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

RAP/400 ongoing development

The RAP/400 Version product has been out there for a few weeks now and has seen a fair level of attention from the media and interested parties. Some of that attention did amaze me, I have been a HA specialist […]

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Using C on the i5

I recently wrote an article for the System iNetwork iDigress publication about how the i5 seems to be stuck in a rut because the rest of the world thinks its only RPG that developers use on the platform. You can […]

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Is there space for another replication product

A number of people have asked why I decided to write the RAP/400 program. After all there are a number of data replication products out there already why bring another one to market? Before I can explain why RAP/400, I […]

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New product released

Receiver Apply Program/400 (RAP/400) is available for customer download and use. the product is aimed primarily at those users of the IBM System i5 who need data protection on a second system. It is not a High Availability product but […]

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Disaster Recovery for the IBM System i5 masses

We are developing a new process which will bring Disaster Recovery capabilities to the masses. The tool we provide will manage the process of applying the journal changes on the remote system on a regular basis. It will be fully […]

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Simple Disaster Recovery

I am looking for feedback, not sure how many hits this blog gets so it may all be in vain! I have an idea about Disaster Recovery for the IBM System i5 which will provide a very cheap solution to […]

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PHP RedBook

I have been accepted onto the ReWiki to help improve the IBM Redbook on PHP and the System i5. This will be a living breathing document about PHP on the System i5. If you wish to see the content please […]

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Using Virtual devices to assist with Availability

We recently presented to the Toronto User Group about the use of technology which can help with their Availability strategy. As part of the presentation we discussed the use of Virtual devices available since V5R1 and which are being improved […]

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Getting the word out?

I was thinking how I can improve the visibility of the System i5 when I remembered a site I visited recently as part of my migration to the Mac PC. The site was dedicated to the Mac platform giving the […]

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Upgrade PHP

Todays task and probably the next couple of days will be to upgrade the PHP installation to the latest level. I metioned previously that I was having problems with the Adobe Macromedia licensing so I needed an alternative IDE to […]

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