3000 veterans to host
World Wide Wake
as HPs sales end
Alan Yeo of 3000 connectivity supplier ScreenJet Ltd.
has kicked off a series of good old fashioned Irish wakes
to be held around the world on Oct. 31, the last day that HP will be
taking orders for the HP 3000 line.
Yeo set up a Web server (126.96.36.199/hpwake)
where people can register suggested locations, and add their
name to attend a location. The idea is that someone picks a pub/bar
in a particular town, and anyone within striking distance can make
their way there.
Nothing entered on the Web page will be recorded off-line
or used for any type of marketing, Yeo added, and the information
will be deleted after October 31.
Yeo, whose company is selling HP 3000 software that
modernizes interfaces for MPE software and also streamlines migration
tasks, said he hopes the wakes attract anybody who works with,
or has worked with the HP 3000 and who might like to get together to
see him/her/it into retirement.
As we know, many of us will be working well beyond
official retirement age. But World Wide Wake sounded more
fun. And yes, whilst Im one of the people who hope to earn a
living out of migration, I know its not the right answer for
everyone and that for a significant number, Homesteading is
the right approach. The wake wasnt intended to be promoting
anything, just a recognition that the date does sort of mark a point
of no return, and it will be sad.
The World Wide Wake page lets customers view
already-suggested locations, add new ones, or indicate to a
locations proposer that they would like to attend. As of
presstime, 14 locations had been proposed from Australia to Anguila
to the Brittania Arms in Cupertino, a few blocks from HPs 3000
headquarters. Austin-based the Support Group Inc. was leading with a
total of 10 RSVPs.