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Quick tip: When you are logging information for diagnostic purposes … make sure you include some information that allows you to correlate transactions to user or system actions.

OK, time for a minor gripe.

I just got back from the COMMON conference in Reno and, as usual, I collected a fair number of business cards of the people I met.

Problem is: Some of the business cards are absolutely useless.

Norm Dennis made a very interesting comment in response to a post by a person new to the system … Well firstly, it’s not an AS/400 it’s an E Server I Series, er , i Series, um, System i, oh stuff it, Trevor can you explain? While Norm did make the comment in jest … […]

I was sitting here at my desk after replacing the window motor in my van pondering this thought: “Man, I think JSF is trying to emulate the RPG cycle with it’s ‘Life Cycle’ (click here), the exact thing that so many RPGers are trying to get away from.” Or maybe it is better stated to […]

Well. I was at the Systemideveloper.com spring conference last week and managed to let my voice be heard during George Farr’s speech to the masses – us RPG programmers. First let me say that I definitely respect George and appreciate many of the things his team does that helps my development efforts. I don’t think […]

By now most everybody has heard of the term SOA which stands for Service Oriented Architecture and if you are like others, including myself, you have been inundated with high-level zero-informative type explanations that abstract the definition out to the point of no return. In this blog entry I would like give my take on […]

I’d like to take a moment and remind everyone of the first rule of software upgrades … no mater how confident you are of your upgrade procedure, it is absolutely critical that you … BACKUP YOUR DATA! I’m currently dealing with a situation where someone did not do a backup before performing a upgrade, and […]



<sigh> Even IBM can’t figure out what to call the AS400 / iSeries / i5. Recently I visited a IBM web page that was describing a local event … here’s a fragment of what is displayed: Take a look at the title … then look at the body. The title refers to eServer iSeries … […]

An interesting thread has received a lot of attention recently on the rpg400-l list with the subject “RPGIII to get a facelift?” (see here to browse it in the archives). Among the many posts in this thread is one by Scott Klement that makes the point that in order to get people to move from […]

The ‘experts’ finally agree that we’re in a recession here in the United States. Well congratulations. Someone certainly ought to win the Nobel Prize in Economics for that belated revelation. The judging shouldn’t be counted off for the fact that it took a tragedy of horrific proportions to get these ‘experts’ to actually read the […]