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Telly: The Worst Week of My Life

  • Posted on: 10 March 2014
  • By: NickLitten



Only one week to go before the marriage of Howard and Mel which quickly escalates into the week from Hell. The series follows the bumbling Howard as he lurches from one appallingly embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

A fairly typical modern British sitcom - but based around a stuck up, middle class, fussy couple how love each other but just get themselves ina pickle. Funny, amusing and romantic. The missus loved it and it made me smile consistently. Soft Anglocomedy but, something anyone who likes British RomCom/Sitcom will enjoy. :)

Telly: The Worst Week of My Life

  • Posted on: 10 March 2014
  • By: NickLitten

Only one week to go before the marriage of Howard and Mel which quickly escalates into the week from Hell. The series follows the bumbling Howard as he lurches from one appallingly embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

A fairly typical modern British sitcom - but based around a stuck up, middle class, fussy couple how love each other but just get themselves ina pickle. Funny, amusing and romantic. The missus loved it and it made me smile consistently. Soft Anglocomedy but, something anyone who likes British RomCom/Sitcom will enjoy. :)

When is an AS400 not an AS400?

  • Posted on: 5 March 2014
  • By: NickLitten
ibm as400 is black not white

IBM Power Servers are NOT the same as the old IBM AS400 serversThis has been an ongoing argument disagreement in our IBM i and RPG programmer communities for well over a decade: Should IBM have changed the name when the launched the replacement for the old AS/400 computer? Many people using the latest IBM i servers still enjoy calling it "the 400" but the big problem with this is that non-technical people (often management) hear this and then think they are still using the huge old fashioned pre-internet computer system of yesteryear.

A simplified history of The 400:

Hardware: The AS400 was replaced by the iSeries. The iSeries was replaced by the System i. The System i was replaced by the Power System.

Software: Operating system has evolved and been rebranded with each new system hardware upgrade -- from OS400, thru I5/OS to the latest OS called IBM i. That is an internet fact. 

I like to describe this as:

Generation 1 - AS400 (running OS400 operating system)

Generation 2 - iSeries (running OS400 operating system)

Generation 3 - System i (running i5/OS operating system)

Generation 4 - Power System (optionally running the IBM i Operating system)

<RANT>

For some hugely frustrating reason, there is still a sizable group of IBM i Software Developers who insist on referring to the latest and greatest IBM i Power machine by the incorrect name of it's twenty year old predecessor. This machine is NOT an AS400. It is not "THE 400". It's not even an iSeries. The AS400 is an old computer system from the last century! The AS400 hardware could not run the modern operating systems we use. The AS400 was invented before the advent of email, before facebook, Hell... it was around before the internet! Calling IBM POWER SYSTEMS an AS/400 is insulting and automatically puts the picture of an old legacy computer system into our users heads. Not good. When a new model of a computer is released with brand new hardware and a different name (to differentiate it from the old model) use the correct name. I just don't understand this resistance against the new machines branding. As I.T. Professionals surely it's the information technology that fires us up. Surely it's the excitement of modern computers that wakes us up every morning? We are all IT Professional, surely that makes us all Star Trek Nerds, which in turn means we all understand that "Resistance is Futile!"  ;) 

</RANT>

Anyway, back on topic of the AS400 -> iSeries -> System i -> Power System upgrade discussion

Last night, I was reading a frustrating discussion on Linkedin about this very subject. The core of the conversation goes like this

I heard from one of my old customers from the 1990's and my software is still running on their 400 - bloody good machines these iSeries boxes

Cool! But I wouldn't think they are still using the old iSeries hardware. Probably on a more recent IBM Power System running the IBM i operating system

PEEPSHOW is the best comedy on tv and if you dont agree then you are wrong and its that simple for sure.. yep.. shut it loser

  • Posted on: 28 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten
Peep Show - utter genius

Peep show... peep show... bloody brilliant ... nuff said

Arguably my favorite laugh-out-loud sitcom of all time. Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb and it filmed from the unusual 'through-their-eyes' point of view. You can also hear the thoughts of the person who's eyes you are looking through. It follows the incredible life of the two main characters it's rude, funny and just brilliant.

I've binge watched the whole 8 seasons on at least three seperate occasions and each time it's funnier.

Double, treble thumbs up!

Telly: PLEBS - Veni, Vidi, Laughum

  • Posted on: 27 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten


Funny Roman Slaves wandering around and being slavish. Modern twist on a vintage anglo-sitcom style.

PLEBS follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that happens to be Ancient Rome. The series stars Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner), Joel Fry (Trollied) and Ryan Sampson (After You've Gone) as the three young men - Marcus, Stylax and their lazy slave with an attitude problem, Grumio.

Telly: PLEBS chuckling at Romans

  • Posted on: 26 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

I found this by accident and it's yet another Telly series which reminds by just how funny and irreverent English TV can be.

Plebs is based in Rome at the time of the Roman British invasion - an easy play on the Latin word 'plebeians' -- and if you don't know what that word means that you need to jog back to school and give your history teacher a swift kick up the arse. Plebs is filled with stupid British comedy, occasional naughty words and frequent innuendo and sexual comments it just about sums up British comedy at its best. It's The Inbetweeners meets Ancient Rome:

PLEBS follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that happens to be Ancient Rome. The series stars Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner), Joel Fry (Trollied) and Ryan Sampson (After You've Gone) as the three young men - Marcus, Stylax and their lazy slave with an attitude problem, Grumio.

Telly: PSYCHOVILLE - double u tee eff?

  • Posted on: 26 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

Psychoville is very reminiscent of A League of Gentlemen - not the movie, but its dark and twisted telly cousin. I love it.

Psychoville is weird, humorous, silly, serious and still scary but funny and sometimes disturbing.... confused enough? I sure was. The Clown is pure genius. The Silent Dancer is somehow super scarey. The blind old man, serial killers, porno dwarves and crazy nurse make this satirical comedy series something very special indeed. Pour yourself a stiff glass of WTF and enjoy it.

Telly: PSYCHOVILLE - double u tee eff?

  • Posted on: 26 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

Psychoville is very reminiscent of A League of Gentlemen - not the movie, but its dark and twisted telly cousin. I love it.

Psychoville is weird, humorous, silly, serious and still scary but funny and sometimes disturbing.... confused enough? I sure was. The Clown is pure genius. The Silent Dancer is somehow super scarey. The blind old man, serial killers, porno dwarves and crazy nurse make this satirical comedy series something very special indeed. Pour yourself a stiff glass of WTF and enjoy it.

SQLRPGLE how to update a file with a cursor - WHERE CURRENT OF

  • Posted on: 20 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten
so what does WHERE CURRENT OF mean?

So what does WHERE CURRENT OF mean?

Quite simply it means - if we have just read something using an SQL cursor then the operation that we are applying to "where current of" is being applied to the exact data set that just been read.

Let's take an example of direct file access technique for reading a specific record and updating it. How about we read every record in a file with the value of 'X' in s status field and change the value to 'Y'

Read filename;

Dow not %EOF(filename);

If Status = 'X';

   // some program logic stuff could be here

  Status = 'Y';

Endif;

Read filename;

Enddo;

note: this could just as easily be a DELETE operation.

If we wanted to do the same thing in SQL we could do it like this:

exec sql declare NicksCursor cursor for

         select * from filename

         where status = 'X'

         for update of Status;

exec sql open NicksCursor;

ibm i technology releases are like vintage sports cars?

  • Posted on: 19 February 2014
  • By: NickLitten

I always wanted a TR6 or even its pointy cheese wedge cousin the TR7... but this blog isnt about that. It's about the much more geekish IBM Technology Releases for IBM i operating system..

Steve Will, IBM i Chief Architect, talks about some of the highlights of #IBMi TR6 and TR7 that were delivered in 2013:

If you dont see the embedded youtube video then watch it here

The technology refreshes are key components for the IBM i operating system that are released in between major operating system changes. TR6 came out in mid-2013 and TR7 arrived for Christmas... these enhancements included lots of goodies ranging from

  • the ability to use USB for backups
  • mobile device support
  • PHP enhancements for the ZEND Server
  • SQL service integration (this is huge as it allows application developers to access IBM i data from anywhere)
  • and with TR7 we finally got /freeformat RPG   Huzzah!

I could gush on and on about RPG at this point... but I wont... I'm going to surf off and google images of TR6's instead   

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