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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

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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.


February 28, 2011  3:53 PM

Join us in Boston, March 30-April 1, 2011, for USENIX NSDI ’11 (sponsored)

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NSDI ’11 brings together leading researchers to explore the design principles of large-scale networked and distributed systems. This year’s technical program includes 27 technical papers with topics including data-intensive computing, energy and storage, debugging and correctness, and more. NSDI ’11 will also feature a poster session showcasing early research in progress. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with premier researchers in the computer networking, distributed systems, and operating systems communities.

Register by March 7 and save! Additional discounts are available.


February 24, 2011  6:11 AM

Featured Member: IceCubbe

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Today’s featured member, IceCubbe, is a system engineer in Johannesburg, South Africa. His expertise includes Exchange, Windows Servers, VMware, and Windows 7. He’s been super helpful in the community as of late, so if he’s helped you out, 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.


February 24, 2011  6:05 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: February 24, 2011

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Check out our list of this week’s IT blog top 10 for the latest on the cloud, VMware, NetApp, Windows 7 and more. Share your favorites posts in the comments section!

1. Ron Miller isn’t convinced you have any good excuses left and asks: If the U.S. gets the cloud, why not you?

2. Ready for the joke of the week? Colin Steele shares VMware CTO Steve Herrod’s idea of a good laugh: What do Hyper-V and the VMware CTO’s dog have in common?

3. Jack Vaughan on the End of Days for Java. Is Java a dead end for enterprise application development?

4. The countdown to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is over! Is anyone applying the service pack and loving it? Hating it? Share your thoughts with Tony Bradley at Windows 7: Through the Looking Glass.

5. It’s a simple case of demand trumping supply. Too bad the solution isn’t quite as simple: NetApp can’t keep up with FAS3200 demand, by Dave Raffo.
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February 22, 2011  4:55 PM

Congratulations to our iPad Contest Winners

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Thank you to everyone for participating in our iPad contest! We’ve seen some great questions, answers, and discussions in the past month thanks to all of you. From your Security Worst-Cases to your must-read tech blogs, you’ve shared your knowledge and experience and we’ve shared knowledge points. Congratulations to the five lucky winners of the draw:

Don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to win sweet prizes around IT Knowledge Exchange, so keep your eyes peeled!


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