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

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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Move to Mac

I finally made the jump to the Apple Mac! Not that I was needing to move for any other reason than I decided to have a look at what all the fuss was about. I did also get a new […]

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Yet Another Solution

I was discussing an opportunity with a collegue when I was asked if I had heard of a new player in the High Availability Market called Berco Solutions. I had not, so I decided that I should take a look […]

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C programming on the System i5

I have been known to be a bit of a bigot when it comes to the IBM System i5 (i5), for those who dont know what it is I hope you know of the AS/400! IBM does a pretty poor […]

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Virtual Storage on System i5

I have been looking into the possibilities available to users of the new Virtual Storage options for the System i5. Virtual Tape was recently announced in Version 5 Release 4 but Virtual Optical has been available since V5R1. I never […]

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Why you should look at JobQGenie

OK so this is my sales bit! I have been trying to get people to at least look at a product I developed. The problem seems to be the lack of understanding about the product and what its function is, […]

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Today we start with the new Blog

This is my first blog and the first time I have even tried to view one! Yes we all catch up with the times eventually I am just a little slow on the uptake… The blog is going to be […]

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