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

IoT …. and More

From a non-technical layman’s perspective…. I am hearing the term I.O.T. being referred to more and more…. and in different ways. The Internet of Things can in fact mean so many different things!If you do a search on Google IoT […]

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Ever Increasing Prices

The economy and cost of living increases are currently fairly steady and minimal…. so why are we seeing so many spikes of price increases in software, services and maintenance support for IBM i?“Are Corporations Getting Greedy?”An article in Computer Weekly […]

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Let’s ‘C’ a bit more PHP

Thought I would add a simple addition to the PHP process so that we can extract some information from the system such as the processor group, LPAR ID and license info.  This is something we use a lot for our […]

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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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