Category: General

Build a Tool

Over the past few months I’ve become quite a tool builder. The project I’m currently on involves a lot of really repetitive code changes and analysis … basically I’ve been externalizing as much of the text in the product as I can (to message files). There are a LOT of display files to be analyzed […]


Well, it appears that IBM is getting ready to give us a taste of what V6R1 is going to include. Not a lot of details … I think the redpaper mistake earlier reported is probably more telling than the ‘Preview’ information. [tags]ibm, system i, iseries, i5/os[/tags]

Found and Lost

Looks like IBM had a but of a flub on the ‘Redpaper‘ site … a redpaper showed up on my RSS feed with the title ‘i5/OS Program Conversion: Getting ready for i5/OS V6R1’. The abstract was quite interesting … Abstract: IBM® plans to deliver i5/OS® V6R1 in 2008. With this new release, IBM will […]

What’s in a name?

Back in February, IBM Systems Magazine ran an article “The Name Game” by Neil Tardy. Yours truly was quoted in the article … but Neil only mentioned the names of my wife and my laptops (lorien & rohan respectively). For the record: The main mail server that runs is named ‘rivendell’ and the primary […]

At Last, It’s Over

Finally, the Super Bowl is over. Done. Finito. And am I glad. Oh that was one painful evening. I’m not sure who felt the most pain, me or that guy grimacing as he did a great job of butchering the national anthem at the opening. Clearly, he was in need of some morphine and I […]


Yeah, I know … this blog isn’t getting the activity it probably should. Problem is, I’m a technician … not a writer. However … it might be worthwhile to take note of some of the recent improvements to … DSL speed has been upgraded from 768 to 1100. If you land on a page […]

Info Center

Have you seen the IBM iSeries Info Center lately? The old info center’s navigation panel was a Java applet that was problematical at best. More often than not I could not get it to work properly in one browser or the other. IBM has recently revamped the navigation panel for the info center … changing […] goes to Court

I went to witness the April 21 hearing in the SCO vs. IBM case. It was a fascinating and enlightening experience. I had never been to court before and it was much different than I had imagined. First let me tell you a bit about me and why I went to see the case. My […]