The iSeries Blog:

January, 2008


January 29, 2008  9:53 AM

i5 virus contest over, but the game continues on

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Security – alerts – compliance, System i software

System i5 security vendor Bytware Inc. has wrapped up its i5 online game, where contestants navigated YouTube videos and searching for clues on different Web sites to solve a fictional System i security mystery, all the while learning about PHP and i5/OS...

January 28, 2008  10:06 AM

IBM escaping the hardware business?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

Arthur Cole at IT Business Edge has a blog post speculating over whether IBM is "looking to get out of the server hardware market before virtualization sends it crashing to the floor." Cole's argument is that despite IBM's denials, its...

January 21, 2008  1:54 PM

User suggestions for the System i

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

The IT Jungle has a bunch of user feedback regarding the System i, where it's going, and where it should be going. This comes in the midst of a small revenue increase for the platform announced by IBM last week. Still, the platform...

January 21, 2008  9:00 AM

Congratulations System i, your revenue is up

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

In its earnings report last week, IBM announced that revenue for System i was up 2%. It's the first time System i revenue has been up year-over-year in two years. The chief financial officer at IBM, Mark Loughridge, said the rise was due to...

January 17, 2008  8:52 AM

On the INITIALIZE statement

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

The iSeries COBOL programmer explains how to use the INITIALIZE statement for the System i. This is an add-on to an earlier...

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January 17, 2008  8:46 AM

The process of upgrading WebSphere Client Studio

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Web Development

Chris Hird has a post detailing how he upgraded his WebSphere Development Studio Client, and it's interesting to see all the steps and downloads he had to endure in order to get there. Hird said he'd been working with Remote Systems Explorer (RSE),...

January 16, 2008  3:41 PM

i5/OS V6R1: Is the jump worth it?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Operating systems

Timothy Prickett Morgan has an article over at the IT Jungle taking a look at product cycles for i5/OS and OS/400 -- in particular, how long users can expect to receive support and upgrades on V5 releases when i5/OS V6R1 comes out,...

January 9, 2008  9:20 PM

Managing System i application memory can be tricky

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Programming, System i software

The way that RPG handles files on the System i requires intricate knowledge of how RPG works in order to make sure that references to a certain record field point where they should. iDevelop has a good post...

January 9, 2008  8:38 PM

System i system management: Where to start?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System management

IBM often touts System i as an easy-to-manage platform, and for good reason. But still, IT gets more complex, and complexity can breed chaos without some level of control. MC Press Online, which just recently redesigned its site, has a

January 9, 2008  7:50 PM

Bye, Marc Dupaquier

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
System i hardware

In mid-December, we published an interview with Marc Dupaquier, who was the general manager of IBM's Business Systems division. Well, it looks like it was just a one-year contract. An IBM reorganization at the...


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