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.
Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8214 Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
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.
Joined: 23 Nov 2006 Posts: 19270 Location: Inside the Matrix
Hello and welcome to the forum,
I am in the States --is that allowed?
Hope so - i am too
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.