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September, 2009


September 24, 2009  4:45 PM

IBM i runs PHP, but is it enough?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Mike Pavlak ponders an interesting question: While IBM may continue to develop technology on the System i and Power Systems, such as PHP, is it enough to overcome the CIO who, in an attempt to impress his...

September 24, 2009  4:35 PM

IBM Power Systems and Technical Conference trip report

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Doug Rock at the IBM Systems Magazine has a trip report from Orlando on the IBM Power Systems and Technical Conference. Rock reported that there were 101 sessions on the System i, with another 64 that were...


September 23, 2009  1:53 PM

I-nsider blog defunct, but Cancilla. Is. Alive.

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

It seemed like Bob Cancilla had disappeared. If you remember, Cancilla was a former IBM Rational executive who, in addition to moving to an application modernization consulting company in Reno called Oxford International, also started a blog on the System i called

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September 21, 2009  3:18 AM

COBOL turns 50

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

On Friday evening, I was browsing the Twitterverse and saw that I had missed some fun news. On Friday, September 18th, 2009, the COmmon Business Oriented Language (COBOL) turned 50. Though, earlier articles claimed that it's

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September 17, 2009  2:10 PM

IBM makes System i rebate more reasonable

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IBM has revised an ISV-based program for Power Systems users that expands the ability for them to get a rebate. The original rebate, announced earlier this summer, offered the rebate if the user installed a particular ISV's...


September 17, 2009  1:45 PM

The System i five-layer cake: Yum

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will has a post describing the five integral layers of the System i operating system, formerly called i5/OS. They are:

  1. Integrated Middleware
  2. "The" Operating System
  3. Technology Independent Machine Interface
  4. Licensed Internal...


September 17, 2009  1:40 PM

The System i community’s addiction to bad news

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Jon Paris writes that despite some good news coming out of the System i platform in recent weeks -- announcement of new customers, the forming of iManifest -- a

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September 17, 2009  1:23 PM

Rest in peace, and help out Common

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Timothy Prickett Morgan at IT Jungle thinks the new acronym the System i user group Common has come up with is a bit of "gallows humor." The acronym - RiP - stands for Retired i...

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September 3, 2009  1:24 PM

Yes, there are still new System i customers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Craig Johnson, product manager for System i, writes that yes, despite some pessimistic claims, IBM is still securing new System i...

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September 3, 2009  1:14 PM

System p or pSeries: Does it matter?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Trevor Perry is apparently still peeved that end users still call IBM systems the iSeries, pSeries, or whatever old name you might have for an IBM platform. He must be livid at the name of this blog (iSeries Blog), and even more so our Search400...


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