Why this is here:

Decades ago I thought it would be nice if I had my own Web site where I could post things I might want to access while on an assignment. I built my own PC-DOS based SPF/PC Dialog using REXX and over the years I stored some tips on how to accomplish a task. These were then turned into html Web pages. As soon as I had an external Web site up and running, hosted by GoDaddy -TM, I began adding other items I had decided to share. Both SHARE and CBT Tape had a big influence on me.

2017-03-25: I am undertaking a major restructuring effort and shifting away from duplicated items in different sub-folders. Please be patient as I stumble about in an effort to make things easy to find.

Areas to explore:

Why does this site use .ORG?

The domain name org is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) of the Domain Name System (DNS) used in the Internet. The name is truncated from organization. It was one of the original domains established in 1985, and has been operated by the Public Interest Registry since 2003. The domain was originally intended for non-profit entities, but this restriction was not enforced and has been removed. The domain is commonly used by schools, open-source projects, and communities, as well as by for-profit entities.

I am making source available, under the intent of the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE and chose org as the correct TLD to use.


Programming methods (style):

My method, or style, may not match yours and that is okay as long as your application works properly. I picked up a 'report program' style from someone that went from RPG to COBOL. Over the years I have coded with several languages and started coming up with 'my' method for Programming Using The Kenneth Tomiak Method (PUTKTM). I am developing a guide for COBOL, java, JCL, Perl, PowerShell, and REXX.


SHARE is a Mainframe (Enterprise Server) User Group founded in 1955. Sayings come and sayings go. We once said SHARE is not an acronym, it is what we do. In 2017 the Web site has adopted a triangle for three key actions: Educate, Network, and Influence. From the Network aspect I obtained an IBM movie about the OS/360 operating system. When I first posted the ISO file I had no trouble downloading it. A few months later I had reports that attempts were failing and I have not been able to download it myself using http. The three (3) GigaByte OS360.iso file contains a PC based movie about the IBM OS/360 Control Program, but lately the GoDaddy web servers refuse to deliver it. If you can contact me, we might find a way for you to get it.


CBTTapeThe CBT tape is a collection of freeware, almost all open-source distribution for the IBM mainframe MVS and OS/390 operating system environment. This "tape" was established and previously edited for over 15 years, from Version 1 through Version 321 by Arnold Casinghino who worked at Connecticut Bank and Trust Company (CBT).

Interactive Data Transmission Facility (IDTF):

IDTF, also known as NETDATA and TRANSMIT files, is a way to package a group of members (files) and move them between systems. From GC28-1025-12 MVS/System Product Version 1 General Program Product Information Manual IBM released Interactive Data Transmission Facility (IDTF) as part of TSO extensions (TSO/E). IDTF is part of TSO extensions (TSO/E) program product (5665-285) and is used to send and receive files among various systems of a multisystem complex. MVS and VM understand the file format as it relates to their filesystem. People have downloaded the filetype to PCs and back up to the mainframe world to share outside of connected systems. And eventually some people wanted to view the contents on their PC. I have my own code that does a RECEIVE using a DOS Command Prompt or TSO/E. I am working on PowerShell code to do the same. And other people have written applications to suit their taste. Some fail to handle every combination I have built or do not show information I want to see. My efforts are found under Freeware/IDTF.

IBM Mainframes:

To go along with the OS360 movie is an image I have showing the basic structure of OS/360 and a more involved image for z/OS.


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