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Concepts 38

December 17, 1999

This newsletter / info-pack is generated by Tower Concepts, and is provided to our users and specific members of the net community. Concepts is generated and distributed every few weeks as necessary. Please send comments to edge_admin@visible.com

Contents:

Are you Y2K compliant?

Well, ready or not here it comes. This deadline (January 1st) can't be delayed, postponed, handed off to someone else, etc. etc. We've all been hearing about (and hopefully preparing for) the onset of the new millennium. As we here at Tower have stated for quite a while, Razor itself is Y2K compliant, BUT it depends upon the underlying operating system and support tools.

Over the past 18 months, our support team has performed Y2K sanity checks on all of our supported operating systems. These tests were conducted on "minimally configured" systems with only required OS patches. Other than the standard time & date functions, we also found that SCCS may require patches. While we can't tell you which patches are required for your system (that depends on your configuration and factors only you can answer), we can tell you which systems require OS patches to make SCCS Y2K compliant.

Here are the results indicating the problem platform/OS version and a related URL you can use for more vendor specific information. We have NOT listed all operating systems, only those Tower has experienced problems with. Please verify the compliance of your operating system with your operating system vendor.

__________________________________________________________________ Vendor: Sun OS versions: SunOS 4.1.3_U1, Solaris 2.4, Solaris 2.4 on x86, Solaris 2.5 URL: http://sunsolve.Sun.COM/pub-cgi/show.pl?target=resources/y2k __________________________________________________________________ Vendor: SCO OS versions: Openserver 5.0.2 URL: http://www.sco.com/support/y2klist.html __________________________________________________________________ Vendor: SGI OS versions: IRIX 5.3 URL: http://www.sgi.com/tech/year2000 __________________________________________________________________ Vendor: HP OS versions: HPUX 9.x HP has dropped support for version HPUX 9.X. Due to this Tower will not suport versions prior to 10.10. URL: http://www.hp.com/year2000 __________________________________________________________________ Vendor: COMPAQ (formerly DEC OSF now TRU64) The web sites states: "You must be running Version 4.0D or later to have full Y2K support. The Year 2000 warranty applies only to Version 4.0D and later." Due to the above Tower Concepts will not support versions prior to OSF 4.0D." URL: http://www.unix.digital.com/unix/year2000/ whitepaper.html#4-0a-readiness __________________________________________________________________ Vendor: IBM OS versions: AIX 3.2.5 URL: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/year2000/mkt/des/6000v3.html or call them at 800-426-2255 and ask for the Y2K team.

Razor support shorts

Speaking of support, our tireless team of terrific troubleshooters who tarry not at tangling with tortuous troubles will be available during the holidays. While we don't expect any problems, we will have support personnel on call to reply to questions/problems that you email or phone us as we move into the next millennium.

Razor Specials

Remember, Tower has a special from now until the end of year for any new or current customer who purchases 10 or more licenses of Razor will receive their choice of one of the following:

  1. Five additional Razor licenses for free - normally $3,595
  2. IssueWeaver for only $995 - $2K off it's regular price of $2,995
  3. Certificate to attend one of our training sessions in NY - a $1,895 value (with purchase of one or more training sessions)
  4. One free day of Consulting - valued at $1,500 - (with purchase of 4 days)
  5. One free day of Training - a $1,995 value - (with purchase of 4 days)

Also, if you sign up for one of our training classes by January 7 you will receive a free Tower shirt. Get on the stick and register now.

Mini Tech tip

We've had a number of inquiries lately about how to determine the user name from within a script. Well, its actually very easy. If you didn't know off hand, you have an excuse - it's not in the manual (oops, thats my fault ;-) Use the environment variable RAZOR_USER. This is true for all Razor tools, including IssueWeaver.

Puzzler...

This month's holiday puzzler...

How well do you know your Christmas carols? Here are 22 all-time favorite titles that have been reworded by Geeks-R-Us. Have a joyous holiday from all of us here at Tower/Visible...

1. Move hither ward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief 2. Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds 3. Nocturnal time span of unbroken quietness 4. An emotion excited by the acquisition of expectation of good given to the terrestial sphere 5. Embellish the interior passageways 6. Exalted heavenly beings to whom harkened 7. Twelve o'clock on a clement night witnessed its arrival 8. The Christmas preceding all others 9. Small municipality in Judea southeast of Jerusalem 10. Diminutive masculine master of skin-covered percussionistic cylinders 11. Omnipotent supreme being who elicits respite to ecstatic distinguished males 12. Tranquillity upon the terrestrial sphere 13. Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals 14. Expectation of arrival to populated area by mythical, masculine perennial gift-giver 15. Natal Celebration devoid of color, rather albino, as a hallucinatory phenomenon for me 16. In awe of the nocturnal time span characterization by religiousity 17. Geographic state of fantasy during the season of mother nature's dormancy 18. The first person nominative plural of a triumvirate of far-eastern heads of state 19. Tintinnabulation of vacillating pendulums in inverted, metallic, resonant cups 20. In a distant location the existence of an improvised unit of newborn children's slumber furniture 21. Proceed forth declaring upon a specific geological alpine formation 22. Jovial yule-tide desired for the second person singular or plural by us

Answer to the above puzzle can be found here.

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