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Bob Cancilla on IBM i › IBM increases SWMA 22% on IBM i

February 28th, 2013 Comments off
IBM is raising SWMA (Software Maintenance on IBM i)
Take a look at IBM's new pricing for Software Maintenance.http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh022513-story01.html (see http://tinyurl.com/ceshxkx for tier level mapping) 

This applies across the board to all versions of the OS. Note that $7,000 per core on P30's and above is a lot of money for software that is not enhanced much or an OS that has had its development team cut drastically over the past several years.

IBM is sending a very clear message: use LINUX! Consider the following:



Why on earth would anyone pay over One Million per year in support for IBM i?  Even the small machines are outrageously priced!  If you do some rough manipulation, this will bring IBM about $30 Million per year.  Considering they have less than 100 people working on IBM i at a cost of under $10 Million that is one nice profit!  As long as you pay they will keep the OS alive!

Unfortunately, paying customers are dropping rapidly.

Hello guys if this isn't a wake up call I can't imagine what is?


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Bob Cancilla on IBM i › IBM increases SWMA 22% on IBM i

February 28th, 2013 Comments off
IBM is raising SWMA (Software Maintenance on IBM i)
Take a look at IBM's new pricing for Software Maintenance.http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh022513-story01.html (see http://tinyurl.com/ceshxkx for tier level mapping) 

This applies across the board to all versions of the OS. Note that $7,000 per core on P30's and above is a lot of money for software that is not enhanced much or an OS that has had its development team cut drastically over the past several years.

IBM is sending a very clear message: use LINUX! Consider the following:



Why on earth would anyone pay over One Million per year in support for IBM i?  Even the small machines are outrageously priced!  If you do some rough manipulation, this will bring IBM about $30 Million per year.  Considering they have less than 100 people working on IBM i at a cost of under $10 Million that is one nice profit!  As long as you pay they will keep the OS alive!

Unfortunately, paying customers are dropping rapidly.

Hello guys if this isn't a wake up call I can't imagine what is?


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Alan Seiden Consulting: PHP and IBM i Expertise › Zend Server for IBM i download page

February 22nd, 2013 Comments off

If you’re looking for Zend Server for IBM i, its updates or hotfixes (such as the recent SOAP hot fix), or the latest official PHP Toolkit release, try the new Zend Server download page for IBM i.

The new page is easier to use than previous versions because it’s exclusively for IBM i (to some, “iSeries”). In the past, the download page contained a separate tab for every platform, with the potential for error and requiring more clicks.

Thanks to Zend for the improvement.


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Alan Seiden Consulting: PHP and IBM i Expertise › Why PHP on IBM i

February 19th, 2013 Comments off

A colleague asked me for a catchy quote about why IBM i aficionados should choose PHP. Some thoughts to start with:

1. With PHP you can build your dreams.

2. PHP lets you start simply and grow.

3. PHP combines open source with the stability and support of IBM i.

4. Learn PHP and you’ll gain a skill you can use everywhere, but that you’ll WANT to use on IBM i.


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Steve Pitcher › A Lotus Domino Server Installed/Patched In 57 Seconds

February 15th, 2013 Comments off
I had to load a new Domino server this afternoon for a new product we've purchased.  Once I hit the Enter key to set the server installer program into action I got up, walked twenty feet and refilled my cup with black coffee.  I had a quick look out the window and walked back to my laptop with the server ready to rock n' roll.

That was pretty fast...so I did another installation test and timed it at 76 seconds.

I traded tweets with Keith Brooks who interestingly did a upgrade time trial on Windows a few years ago.  Three minutes is pretty darn good for an upgrade, especially for a couple of years ago.

I decided to record a test installation and a test upgrade tonight on my Power Systems hardware and IBM i operating environment.  To be fair, I knew I could do better than my own 76 second test because it was in the middle of the business day with a few hundred users on the system hitting our ERP to Domino to Sametime and everything in between.

So tonight I installed an 8.5.1 server with Fix Pack 5.  First, how is that possible?  On this particular IBM i partition I have versions 8.5.0, 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3 and 9 installed with a fix pack assigned to most of them.  The 8.5.1 licensed program has been "augmented" with FP5 which means any new or upgraded-to 8.5.1 server is by default at 8.5.1 FP5.  Any new or upgraded-to 8.5.2 server is at 8.5.2 FP2, etc.  This is just how Domino on IBM i works.  A Fix Pack patches all existing or future Domino servers for it's corresponding release.

This installation took 57 seconds.  Not half bad.



The upgrade from 8.5.1 FP5 to 8.5.3 took 1 minute and 50 seconds:
20 seconds to shut the server down.
70 seconds to update it to 8.5.3.
20 seconds to start the server back up, upgrade the NAB and load all tasks.  Note that a server reboot (IPL) is never required for this type of activity. 



I would really like to see someone do this with some serious iron.  Not that mine is anything to laugh at, but I'd want to see how fast you can do this on a higher end Power Systems server like a 770 or 795.  I'm running IBM i 7.1 TR5 on a lower end 6-way IBM Power Systems 8202-E4B (Power 720 Express) with 96 GB RAM.  The auxilliary storage pool Domino runs in has 2.5 TB disk on 20 drives.  How fast can a Domino install or upgrade really get?  If you can shave more seconds off then I'd love to hear about it.




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Geekish Garrulous Grumblings blogs › Words are Wordier with Wordle

February 11th, 2013 Comments off
this wordle is from www.triumph.nicklitten.com

Wordle is an excellent website for a some serious lunchtime cyberloafing.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

It basically takes any string of text, parses it and creates a nice little word-cloud graphic with the most used words. It's neat stuff, and gets even neater when you feed it a website address. Give it a URL and it looks at the whole website and comes up with a graphic of words used through the site and makes it look kind of... well... just funky.

This is what I get when I feed it http://www.nicklitten.com

wordle of nick litten


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Geekish Garrulous Grumblings blogs › Top five percent linkedin

February 7th, 2013 Comments off
its all about the links

I got this little digital thumbs-up from LinkedIn, telling me that my LinkedIn profile ranked among the top 5% of most viewed profiles during 2012!  Woooo! Queue long armed over the shoulder patting for Moi! 

I'm in the top 5% of my industry....

email from linkedin telling my I'm special... but i already knew that  :)

Well, thats not quite true. It's not even remotely true actually. To be honest, its a big fat lie! What it should say is:

Of all the lots and lots of people on Linkedin - 5% looked at my profile and thought "What has that clown got in front of his eyes?"


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Geekish Garrulous Grumblings blogs › IBM i #IBMiStepUp

February 5th, 2013 Comments off
i am ibm i and ibmi is who i am

I've been working with a new customer recently which means I'm once again, finding myself in the i-vangelist pulpit.  I was about to say that I'm tired of responding with "Huh? You said AS400? Do you really still have one of those old machines? I thought IBM stopped making those in the nineties..." but a little secret part of me quite enjoys the sarcastic bluster of it all, and if I'm honest - gets a kick out of it    ;)

The IBM Power System is still being referred to as either (a) an AS400, (b) the 400 or (c) an iSeries. The Dinosaur developers need to be educated and reminded that our lovely box has been through some changes in the last ... fifteen... years! Yes, it really is that long since the AS/400 was replaced with the iSeries. How can IT professionals have failed to notice that the AS/400 no longer exists?

Mr Trevor Perry has long been a proponent of the IBM i moniker and tries hard to educate the masses via his excellent blog at http://blog.angustheitchap.com/


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