About Chris Hird

I have been around the IBM i or it’s predecessors (AS/400, iSeries, i5, System i etc.) for about 24 years now. I started after being retrained by IBM from a Buyer into a programmer! I always loved to get involved […]

Read More

Employer Info

What we do! We develop solutions for High Availability and Disaster Recovery which we distribute through a network of partners and web based portals. If you wish to contact us please visit our website at http://www.shieldadvanced.com. The blog and website […]

Read More

Downloads

We no longer provide a download link for the IBM i 5733 SC1 option. We removed the downloads from the Blog sometime ago due to a lot of abuse, we may decide to put up some new downloads in the […]

Read More

Interests

As you can tell from my posts I am very passionate about the IBM i and the ‘C’ programming language. PHP is really similar to ‘C’ so it has become my favorite language for building website content, however I use […]

Read More
Latest Blog

HA4i gains new features using Let’s ‘C’ technology

We have previously posted about how to connect to a remote web server from your IBM i using both secure and non-secure sockets as part of a series of open source snippets (Let’s ‘C’) we have been working on. The […]

read more

Let’s ‘C’ using TLS to the web.

Its been a long few weeks since the last real techie post. We had a number of issues with the Secure Sockets program talking to our externally hosted website which took a lot of debugging to finally figure out what […]

read more

PowerUp18 thoughts

We have finally caught up with things after the PowerUp18 conference in San Antonio, what a great conference we had. I was pleased to see that even though a lot of ISV’s have been merged into a larger group (Syncsort […]

read more

Got the Badge…. IBM i 30 Year Anniversary – Happy Birthday AS/400

Been there, done it, and got the badge!After birthday celebrations throughout the year, the date has finally arrived. 21 June 2018 – AS/400 launch – 30 years ago today!I purchased this special souvenir badge for the archives. It is now […]

read more

2018 Conference Deal!

Common Users Groups, IBM Power Systems and IBMi Educational conferences are rolling out. It is the season!Shield launched a special ‘Expo/Trade Show Deal’ in San Antonio earlier this month. We are pleased to extend this special offer to attendees of […]

read more

Let’s ‘C’ automated build process

The build process for all of the samples was starting to get a bit long winded as each build was described in the Blog post related to it so we have now built a program that can be used to […]

read more

Let’s ‘C’ changed source

Found a problem with the exports in the Service Program QSRVSRC so updated to reflect the correct order. Not a major problem as most will be rebuilding all objects from scratch each time but if you had been following from […]

read more

Let’s ‘C’ how to talk to the web server

We are developing some new functionality which requires the IBM i talks to a web server to extract some information which it uses to define if certain actions are required. The current thrust of the Let’s ‘C’ series is concentrated […]

read more

PowerUp18 San Antonio a few days away

Preparations are done and we are now finalizing the our agendas for the PowerUp18 COMMON Spring conference in San Antonio. While we are attending the event primarily as a Vendor in the Expo (come by Booth 318) we also have […]

read more

Let’s ‘C’ some server messages

We are now starting to see some functionality in the server program so lets enhance that a little more. One of the problems we all experience is accessing the messages in a message queue on the server from a remote […]

read more