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uncletbone

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:53 am    Post subject: Is there a way to convert mainframe code to PC storage?
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Hi! I am new here, I am in the States --is that allowed? My question is this: I have an extensive library of COBOL routines that I stored on a 2400 reel of tape back in 1993. I am since retired after almost 30 years of mainframe programming (UNIVAC, IBM, TANDEM). This library was developed by me independent from any job assignment and is my private property. As a contract programmer, I would take this library with me from job to job. It was a great help to me, and I don't think I could have worked effeciently without it.

My main question is this: Is there a way to convert this library to CD or some more current storage media that I can access using a PC (actually an IMAC). I would like to share them with your Cobol users group and get feedback as to their value or merit.

Thank you, I am uncletbone.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:18 am    Post subject:
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Welcome to the forum!

Your best bet is probably to use a data conversion service (Google "tape conversion" for a few hits); the last time I saw a reel tape drive for a PC it cost over $2,000 IIRC and I don't think it ran on IMAC.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:07 am    Post subject:
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Hello and welcome to the forum,

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I am in the States --is that allowed?
Hope so - i am too icon_smile.gif

You might consider making contact with someone at one of the places you worked that recently still had the "reel" equipment. You might possibly get your file(s) copied to a 3480/3490 cart. and then you have many more options.

With really good fortune, they might be able to download the file(s) to a local pc and copy to a flash drive/cd/whatever. Depends on company policy - not worth creating a problem for someone.
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