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Valentines Day with a Landrover

  • Posted on: 15 February 2013
  • By: NickLitten

Kate flew out to San Fran to visit me for Valentines Day. We had a lovely time visiting the wine region of Napa, and when Boris refused to start we were prepared. We still hung around and tried to start for 30 minutes. No joy as expected! Wander off for a coffee and croissant, returning an hour later and it still won’t fire up. So, never to be deterred, we just googled ‘car rental’ and walked five minutes to rent a cabriolet for the day. This really is the only way to look around Napa.

Sure enough, later that day – returning to Boris and he fired up as if nothing had ever happened.

new garage to hunt it down

Anyway, it’s an hour or so drive back to San Francisco then we went out for a lovely Valentines evening at a great Curry House. It’s a Indian/Mexican Fusion restaurant which satisfies my craving for eye watering Curries and Kate’s craving for Mexican grilled chicken wrapped in flat bread.

The only shame was coming out to find Boris sulking again.

Total refusal to start.

F*&*^*&*CKING THING!

Short cab ride back to the hotel.

Download and Update WebSphere Development Studio Client WDSC7 for free

  • Posted on: 15 November 2012
  • By: NickLitten

I'm an IBMi Developer - do I choose SEU, RSE or WDSC?

If your caught between using SEU (Stoneage Editting Utility) and RSE (Really Stupidly Expensive) for your IBM-i code development environment - you have one other glaringly obvious choice - WDSC (Wonderful Double Super Codetool).

Personally, I like WDSC because its $FREE and I'm cheap :)

This was the last iteration of the Websphere Development suite before IBM, rebuilt and rebranded it as the 'Rational Developer Tool' and decided to charge $900 per copy. For Freelance RPG Programmers like me that just puts the tool completely out of my budget. how could IBM possibly justify $900 for a single code editor application that was previous free. Compare this to Microsoft MSDN charges where I gladly pay $300 for a license for every single piece of Microsoft Software out there! That is a big thumbs up for MSDN subscriptions and a big raspberry for IBM's RDi/p costs.

Single Black iSeries looking for a lasting relationship with the latest IBMi operating system

  • Posted on: 14 November 2012
  • By: NickLitten

I love programming (RPG, JAVA and CL) on the IBM i Server range... but it feels like IBM are trying to stop me. Aaaaargh!!!!

"But Nick, whats the problem old Chap?" I hear you askcome on ibm i expect better customer service

Here I am - a huge advocate of IBM i technology. I've grown up through the ranks of IBM System 3x systems and evolved alongside IBM through the AS400 and 'i' years. I've excitedly played with the quiet, yet groundbreaking changes in hardware and software that came with the iSeries/eServer range of Servers. I've scratched my head slightly at the i5 branding. I've shook my head at the weirdly blurred focus on Linux. I've cheered at the Power5 Processor range and final (hopefully) name consolidation of the Power Server Hardware and IBMi software. I'm an i-vangelist in the strongest sense.

What does IT Consultant really mean?

  • Posted on: 12 November 2012
  • By: NickLitten


being a computer programmer is a great job

I am not a fan of the 'IT Consultant' moniker because its kind of generic, non-descriptive and dull. Sadly, it's the industry standard so I'm stuck with it. :(

I would like to describe myself as a Programmer in the same way that a person who is a Butcher, Dentist, Mechanic or Carpenter is clearly defined. But then people think I am just a code monkey. *sigh* So, I'm back to writing 'IT Consultant' in any form that asks for job title. So I suppose in my case, being an IT Consultant means I am a software developer, IBM i evangelist, RPG language lover, Drupal enthusiast, software change management tinkerer, early adopter, proponent of open source and hopeless web addict. All of these things add up to one easy to chant mantra

"Yes, I am a Programmer and I am proud to Program - Veni, Vidi, Programmum"

My main fields of expertise are

Boris the LR3 gets a new crank sensor

  • Posted on: 1 November 2012
  • By: NickLitten
This is not the cursed LR3 this is my most excellent Defender

Courtesy of the very nice chaps at Kensington Motor Cars here in Las Vegas - http://www.kmcnv.com

landorver lr3 crank sensor jobbie

A new engine crank sensor!

Now... this might seem like a tiny little bit of plastic and metal but is it the savior or haunted LR3 engines everywhere?

After many, many, many discussions with the garage owner (Bill) and Customer Service girlie (Trish) we decided this was the next angle of attack. Apparently this little gadget looks at the engine and decides to tell the starter motor wheter it should start - or crank as these Yanks call it - and if its a little bit whoozy or drunk then maybe it wont tell the engine computer its started. Or maybe it will tell it that its started - even when it hasnt. AHA! This could be it. I'm excited.

And guess what... changing the crank sensor seems to have fixed it!

It's now been three weeks and still going strong. Boris has starteda every time.

It's a miracle.

So much for the famous Exorcist quote - I've revised it to "The power of the crank sensor compels thee"

 

Whats better - Hard work, Knowledge or Attitude?

  • Posted on: 10 October 2012
  • By: NickLitten

Here is a little something a friend sent me that is indisputable mathematical logic. Nerdish and silly but I suppose it appeals to the dark mathematical side of my soul. But the message is very true.

It goes like this:

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

IBM Global Network

  • Posted on: 18 September 2012
  • By: NickLitten

Kenya, Africa - M’wana Ndeti, a member of Zaire’s Bantu tribe, used an IBM System i hard disk drive yesterday to crush a nut.

Ndeti, who spent 20 minutes trying to open the nut by hand, easily cracked it open by smashing it repeatedly with the powerful disk drive.

“I could not crush the nut by myself,” said the 47-year-old Ndeti, who added the savory nut to a thick, peanut-based soup minutes later. “With IBM’s help, I was able to break it.” Ndeti discovered the nut-breaking disk drive yesterday, when IBM was shooting a commercial in his southwestern Zaire village. During a break in shooting, which shows African villagers eagerly teleconferencing via computer with Japanese school children, Ndeti snuck onto the set and took the hard drive, which he believed would serve well as a “smashing” utensil.

IBM officials were not surprised the longtime computer giant was able to provide Ndeti with practical solutions to his everyday problems. “Our System i offers people all over the world solutions that fit their specific needs,” said Herbert Ross, IBM’s director of marketing. “Whether you’re a nun cloistered in an Italian abbey or an Aborigine in Australia’s Great Sandy Desert, IBM has the ideas to get you where you want to go today.”

The New IBM Network Boy

  • Posted on: 18 September 2012
  • By: NickLitten
its a game boyyyyy

Rochester MN - With the recent news of IBM’s intent to acquire the Nintendo Corporation it was further announced today another joint development effort between IBM and Nintendo.

IBM is announcing the Network Boy, a small handheld device that communicates with your IBM i, System i  or AS/400 network via RF and allows the user to navigate the network using four simple buttons.

It has a small display screen that sports a mini-GUI and runs the Mario/OS operating system.

The advantages are simplicity, low cost, and zero training for the younger generation of users.

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