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June, 2008

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June 26, 2008  7:58 AM

A new site that’s a little mid-deranged

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Like a cross between The Onion and Search400, Mid-Deranged is a satirical humor site about the IBM midrange. So it's imperative that you not take it seriously when the site proclaims that

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June 25, 2008  11:52 AM

AS/400 jobs: Are you looking for work?

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

On the one hand we hear that it is increasingly difficult to find a job working on a 20-year-old system. But we also hear that companies are looking to modernize their...


June 23, 2008  3:56 PM

History repeating itself? A look at the 20th anniversary of AS/400

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

This year, as many of you know, is the 20th anniversary of the introduction of AS/400. This weekend IBM held a big celebration at its campus up in Rochester, Minn. in celebration of the anniversary. But 20 years ago, not everyone was celebrating. When System/36 and System/38 merged to become the...


June 12, 2008  3:55 PM

EGL Cafe open: Are you ready for a new language?

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

Over a year after IBM's new Enterprise Generation Language (EGL) was launched, and following IBM's own iSeries EGL tutorial publication, the

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June 12, 2008  8:11 AM

More humor: System i programmers worried about second-hand smoke?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Kind of an old post, but I missed it and so I need to link to it here. It comes from Aaron Bartell and includes the following joke:

The boy Microsoft programmer is smoking and leaving smoke rings into...


June 12, 2008  8:06 AM

YiPs and BLiPs and FRiPs, oh my

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

In the go-ahead-and-smile category, the iDevelop blog came up with a bunch more acronyms beyond YiP (Young i Professionals) and now RiP (Retired i Professionals) to describe various factions of the i community. Here are a couple:

MiPs-–Modern i Professionals-–those who like to stay...


June 12, 2008  7:51 AM

System i blades not selling yet, it seems

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

There have been plenty of arguments for and against putting System i on a blade server. Proponents say that being able to have their i, p and x86 servers all in one BladeCenter chassis is a big selling...

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June 5, 2008  10:52 AM

Necessity leads to iSeries Watchdog development

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

Necessity is the mother of invention. And so, many System i shops will find themselves inventing new applications to perform necessary business functions. This practice is not limited to end-users, but includes vendors using the AS400 to develop applications and provide support for businesses...


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