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Aug 6 2009   3:58PM GMT

Some System i’ers “pilgrimage” to Rochester

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

At the end of last month, the two writers at iDevelop described their visit to Rochester, Minn., the technological home of the IBM System i platform, and a place close to the hearts of many System i enthusiasts.

There’s no doubt that many people in the System i industry have an emotional — might I even say spiritual — attraction to Rochester, and in particular its various big, blue buildings with names such as “Building 006” and “Building 025.” Here’s an excerpt:

As big and blue as the buildings are, it’s the people at IBM in Rochester that make the trip truly worthwhile. There are great IBMers everywhere, but in Rochester there is always a feeling of being among kindred spirits like nowhere else we’ve been. Things are changing a little now that it’s all supposed to be about “Power Systems” but we suspect that many of the longtime IBMers in Rochester feel like we do–it’s really all about i.

And later, the writer talk about some of the things they might be doing off-campus:

We’ve already managed to spend some quality time with longtime friends, and the week has just begun. We have so much to look forward to–walking around Silverlake, visiting Andy’s (the local wine store), eating at John Hardy’s BBQ, watching the human foosball tournament at lunch time. … And most importantly of all, communing with many fellow fans of the greatest system a business can buy.

Tip: If you’re going to visit, go now. Better than in January when, as one commenter put it, the winds are howling and it feels like minus 70 degrees.

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