The iSeries Blog:

October, 2007

October 31, 2007  8:46 AM

i5/OS V6R1: joy or annoy?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Operating systems

You just have to love this sub-headline from MC Press Online's article about the upcoming i5/OS V6R1: Will it be the Joy of Six (V6, that is) or the Annoy of Six?

October 31, 2007  8:45 AM

System i hardware upgrade calculator

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Product recommendations or warnings, System i hardware

Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle has put together a great resource for older AS/400 and iSeries shops that are thinking about upgrading to a System i model. Heck, the resource is great for those who aren't thinking about...

October 31, 2007  8:39 AM

RPG’s backward compatibility a mixed bag

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Programming, System i software

RPG expert Paul Tuohy says the longtime programming language -- whose history dates back to the days of punchcards -- is anything but ancient and insists that IBM won't let it die off. But...

October 30, 2007  2:13 PM

Database change mangement software gets upgrade

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Databases, System i software

Excel Program Inventions has upgraded its Database Assistant software for the System i to include Control Language (CL) support and a feature to generate SQL for changed files. Version 2.2 of EPI's database change management software, called Database Assistant,...

October 26, 2007  11:10 AM

Book auction to support FreeBSD

Posted by: Atrujillo
Open Source

Do you use open source software on your System i? Here is an opportunity to give back to the open source community. Tech book publisher No Starch Press is auctioning a copy of its new pub,

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October 24, 2007  10:00 AM

Lawson brings 64-bit support to Unix, not i5/OS

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i software

Lawson Software is bringing 64-bit support to HP-UX and AIX on its S3 ERP software, but i5/OS folks are going to have to wait. Lawson has quite a few S3 software users on the System i platform,...

October 24, 2007  9:37 AM

Getting gooey over System i GUIs

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Operating systems, System i software

Does i5/OS need a native graphical user interface (GUI)? Does it already have one? Much of the talk about GUIs on System i -- whether it is native on i5/OS or through applications -- usually revolves around making the platform easier and more attractive to use for the newbies. Check out these...

October 24, 2007  8:49 AM

Get ready for a shocker: IBM System i revenues dropped again

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware, System i revenue

For what has now been eight quarters in a row -- that's two years -- IBM System i revenues have dropped in year-over-year comparisons. You would think at some point that the platform's revenue would have hit the bottom of the...

October 18, 2007  9:56 AM

Using to find System i resources is tasty

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Web sites/resources

Looking for a way to read up on System i resources without slogging through pages upon pages of Google results? Welcome to, the social bookmarking site. This...

October 17, 2007  7:45 AM

Upgrade to Lotus Notes 8

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i software

David Vasta over at the System i Addict has an enthusiastic recommendation for upgrading to Lotus Notes 8, along with an enthusiastic thumbs-down to Microsoft Outlook and...

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