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

Need your Votes

I have just added and RFE to the IBM website suggesting that they add support for the GCC compiler to the RDi development IDE and would appreciate your support in voting for it.The RDi environment is IBM’s main application development […]

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SQL table use for journal content display

A client recently wanted something that would pull all of the journal entries from the QAUDJRN for a specific user between a pair of dates. Having played around with the DISPLAY_JOURNAL table function I felt it would be ideal for […]

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Video of our first COMMON meeting held in London 1994

A colleague recently contacted me asking if I would be interested in a video he had shot at the COMMON Exhibition in London in 1994. He was working with our Business Partner HiT from Belgium at the time and we […]

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Setting up a terminal for SSH and QP2TERM Access

I was discussing the use of shells on the Ryver forum for #IBMIOSS with a colleague who wanted to be able to use one shell for his QP2ETRM access and another for his SSH access. I have had numerous issues […]

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Attention Light on new Power8 set up

We recently logged a Hardware PMR with IBM due to an attention light which kept coming on on the new Power8 system we have just set up. The light would come on at the same time every day and messages […]

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New Support Process for Shield Products

We have been looking at better ways to manage any support requests that we get for our products that would allow users to track their own problems plus find any matching problems from other clients.  Its not that we get […]

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Installing Virtual HMC.

As part of our recent new system purchase we found that our existing HMC is no longer able to connect and configure the system partitions that we required. We did look at using Virtual Partition Manager as a substitute but […]

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Three Things You May Not Know About High Availability for IBMi

1. The price of High Availability for the IBMi can be affordable. Shield has been providing HA solutions for the market for close to 20 years. Says President Chris Hird, “Our products are reliable and affordable. In most cases HA4i […]

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Zip tools for IBM i added to Open Source repository

We have added ZLIB which is an Open Source Zip/Unzip suite for IBM i to the Git Hub Repository at https://github.com/ChrisHird/ZLIB . The source is not ours but has been modified to allow it to be compiled and run on […]

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Getting ready for Open Source development

Be aware this is a long post with lots of pictures If you you have an interest in developing and using Open Source solutions you should get involved in a couple of new groups. First one is the LinkedIn IBM […]

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