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John Marzluff is an ornithologist and a professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. In his new book, Subirdia, he discusses his study of what happens to the suburban bird population as their landscape changes underneath them—for instance when a wooded area is cleared for new housing, shopping or golf courses…

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When I talk to millennials coming into management and programming it appears that their knowledge of the mainframe is very limited or non-existent. Since many universities have stopped teaching mainframe classes, the recent college graduates don’t even have a basic understanding of the mainframe computing model, much less its advantages and why it endures through all the attempts to replace it. Since there is no need to reinvent the wheel, we all need to help the millennials understand why the mainframe will always be around with the following four important points…

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There is a disappointingly negative trend emerging as we celebrate 50 years of the mainframe and its continuing role as the cornerstone of data processing in many large companies. Whenever there is a high profile IT glitch, company execs and the press are quick to point the finger at the platform and the legacy systems running on it as the root cause of all their problems: their “fall guy.”…

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