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Mainframes ARE IT

by Bob Shimizu

Do you think that mainframe computers aren't cool? Check this out: A lot of the world (and especially the younger folks) think that mainframes no longer exist. They're totally sync'd into technology with PCs, gaming devices, and iEverything. But the fabric of western civilization is held together by mainframe computers. They didn't die and go away. Instead, they retreated into mega datacenters and became MORE POWERFUL.

Deep in bomb-proof basements, huge machines handle millions of transactions a second. They're bigger, faster, more secure and do more than you may be aware of. Do you really think your Visa card is handled by a network of PCs? Nope! Behind all the web-based apps and front-end processing – at the deepest layer – it's all handled by mainframes.

The Comfort of Perfect Logic

by David Cole

Comforting? Not at all.

Satisfying? To a point.

I have worked with machines it seems all my life. I like the machines, and what they have become in my lifetime. I have excelled in my craft. I have built abstract creations of such hidden beauty, works of art as creative as any you might see. An art, though, that no one will see. An art that can be seen only by the mind's eye. Impossible for most. Too difficult for those few who can. People with years of experience might have the vocabulary and language necessary to understand, necessary to comprehend. But probably not the patience or the interest. They have their own castles to build.