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Apr 17 2008   3:13PM GMT

T-shirt kickin’ it AS/400 old school

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Ken Jack, a software engineer at trucking software company TMW Systems, has created the T-shirt you see to the right. He has it on his personal CafePress website called iWhatever.

Jack reflects the anguish of many System i users — er, users running i on Power Systems — who have a hard time figuring out what to call the server platform on which they run all their business applications. In a recent story on feedback of the System i/p merger, one user told me that he spent a long time trying to convince everyone in his organization that the server and platform should be called System i and i5/OS, not AS/400, iSeries, or OS/400.

Now that IBM has renamed it again to Power Systems and just “i,” expect some folks to just say forget it and start calling it AS/400 again.

That’s how Jack feels, as is apparent by this T-shirt he’s selling. He’s been selling a similar shirt for a while now, just adding on whenever IBM decides to rename the platform again.

“It’s honestly to the point where if IBM changes the name one more time, I’m going to have to put ‘continued on other side…’ on the front of the T-shirts,” Jack wrote in an email to me. “Just last month somebody bought a shirt that stopped at ‘System i.’ I bet he’s pissed.”

What are they calling it at TMW Systems? Jack said that “everybody at our shop still calls it ‘The 400.’ ‘Power System running i’ is just too much of a mouthful.”

By the way, in addition to buying the T-shirt, you can also buy other merchandise with the logo on it: mousepad, coffee mug, baseball cap, etc.

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  • Mark Fontecchio
    What did I miss? We have been calling it the AS/400 all along. Do you mean that anyone actually assisted IBM in their methodical, misguided, maniacal, mistaken, moronic, marketing-driven, server non-differentiation? Nobody I talk to DOESN'T call it AS/400...
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    PS - I'm buying a shirt!
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  • Mark Fontecchio
    How about a survey over what name this machine is primarily known by at each person's company? (Maybe IBM would look at the results. Or not.)
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  • Mark Fontecchio
    Vote me AS400. Or like Jack said, "the 400". Even our non-technical users call it "AS400"!
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  • Mark Fontecchio
    Through all the iterations, we have continued to call it 'the 400'. What do us IT types care about marketing naming conventions? KISS.
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  • Mark Fontecchio
    I, personally, like the name iSeries. That being said, one problem I have found with all the renames is the increasing difficulty of finding help on the web. By that, I mean that my search strings are getting longer (as/400, iSeries, System i etc.) which also affects the search results. To IBM: ENOUGH ALREADY!!
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  • Mark Fontecchio
    All of the companies I have consulted with or worked for have continued to call it the AS/400 or 'the 400'. I have tried using the most current name whenever IBM has changed it but have given up. From now on, it's just the '400.
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