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April 14, 2011  6:33 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 14, 2011

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Stay up-to-date on the latest and the greatest (as unwittingly voted on by you) IT blog posts around IT Knowledge Exchange by checking out our IT Blog Top 10 each Thursday. What are your favorite blogs or blog posts from around the community? Let us know in the comments section!

1. Ubuntu 11.04 beta testers divided over Unity. Which camp do you fall under?

2. Ron Miller’s convinced that a 10,000 core computer proves cloud scalability. Are you?

3. Updates are great, but Wendy Schuchart wants to know what it means for the older residents of your computer and asks, Are the Mozilla Firefox 4 and IE9 releases wreaking havoc on your old apps?

4. Not able to make it to the Linux developer community meet-up in San Francisco? No worries, Leah Rosin has the top 5 takeaways from the 2011 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit.

5. Shamus McGillicuddy was right on several accounts in his initial reaction to a leaked Cisco memo a week ago: Cisco’s troubles – start talking to more network engineers.
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April 12, 2011  6:32 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: April 12, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions is chockfull of approved answers on questions ranging from rewiring servers to recovering lost data from SQL Server 2005.

1. Congratulations to Anthem001, the winner of Mr. Denny‘s book, Securing SQL Server, our free IT book a couple weeks ago.

2. KFaganJr, CharlieBrowne, Gabe9527, Carlosdl, and Jinteik all provided some great tips for a member prepping to rewire a server rack that looks like spaghetti.

3. During Windows 7 month, we wanted to know what your operating system cocktail looked like. Anthem001, Sixball, Jibin, and Batye shared what their network setups look like.

4. Have any links or resources for DB2 tuning for AS/400 to add to those offered by CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and DanTheDane?

5. Check out the great discussion and TomLiotta’s approved answer to a member’s question about CPF5032, SQL RPG, and unlocking a data file to avoid halt.
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April 12, 2011  6:31 AM

Featured Member: Koohiisan

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Today’s featured member, Koohiisan, is a programmer and network administrator at a large automotive manufacturer. He spends his days building new systems, maintaining legacy VB6 apps, pushing iSeries to the limits of its modern capabilities, designing webpages, and trying to advocate Linux and open source whenever appropriate. He has several badges to go alongside his new Featured Member badge. He’s been around the community for a while, and he’s always willing to step in and help a fellow IT Knowledge Exchange user out.

If Koohiisan has helped you out, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

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We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


April 7, 2011  6:14 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: April 7, 2011

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This week’s IT Blog Top 10 fits nicely into April’s storage virtualization theme with a plethora of posts about VMware. Enjoy browsing the blog posts that won the hearts and eyes of the community this past week.

1. Ron Miller takes a moment to look back and chronicle how, one year later, the iPad has changed everything.

2. Brace yourself for notification emails from companies affected by the U.S. Bank vendor Epsilon Interactive getting hacked.

3. Everyone’s talking about the download numbers of Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4, but Wendy Schuchart wants to know if the Firefox 4 and IE9 releases are wreaking havoc on your old apps.

4. Ron Miller warns IT shops to get ready, since enterprise-friendly cell phones continue to lose market share, signaling a shift in what employees are equipping themselves with.

5. April Fool’s Day may be over, but this video of VMware CTO Herrod interviewing Chewbacca is great year-round.
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April 7, 2011  6:12 AM

Featured Member: Rickmcd

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Today’s featured member, Rickmcd, is an ex-air traffic controller with over 20 years’ experience in IBM Midrange Systems. He worked for IBM business partners for 7 years, upgrading, installing, and maintaining AS/400 and iSeries systems. Rick currently works as a Senior Technical Systems Admin, and he uses his knowledge to help out in the community, answering questions.

If Rick has solved one of your dilemmas recently, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


April 5, 2011  6:39 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: April 5, 2011

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Looking for the questions around IT Knowledge Exchange that are getting the most attention? We’ve got them for you weekly in the most-watched IT questions. Maybe your latest IT riddle has already been answered by the community! Check them out…

1. Rechil, CharlieBrowne, Rakei, Jinteik, Sixball, and Davidmichel gave some sound advice to a member wondering how to achieve a Windows 7 backup without a software purchase: You get what you pay for.

2. Do you have any advice to add for a member looking to get a job in telecommunications?

3. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne helped a member create a group profile in iSeries, which turns out to be similar to creating an individual profile.

4. Dream team CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta give aid to a member wanting to delete records from a physical file outside a program.

5. TomLiotta, HMSSL2K, and CharlieBrowne talked it out with a member trying to find a user-related list of AS/400 libraries.
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April 5, 2011  6:21 AM

Featured Member: DanTheDane

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Today’s featured member, DanTheDane, has been a part of the community for some time now. He’s always willing to share his experience in RPG on IBM midrange systems with the rest of us. He is the owner of ADFO Danmark ApS, an IBM ISV, and lives in Denmark. The Featured Member badge is going alongside his Silver, Bronze, and AS/400 Genius badges.

Has DanTheDane helped you out recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


March 31, 2011  6:53 AM

Featured Member: Pjb0222

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Today’s featured member, Pjb0222, has been a part of the community for a while now. His expertise in Windows operating systems installations and configurations has earned him several badges: Networking, Microsoft Windows, and Windows Server Nerd, as well as the Silver and Bronze badges. For the past eight years, he has been working as a Windows client computing engineer, dealing with all imaginable aspects of Windows implementation and deployment.

Has Pjb0222 solved one of your IT mysteries? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


March 31, 2011  6:44 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 31, 2011

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We’ve got some newcomers to the IT Blog Top 10 as well as our seasoned veterans. This week: Learn the difference between cloud and virtualization, SAN vs. DAS, and the real reasons behind MySpace’s failure.

1. Carl Brooks teaches a lesson: Learn the difference between virtualization and cloud computing. His pupil is Microsoft, who pointed to Target for private cloud but got it embarrassingly wrong.

2. It’s always embarrassing to get dumped in public, so it’s a shame that Ron Miller is publicly sharing last week’s Dear John letter from Nokia to Symbian Developers.

3. Ron Miller praises HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s recent bold moves in declaring HP’s (web)OS independence.

4. Mrdenny clears up some common misconceptions about SAN: What is faster, SAN or DAS (local disk), and most importantly, why?

5. Join Sulaiman Syed on his journey to learning to run Juniper with GNS3.
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March 29, 2011  6:35 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 29, 2011

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Keep up with the latest questions around IT Knowledge Exchange by taking note of the most-watched IT questions each week. If a question you asked makes the list, send me an email with the link to the community blog post where it is featured, and we’ll give you 50 knowledge points! If you approve the answer that solved your problem, we’ll give you an extra 25 knowledge points. So keep asking quality IT questions, providing those in-depth answers, and we’ll keep dishing out the rewards.

1. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta gave some pointers to a member wondering about the same file being used by two programs in a COBOL job.

2. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta are on the scene again, this time helping to figure out an AS/400 error.

3. CharlieBrowne and Teandy gave some help to a member trying to create a progress bar in RPGLE.

4. Who do you think helped Vatchy figuring out a way to list jobs in a job queue? You guessed it! CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta to the rescue!

5. There are some great suggestions and words of advice from the community in response to a member looking to back up Windows 7 without purchasing software.
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