Asking Good Questions

Warning: This blog post is going to be part rant and part educational. Recently I’ve been dealing with a mailing list subscriber that does not understand how to ask good questions on mailing list. He has a habit of posting overly broad questions that, at least in my opinion, demonstrate that he has not tried…

Migration Phase 3

The final list, MIDRANGE-L, has been migrated to the Amazon AWS Lightsail server. The migration has a bit rocky, but I think it’s been successful. When I say the migration was rocky … the issues were not of a technical nature. The technical migration went extraordinarily smoothly. The issues came from email providers blocking or…

Migration Phase 2

The migration of the mailing list server from in house machines to Amazon AWS hosted VM’s continues. Tonight the following lists were migrated… RPG400-L JAVA400-L LINUX5250 MAPICS-L BPCS-L This leaves only MIDRANGE-L to be migrated … this will be done this weekend (1/12). As a reminder: If you have made any modifications to your firewall…

Migration Phase 1

I’ve started the process of migrating lists to the new list server host. Because Yahoo wants me to ‘warm up’ the new sending IP address, I’ve decided to migrate the lists in phases. The first batch were active, but relatively low traffic lists… pctech c400-l cobol400-l consult400 domino400 midrange-jobs midrange-nontech web400 wdsci-l opensource In order…

Fix The Problem

This blog post was started a LONG time ago … after moving the blog from my in-house server to an external server, I’ve decided to finish it. This may sound like a no brainer … but I’ve found this bit of advice is sometimes ignored… Fix the problem, not the symptom! I’ve been struggling with…

Happy Birthday IBM i

Happy Birthday IBM i! This video was taken during the 2013 COMMON Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin. Unfortunately they didn’t include my wishing IBM i a Happy Birthday (where I promised not to sing). I have to say, IBM i (formerly System i, iSeries, & AS/400) has been extraordinarily good to me and my…

Power Systems Job Board

Recently the Power Systems Academic Initiative launched a Power Systems Job Board featuring entry level and internship positions: ¬† If you are a Job Seeker you will find a list of computer-related technology jobs available today in business, health care, government, and other organizations that are looking for skills to satisfy their Information Technology needs….

19 Years

Today is’s 19th birthday (using the domain registration date). Next year will (obviously) be 20 years that 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…

Command Defaults

This may seem to be a no-brainer … but it’s very important to NOT change command parameter defaults on commands in the QSYS library. This is especially true if you use 3rd party software that may not expect your commands to have different defaults.

Why I Dislike Code Generators

Those of you who follow the lists probably are aware that I’m not a big fan of application code generators.

This includes (but is not limited to) …

* Case Tools (AS/SET, Synon, etc)
* SQL Pre-processors (RPG SQL, COBOL SQL, etc)
* JSP (to a limited extent)
* Various 3rd party application generators

The reason is simple … the code you write is not the code that executes.