Pete Isaksson

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IBM i - No Pig in a Poke

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Aug 6, 2014 11:30:18 PM

I love idioms and old expressions. An idiom is a word or phrase that is not meant to be taken literally.  An idiom's figurative meaning is most often separate from the literal meaning but many idioms stem from some literal origin.

Discovering and understanding their origins is, for me, both fascinating and informative.  Sometimes the origins are hilarious and sometimes they are grim or off color.  However they originated, most have significance and even relevance in the world, centuries after their inception.  It seems that humans and human nature have not really changed much despite all the knowledge and advances in industry, technology, medicine, and production of any kind. That’s what gives continued life to the more well-known idioms.

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Topics: IBM i, IBM i Power System

It's the Circle Game for this IBM i -er

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Mar 21, 2014 10:30:00 AM

I was about to start with “Social media is all the rage”, but it’s really more of a culture and it is here to stay.  It’s the way to stay in touch and keep up with what we used to call our “social circle”. It's taken a while, and now many of us in the IBM i world share information across the community in this social way.

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Topics: IBM i, social media

Cloudy With a Chance of …

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Jan 13, 2014 5:01:21 PM

… You were thinking meatballs, right?

If you weren’t thinking meatballs, it refers to a children’s tale about a fictional character, Flint Lockwood, who invents a machine that transforms water into food, called the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" - FLDSMDFR for short.   I first thought FLDSMDFR was an IBM system command but it’s actually an imaginary food cloud that rains flavorful things.  The FLDSMDFR eventually runs amok, as many well intentioned creations do, but we’re not going to address that here.

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Topics: Mobile, cloud

Abandon in Place? Your IBM i software?

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Nov 20, 2013 9:19:00 PM

In February 1962, NASA’s Cape Canaveral was the hub of the space program, the center where controllers counted down and then watched tensely from their consoles as John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth.  Today the Mercury Control Center stands empty and all but abandoned, half hidden by thick Florida vegetation.  The rocket launchers from the space program’s glory days in the 1960s that are too big to move or scrap are now simply stenciled “Abandon In Place.”


Wow.  Reminds me of the code I pounded out back in the 80’s and into the 90’s.  Granted, none of my brainchild programs ever sent a rocket to the moon but they did help send an upstart entrepreneur straight to the bank.

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization

Dr. Strangetech Pt II - Paint Your IBM i Wagon

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Oct 16, 2013 10:30:00 AM

"Beneath the surface of IBM’s No Name City are decades of value in the form of data and well defined business processes..."

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Application Modernization

Dr. Strangetech Pt I - How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love New Technology

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Oct 9, 2013 8:30:00 PM

Doink! I used to hate that sound. I grew up in the time of wooden baseball bats. The sound of a ball coming off a metal bat would really make me cringe. It didn’t sound like baseball. It sounded like a toy bat.

I still love the sound of a ball coming off a major league wood bat, but now, having played some fairly competitive seasons of softball using metal bats, I have gained an appreciation for that doink. It sounds like victory when my teammates or I am sending a ball deep into the outfield, and it gives me an adrenaline bump signaling a hot grounder or liner coming my way when the other team is batting.

I know that metal bats aren’t exactly in the realm of technology as we IT folks generally think of it, but those metal bats changed the game.

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Topics: Mobile, Application Modernization