IBM GENESIS


GENESIS

 

In the beginning, IBM created the hardware and the
software. And the software was without form, and zeroes were
upon the face of the disks. And the sysgen moved upon the
face of the drum. And IBM said, “Let there be system,” and
it was “genned”. And IBM saw the system, and it was buggy.
And IBM divided the light from the dark, and called the
light OS, and the dark HASP. And the cold start and the warm
start were the first crash.

And IBM said, “Let there be a supervisor in the midst of
core, and let it divide the regions from the regions.” And
IBM called the supervisor MVT. And the cold start, and the
warm start were the second crash.

And IBM said, “Let the programs in the machine be
gathered into one area,” and it was so. And it called the
area LINKLIB, and the rest EXTRALIB, and IBM saw that it was
good. And IBM said, “Let the supervisor bring forth (CLG)
initiators, and the initiators running programs, and the
programs yielding output, each to it’s own dataset,” and IBM
saw that it was good. And the cold start, and the warm start
were the third crash.

And IBM said, “Let there be lights on the console to
divide the wait’s from loops, and let them be for the
operators and for the programmers. And IBM made five great
lights: the system light to rule the CPU, the wait light to
command the operators — He made the PSW also. And the cold
start, and the warm start were the fourth crash.

And IBM said, “Let the disk bring forth abundantly the
utilities that hath bugs, and appendages may fly above the
system in supervisor state.” And IBM created the great
compilers, and every subroutine that runneth and IBM saw
that it was good. And the cold start and the warm start were
the fifth crash.

And IBM said, “Let the core bring forth the linkage
editor after it’s kind, for object modules and load
modules,” and it was so. And IBM said, “Let us make users in
our own image and let them have dominion over the readers
and over the printers and over the disks and over all of the
system, and over every bug in HASP that lurketh beneath the
nucleus.” And IBM created the user in His own image, and IBM
blessed them, and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and add
and subtract and divide, and fill the queues.” And IBM said,
“Behold, I have given you every procedure bearing JCL which
is on the face of the PROCLIB. And IBM saw that it was good.
And the cold start and the warm start were the sixth crash.

Thus the hardware and the software were finished, and all
the troubles with them. And on the seventh day IBM unbundled
the work that it had made, and rested from producing. And
IBM sanctified the unbundling and blessed it — because on
it, IBM rested and created a larger profit.


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