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

NGINX install

There is a recent post from Jesse Grozinski A-Tale-of-Two-Web-Servers which gives some information about the addition of NGINX to the IBM i suite of HTTP Servers. We feel that the post needed a little more detail for those of us who are less […]

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Installing git and getting our first Open Source Software

In the previous post I discussed the fact that we have two Open Source camps on the IBM i, I believe the easiest start into the community for many is going to be via the ILE camp. If this is […]

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Getting Started with Open Source using what you already know.

One of the problems many people have with Open Source on the IBM i is know just where to start.  I think some of this can be contributed to the way we have started the conversations with all of the […]

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Shield’s Notification Process

Shield has introduced a new Notification Process for customers. Register now to take advantage of Notifications.If and when changes and updates are made to any of our products, you will be informed. Links in the email allow you to download […]

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HA4i Improvements

We are constantly improving our products and have recently pushed a number of significant changes through for our HA4i product. One area we are always looking for improvements is in the audit process and the recent releases have included a […]

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Working with OSSILE,Rdi,IProjects and git.

I was surprised on a recent Crowdcast from the OSSILE group to hear that in order to use git you had to migrate your source code to IFS based files? Having developed a lot of Open Source code and contributed […]

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Adding a IBM i *GUEST LPAR to an IBM i *HOST

One of the benefits of running the IBM i is the ability to partition up the system and have instances of isolated IBM i running without having to spend lots of money on new hardware and software. The licenses which […]

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Shield – Through the Ages!

History by DesignThe history of Shield’s logos offers a ‘museum’ of designs which demonstrates the length of time Shield has been in business, by their image content. Over the years we’ve worked with different designers, in different countries. The theme […]

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Open Source and partitioning for Linux.

There are a number of ways to approach the use of Open Source within your IBM i / IT environment. The one we see discussed a lot on the IBMIOSS groups and various other mediums is the use of the […]

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Netbeans remote support working!

As promised, I have now managed to get the initial build of a C program on the IBM i using the remote build support provided by NetBeans. See my previous posting to see how I set it up the initial […]

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