-1998. (Version 4.1.52 Internal) MON, JUL 6, 1998, 8:57 AM >base music,5,mgr >form sets Database: MUSIC.LARGEDB.TURBONM Set Item Entry Load Entry Sets: Num Type Count Capacity Count Factor Length B/F ALBUMS 1 M 7 2000000 1000000 50% 51 30 COMPOSERS 2 M 3 1000 7 1% 24 73 SELECTIONS-A 3 A 1 2000000 1000000 50% 20 69 SELECTIONS 4 D 6 402653160 364305240 90% 88 24 LOG 5 D 5 1023 0 0% 58 31 >get selections >if ComposerName = "Ludwig Beethoven" >out testout,link >exit IN=364305240, OUT=19173960. CPU-Sec=19102. Wall-Sec=21337. Wall-Min=355:37.The 997/400 on which we were testing read through the 364 million entries in under six hours. These results were impressive considering it had taken about 7 days to load the database.
You can add this new feature to new databases by using $control Jumbo in DBSCHEMA. To enable the feature in existing databases, use third-party database tools such as DBGeneral (Bradmark) or Adager (Adager).
Suprtool supports these datasets in Suprtool version 4.1.52, now shipping as a pre-release.
Previously only one of these modification intrinsics could be executed at a time per database. With the Dependency Semaphore (DSEM) flag enabled, modification intrinsics can operate concurrently if the datasets being modified are not related.
To take advantage of the potential throughput increase you must enable the DSEM using DBUTIL because the default setting is disabled.
ENABLE database FOR DSEMThe throughput gains you may experience solely depend on the physical structure of the database. Your throughput should increase if you have a lot of stand-alone masters and details. The increase in throughput will not be as high if your database has a lot of physically related datasets.
Web ordering information currently lists how to obtain the HP-UX 10.x and 11.0 Information. Some MPE/iX manuals have been converted to this format and are available at the Web site, but more importantly, most of the recent Communicators are available, including the MPE/iX PP 5 release.