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October 23, 2008  12:54 AM

20 Years of the “AS/400” Road Map from IBM

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So it’s been 20 years of the old AS/400, iSeries, System i, and now the IBM i. Over the last 20 years lots has changed along with the name.

LINK :: IBM PDF about the last 20 Years of AS/400

October 22, 2008  9:09 PM

What is the tempurature outside in IBM i Land?

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I was answering an email the other day, someone emailed me about helping them find an IBM i job. I have some questions if you guys will answer them:

  1. Is your comapny moving off of or not improving the IBM i they have?
  2. Is your job “stable” as an IBM i Person, Dev or Admin?
  3. If not are you looking for work?
  4. What tools are you using to find them?
  5. Are you willing to move to stay in the IBM i Community

Thanks! Just curious again

October 22, 2008  8:56 PM

I could do that better, I really could! Can you?

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I have my days, where I am reading or thinking,  I see something that looks nice, and you think for just a second . . . I could do that better!

In most cases you probably could fine something that needs improving, and while my wife would tell me, no, my brain and maybe some ego tell me, go for it. I see lots of stuff that inspire me to do it better. I see software that is good, but it could be better. I see an OS, Linux, that is good and remarkable in its own right, but it could be better. Now this not a post for me to complain that the world is not perfect, and I am well aware that it may seem like I am picking on Linux and I am not. I love Linux, and was just using it as an example. The same example could be used for anything, Windows, MacOSX, UNIX, IBM i, AIX, BeOS, and the list keeps going. They all have things that need work or a bit of polish.

There are other things other than computers that I think can be improved, I was reading an article last night. Quentin Haines (I wished I had a link to his article or his site, but I don’t) or the National Karting New Magazine, wrote a piece about someone building a $500 Racing Kart. Wow what a concept and for you out there thinking that is expensive then let me blow you away. Your average full on racing Kart will run you from $3000 – $10,000. So a $500 kart would be a nice thing to have, and it all got me to thinking again….what else is out there that you want to make better?

IBM while a large company has many things we all would like to change. I would love to hear things that you all out there see in your day to day life, be it tech related or non-tech, that you would like to improve.


October 19, 2008  2:56 AM

Yike – IBM i down 82%

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LINK :: System i Blog on Search400 – System i down 82%

“As I wrote yesterday before the revenue numbers came out, this was precisely the reason why Ross Mauri, the Power Systems general manager, came out with an open letter to the System i community. Remember: that 82% drop compares all System i servers from the same quarter last year to pre-Power6 System i servers this year.”

October 16, 2008  1:34 PM

IT Jungle – IBM Doubles the Cores on Midrange Power Systems

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LINK :: IT Jungle – IBM Doubles the Cores on Midrange Power Systems

“Well, the rumor going around that IBM is doubling up the processor core counts on its Power Systems servers, which are based on the company’s dual-core Power6 processors, turns out to be true. Last Tuesday, IBM announced that it has doubled up the cores in the Power 570 to a maximum of 32, and now is also offering a 16-core box called the Power 560 that slides in underneath it in the product line. As expected, IBM also doubled the core count on entry Power 520 and midrange Power 550 machines when running the i 6.1 (formerly OS/400 and i5/OS) operating system to four and eight cores, respectively, bringing the i variants to parity with AIX and Linux boxes that shipped in April.” – IT Jungle

This is good news, more power is always good. Companies who need more CPU and more capacity are probably really happy today. This is what a midrange system today should look like and for those shops that upgraded recently to the new POWER 570, sorry, but if you wanted the best and fastest hardware you should have waited until tomorrow to purchase….

October 16, 2008  5:02 AM

Chris Maxcer – Takes IBM to task about POWER SYSTEM and Sales Numbers

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I support Chris 100%. He is dead on the money and frankly I am even more tired of IBM’s antics than he is. See while Chris is a journalist and a technology reporter, I on the other hand am a self professed blogger, IBM biggot, and i5OS lover who knows that while IBM say it’s going to move to POWER and the System i is going away along with the System p, they are in fact worse at changing the name and the brand than we all are. Shame on you IBM for not doing the right thing, shame on you for not moving forward, and shame on you for still using the names you refuse to let us all use.

LINK :: Chris Maxcer – Feeling Good About i–But the p Will Get the Report Tomorrow

October 16, 2008  4:56 AM

Long Weeks on the road – Sometimes Travel is good

David Vasta David Vasta Profile: David Vasta

It’s hard to be on the road weeks at a time. This week has been one of those weeks. It’s been a good hard working week. I can tell you I got lots done, but not much blogging. Sorry about that.

It’s hard to hand shake over Sametime Web meetings, so sometimes you have to pack the bags and get on the road.

More is coming this week, I promise.

October 4, 2008  1:29 AM

Power of i – A message from Ross Mauri – General Manager – IBM Power Systems

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“Perhaps most important to you is the fact that our new Power Systems servers support your applications. This support continues IBM’s decades-long record of helping clients protect their application investment that for many of you goes back to the days of the AS/400 and even earlier. Also, we provide upgrades into the new Power Systems from the majority of our POWER5 and POWER5+ server models, again helping you deploy new technology while maximizing your return on previous investments.”

I have read the letter and it seems very dry and blah. I don’t think Mr. Ross Mauri gets it. I may be wrong but seems like they are still thinking about each OS as a platform and not as one Platform and many OSes.

September 30, 2008  3:50 PM

Life Hacker – Lotus Notes on the iPhone

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Link :: LifeHacker – Lotus Ultra lite on the iPhone

I know I am a little Notes heavy today but it’s important. Lotus is supported on many platforms including the IBM i and today I think we have made a good step forward for the iPhone and Lotus on Mobile devices.

September 30, 2008  2:58 PM

New York Times – IBM & Lotus make push to iPhone

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LINK :: New York Times – I.B.M. Puts iPhone in the Lotus Position

Lotus Notes for the iPhone“Apple’s push to make the iPhone a desired device among the world’s largest companies should receive a boost this week thanks to I.B.M.


At long last, I.B.M. has issued software which will bring the e-mail, calendar and contacts functions handled by its Lotus Notes software over to the iPhone. Called iNotes Ultralite, the package will be free for anyone with a Lotus Notes license, and, as of last check, I.B.M. had moved about 140 million Lotus licenses. Lotus Notes remains popular among corporations.”

My Thoughts : I think this is huge and at the same time very confusing. Most companies that deploy Lotus Notes to the users also have a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) and this would add yet another bit to manage on top of that. I need to read more details to know how this all fits into the big IT picture, but is a good move on any day.

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