Howdy. I’m Blue. I’ve been around mainframes — Big Iron — since around the Y2K scare. Sure, that was overblown, but I tell you, we found some bugs. Nothing that would lose track of a billion dollars of course, but misnamed reports and columns, that kind of stuff.
Now the IT world at large might scoff, but I think we did great work. Given the monumentally limited attention spans and woeful skill sets of the management people in FIRE — finance, insurance and real estate — aka the people that depended on these reports, we actually were saving the world back then. These corner-office types are people for whom the slightest distraction could lead to millions in lost time.
I’m not the most grizzled veteran. Hell, I’m not even grizzled generally, and the last COBOL I wrote was on punch cards in high school in the 80s. But I do have an abiding respect for the high priests of Big Iron and I’m always learning. That’s what Big Iron Works is about: learning and sharing mainframe systems knowledge. And trying to figure out how the world is going to run its banks and governments when we’re no longer around to slap the hands of the clueless away from screwing everything up.
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