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19 Years


Today is midrange.com’s 19th birthday (using the domain registration date). Next year will (obviously) be 20 years that midrange.com will have been providing free resources to the IBM i (System i, iSeries, & AS/400) community. We need something to mark the event. I’ve got some ideas … but would be interested in hearing what the […]

Update 16-Jan-2012: Looks like the SOPA bill has been killed in the house, although the senate version is still alive.  We will still be observing the blackout on the 18th. Just a word of warning … on January 18th, between the hours of 8am and 8pm, the midrange.com mailing list archives will be observing a […]

We’re Number 2!

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For some reason that just doesn’t have the right ring to it … oh well. None the less, this blog has been listed as number two in The Four Hundred’s “Best i Blog Bets: A Top 10 List” (by Alex Woodie). This seems to be the month for honors and recognition.  

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 […]

A few years ago, I expressed on the midrange-l mailing list some frustration I was having regarding database performance on an AS/400. I recall saying something like … MySQL vastly outperforms the AS/400. For the tests I was doing, it appeared that MySQL was indeed faster. My tests weren’t very rigorous, however. My posts caught […]

Aaron Bartell posted an interesting link to a new Frankeni Technology pursuit: IBM i Personal Development in the cloud (leaked by iGor, aka Jim Oberholtzer, on the WEB400 list). This should be VERY interesting … watch that space.

The year end is approaching fast … and now is the time to get those pesky charitable contributions sent in in order to be considered for 2009. The COMMON Education Foundation’s Al Barsa scholarship is a charity I consider well worth an investment … and I encourage you to send what you can. midrange.com has […]

For quite a while now Yahoo has been temporarily rejecting connections from my mail servers ‘due to user complaints’. I joined their Abuse Feedback Loop program so I would be informed of these user complaints. Unfortunately, the feedback loop isn’t working that well … as my server’s connections are still being deferred, but I’m not […]

New System


While I was on my vacation, they installed a new IBM i model M25 at work for development. It’s quite nice … and significantly faster than the previous 820 we had. It reminds me of my last job … when we upgraded from a D35 to one of the new “RISC” systems (they had just […]

We’ve all experienced this: you’re working on some code … probably code that was written a long time ago … and you realize that, with all the experience you’ve accumulated since the code was originally written, you could re-write (or refactor) the code so it would be much better. The question is … how do […]