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December 16, 2009  6:53 PM

Redbook: Using independent disk pools on IBM i 6.1



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

The new Redbook, called "IBM i 6.1 Independent ASPs: A Guide to Quick Implementation of Independent ASPs," includes chapters introducing independent disk pools, as well as others on managing, backup/recovery, and example hardware...

December 16, 2009  6:50 PM

A letter to Santa from the IBM System i community



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

The bloggers at iDevelop write to Santa with their four wishes for the System i server platform: respect, visibility, modernization, and no more name changes (at least for a while). I would add a fifth: Keep...


December 16, 2009  6:26 PM

Changes to IBM Systems Magazine



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

The operation will be splitting up, providing more strategic and management news for CIOs and IT managers in its typical print format, and moving all technical tips and articles...


December 16, 2009  6:22 PM

AS/400 specialty engines?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

In a recent column, IT Jungle suggests that IBM offer specialty engines on the IBM System i, similar to what they do with the mainframe. Currently with its System z mainframes, IBM offers three kinds of specialty engines: the...


October 1, 2009  1:53 PM

RPG and 5250 screens are like music CDs?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

The iDevelop blog has a recent post comparing the music industry to the IBM System i. In particular, it looks at how the reluctance of the music industry to embrace digital music -- instead continuing to push CDs...


September 17, 2009  1:40 PM

The System i community’s addiction to bad news



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

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


July 10, 2009  3:22 PM

RPG decidedly not dead, say Search400.com readers



Posted by: Leah Rosin
IBM, IBM i, IBM System i, iSeries, RPG, RPG on System i

On June 29, 2009, many Search400.com readers received an email that got them a little stirred up. I sent out our newsletter and presented an article on EGL and a blog on RPGAAS. This is what I wrote:

So is EGL the new high-definition, flat-screen replacement to that old vacuum-tube...


July 8, 2009  5:35 PM

System i guy looking to shave hair for charity



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i

This might be a bit offtopic, but it's for a good cause. Aaron Bartell, a System i consultant and big proponent of RPG on the platform, is running a marathon in Chicago on Aug. 7. His goal is to raise $10,000 for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that is tackling worldwide child...


February 26, 2009  1:25 PM

Train your RPG employees and pay them well



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i, IBM System i programming, IBM System i staffing, RPG on System i

It turns out that the secret to retaining good RPG programmers is simple: pay them above average, and train them well. Is this different from any other profession? Probably not, but in the System i world, holding onto good RPG talent and keeping them happy is not an easy task. During a surprise...


February 12, 2009  2:01 PM

The return of Frank Soltis



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System i, IBM System i high availability, Vision Solutions on IBM System i


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