Al Barsa Scholarship Nominations

I‘m posting this on behalf of the COMMON Education Foundation board (of which I am a member). In 2008, after the untimely passing of Al Barsa, The COMMON Education Foundation established The Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship in honor and remembrance of Al. This allows the many people affected by Al’s life to honor him and […]

iSociety

Responding to a recent post in MIDRANGE-L about iSociety, Joe Pluta wrote … What a shame! I remember the enthusiasm in the i community when isociety was rolled out. If there is anything that I can do to help please contact me offline. I am more than willing to do whatever I can. I don’t […]

Downtime

Trevor has an interesting post on his i4everyone site titled “What Downtime?” I suggest that “Downtime” is important … it’s crucial in fact. All systems need downtime … a chance to relax, stretch the legs, have a siesta, etc. The important question with downtime is: Who decides when it happens? The system or the users? […]

‘Twas the night….

An ‘original’ poem by Larry Bolhuis … ‘Twas the night before Christmas in the IBM i house Not an admin was worried nor even a spouse. Their systems ran smoothly not so much as a care. Secure in the knowledge no virus would hit theirs. The sysops were talking about gifts of toy sleds While […]

Al Barsa Scholarship Challenge 2010 Wrapup

I’m please to announce that the Al Barsa Scholarship Challenge 2010 was a great success. $1,260 was raised with an additional $1600 in matching grants for a total of $2,860! Thanks to the following members of the IBM i community who donated: David Vasta Brad Stone Norm Dennis Michael Smith Carl Novit Wayne Evans Bryce […]

Russ Meyer – COMMON BoD Candidate 2011

Why COMMON? Because it just makes sense. COMMON offers our power community much more than a few meetings a year. I believe in and have reaped the benefits of being a member of this community for a number of years. In addition to gaining education and technical advancements I have had the great fortune to […]

COMMON Board Elections 2011

Recently COMMON sent out an email blast notifying people announcing the candidates for the next board of directors election. Running for the three board positions available are … Jeff Carey Robert Krzceczowski Phil McCullough Russell Meyer As I did last year, I’ve offered each of the candidates a guest author spot on this blog. As […]

Al Barsa Scholarship Challenge 2010

As many of you know, the COMMON Education Foundation’s Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship is very important to me. A discussion thread on MIDRANGE-L was the impetus for the scholarship and midrange.com has made a yearly contribution. This year, however, I want to try something different. I’m going to borrow something from public broadcasting … and […]