Forget the AS400. Here is the BeerFridge400

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February 21, 2011

IBM AS400 eServer and I-SERIES whirring error free for the last ten years.

Forget the AS400. Here is the BeerFridge400 1

Seriously, my two machines have been running fairly continuously except when they have been loaded into moving trucks to migrate around the country chasing their nomadic nerd owner (aka Me). Bloody good machines.

But now that these old machines can only run upto IBM i5/OS Version 5.4 I’m considering sunsetting them in favour of using a new IBM Power Server.

Sadly IBM’s corporate pricing structure is purely focused on B2B sales. Poor consumers like me are stuck with IBM refusing to sell small machines to students and/or little independent programmers.

This basically means that I have to choose between spending $5000+ on a computer or on a new motorcycle 🙂

Maybe I just gotta stick with a ten+ year old operating system and admire my black boxes, supporting a beer fridge and homeserver.

updated 2016 – I ended up spending the money on a motorcycle 😉

NickLitten


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

Nick Litten

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