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February 10, 2008  10:24 PM

Presenting @ COMMON

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Here is a quick link that what I will be presenting at COMMON this year.

Link: David Vasta Online Info

February 10, 2008  10:06 PM

MIA – Just for a bit

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I am going to be away until Tuesday this week. We had a family emergency to deal with in Colorado. Please come back soon.


February 6, 2008  6:02 PM

IT Jungle – Explains how to get up PHP Web on System i

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The System i is good for every part of any company. So why not set up PHP & Web on your System i too?

There are going ot be sessions on this very topic this year at COMMON. Basically over this past year LAMP is now available for System i, so should we call i iAMP?

LINK : IT Jungle – Setting Up A PHP/Web Environment On System i: Where Do I Start?

So does this mean we can now run Drupal on System i?


February 6, 2008  2:26 PM

COMMON Build Up

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COMMON is not far away and as a presenter and believer in the institution that is COMMON I want to start building up to COMMON like the Lotus Bloggers all build up for Lotusphere this year. The Lotus bloggers all seem to love building up the community at large about the upcoming event. I want to do the same for COMMON and I need all the other System i Bloggers out there to help please. If you post anything about COMMON start linking it back here so that we can get it all glued together please.

I am looking at a few Articles I think would be interesting in the next few weeks:

What David is Presenting
How to build your sessions and how to manage your time
Day in the life @ COMMON
COMMON for the First time
What not to miss
Daily COMMON wrap up
Post COMMON Wrap up
COMMON Photos

So to keep you on your toes and coming back for more on COMMON please show up here I will at least post one thing about COMMON until we hit COMMON.


February 5, 2008  3:27 AM

Why Apple will never be an IBM

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Apple has begun to make me a little bit upset. 10 years ago I was happy with the iMac and the profits that followed it. 10 years later I kind of expected a little more from Apple. I expect a little more from the BIG PICTURE department. I expected them to start “Getting IT”!

I have to go ahead and tell you I am a huge Apple fan. I am now typing this on a MacBook Pro which I just upgraded to 10.5 and love it. I can’t find any more laptop and OS for the money. MacOSX is just a super OS and make my IT life so easy at home.

I think over the past 10 yerars Apple has once again missed the boat. They did the very same thing in the 1990 when they banked it all on education.

While they don’t want to compete with Microsoft or IBM, they have to. They have to become a giant in their space, While Microsoft is failing to deliver with phone after phone and desktop OSes that stink to high heaven, servers that are just to dang slow and bloated. Apple is sitting by doing nothing to fill that void.

Apple can start to compete with Microsoft so they definitely won’t be in the same ranks as IBM anytime soon. But what if Apple decided to build a world classed MacOSX Server with 16 CPU, 64 bit OS, 60 GB of RAM, and a huge cheap SAN. What if they decided to say to hell with Microsoft and move right on to take on the like of IBM or SUN? It would of course end up wrecking IBM and most definitely making fools of Microsoft. Apple could really give Microsoft and IBM a run for their money if they wanted to, but them seem content on selling one desktop at a time to one house at a time and single digit sales of what is a really decent server and why, because they don’t get IT.

What if Apple decided to team up with people like JD Edward, ORACLE and maybe Lotus to run their software too. What if they figured out a way to run the BES server in MacOSX, what if there was a way to manage an army of iPhones? What if Domino now ran on the xServer and we could make huge mail clusters on what is already cheap SAN disk from Apple too? What if you got the tools for free and could build anything the second you turned on you shiny new Mac attached to network storage, and doing authentication against a Mac based LDAP with Mac based accounts hitting up a JD Edwards or SAP application server? Sending mail with Lotus Notes on your Mac with you Mac based Domino routing and build apps for all to use all on a very stable Mac environment?

Life in IT would in fact become very easy and I think this is what IBM, SUN and other big shops envision and yet they all fail to deliver. IBM fails at delivering a decent desktop OS but Apple seems to know how to do that. SUN Fails at delivering a decent UNIX but Apple knows how to do that.  Apple fails to have any killer apps but IBM and SUN both seem to know how to do that. If I were the CEO of IBM or SUN I would look to buying Apple and doing IT Right.

Then I think Microsoft would have their hands full and IBM would have to do some serious gut checks to get the price aligned. In the end Microsoft would end up taking a hit while the world moved to a Apple based IT environment lead by either IBM or SUN on the back end?

I hate to see Apple missing an opportunity to make it big time in big IT.


January 30, 2008  8:09 PM

Must be my lucky word of the Day

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The word of the day today at TechTarget is UBUNTU. One of my favorite words. I just wanted to share.


January 30, 2008  6:47 PM

System i Express Radio Ad

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System i Express 515On the way to work the other morning I was listening to a local talk station in Charlotte, NC and heard one of those familiar IBM radio ads with the IBM Drive through, in the end you find out they are talking about the IBM System i Express. I was happy to hear IBM putting the word out. Now they need to tell everyone the price as well. Starting at $8000.00. Not bad for a entry level midrange. It would make DELL and Microsoft alike shake in their boots.

IBM is starting to get it. Lotus is on track, IBM System i is on track now if we can only get rid of that pesky Windows OS the world would be a better place. I don’t mind the Windows desktop, so much as I do the Server. I don’t even on a good day consider the Windows Server a server. It’s more like an overgrown desktop. No honest administrator would be caught dead doing anything with a GUI….oh I have used iNavigator a few times but not all the time. This is a topic we can do another day.

I would love for small shops that need small servers to consider the System i now before you get tied up in a Windows Server that your businessSystem i 520 will out grow sooner rather than later. Do the right thing now, it may seem like more but in the end it’s actually less over time, plus when was the last time DELL offered you an upgrade path on an Intel Server?

LINK: IBM System i Product Page

If anyone had a link to the System i Express Ad please post it. I have looked all over for it.


January 28, 2008  7:49 PM

New Lotus 8 Book – It’s a good start

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I am just following up from my post/question about where all the Lotus 8 books are. Packt Press made a book about upgrading to 7 and they seem to have a new book covering how to upgrade to 8 as well. Enjoy!

Link to POST


January 26, 2008  7:16 PM

Ubuntu ready for prime time?

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Us Ubuntu fans have all been waiting for the day when IBM says UBUNTU is ready for prime time. I have been asking 2 things from IBM over the past 3 or 4 years. Make a supported Client Access for Linux (RPM & .DEB) and Make a Lotus Notes Client for Linux (RPM & .DEB). I am not aksing for much am I?

While I know the Client Access for Linux will really never show up, they do have some things out there that will run on any platform via a browser, but nothing like what is available for Windows right now. I will keep holding my breath and see what happens.

A few years back IBM approved DB2 to run and be supported on Ubuntu Server. It was a big move and I don’t think any large IT shops payed attention. Why run DB2 on Windows when you can run it on Ubuntu for less and faster.

I would like to thank IBM for making Lotus Notes for Ubuntu. (Link to Chris Linfoot) I could just scream like a little girl when I heard Lotus 8.5 will be supported on Ubuntu. Now all we need is the Admin Client to run on Ubuntu and we all know the Domino Designer will eventually run inside of Eclipse and that will cover that.

Overall we are getting there. Linux is going to be a big part of IT this year and in the up coming years. I look forward to more Ubuntu/linux adoption.

Link to CNET

Another Link


January 24, 2008  12:28 AM

Where are all the Lotus 8 Books

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I love to read and really love to read a good tech manual. I want to ask the book companies who contenue to print out 30 books on Linux and hundreds of books on Microsoft products, where are the books on Lotus? Why are the book companies ignoring a huge market like the Lotus product. From the Lotus 8 release alone I could think of 8 or 9 books that could be written and would love to see only no one seems interested in writting them? Can’t IBM place a few calls and get some great book written? The bulk of the Lotus books are for R5 and Version 6. Not much out there for Version 7 and very little on 8. Lotus 8 changes the face of everything and no one in the printing world is working on it. I approched 5 or so book companies about getting out a Lotus 8 book for Users and Adminsitrators, but no one and I mean no one would even consider the idea.

Anyone else out there seeing the same things? Since I missed Lotusphere this year are you guys there seeing any books? The System i books are pretty good right now, but if you want to learn Lotus you had better be ready to join the school of hard knocks.


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