Monday, July 23, 2007

A year in blogs

Without wishing to get all mushy about it, this is my blog’s birthday! It’s one-year old today. This is blog 52 and blog 1 was published on the 19th July 2006.

I’ve tried to comment on mainframe-related events that have caught my eye, and at times I have blogged about other computer-related things. I discussed stand-alone IP phones, problems with my new Vista laptop, wireless networks. I also talked about “green” data centre strategies and virtualization, although a lot of the time I was focused on CICS and z/OS and DB2.

Perhaps one measure of how successful a blog has become is by seeing whether anyone else on the Internet mentions it. Here are some of the places that have picked up on this blog.

The blog was referred to by Craig Mullins in his excellent blog at http://www.db2portal.com/2006/08/mainframe-weekly-new-mainframe-focused.html. It was also talked about at the Mainframe Watch Belgium blog http://mainframe-watch-belgium.blogspot.com/2007/04/fellow-bloggers.html. At least one blog has been republished at Blue Mainframe (http://bluemainframe.com).

James Governor mentioned Mainframe Weekly in his Mainframe blog at http://mainframe.typepad.com/blog/.

The blog about William Data Systems’ use of AJAX in its Ferret product is also linked to from Williams Data Web site at http://www.willdata.com. There’s a reference to the “When is a mainframe not a mainframe?” blog at the Hercules-390 site at http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.hercules390.general/25845/

My first blog on virtualization ("Virtualization – it's really clever") was also published on the DABCC Web site at http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx?id=3553. The second one ("On Demand versus virtualization") can also be found on the DABCC Web site at http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx?id=4346.

There is a reference to the same blog on the V-Magazine site at http://v-magazine.info/node/5189 and this links to Virtualization Technology news and information's VM blog page at http://vmblog.com/archive/2007/05/07/on-demand-versus-virtualization.aspx, where the full blog is republished.

That particular blog is also republished in full on the Virtual Strategy Magazine site at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/article/articleview/1999/1/7/. There's also a pointer to it at the IT BusinessEdge site at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/item/?ci=28159. Arthur Cole refers to this blog in his blog at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/dcc/?p=127. It was also quoted from at the PC Blade Daily site at http://www.pcbladecomputing.com/virtualization-plays-well-with-others.

It’s good to know that people are reading the blog and referring to it in their own blogs and on their Web sites. Looking to the future, in the next year, I plan to continue highlighting trends and interesting new products in the mainframe environment, while occasionally discussing other computing developments that catch my attention.

And finally, a big thank you to everyone who has read my blog during the past year.

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