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March 10, 2011  4:31 PM

Earning badges pays off – Today!

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We recently announced that the IT Knowledge Exchange Badge Program is beginning its reward phase, meaning that you can earn great prizes just for doing what you’ve already been doing in the community! Initially we planned to send out a first-time prize for everyone who has been active in the past six months and has earned at least one badge worth a monetary reward. Instead, we’re going with the retroactive plan, and rewarding you for badges you’ve earned thus far. In the case of level badges (e.g. Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), you will be rewarded for the highest level badge you’ve received thus far. The only requirement is that you’ve been active within the past six months.

If you’ve received a badge, keep an eye on your inbox for an Amazon.com gift card! For more information on what badges you can win, what their respective prizes are, and how you can win them, check out the Community Blog, our FAQ page, or send us an email at ContactUs@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

March 10, 2011  6:49 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 10, 2011

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It’s been a busy week, not only in the blogging world, but in the blog reading world as well. Take a look at what some of our readers found most interesting. See something you like? Share it on Twitter!

1. Ron Miller takes a look at the silver lining around Google’s outage, and goes as far as to say that it ultimately vindicates cloud computing.

2. Sharon Fisher’s post on why Hitachi GST is selling itself to Western Digital made some waves on Twitter and apparently in the hearts of our blog readers.

3. Dave Raffo takes a look back at how big data storage systems rallied in 2010. What do you think this means going forward in 2011?

4. Laura Smith has the CIO perspective on a subject Carl Brooks ruminated on a while back: Companies eyeing cloud brokers to manage multiple cloud services.

5. If you’re an Android user, you were probably happy to hear from Robert Westervelt that Google pulled malicious apps from Android Market last week.
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March 10, 2011  6:30 AM

Featured Member: Fork92

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Today’s featured member, Fork92, is a Director of IT in our neck of the woods. Though she’s transitioned into a role of CIO and Information Security Officer, she uses the IT Knowledge Exchange community to keep her finger on the pulse of what the IT support community is talking about. Lisa is a great asset to the community, always taking part in the Open IT Forum discussions and answering what she can. If Fork92 has solved one of your IT problems, be sure to approve her 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 8, 2011  6:37 AM

Featured Member: SlikTool

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Today’s featured member, SlikTool, has over 16 years of experience in IT, 13 of which was in a Lotus Notes and Domino environment. With administration and development experience, this Senior Lotus Professional has the knowledge to share with the community. If he’s helped you out recently, be sure to the 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 8, 2011  6:06 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 8, 2011

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Whether you’re looking for a chance to help out in the community forums or you desperately need help with your latest IT obstacle, the most-watched IT questions is a great place to start.

1. Nelson012 needs help with mouse and button use in Windows subfile, and CharlieBrowne lends a hand.

2. CharlieBrowne, Wpoulin, and TomLiotta team up to help a member with a question about AS/400 copybooks.

3. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne gave some pointers on finding an AS/400 string.

4. TomLiotta helps a member figure out the answer to a previous interview question regarding creating and deleting a file using CL program.

5. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta are thorough and helpful in this inquiry about handling errors in CL programs.
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March 7, 2011  6:03 AM

Earning Badges Pays Off – Literally

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

We told you that payoffs were coming, and they’re finally here! To kick off this exciting new phase of the IT Knowledge Exchange Badge Program, we’re doing a site-wide reward for members who have been active within the past 6 months and have earned at least one badge: $10 Amazon.com gift card to those who qualify.

From here on out, prizes will be as follows:

  • Bronze Member Badge: Sticker and ITKnowledgeExchange t-shirt
  • Silver Member Badge: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Gold Member Badge: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Platinum Member Badge: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Nerd Cog: $10 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Genius Cog: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Brainiac Cog: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Certified Nerd Cog: $10 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Certified Genius Cog: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Certified Brainiac Cog: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

For more information on the Badge Program, including how you can earn each one, check out our FAQ page, the Community Blog, or email us directly at ContactUs@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

The Fine Print

  • Must be active within the past six months to qualify for initial prize.
  • For prizes that must be shipped, allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. Shipping only permitted to United States, Canada, and Europe.
  • For further TechTarget contest rules, please see the official contest rules.


March 3, 2011  6:06 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 3, 2011

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We’ve got some not-so-good news regarding Windows Phone 7 and Oracle server hardware, but don’t worry, we follow it up with a joke! Enjoy this week’s IT Blog Top 10.

1. Ron Miller makes the call after an ugly fallout from its first update for Windows Phone 7: Microsoft Mobile Running Out of Chances.

2. Beth Pariseau confirms recent speculation that VMware manages Hyper-V with new XVP ‘fling.’

3. Colin Steele follows up Beth’s announcement with a look into how much VMware has changed its Hyper-V tune with this release.

4. Mark Fontecchio had a chance to chat with Ravi Kumar S, VP and worldwide head of Infosys’ Oracle practice. Check it out as Infosys dishes on Oracle cloud, Fusion Applications, and server appliances.

5. Robert Westervelt points out some pretty embarrassing botched authentication and SQL injection vulnerabilities highlighted by the HBGary Federal hack.
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March 3, 2011  6:03 AM

Featured Member: OldSysAdmin

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Today’s featured member, OldSysAdmin, has been involved in the community for some time now. He has a Bronze badge and a badge in AS/400 to prove it, too. He’s been in IT since 1966, when it was still called DP. He started as an operator and programmer, but his interest in hardware and system software opened the door for his Systems Programmer position in mainframes until the mid-90s. Since then, he’s all AS/400 all of the time. Whether it’s RPG ILE, tape drives, or general AS/400 questions, Don is always willing to lend a helping hand. If he’s 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 1, 2011  6:49 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 1, 2011

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Keep an eye on the questions that other members of the community have been keeping their eyes on. From free IT books to goals for 2011, ITKnowledgeExchange most-watched IT questions run the gamut this week.

1. Members kept an eye on our previous IT book giveaway, which has come to an end. Keep track of upcoming weekly free IT book giveaways every Monday to build your library and knowledge.

2. CharlieBrowne gives his insight into a member struggling with journal receiver deletion and CPF7024.

3. CharlieBrowne, Sixball, Mariodlg, KFaganJr, Ingram87, Spadasoe, HMSSL2K, and Wpoulin share what’s high on their personal and company priority lists for 2011. What’s on yours?

4. Jaymz69 got some other perspectives on his text book reading on chain in RPG IV.

5. CharlieBrowne gave some pointers on when to use the D Spec on DS in AS/400.
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March 1, 2011  6:11 AM

Featured Member: BigKat

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Today’s featured member, BigKat, has been helping out the ITKnowledgeExchange community for a while now. He has a Silver badge, and he’s making his way up the cogs ladder in AS/400, database, and development. He uses his 15+ years of experience in System i to inform his answers around the community. Kevin is a Senior Staff Consultant for Affiliated Resource Group in Ohio, where he helps clients implement solutions and informs them to better their operations and bottom lines. He has experience in application design, development, and support of multiple system integration activities for a global pharmaceutical distribution company.

If Kevin has answered one of your questions, 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.


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