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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Latest Blog

Let’s ‘C’ it’s been a while

It’s been a long time since I did anything with the Let’s ‘C’ project so while I had a few moments I thought I would do something a bit different. The use of PHP on IBM i seems to be […]

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Why You Should Upgrade!

In many cases, keeping your software up-to-date and current is important if you want it to perform well. There is, however strong feelings in the computer industry, in particular the IBM i platform, that suggests…. “Why change, what isn’t broken”! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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2018 Conference Deal!

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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