IBM i Authority is a wonderful beast with many layers of complexity. Like a big red onion, peeling back these layers is simple to do, but sometimes causes some tears, or occasionally full on sobbing and weeping. On the positive side, setting these layers of authority is pretty straightforward as long you stay focused and

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Tinkering with one of my wordpress sites I noticed that Jetpack was unable to connect. The WordPress Jetpack Error says “Server unable to connect with my site http 404” which is nicely vague. Luckily, the excellent support guys over at ICDSOFT quickly gave me the solution: 1: Log into the control panel obviously your control

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More questions about adopting authority on IBM i Systems and a technique to change user authority temporarily. So lets #discuss 😉 Adopt higher IBM i Authority to change System Configuration Question: I am needing to write a program, command, or whatever, that will enable my users to adopt a higher authority when they want to

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An old AS400 Quiz So, last night I was nosing around in the dim dark corners of an old network share on my homeserver. I stumbled across an old TXT document from the late 90’s, I think. It was sitting in a text file called “AS400 Quiz Brainteasers” -it’s obviously old (look at the as400

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Here’s a blast from the past: I was just testing an IBM i program that is importing data from a Windows Server, converting the data, juggling it, tweaking it and when its finished playing it finally shoves it into an IBM i Database. Fun Fun FUN! But if its running interactive and I want to

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Washington DC – President Trump announced his government is launching a special software advisory group – “Not long ago we all went through the Year 2000 crisis. If you were in the computer and software industry you recall the many headaches in converting and changing databases and software so the Year 2000 would be a

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RPG PROGRAM USER(*OWNER) – Adopts the object owner level of Authority Most IBM i Programmers are aware of the USER(*OWNER) compile setting — anyone calling this program will adopt the authority level of the program. So if a program is compiled by user QSECOFR and USER(*OWNER) then anyone calling that program will automatically be elevated

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So, just when I thought I had seen it all, I got this error message “Unable to move file into a new library” when I was just moving a file to a new library in my lovely IBM i System. Nothing weird about this file (or so I thought) and I was just going a

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Today, I was talking *techie* to a colleague in I.T. who still calls the IBM i Operating System – ‘The AS/400’. (but dont get me started on that) We bumped over a few ‘technology sleeping policemen’ during the conversation. Software is easy to upgrade. Mindsets are sometimes overlooked. This reminded me of the importance of

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News of the moment is the deadly sounding HEARTBLEED SECURITY FLAW The flaw, dubbed “Heartbleed”, could reveal anything which is currently being processed by a web server – including our sensitive secure information being used inside the site. Heartbleed’s technical name is ‘the CVE-2014-0160 exploit’ which exposes vulnerabilities in the popular OpenSSL server software potentially

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I wrote a data encryption routine a few years ago. In my ongoing mission to refactor my old utilities, I was looking at it this weekend thinking about ways to improve it: The basic premise behind my routine is to read a row of information from a file, perform encryption of said data based on

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More questions about adopting authority on IBM i Systems. So lets #discuss 😉 Adopt User Authority at Runtime Question: I have a batch job which is run by the user but needs to use a file with security denied to the user. Somewhere I heard or read about adopt authority, which would allow the job

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