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OS/400 Edition
Volume 12, Number 43 -- October 27, 2003
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iSeries and OS/400 Wish List
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It's probably just a coincidence that IBM goes into the planning cycle for future server hardware and operating systems in the early fall, which is just about when we all start thinking about the holidays and the gifts we might want to receive as well as to give. IBM is just starting to think about the Power6 and Power7 generations of iSeries machines and what they could be like, so I thought I would send IBM a wish list. READ MORE >

Domino, WebSphere, iSeries: Collaborative or Uncoordinated?
by Dan Burger

It's an often-asked question: outside of its loyal installed base, is anyone buying the IBM iSeries? Given the trends toward server consolidation, which more often than not means consolidating small AS/400s on large iSeries hardware, and a net loss in the overall number of boxes plugged in, what's keeping the Rochester assembly line from slowing to a crawl? The folks running IBM's Notes/Domino unit say they bring the meat and potatoes to the iSeries table. READ MORE >

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IBM Partners with Adobe for the Future of Forms
by Alex Woodie

IBM has seen the future of forms processing, and it's an Adobe PDF (or portable document format) form. The two companies extended their partnership last week with a new agreement to further integrate Adobe's forms software with IBM's middleware stack, beginning with DB2 Content Manager, an enterprise-strength imaging and content-indexing system, and a similar offering specifically for SAP environments. But the companies' roadmap calls for even more integration and use of Adobe software with IBM's WebSphere products. READ MORE >

Admin Alert: Determining Which OS/400 Files Need Reorganizing
by Joe Hertvik

In the last "Admin Alert," I described how to reclaim OS/400 disk space from physical files by running the Reorganize Physical File Member (RGZPFM) command, which removes deleted records and reorganizes and compresses file members. What I didn't tell you was how to determine which files have enough deleted records in them so that it's worth it to run a RGZPFM over them. READ MORE >

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Mad Dog 21/21: Script Kitties
by Hesh Wiener

Every once in a while, professionals who work in risky situations are overtaken by the risks. Watching such people operate can be thrilling; something terrible might happen. Yet if that bad thing actually happens, the audience might not be thrilled at all. It's the risk that's invigorating, not the misfortune of the risk-taker. The best thing that can happen once the worst thing happens is that other professional daredevils might become a bit more cautious. Human nature and history, however, suggest that people don't learn from others' experience, nor from their own. READ MORE >

But Wait, There's More

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Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights. Feel free to send a letter to the editor. Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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iSeries and OS/400 Wish List

Domino, WebSphere, iSeries: Collaborative or Uncoordinated?

IBM Partners with Adobe for the Future of Forms

Admin Alert: Determining Which OS/400 Files Need Reorganizing

Mad Dog 21/21: Script Kitties

But Wait, There's More

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