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July, 2008

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July 28, 2008  8:26 AM

MoshiMoshi, part 2

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The second episode of MoshiMoshi, an interactive Web game sponsored by System i vendor Bytware, is coming to a close this week (July 30, to be exact). We here had written pretty extensively...

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July 24, 2008  4:29 PM

RPG on the AS/400 — Old code meets new users

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

Today RPG is on my mind (perhaps because it was the focus of our Search400.com News newsletter today). And truly, RPG seems to be one of the most contentious issues with the i. For example, Pinnacle...

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July 24, 2008  8:23 AM

Define the midrange

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

That elusive term: the midrange. What does it mean? We in the IT journalism industry often refer to it without really defining it. I myself usually only use the actual term "midrange" when referring to the IBM i server platform, although there are presumable so-called "midrange" customers running...


July 24, 2008  7:14 AM

IBM software engineers outwitted again

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Though it's only tangentially related to the IBM i, this joke about IBM and Microsoft software engineers would probably have a lot of iHeads nodding and laughing. Let's just say it involves three IBM...


July 23, 2008  11:59 AM

Only 23% moving to new System i hardware? Not quite.

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Mark Hall, a columnist over at Computerworld, had a recent column about the System i, or the IBM i, or whatever you want to call it. It was called "Bye bye i." As Hall puts it, "(n)ow the company offers you a single, pathetic...


July 10, 2008  8:02 AM

System i links for 7-10-08

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

  • Context is Key: This nugget from midrange.com (it's been a while, David!) talks about always remembering the "why." If a program needs to be fixed, take a step back and ask why, and what it will accomplish.


July 10, 2008  7:29 AM

Lack of SATA drive support a good thing?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

As if often the case, digging into the comments of blogs online can often be more interesting than the posts themselves. Take this example from Maxed Out, the System i Network blog by Chris Maxcer. The blog itself isn't bad --

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July 10, 2008  7:11 AM

A testimonial on installing a System i blade

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Lukas Beeler has a thorough post about his experience with

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