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September 23, 2009  1:53 PM

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

Posted by: 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

January 15, 2009  9:13 AM

The System i roundup for 2008

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, System i hardware, System i software, Web Development

The iDevelop blog, part of the IBM Systems Magazine, has a good 2008 roundup of the System i platform. A lot happened with System i -- er, IBM i -- this year, and not all of it was related to the merger of i and p,...

December 23, 2008  11:38 AM

Amazon: Those that work with System i have dementia

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, Humor

Thanks to the automatic recommendation program at Amazon, those who buy the "Starter Kit for the IBM iSeries and AS/400" are offered the chance to buy another recommended (and presumably related) tome: "Reducing Stress-related Behaviours In Persons With Dementia." See here:

November 13, 2008  11:50 AM

Ross Mauri tackles System i questions in chat

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, Logical partitions, SaaS and cloud computing, System i hardware, System i partitions and virtualization

Ross Mauri, the general manager of IBM Power Systems, held forth at a fireside chat at iSociety earlier this week. The full transcript of the chat is worth reading.

October 7, 2008  1:47 PM

Under the radar: Audax buys Bytware

Posted by: Leah Rosin
Blogroll, iSeries software, Open Source

Last week the private equity group Audax purchased antivirus specialist Bytware, Inc. The Audax Group owns Help/Systems and also recently

September 18, 2008  7:18 AM

New System i blog: Young i Perspectives

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, COMMON

Young i Perspectives is a new blog from Young i Professionals (YiPs), a group of younger System i programmers. I expect a lot of good posts from them, especially on using open source on the i platform. The whole website is hosted on System i,...

September 16, 2008  2:31 PM

IT Jungle paring down its newsletters

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

I wouldn't normally write about other IT publications, but IT Jungle is such a huge player in the world of news for IBM i, System i, iSeries, AS/400, and so on, that this bears mentioning. Timothy Prickett Morgan, who runs the site, wrote recently that

July 23, 2008  11:59 AM

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

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, COMMON

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

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, Programming, System i hardware

  • Context is Key: This nugget from (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  7:11 AM

A testimonial on installing a System i blade

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, Disaster recovery, Operating systems, System i hardware

Lukas Beeler has a thorough post about his experience with

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