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May 2017


SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs


We are all aware of the impact of mobile apps on business processes, especially marketing. We are targeted when we research prices for an item on Amazon and then have that item show up in ads on other web sites, such as FaceBook or even WRAL. Amazon is offering same-day delivery on many items, with local warehouses stocking the items we use most often.

My company is making constant improvements to our mobile app and our online processes, as well. My recent mortgage process was completed totally online, and I never met my mortgage officer face-to-face. Our CEO was in the news last month announcing the closing of around 100 branches soon due to the popularity of our online and mobile activities.

We are looking forward to our next SPARTA meeting on May 2. We will hear from Gregg Willhoit, who is Chief Technologist at Rocket Software, working on their z/OS integration products. He will speak to us on the use of APIs on z Systems.

Please plan to join us for networking, pizza, fun and education on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp meeting location.


Randy Springs
BB&T



Future Speakers

(subject to change)


May 2, 2017 - API Revolution on z Systems by Gregg Willhoit of Rocket Software


June 6, 2017 - Virtual Tape Update by Brian Kithcart of EMC


We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.



2016-2017 SPARTA

Board of Directors


Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604


Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7


Mike Lockey -  Secretary

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.                  919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609


Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513



Meetings


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.


These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.


Call for Articles


If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.


Newsletter e-Mailings


The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at chrisbl@nc.rr.com.


March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online


The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from www.cbttape.org.


If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).


Minutes of the April 4, 2017 Meeting


• The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.


• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.


• Twelve (12) people were present of which all are 2016/2017 members.


• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.


• The minutes for the February 7, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the March 2017 newsletter. The minutes of the March 7, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the April newsletter.


• The April 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $383.36. (See details later in this newsletter)


OLD BUSINESS


• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.


• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: http://www.spartanc.org. Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.


• Randy reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.


• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):



Date

Company

Speaker

Topic

May 2, 2017

Rocket Software

Terri Bonee
Mitch Hoffman

Rocket Software Update

June 6, 2017

EMC

Brian Kithcart

Virtual tape update

July 11, 2017

NC State

Mainframe Group

Data Center Update

August 29, 2017

Tommy's Spitball

SPARTA and Friends

Fun at the DBAP

September 12, 2017

NC State

Mainframe Group

Data Center Update

October 3, 2017

SAS

Ed Webb

SHARE Providence Update

November 7, 2017

BMC Software

Wayne Wilson

Mainview

December 5, 2017

Watson & Walker

Cheryl Watson

z/OS Performance



If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.


• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.


• Food for the May 2 meeting will be Pizza.


• The 2017 dues are due ($30) starting in February 2017. Please pay Pam Tant.


• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.


• There are currently 66 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.


• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = SPARTA-RTP-owner@yahoogroups.com) sending you an invitation to Join the list.



NEW BUSINESS


• Pam Tant and Randy Springs opened a free checking account at First Citizens (the not-free BB&T checking has been closed). Pam is still working with Kathy Thomas to deposit the outstanding funds.


• A officer nominations committee and 2017 elections need to be setup.


The Business portion of the meeting ended about 8:10 P.M.

Presentation


SHARE 128 - March 5-10, 2017 - San Jose, California
By Ed Webb of SAS


AGENDA

• Why Go to SHARE?

• Odds and Ends

• Best Sessions That I Attended

• Sessions of Interest

• z/OS Service Status

• SHARE Status

WHY GO TO SHARE?

- IBM review of z/OS 2.3 functions and late-breaking news

- SHARE Requirements Carry More Weight with IBM than an individual RFE

- IBM's committed to satisfy 20% of SHARE Core Technology Top 80 Requirements in z/OS 2.3

- Delivered 5, Rejected 6, Planned 4 of Top 82

- Networking with peers and IBM developers and executives re-energizes your z work back home

ODDS AND ENDS

- SHARE Requirements now connects to IBM Development via the IBM RFE system

- - Delivered in June 2016
- - -Submit your SHARE requirements here

- Request for Enhancements (RFE) for new suggestions or requirements to IBM
- - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/

- IBM z13 HMC is last one to support Classic Interface

- August 2016 Hot Topics #30 magazine is a Great Reference for z/OS V2R2 Topics
- - http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zos/library/hot-topics/hot-topics.html

- APAR PI70511 z/OSMF Incident without requiring an SVCDump (UI43522)
- - My Requirement from 5 years ago
- - Delivered in December 2016

BEST SESSIONS THAT I ATTENDED

- z/OS Platform Installation Strategy (1 and 2)
- - by Multiple ISVs and IBM
- ISVs Mainframe "Open Source" Install Project is now the z/OS Platform Installation Strategy
- 30+ vendors involved in year long discussions
- Common install desired by customers
- Both Sessions, IBM's Overview and Vendor Response, are SHARE Live! presentations
- z/OSMF is the delivery vehicle
- - Initial Availability in December 2016/January 2017
- - Software Management no longer requires SMP/E-deliverable products
- - 2019 is IBM's Goal for Full Function
- - SMP/E Provides Crucial Infrastructure for Product Delivery of Package
- - - RECEIVE ORDER
- - - HTTPS or FTPS
- - - APIs are Available to Vendors

20728 Live! z/OS Platform Installation Strategy
- - by John Eells of IBM
- See session handout at
http://events.share.org/Winter2017/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=2291&SessionDateID=18

20729 Live! z/OS Platform Installation Strategy: Vendor Viewpoint
- Reps from CA Technologies, BMC, Compuware
- http://events.share.org/Winter2017/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=2292&SessionDateID=18

20526 What's New in z/OS 2.3 : Silicon Valley Edition
- z/OS 2.3 Requires z12 or later z System
- z/OSMF 2.3
- - Parallel Sysplex Management Application
- - Console Application (in 2.2 SPE now)
- SMF Realtime APIs and Services (in 2.2 now)
- zFS shrinking function
- RMODE64 support in Binder, Java JIT, Contents Supervisor
- 8 character TSO userid support

20526 What's New in z/OS 2.3 : Silicon Valley Edition
- KC4z upgrade with message lookup support (Knowledge Center for z/OS)
- SCRT Java version shipped in z/OS 2.3
- Non-executable memory
- SAF security deployment descriptor for RACF, CA Top Secret, and CA ACF2
- RACF and BPXPRMxx SUPERUSER sync
- 10 Font products added to z/OS Font Collection
- z/OSMF 2.3 Migration Workflow via z/OS

20695 Mining z/OS Debugging Nuggets
- - by Patty Little and John Shebey of IBM
- IPCS 2.6i toolkit
- - IEAVDUMP -overview of an SVCDump
- - IEAVCPUI -detailed CPU information
- - HELP for each EXEC
- - - Example: IP IEAVCPUI HELP
- - IEAVLOGD -LOGREC records to one line entries
- - IGVVSMIN -below-the-bar and -line storage
- SYSTRACE

20602 The New and Improved DS8880 Family
- - by Nick Clayton of IBM
- DS8886 is the workhorse; hybrid flash and HDD
- All models can now be "all flash"
- Hardware RAID engine for "good path"
- - processor does management and error recovery
- Faster in future because not at hardware limits
- Standard 2.5" flash drives
- RAID6 is default
- 46U height?

20602 The New and Improved DS8880 Family
- zHyperlink is direct connect to DS8880
- - low latency interconnect
- - hardware ready -will enable when feature is ready
- Transparent Cloud Tiering for DS8K
- - OpenStack Swift, AWS S3
- SuperPAVs - share Aliases between SSIDs
- Thin Provisioning - small extents in 21 cylinder chunks to support EAV
- - limits to 2 Petabytes in DS8K
- - not for zLinux and z/VM

20347 Create Your Own z/OSMF Workflow Lab
- http://events.share.org/Winter2017/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?Fr omPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=2051&SessionDateID=18

20522 ISPF Hidden Treasures, Coming Changes
- - by Sam Reynolds (IBM RTP)
- z/OS 2.2 stuff
- - 3.17 File Systems menu like ishell FS menu
- - - collapsed list, can be expanded
- - Set F4 PFKey to ZEXPAND for wider Command Line
- - UDLIST /etc to go directly to a directory
- - Set UDLIST options ìEnter z/OS UNIX Commands in Command Field"
- - - / on UDLIST Command Line to see Unix Commands (like TSO Commands)
- Even More z/OS 2.2 stuff
- - SCRNAME name to set a name for a session
- - - SWAPBAR shows SCRNAME
- - Set up ZSTART or MYSTART with multiple START commands
- - - In 7.3, set ZSTART
- - - - ZSTART P ISPF;START 11;I;SWAP 2
- - - - ISPF BASIC bypasses ZSTART
- - - - => See Panel 45 in this presentation
- - UNDO Storage Size in ISPCONFG
- - - SETUNDO ON and FORCE
- z/OS 2.3 stuff
- - Eight Character TSO Userids
- - ZCURDEP ZCURWID current Screen Depth and Width delivered by APAR OA51216 (UA91206)
- - ISPF Editor Extended Stats
- - - If all 3 line count values do not exceed 65535, that is, <=65535, show current Stats
- - - If any of 3 counts exceed 65535, then show Extended Stats

20727 IBM Skunkworks Projects for z/OS
- - by Steve Warren, Maura Schoonmaker, and Paul Taukatch of IBM
- z Advanced Technical Team managed by Maura S.
- prototypes, incubator for projects
- z/OS Cloud Data Access
- - set of APIs to get, write, delete, and list objects in "cloud"
- - Cloud Provider frameworks for AWS, Microsoft, Google, etc.
- PGP encryption => Enterprise PGP
- mkt@us.ibm.com Maura S.
- zidea@us.ibm.com Ideas for the team to explore

SESSIONS OF INTEREST

20755 MVS Core Technologies Project
- - by Scott Engleman of IBM
- z/OS Directions
- - Continuous delivery is a one-train method
- - Big Data CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Security, Social)
- - Agile Development, Design Thinking
- - API Economy -RESTful APIs to expose internal access and services to third parties
- - z/OS 2.3 Available Sept. 29, 2017
- - Security Enhancements : more encryption for Data Sets and Coupling Facility
- - Simplification
- - z/OSMF Cloud Management and Provisioning
- - Fast deployment for subsystems like CICS
- - Real Time use of SMF data

20512 Bit Bucket x'35'
- - by a host of characters
- (From Sam Knutson of Compuware):
- - OSA-ICC Requirement SSMVSE11008 in July 2011 (requested by Brad Carson of LabCorp)
- - Requested Again in 2014 (#21 in Top 50)
- - - IBM replies that OSA-ICC stabilized
- - But MCL P08440.004! allows use of larger screensize

z/OS SERVICE STATUS
- z/OS 1.9 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2010
- z/OS 1.10 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2011
- - Two more years (until Sept. 2013) for a fee
- z/OS 1.11 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2012
- - Two more years (until Sept. 2014) for a fee
- z/OS 1.12 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2014
- z/OS 1.13 End of Service was Sept. 30, 2016
- z/OS 2.1 End of Service is Sept. 30, 2018
- z/OS 2.2 End of Service is Sept. 30, 2020
- z/OS 2.3 End of Service is Sept. 30, 2022
- z/OS V2 has 5 years of Support plus 3 more years of fee-based Support

SHARE STATUS
- SHARE Attendance Trending Upward
- - 1103 Attendees (1100+ Total Onsite)
- - 892 in Orlando, 890 in Seattle, 524 in Anaheim, 638 in Boston,
- - 579? in San Francisco, 527 in Anaheim, 612 in Atlanta,
- - 600+ in Orlando, 673 in Anaheim, Ö.
- 193 First Time Attendees
- 200+ Member Companies
- SHARE Live! Recorded 33 Sessions in San Jose
- - 140+ registered by week's end (New Record! Again!)
- SHARE Execforum
- - Once a Year
- - Returned in San Jose with 64 Attendees
- SHARE Monthly Webinars between Conferences
- - Registration required but free
- - Some vendor sponsored
- SHARE 'Day' 8:30-5:15 (most breaks 15 min.)
- SHARE Affiliate Rate is $99 Per Year (no voting)
- SHARE Select Membership (Annual Corporate) includes SHARE Live! and Archived Sessions
- Backpacks Given Away for San Jose
- - Not tablet cases like Atlanta and Orlando
- SHARE 129 is August 6-11, 2017 in Providence, RI
- SHARE 130 is March 11-16, 2018 in Sacramento
- SHARE Mobile App for iOS and Android
- - Earlier Availability for San Jose
- - Better but sharing between device still needs work
- Submit Your Proposal to Speak at SHARE in Providence by Friday, April 7, 2017
- SHARE Proceedings Access Needs SHARE Userid (free)
- - Go to www.share.org

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation


Contact Info:

Ed Webb
SAS Institute Inc.
SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513

E-mail: Ed.Webb@sas.com
Work Phone: (919) 531-4162


• The April 2017 meeting ended about 9:15 P.M.


Treasurer’s Report for April 2017

contributed by Pam Tant


The balance in the account is $320.87 as of April 30, 2017.


SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 04/30/2017


INCOME


Opening Balance

562.00

Total Deposits


Other

0.00

Dues

90.00

TOTAL INCOME

$652.00



EXPENSES


Loan repayment (RS)

50.00

Loan repayment (PT)

100.00

Food

92.49

Web Site

0.00

Petty Cash

144.51

Bank Service Charge

5.00

TOTAL EXPENSE

$392.00



BANK BALANCE

260.00

PETTY CASH on hand 

60.87

TOTAL CASH

$320.87



Items of Interest



SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire


May 2, 2017 - Pizza

June 6, 2017 - Chicken

July 11, 2017 - Subs

Aug. 1, 2017 - BarBQ

Aug. 29, 2017 - Durham Bulls (buy your food at the game)

Oct. 3, 2017 - Pizza

Nov. 7, 2017 - Chicken

Dec. 5, 2017 - Subs


Time to Book Hotel for SHARE in Providence

contributed by Ed Webb


SHARE in Providence is August 6-11, 2017. Hotel Reservations and SHARE Registration opportunities are available now. Go to the Event webpage for details.

Book a hotel room now (under the Experience dropdown); there are 3 to choose from: Omni Providence, Biltmore Providence, and the Providence Hilton. Most if not all meetings are in the Convention Center adjacent to the Omni and a short walk from the Biltmore and the Hilton.

Besides details on z/OS 2.3, announced to ship in late September, there are rumors of an update to z System that will be of interest in the next several months.

"SHARE Providence features over 500 educational sessions in a range of topics such as z/OS 2.3, Blockchain, Docker and new Security technologies. Plan to join us in Providence, August 6 -11, 2017 to expand your knowledge and network with hundreds of fellow enterprise IT professionals and industry vendors. Register by June 23, 2017 to receive $200 off your registration."

SHARE San Jose Event Proceedings Available

contributed by Ed Webb


SHARE San Jose event proceedings are now available to download in the SHARE.org Content Center. Explore session handouts with all the hottest topics from San Jose, including:
• Application Architecture Development
• Information Management
• Linux & VM
• And more!
In an effort to make content easily accessible post-event, SHARE is no longer distributing DVD copies of the event proceedings. Here's where to start to see the San Jose Proceedings.

Write Your Own Checks With z/OS Health Checker

contributed by Ed Webb


The IBM Health Checker for z/OS is a component of MVS that provides the framework for checking z/OS system and sysplex configuration parameters and the system environment. This helps determine where an installation may be deviating from suggested settings or where there might be configuration problems. IBM provides a set of check routines—over 200 to date—for IBM Health Checker for z/OS that examine specific settings or values for potential problems. Check routines can also be provided by ISVs, or written by users themselves.

As a follow-up to the article, "Healthy Status," that was published in the January/February 2017 Tech Corner section of IBM Systems Magazine, this article is the first of a multi-part series that will describe the general steps of planning and developing your own health check. This first part will provide a minimal, but fully functional, sample health check written in System REXX that summarizes the topics discussed.


Read more in this April 2017 article by George Ng and Ulrich Thiemann in IBM Systems Magazine.

The biggest problem in DevOps isn't what you expect

contributed by Chris Blackshire


Posted by IDG Connect on April 6, 2017
The following is a contributed article by Lucas Carlson, VP of strategy at business automation vendor Automic Software, and an author and entrepreneur.


Like the first Thanksgiving, DevOps is a coming together of two distinct groups. Developers and operations, sitting together around the dinner table, sharing the same feast, right?


Probably not.


If you're a developer, you're seeing new tools coming out, sometimes one or two new ones a week. Each one more complicated than the last. Each one promising to finally solve some big operational headache for you once and for all. All without having to interact with an operations team any more.


In fact, if anything, operations is being pushed out of the Thanksgiving table these days.


It all sounds so easy at first: Use tools like Chef, Puppet, and Jenkins to configure and provision applications through software automation and then manage the underlying infrastructure through other application monitoring and performance technologies.


Easy, right? Then just smatter on some orchestration tools like Kubernetes and Mesos. And for good measure, make sure you've got some kind of PaaS. Don't forget your Docker container manager, though. Oh, and lest you forget that container networking and storage solutions are not fully baked yet, make sure you have solutions for that. Sure, those solutions themselves are really just proof of concepts at this point and none of it has been tested at large enterprise scale yet.


It's a myth. The cult of the new.


While the new generation of automated configuration tools are great starting points for treating infrastructure as code, the notion that they can be trusted to usurp the need for operations in managing data centers is a pipe dream.


In fact, quite the opposite is true. Production environments can be very complex, made up of large interconnected systems that can't always just be containerized. The new breed of tools are fundamentally built for developers to develop code faster. They aren't adequately designed to address what comes next: taking agile practices into large-scale production environments.


DevOps Mythology


In fact, not only is ops not getting devoured by code, its role is growing more central and vital every day. A good ops team is the only line of defence against even a few seconds of downtime that can cost a business millions of dollars and untold customer goodwill. Fail fast might be fine for development of code, but for keeping things running smoothly, that philosophy often falls short.


Yet pundits continue to push the idea that operations' role is rapidly diminishing and that the best people to run the code are those who wrote it (which sounds eerily familiar to me like the old adage that "a man who's his own lawyer has a fool for his client").


"DevOps will often put more responsibility on development to do code deployments and maintain service levels," wrote Gene Kim last year. "This merely means that development is taking over many of the IT operations and operations engineering functions. In order to support fast lead times and enable developer productivity, DevOps does require many IT operations tasks to become self-service. In other words, instead of development opening up a work ticket and waiting for IT operations to complete the work, many of these activities will be automated so that developers can do it themselves."


But who runs the self-service systems that developers will come to depend on? What happens when those portals break? Who fixes the broken PaaS? Your web application team? I don't think so.


Yes, operations role is changing. But it's not going away. It's not being "taken over" by software. That new software still has to be run and maintained by someone.


Kim has characterized the goals of DevOps as "deploy fast, fail fast, learn fast, improve fast." In other words, speed wins and it's better to be able to able to fix failures so quickly that it's more efficient than preventing them.


This sounds great in theory, but if you're a large retailer running an e-commerce system, you don't have the luxury of failing during black Friday just because it's trendy to do so. Don't be a lemming. Failing fast in development is fine, as long as issues don't find their way into production.


The assertion that operations is vanishing seems based on an ill-advised conceit that, say, running a Chef cookbook that's able to spin up an Apache and MySQL service in five seconds is in the same league as managing a large, complex infrastructure.


Non-aggression pact


It's certainly understandable why development has adopted a rather aggressive attitude about speed to production. Too many operations teams have been slow to adapt to realities of continuous software delivery. Some operations teams have clung to command-and-control processes that are slow (on purpose), which is the very problem that produced the DevOps movement.


What organizations need is to be able to develop software as fast as possible while also empowering operations to make sure applications going into production are as reliable and scalable as possible. You can't have one camp forcing its mentality on the other.


There's a middle ground: two-way agility supported by more sophisticated automated tools that allow both developers and operations to work collaboratively toward the mutual goal of continuous development.


Developers get their agile tools. Operations get their own agile tools. And we make sure those tools work well with each other.


It's time to be wary of myths. Operations isn't going away. Both sides of the DevOps construct will be sitting at the same table for the foreseeable future and need to start finding common ground instead of pushing each other off the table.



Humor


Fun Yearly Facts

contributed by Chris Blackshire


(1459) 1st major battle of the English Wars of the Roses
(1537) King Henry VII declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day
(1591) King Philip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida
(1642) The 1st commencement of Harvard College
(1690) Massachusetts Bay Colony was the first to issue paper money in America
(1780) Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point is revealed
(1842) Cadbury made the first chocolate in England
(1846) Johann Gottfried Galle and Heinrich d'Arrest find Neptune
(1862) Lincoln's Emancipation is published in Northern Newspapers
(1876) Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
(1879) Richard Rhodes invented a hearing aid called the Audiophone
(1882) PT Barnum buys his world-famous elephant Jumbo
(1884) American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine, the beginning of data processing
(1887) US Congress creates Electoral Count Act
(1892) Longest boxing match under modern rules between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby with 77 rounds
(1894) The world's first roller coaster opened in Coney Island, NY
(1896) The first comic strip published in the USA (Feb 16, 1896)
(1919) The League of Nations' first meeting is held in Paris
(1928) Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China and declares them to be a new species now known as 'Homo erectus'
(1941) First gas murder experiments are conducted at Auschwitz
(1942) The Manhattan Project Commences, under US General Leslie Grove, with the aim to deliver an atomic bomb.
(1947) Percival Prattis is the first black reporter in the US Congressional press gallery
(1949) President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation
(1952) Richard Nixon makes his "Checker's" speech
(1957) Angry mob forces nine black students at Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw.
(1962) President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
(1966) 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US.
(1994) The White House's first website debuted October


Membership Information



Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

7 p.m.


Location: LabCorp in RTP


Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.


Free Food: Pizza, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


Program:

The API Revolution on z Systems

Speaker: Gregg Willhoit, Chief Technologist, Rocket Software








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