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Suprtool/Qedit Training

Dates: May 18th - 20th

Kubler Consulting, Inc., an authorized SUPRTOOL Training partner with Robelle Solutions Technologies Inc., is offering a three-day SUPRTOOL and QEDIT Training course in Tampa, Florida. This course is being offered by popular demand at an eastcoast site and is being hosted by the SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION. If you have an interest in the training please send email to or call 541-745-7457.

Eugene Volokh, Top 20 Legal Thinker and "Boy Wonder"

Eugene Volokh is one of the Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America! Or at least, he's one of the Top 20 most prominent and respected legal thinkers that blog readers know about. The rest of the results of the Legal Affairs "poll" is available online. Of course, take the poll results for whatever they're worth.

Eugene is, of course, the creator of MPEX. Click link above for details.

New CEO at HP

Mark Hurd, HP's new CEO, held his first press conference, as reported in The Register. Also see links to other articles at the bottom of this article.

Plug: 3000 Newswire

You can learn a lot from Ron Seybold's "3000 Newswire". In the 108th edition of their Online Extra, we learned that:

For a small sample of the Newswire, read the latest "Newswire Flash Paper".

Ecometry News

"Ecometry will be sunsetting all MPE versions prior to 611V on August 31, 2005. ... If you are unable to upgrade by the August 31st deadline, Ecometry will still provide you with software support, however, due to code modifications in versions U and V we will not be able to provide you with code fixes until you upgrade to 611V or higher."

HP License Transfer FAQ

From HP's web site: "We realize our customers take license compliance seriously and want to be assured that the products they are using are compliant with HP terms. The License Transfer Process offers our customers the ability to remain complaint and continue to use HP software and systems with confidence. All systems being transferred into the United States will also be required to include the $400 transfer processing fee, plus applicable sales taxes (based on the buyer’s location), for each system being transferred. HP will accept checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. All checks/money orders should be made payable to Hewlett-Packard."

Other topics covered in the link above:

  • HP software license transfer request form
  • HP software license terms (Exhibit E36S/AS-Is)
  • HP Software License Transfer Process
  • HP Software License Transfer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Resource 3000 Newsletter

The Resource 3000 consortium has published their first newsletter. Articles include: "Time Is NOT Running Out On Your HP e3000!" and "The HP Never Hangs ... Or Does It?" There is also a teaser about using hot-swappable disk drive arrays on the HP 3000 (full article is here).

How to Order Printed Robelle Manuals

Of course, the product downloads for Qedit and Suprtool include the user manuals and help files in digital format.

But did you know that you can also order printed manuals? You can have your own personal manual to hold, mark up and dog ear!

Robelle allows you to order the most recent manuals on-line. These professionally bound manuals will be printed immediately upon your request and billed to your credit card (via a service called The price is $25 US.

Staying, Migrating and Surviving

What About Secure FTP?

The new buzzword on the Internet is "secure FTP". This can mean several things, so click the link above to read our article and get up to speed.


Shell Scripts - More MPE for Unix Users

Both MPE and Unix have scripts, but there are a number of differences. This new article by Bob Green discusses MPE Scripts Versus Unix Scripts, Structure of a Command File (aka CI script), Parameters, Options, Handling Errors, User Defined Commands (UDC), and Links to More Information. This is part 5 of our series, "MPE for Unix Users":

Part 1: Command Cross-Reference

Part 2: Login and Logoff

Part 3: Files

Part 4: File Content

Part 5: Scripts

More HP 3000 Scripts

Tim Ericsons’ collection of UDC’s and Command files has recently been resurrected and re-published in the public domain on (click link above).

Chris Bartram Seeking 3000 Contributed Programs (from 3000-L)

Sender:          HP-3000 Systems Discussion 
From:            Chris Bartram
Organization:    3k Associates, Inc.
Subject:         Seeking contributed programs

To anyone out there with contributed programs (or command files)...

I'm in the process of expanding the public domain software links on Anyone with programs they'd like to make available (since the old CSL swap tapes seem to be hard to come by these days) please let me know. I'll either link to your location, or happily host the software on our web/ftp servers. More direct link:


The intent is that all this software be easily locatable and freely downloadable in perpetuity; or as long as our 3000s keep chugging (which will be quite a while!).  We've got a pretty good collection out there already, but I want to ensure that we pick up as many other contributions as possible, before more of the 3k community "drops offline"... 


Anyone with contributions, drop me a line at   :-)

New Interest in IMAGE Logging

The system is down - the hard drive is toast - you may have to restore your IMAGE database from yesterday's backup. In the past, this is the scenario that typically got HP 3000 system managers interested in the transaction-logging feature of the TurboIMAGE database.

But now, as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley law (SOX), IMAGE Logging is also being used to create audits for data changes. Managers who have never used transaction logging before are now enabling it to create an evidence trail for their SOX auditors.

Click the link above to read our entire story.

Update: One day after I finished the article above, I received an Online Extra newseltter from Ron Seybold at the Newswire. In it was an advert for a new IMAGE logging report program, 3000Audit as an aid in SOX audits!

Qedit Tips

How to Beautify My Text

Qedit has two very nice features for word processing: the Justify command to flow text into even paragraphs, and the Spell command (MPE only) to check the spelling of words in your text. These two features can come in handy when you are writing program documentation and quick memos or emails.

For example, the Justify command can reformat messy text into paragraphs that are of regular width, squaring off both margins and putting two spaces after periods.

The Spell command can help you find and correct any spelling errors. After the Spell command has highlighted the mistakes, we need to correct them by hand.

Problem: we don't know the correct spelling of "asistance".

Solution: the Word command's sound-alike search (denoted by "!"). (Note: if Spell is not installed on your system you will see an error message when you try to use it. )

Click the link above for the full article and Spell install instructions.  


Suprtool Tips

Where is the Bad Data

You know there is an invalid key value in a TurboIMAGE automatic master, but you don't know which of the 16 details contain the bad value. How to find them all? You could create a custom Suprtool job that looks in each of the linked datasets. But perhaps you have not worked on this database in a year or so. It could take a long time to get the names of the related sets, and the names of the key field in each one, all spelled correctly! Nothing difficult, but time-consuming.

Or, you could use the List;Related command of Suprtool's Dbedit module.

This extremely simple command shows you all the entries in the database that are linked to one specific entry!

For example, I know that there is an invalid key value "N45 0002" in the A-ACCOUNT-SITE automatic master, but I don't know what detail sets have the offending data. Remember, automatic entries are created, uh, automatically, when you insert data into a related detail. If you want to have the detail insertion to fail unless the key value has been previously inserted, you would use a manual master dataset.

For more details, click link above.