Perhaps I spoke too soon?

At work I’ve been splitting my time between two projects … one project is IBM i based using RPG … the other is Windows/*nix based using Java. One of my gripes about the other project is that that some of the error messages we get are difficult to figure out because we don’t get enough…

Al Barsa Challenge 2011 – Follow up

I’m pleased to announce that we met all the goals set for the 2011 Al Barsa Challenge! We received $2330 in contributions and had $4050 in matching donations for a total of $6380. Thanks to … Amanda Shaw, Leo Whitakar, Laura Ubelhor, Jon Anglis, David Willenborg, John Voris, Sharon Bodine, Guy Vig, Jenniefer Halverson, Marty…

Al Barsa Challenge 2011

Last year, I challenged the IBM i community to raise funds for the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to your contributions and some generous matching grantors, we raised $2,860. I think we can exceed that excellent figure. This time, we have even more matching grantors on board, each one contributing a dollar for dollar match….

We’re Number 2!

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.

IBM Power Systems Champions

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…

RPG Open Access: Free Trial

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…

Blogs for LUG’s

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…

Understand the problem

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…

Quick Tip: Using Apache Commons Net with IBM i

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”.

Nothing has changed …

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…