Chicken, meet egg. Egg, Chicken. Egg. Chicken.

Lately I’ve been stuck on z/OS, among other things, and managed to somehow fill up my allocated quota of disk space with considerable ease. But here’s an interesting dilemma, clearing up some space isn’t all that easy. Apparently, it doesn’t let me delete files because there is not enough disk space. Now there’s a paradigm shift for you.

I watched an old mainframer hacking away at his terminal and it was the coolest thing I ever saw. His terminal had a cross hair on the active cursor position and as he worked it looked as he was playing a shoot em up, minus the blood, gore and 3d graphics of course. It all happened so fast I was scrambling to keep up with what he was doing, and was a hopeless, awestruck noob. MVS is NOTHING like UNIX. Thanks to something called USS, us *nix folk can feel comfortable and safe in a familiar environment where all the UNIX paradigms hold true, shielding us from the bloody unreal MVS arena where those damned cross hairs follow our every move.

Later that day, I IPLed OS/360 on my hercules emulator. More on that in a later rant.