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March 4, 2009 11:12 AM 3/4/09

So I’m considering adding the RPG/400 programming language to my skills because it’s an in-demand skill on a regular basis. Even though I’m trying to reduce spending I ordered three books today from E-Bay and Amazon to the tune of $30 total. But even with the books unless I can find an AS400 emulator or pick up a system somewhere cheap that’s going to be an issue. I turned down one years ago because of space so there’s that bit of suckage involved in this as well. :-(

The paver molds came in yesterday and it looks like it will fit the sidewalks of the house just fine. The round butterfly mold looks nice and crisp as well so those should come out nice.

It’s supposed to be in the 50’s tomorrow so I think as long as it’s not raining or something I’ll ride the bike to work. That should lift my spirits a bit.

Got all the dishes done last night so I won’t have to do that when I get home so maybe I can get the floor in there mopped. It really needs it.


The words aren’t flowing well today - partly because I went to bed at 12:45 a.m. and partly because I woke up to get a drink of water at 1:45 a.m. then had to get back up at 5 a.m. Thus very tired at the moment.

At least I managed to remember to take my 5-HTP this morning...

We’ll probably buy the Wii Fit thing this week if we can find one. Worse comes to worse I can always order one online but it might take a while to get here. From what I’m hearing via friends/coworkers who already have it they like it and it kicks their ass. We’ll see...

I’ve been pondering tearing apart the walls out in the garage to see if they’re properly insulated. I think the walls are fine and it’s just the roof and weather seals that need to be taken care of this spring. I do know that I have to buy a bunch of steel to weld up a lumber rack for my truck so I can start collecting bar stock crates from work without having to cut them in half.

That reminds me - I need to call our former neighbors tomorrow and see if it’s okay for me to pick up the deck wood since it’s going to be nice and warm. I really need to get that done if he still has it as it’s the wood for my garden fence. Maybe I’ll call him after lunch.

Hopefully my neighbor’s motherboard will show up soon so I can go back to working in the garage undisturbed. Not that he still won’t stop by to talk but at least I won’t have to worry about him not having his computer yet. And I think I’ve figured out a way to explain to him how his stereo could be ruining his computer.

Regardless the universe is still blowing large hairy rancid goat testicles in my area. But I’m trying to improve that...

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Mar. 4th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
I googled 'AS400 Emulator'. I don't know enough to tell whether of these results are any use to you, but hey, googling is more fun than doing my taxes. *sigh* I must start organizing & do them soon.







Mar. 4th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hmm...most of those are terminal emulators for connecting to an As400 but thanks for the effort. :-)

As for taxes - we bugged all our sources and got the paperwork last month and then did them using TurboTax Deluxe. Despite missing out on the housing credit by one month (grr...) we got back the majority we need to fund the Montana trip.

"I tink I will go to Montana...and raise rabbits..." (Part of the quote omitted for the safety of my marriage. ^_^ )
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Once I get started on the tax, I'm ok (I've used TurboTax since it was called MacInTax) I just am a terrible procrastinator.

I hope you guys have lots of fun in Montana (and have good weather for the trip). Do you have any specific plans?
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Well we're going out there for a family wedding but I'd like to get a couple of things worked into the plan while out there like horseback riding for the family and some rock climbing. (That will depend on the weight limit to some of the equipment.

That and maybe some swimming out there. :-)
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan. I hope you take lots of photos.
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I fully intend to take photos and video while we're out there. If finances allow I might get a used D40 and some lenses but that's still a good chunk of money.

Definitely going to buy a DV camera though.
Mar. 7th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Hate to say it, but there isn't an OS/400 emulator out there - that is one of the first things I asked about when I started where I am at now. Blasted closed source proprietary operating systems. Basically, you are stuck needing an AS400 server to practice and program on with IBM holding very tightly onto the reigns of RPG IV.

Actually though, we do have an older AS400 that is acting as a doorstop right about now. Not quite sure if it is fully working or not, but if you want I'll ask to see if the company would let it go at a discount (beating the $40K minimum price that you would have to shell out for a new one).

Of course though, for us at least, the company has been looking at getting away from the AS400 (mainly due to cost) and migrating our RPG flagship program to a Java base.
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: OS/400
Actually I've been lurking about E-Bay and the single iSeries boxes are about $200 or so shipped including a good load of 4.2 or 5.

So I'm kind of considering it despite the power usage.

As for used models I passed up one of the older white CISC models years ago complete with OS tape and have regretted it ever since. They're cool boxes even if they aren't day-to-day useful for home geeks.

Oh and there _is_ an emulator out there - it's called Baby400 - but it's long since out of print and was a gougeware license piece of software. Maybe I'll check Ye Olde Pirate Bay or another tracker for it...

Edited at 2009-03-07 03:17 pm (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: OS/400
Good luck on that, and let me know how it goes. If you do manage to find a box, look for an RPM called "tn5250". It is a terminal emulator that will allow you access to the box from a linux system - slightly better than just a telnet into the box. Of course, if you manage to find a copy of Client Access, you won't need to worry about it.

The only reason I mention these is that you can then practice whenever you get a free chance without actually being tied to the dummy terminal.
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: OS/400
Yeah I use tn5250 to access the CMS MRP system at $work. About the only thing I have problems with currently is accessing the F13+ function keys. I finally figured out how to turn off the Gnome (I use Ubuntu) function key passthrough stuff last week so I can get to certain parts of the menu they use.

For the Winblows boxes we use Client Access. (I won't tell you what I call it behind it's back as $work people sometimes peruse this blog.) I'm not a fan of a terminal emulator that embeds itself into the OS of the desktop. It's just too much of a potential problem source.
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: OS/400
Yeah, getting the function keys to work properly is a pain in the...ahem... sometimes. I have always just attributed it to Putty. I change the emulator type in the session on the fly, and that clears up half the problem, but then makes the other half of the function keys not work.

For us, we kinda live and die on Client Access. Our counties that can afford more than just dummy terminals, but don't have our PC version of the flagship product, end up having to use CA. That in itself causes major headaches if the OS400 upgrades, etc. since we have specific versions of CA that are approved for use.
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