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Steve Pitcher › Getting Users to USE Their Lotus Notes Calendar

June 20th, 2012 Comments off
I find I can preach all day about how powerful Lotus Notes is for calendar, but some users just won't use it.  They have a mental checklist or they *cough* write things down. 

That is, until I show them how to integrate their Facebook birthdays and a 7 day weather forecast in there.

Some users just need to be shown the fun stuff.  Then they have their reason to use the calendar. 

I encourage all my users to meld their personal schedule with their work schedule.  Print a weekly calendar to a document and forward it to your spouse as an FYI, especially if you do a lot of travelling.  Put the grocery list in the description in a reminder.  Put the dog grooming, dentist, doctor, auto shop and haircut appointments in there.  Once they get familiar with the calendar for personal use, they start using it to get the real value: an informed and organized work environment.

A big kudos to Mat Newman for the Facebook tip and to Darren Adams for the weather tip.



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Steve Pitcher › In The Wheelhouse

June 18th, 2012 Comments off
I have a new bi-weekly column at MC Press Online called In The Wheelhouse.  I'll be covering industry events and analysis.  Most of the content have an IBM flavor, but there's plenty of other things I'll be talking about.

In this edition I'll talk about IBM PureSystems, IBM Collaboration Solutions (Lotus) education, Betamax vs. IBM i, and the striking similarities between the RPG programming language and Freddy Krueger.


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Simply 'i' › Adding CGI capabilities to iAMP

June 15th, 2012 Comments off
We have been working with a client who wanted to be able to install a new website on their IBMi. The new website was developed on another OS using cake PHP by a development company that had no idea about how to set up a web server on an IBMi so we were asked to [...]


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I THINK THEREFORE IBM-i blogs › how to upload a savefile to IBMI [as400] using FTP

June 8th, 2012 Comments off
how to FTP a SAVF to AS400 or iseries

I'm sometimes bemused by gaping holes in the IBMi operating arena.

What do I mean by this?

The IBMi operating system is fantastically robust, powerul yet simple to use. It's evolved from the early days of CPF on the System/3x machines, upthruogh the OS400 years and now in its latest and greatest iteration of the 'IBM i' operating system. During this time the operating system has resolutely stuck to a command driven GUI ("Dont worry, I'm not going to moan about the lack of a point/click GUI interface today"). IBMi has incredible functionailty in its ability to interface with any operating system in the world and really cool functions like the IFS - which makes the IBMi storage area look and act just like a windows server.

But here we are in 2012 and there is still no really simple way of transferring data to your IBMi system. Obviously there is more than one way to skin a cat, but the main techniques are (a) use the data transfer function in the IBM i Access client software or (b) use FTP to upload/download *SAVEFILES from your Windows/Apple/Linux/Machine of choice.


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I THINK THEREFORE IBM-i blogs › how to upload a savefile to IBMI [as400] using FTP

June 8th, 2012 Comments off
how to FTP a SAVF to AS400 or iseries

I'm sometimes bemused by gaping holes in the IBMi operating arena.

What do I mean by this?

The IBMi operating system is fantastically robust, powerul yet simple to use. It's evolved from the early days of CPF on the System/3x machines, upthruogh the OS400 years and now in its latest and greatest iteration of the 'IBM i' operating system. During this time the operating system has resolutely stuck to a command driven GUI ("Dont worry, I'm not going to moan about the lack of a point/click GUI interface today"). IBMi has incredible functionailty in its ability to interface with any operating system in the world and really cool functions like the IFS - which makes the IBMi storage area look and act just like a windows server.

But here we are in 2012 and there is still no really simple way of transferring data to your IBMi system. Obviously there is more than one way to skin a cat, but the main techniques are (a) use the data transfer function in the IBM i Access client software or (b) use FTP to upload/download *SAVEFILES from your Windows/Apple/Linux/Machine of choice.


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I THINK THEREFORE IBM-i blogs › IBMi External Procedures calling from *LIBL or specific library

June 7th, 2012 Comments off
External procedures are very tasty

Turnover (the one written by Softlandings that does Change Management, not the one that is full of apple and tastes delicious) is a pretty cool software control application native to IBMi. But of course, you already knew that. But did you know that you can promote an EXTERNAL PROCEDURE to a specific library and then have it invoke its program component from that library, or from any library that you care to define to Turnover or of course from the *LIBL?

It's all down to these basic rules:

  1. &LIBRARY is the variable that TURNOVER will replace with the name of your target library during promotion
  2. if you quote the procedure name (ie: 'program') then it must have either a hardcoded library ('QGPL/THING') or the variable ('&LIBRARY/THING)
  3. If not quotes (ie: EXTERNAL NAME THING) then *LIBL will be used to call the THING program

Example *EXTPRC using &LIBRARY VARIABLE:

 


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I THINK THEREFORE IBM-i blogs › IBMi External Procedures calling from *LIBL or specific library

June 7th, 2012 Comments off
External procedures are very tasty

Turnover (the one written by Softlandings that does Change Management, not the one that is full of apple and tastes delicious) is a pretty cool software control application native to IBMi. But of course, you already knew that. But did you know that you can promote an EXTERNAL PROCEDURE to a specific library and then have it invoke its program component from that library, or from any library that you care to define to Turnover or of course from the *LIBL?

It's all down to these basic rules:

  1. &LIBRARY is the variable that TURNOVER will replace with the name of your target library during promotion
  2. if you quote the procedure name (ie: 'program') then it must have either a hardcoded library ('QGPL/THING') or the variable ('&LIBRARY/THING)
  3. If not quotes (ie: EXTERNAL NAME THING) then *LIBL will be used to call the THING program

Example *EXTPRC using &LIBRARY VARIABLE:

 


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Steve Pitcher › I knew Lotus Notes was awesome, but how about THIS?

June 3rd, 2012 Comments off
The Irish Times has reported some information on IBM's Dublin involvement in the development of Watson.  You remember Watson, don't you?  It's the IBM system that beat two very skilled human contestants on Jeopardy! about a year and a half ago.

While the hardware of Watson is outstandingly impressive (about 90 Power Systems 750's, 2880 processor nodes and 16 TB of RAM), the software of Watson is what stole the show.  The ability for a computer to analyze incredible amounts of data and then provide the question to the answer (if it's confident in it's response) is now being utilized by healthcare and other industries to provide invaluable services for the future.

One of the nice little tidbits in the article is that the language analysis technology for Watson had been developed out of the spell checking system for another well known technology years before.

The name of that technology?  You guessed it.

IBM's very own Lotus Notes.


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