We’re Making Stew: Guidelines for Serial Blogging

One of my editors gave me a great piece of advice one day regarding writing and blogging. He said (and I paraphrase):

stew pot

We’re making stew with this publication. Sometimes the reader gets a nice big piece of steak for an article. Sometimes she gets a carrot and sometimes it’s a potato. We mix it up and give the pub a great flavor so there isn’t too much of one ingredient or another.

And the stew analogy is a great basis for some simple guidelines for serial blogging, which can be summarized as: Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i System Monitoring Products

binoculars(updated 2/19/17) Here’s my current list of vendors who provide IBM i system monitoring products. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i Hosting Companies

community pictureThis post is intended as a centralized shared list of all the companies that offer Power system IBM i hosting solutions.

Feel free to pull the information from this post into other posts to disseminate to the broader IBM i community. Also, please let me know if you have any additions to these sites and I’ll attempt to post updates as I get the changes.

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Creating a Twitter Search URL–Beginner’s Version

twitter iconHere’s a nice trick if you want to create a Twitter Search URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function. With a Twitter search URL, you can create links for your readers to view all the tweets associated with Twitter handle feeds, a hashtag, or a combination of both a Twitter handle or a hashtag.

Here’s how to create a URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function and returns all tweets associated with specific Twitter handles or hashtags. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i Content Providers

digital contentThis post is an in-process centralized shared list of all organizations or individuals who provide content-specific information on the IBM i platform (no marketing-oriented pages, with the possible exception of IBM). Feel free to pull the information from this post into other posts to disseminate to the broader IBM i community.

Here the starter list of individuals and groups who provide information on the IBM i platform. Continue reading

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Remembering My Father on Veteran’s Day

Dad Hertvik army pictureGone but not forgotten, my father Joseph Charles Hertvik, Sr. was a World War II vet who marched across Europe with the fabled 101st Airborne division and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Thank you for everything, Dad. I miss you and I’m very proud of you. Thinking of you on this Veteran’s Day.

–Joe

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LinkedIn Tip of the Day: Connect to Your Twitter Followers

linkedin plus twitter

Cross-check your LinkedIn connections against your key Twitter followers and those you follow to see who’s not connected. And then connect with them. You’ll be surprised who you don’t have as an LI Connection. Continue reading

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What’s Your Glove Display for Making IT Changes?

gloves

In their book Switch, authors Dan and Chip Heath talk about how to build support for and change existing situations. They cited one situation involving a traveling glove display that has practical applications for instigating IT changes.

Here’s how it works.
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How to Delete a LinkedIn Status Update

delete button from wikipedia commonsUse LinkedIn’s delete option if you made a mistake and want to delete a LinkedIn status update.

Deleting an update is easy. Here’s how to do it, along with how a deleted status update can still appear in your connections’ mailboxes. Continue reading

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IT Purchasing Math: 8 Ways that Confusion = Profit

handing off confusionThere’s a simple equation to keep in mind if you’re not sure you’re getting a fair deal when making a major IT purchase:

Confusion = Profit

A related equation goes like this:

Rushed deals = Profit

This is directly related to FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt). The more a vendor can confuse you and make you believe numbers that may not be in your best interest or try to convince you that you really have to buy NOW, the greater the odds are that you’ll make a bad deal.

My best advice is that for a major IT purchase (several hundreds of thousands of dollars),  don’t buy it  if you don’t understand the deal. Wait until you understand exactly what they’re offering and at what price before you make your move. Continue reading

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IT Change Management: 8 Reasons You Need a Checklist for Implementing IT Projects

feedback checklistOne of the habits I push in my shop is to over-rely on checklists and to game plan any change we put on to my Power boxes or in my Data Centers. A good checklist is invaluable in situations where you have to take down a critical piece of equipment, make some significant change, and bring it back up again in a short amount of time (say in three hours on a Sunday morning).

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Creating a URL for LinkedIn Activity Feeds

linked in pen pictureHere’s a technique I found to retrieve the URLs to view your own and people’s LinkedIn activity feeds.

This technique is still new so please let me know what your results are and I’ll update this post in the future.

Here’s the technique I used to retrieve a custom URL to view my LinkedIn activity feed. Continue reading

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Editing LinkedIn Headlines to Showcase Your Personal Brand

linkedin official iconYou may not realize this but the professional headline on your LinkedIn profile is editable, which opens up all sorts of possibilities within LinkedIn.

Editing your headline allows you to make a statement about yourself, create a mini-ad for your services or products, or add SEO keywords right on your LinkedIn page. Changing your headline also allows you to make LinkedIn work harder for you, showcasing your personal brand in large type right at the top of your LinkedIn profile.

Here’s how to take advantage of this feature.

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RPO, RTO, RTA: Explaining 3 Common Disaster Recovery Terms

If you work with business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR), or high availability (HA), you’re bound to run across the following terms:

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
  • Recovery Time Actual (RTA)
  • The RTA-RTO Gap

Because these acronyms are so similar, it’s easy to confuse them with each other. Here’s a primer on what each of these terms mean and how they can help your IT shop in BC, DR, and HA planning. Continue reading

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Use an @ to Create Profile Links in LinkedIn Shares

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LinkedIn Tip: Use the ‘@’ sign if you want to create profile links in LinkedIn shares

 

 

How it works

In a recent LI share, I included a link to my colleague Dan Burger’s LinkedIn profile by typing the share this way.

IBM i news from @Dan Burger at IT Jungle: Fresche Legacy acquires looksoftware. http://lnkd.in/brZ66qu

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