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Recently IBM announced a new category for their Champions program … Power Systems Champions.

I was honored to be one of the first community members inducted into the new category.

IBM Champions are IT professionals, developers, and educators who lead and mentor others and help them make best use of IBM solutions and services. Get to know the IBM Champions for Power Systems! Start by clicking their photos to see their full profiles in the developerWorks community.

In addition to myself, the following IBM i community members were inducted …

The announcement was made at the IBM Technical University conference in Miami … although I was unable to attend, someone did get a video and posted it to YouTube … you can view it here:
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Well … it’s getting closer at least.

According to Jon Paris & Susan Gantner’s blog iDevelop, you can now get the standard 70 day trial for RPG Open Access.

Details can be found on the IBM Announcement letter.

I still think the feature needs to be included in the OS … but at least you can trial a vendors product that uses the feature without having to buy it.

I’m pleased to announce a new free service for IBM i Local User Groups: Blog hosting.

Oh yeah, you say, big deal … there are lots of free blog hosting services. What makes your so special?

Well, how many IBM i oriented LUGs hosted in the ‘ibm-i.org’ domain?

The blogs will be hosted in a multi-site WordPress system … so you can get have a domain name like ‘yourlug.ibm-i.org’.

The blog can be used for anything related to the LUG …

  • Meeting announcements,
  • Board meetings,
  • Events recaps
  • Photos
  • etc.

RSS feeds and twitter integrations will be available.

A basic set of plug-in’s and theme’s are already available … and I’ll be happy to install any additional plug-in’s & theme’s that you want (within reason).

Contact me directly at support@midrange.com if you would like to use this new service.

NOTE: Since the initial posting of this blog entry the scope of the ibm-i.org site has been expanded to include ALL IBM i related content.  See http://ibm-i.org for more information.

I’m kind of annoyed with myself right now.

I spent the past two days trying to come up with a solution … when I didn’t really understand the problem I was trying to solve.

Now that I understand the problem … I realize that the solution I was creating (which was deceptively simple) was completely off in left field.

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Something I recently ran into … I use the Apache Commons Net library in some of my java code.

I ran into a problem where, when trying to upload a save file to the host via FTP, I encountered an IOException with the message “501 Unknown extension in database file name”.

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Today I was reminded of one of my favorite catch phrases …

If nothing has changed, and something doesn’t work the same as it did before, than something has changed.

This happens very often when I’m assisting support with a problem … the customer will claim that nothing has changed, but the application doesn’t work anymore.

99.9% of the time there HAS been a change … just one that the customer is aware of.

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Screw ups, flubs, accidents … everyone’s done them. Everyone will do them. They are inevitable.  We’re just human.

So what’s your favorite flub?

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There’s a very interesting article in The Register (written by Timothy Prickett Morgan) about IBM getting into the ‘cloud’ computing space.

One of the most interesting parts, at least to me, is the reference to IBM i …

Ric Telford, vice president of cloud services at Global Technology Services, says that IBM understands that there is a requirement to support its own IBM i (formerly known as OS/400) proprietary operating system on the Smart Cloud Enterprise+ cloud, but did not offer any estimate of when this might be available.

I’ve always thought that IBM i was a good candidate for cloud based services & storage.

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Something interesting crossed my inbox recently … turns out the Maxava company (makers of the Maxava High Availability Suite) has created a foundation to provide grants to IBM i community oriented organizations.

From the website

The Maxava iFoundation has been established to provide assistance to not-for-profit organizations working to grow and strengthen the IBM i community. iFoundation grants are designed specifically to support user groups in the general promotion and free exchange of knowledge, ideas, and skills related to IBM i.

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I’m experimenting with a new search engine for the mailing list archives and need a some folks to help test it.

If you’re interested in helping out, please go to http://urlq.us/searchtest and try some searches.

PLEASE use that URL, as the actual URL may change at some point and I’ll update the short URL to reflect the change.

If you have any questions, please contact me at support (at) midrange.com.