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August 1, 2008  6:26 AM

IBM Growth in Emerging Markets Fuels Lotus Momentum – Ed Brill – IBM – Lotus

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Link to Marketwire – IBM Growth in Emerging Markets Fuels Lotus Momentum

Ed Brill is blogging about the IBM/Lotus growth as well. I think as Lotus people we have all known for years that this was going on and it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world would catch up. This is movment in the proper direction. Lotus is dead, long live Lotus!

I think this is key and should have Microsoft running around scared – “Lotus Symphony has been downloaded by over 1.3 million individuals and businesses”

Lotus Notes 8 is a one stop shop for all things in the modern office. You don’t need anything else on your desktop/laptop anymore.

August 1, 2008  4:18 AM

OpenSolaris keeps making baby step and Jim Grisanzio is documenting every one

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I am a fan of Open Projects and OpenSolaris all be a SUN product is still something to watch, and I do ofter from Jim Grisanzio’s Blog. I read Jim’s blog for two reasons, one he is interesting and is honest about the progress of the project and two he lives in Japan and I think I am living vicariously through him living there.

Hats off to Jim and make sure you stop by and read what he is up to.

“OpenSolaris keeps making baby step and Jim Grisanzio is documenting every one”

July 28, 2008  2:20 PM

Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista’s image

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After months of searching for ways to defend its oft-maligned Windows operating system, Microsoft may just have found its best weapon: Vista’s skeptics.

Spurred by an e-mail from someone deep in the marketing ranks, Microsoft last week traveled to San Francisco, rounding up Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista. The subjects were put on video, asked about their Vista impressions, and then shown a “new” operating system, code-named Mojave. More than 90 percent gave positive feedback on what they saw. Then they were told that “Mojave” was actually Windows Vista.

July 27, 2008  12:53 PM

COMMON Focus 2008 – San Francisco, California – Oct 5 -8

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COMMON Focus 2008, our annual workshop conference event, returns after a highly successful debut last year and will be held this year from October 5 – 8, 2008 in San Francisco, California.  This unique conference offering will feature three days of intense, focused education on leading-edge IBM i-related topics.

COMMON Focus is designed to be a smaller, more intimate event with a limited number of attendees – allowing them for more one-on-one interaction with the speakers and each other.  Attendees can attend only one workshop per day, providing them the opportunity to focus their educational needs on a specific topic each day and gain in-depth education of each topic.

This innovative conference event will offer 15 in-depth, all-day educational workshops – both in lab and lecture-style formats – in a wide range of topic areas.  The workshops planned for COMMON Focus 2008 will include the following:

Monday, October 6, 2008

  • Disaster Recovery Primer – Ready, Set, Plan
  • IBM BladeCenter 101
  • RPG IV for Beginners
  • LAB: Getting Started with DB2 Web Query
  • LAB: V6R1 Performance Tools

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

  • Systems Management
  • Implementing IBM i on JS12 and JS22
  • Subprocedures, Modules & Service Programs: Subroutines on Steroids
  • LAB: PHP and MySQL on i5/OS – New Stacks and New Possibilities
  • LAB: Web Services and SOA for the RPG Developer

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

  • Lotus Domino Admin & Upgrade
  • Implementing i5/OS and i Security
  • Where Do I Start to use Embedded SQL
  • Rdi & Rdi SOA
  • LAB: Linux and AIX on System i

COMMON Focus 2008 will also have a tabletop-style exhibition area where we are expecting nearly 40 exhibitors. Attendees will be able to view and get hands-on demonstration on the latest IBM i-related solutions available to them from the industry’s leading solution providers.

COMMON Focus 2008 is an educational conference event that promises to be three days of intense learning – it is an educational opportunity that you don’t want to miss. Learn more and register today at

July 27, 2008  12:51 PM

COMMON – Call for Presentations for RENO

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If you want to present in RENO you need to get your presentations in to COMMON now!

Here is the note I was sent:

This is to remind you that the Call For Presentations for new and existing sessions and workshops is closing on August 31, 2008 for the COMMON 2009 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

The submission form can be found at:

Annual Meeting – April 26-30, 2009 in Reno, Nevada
Deadline: Sunday, August 31, 2008

Get those presentations in, you never know what they will accept, heck they are letting me present you so you they will let your stuff in. I will be in Reno with all of my Linux Stuff for you all to enjoy. This year should be better for me as I have now had the full “off season” to get it all fixed up, work out the kinks and practice it a few times since then. My seven year old is getting tired of the Linux for Beginners session trust me….I think he could give it.

July 27, 2008  12:46 PM

COMMON – Direction 2008

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COMMON’s newest conference offering, COMMON Directions 2008 will be held in Dallas, Texas on September 25 and 26, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel Central Dallas.  The two days will be packed with leading education in a wide range of topics, and presented by some of the most recognized speakers in the industry.

COMMON Directions 2008 will feature 50 educational sessions in a variety of leading-edge topics, including:

  • Application Development
  • Client Connectivity
  • Collaboration
  • DB2
  • High Availability
  • Managing System i Environment
  • Networking
  • PHP & MySQL
  • RPG
  • Security
  • Web Applications

View a complete list of sessions that will be offered at:

COMMON Directions 2008 will feature a tabletop-style exhibition area for a limited number of exhibitors.  It will provide attendees opportunities to view and get hands-on demonstration on the latest IBM i-related solutions available to them by some of the leading solution providers in the industry.

This new educational conference promises to be a two-day version of all that you have come to expect from a traditional COMMON conference. If you are in need of leading-edge IBM i-related education and looking for a quick two-day conference, then the new COMMON Directions 2008 conference may be just what you need.

It is an educational opportunity that you don’t want to miss.  Learn more and register today at

July 27, 2008  12:45 PM

Did Y’all Miss Me? NO?

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It was a busy week and to say I had time to think about anything IBM i related is a joke.  I will try and make it up to you think week I promise.

July 18, 2008  7:38 AM

IT Job Flexibillity – Josh Barr

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Mr. Barr writes a great article about the current IT Jobs and how we handle them as IT folks. It’s an interesting read, please take some time, you  might find yourself in the article.

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“The IT community is a bit different from others — not just because IT workers are sun-deprived and physically pale, but because many IT workers are rarely, truly off duty. When they’re not in the office, they’re still on call. Glitches, bugs, and crashes happen. Tweaking on time and under budget requires long hours.

“The biggest issue with IT arrangements is the hours,” says William DiMase, a computer support analyst who works for a company with more than 100 locations in the New York City metro area. DiMase reports that when he was an intern using the System i platform, “the need for support was on an on-call basis for network, server, and AS/400 issues.””

July 18, 2008  6:15 AM

Boring IBM i Week

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I have not posted anything this week as I think it’s been a pretty boring week in IBM i land. So while other IBM I news people have the inside scoop and time to call every vendor I am all alone digging for scraps of really meaningless information about the IBM i.


There is a set of articles coming from me to be posted on about Linux. You can find all kinds of information about Linux and how to get started in Linux, but I was writing it for the IBM i people out there. I wanted to give you a quick and dirty on getting started with Linux on POWER.


The IBM i or AS/400 birthday party has come and gone. IBM didn’t invite yours truly and I still to this day don’t know why.


System i Network recently posted an article in the monthly magazine about being an i evangelist and didn’t mention me either. They did however mention Trevor Perry, but you can’t not talk able being an evangelist and not mention him. I would have thought the same went for me, but since I have in the past been very vocal with the System i Network magazine I think they still, or at least it the only way I can explain it, hold a grudge about me criticizing their publication.


To set the record straight, I think the System i Network is by far the best thing in print right now. The have a great staff and great writers. They have turned the magazine around, the web site and a huge, never-ending supply of IBM I and now POWER information and I think they are poised to be apart of the larger POWER community that is coming. Good Luck to the System I News and Penton Media!


I will find something to post about I promise.

July 10, 2008  2:50 AM

Workplace Blackberry’s are considered overtime even if you are on a salary

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I have worked in places before that every notice, email, and phone call came in on my Blackberry and I was expected to get up at 2AM and answer emails. I argued then that this is overtime and even thought I am a salary employee I thought I deserved some compensation. With one particular company, who shall remain nameless, they told me to stuff it and be happy I have a job. That was the pep talk I needed that day. The sun set on that company and I moved on to better things.

Now I am starting to see people & companies get smart about after hours work. I don’t think the time after I leave the office is anyplace for a company to barge in and call you , unless something crazy is going on. I think there needs to be a line drawn in the sand and when I leave work for the day, if you call me and expect me to work you need to compensate me. Know saying this I have exceptions in my own life right now. I don’t get called all that much and the after hours work is small and far between so I am pretty darned happy with my current situation, but I know some of you out there are not and are doing what I used to do. Every time that Blackberry goes off you wake up or run to it because something could be failing or needing your attention.

To cure this companies need to either tell employees that if you spend over 40 hours a week working, then we need to bonus you or compensate you somehow. It is the companies responsibility to come to the employee, not the other way around. If the employee has to ask then we might as well unionize IT and start demanding things. Employers need to make the first move to fixing this problem, either pay for the hours worked or figure out a way to cover the after hours problems with more staff.

“As employers hand out electronic devices to their employees at a greater pace, there are growing concerns that workers eligible for overtime pay, known as non-exempt employees, could begin suing their employers for overtime hours earned while tapping on their devices during after-work hours. As a result, lawyers are advising their corporate clients to update their policies and handbooks related to BlackBerry use and reconsider who gets a device.”

To let this fall by the wayside is foolish and eventually companies will lose valuable employees. I know some people who have been with companies for over 10 to 15 years. They hold the keys to the IT universe and sadly even though everything is documented, when it breaks or needs a checkup the best way is to asked the seasoned veterans. These veterans are also getting older and expecting to take it easy and are not as willing as they were in their youth to wake up and start debugging at 3 Am because the Blackberry woke them up. So companies who need round the clock support need to think about it and start addressing the situation. It just is the right thing to do.

“Another option is for employers to ask non-exempt workers to leave the device at the office at the end of their work day, says Howard Lavin a partner at Stroock and Stroock and Lavan who has advised his clients on these types of policies.”

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