We've used the VLP program in the past and give not only the implementation; but the level of service, an enthusiastic thumbs up. Jen -----Original Message----- From: midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aaron Bartell Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:28 AM To: 'Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries' Subject: RE: iSeries down 18%? Ugh On the flip side of the iSeries being down 18% I can see that IBM is trying to do something about it. In the past two months I have been having troubles with my iSeries timeshare vendor while trying to test some software I am developing. I was speaking with an IBM employee about my woes and they said I should look into their Virtual Loaner Program (VLP: http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/enable/site/vlp/). All I can say is WOW! It is basically a program that gives short time frame (two weeks to 4 weeks) access to high end machines located at IBM. You are given your very own machine with root access. You connect with VPN and then use your choice of 5250 emulators (tn5250j) and editors (WDSc 6.0) to do your testing/development. The best part it is pretty darn easy to setup and you gain access very quickly (sometimes less than an hour)! They even give you the ability to save an image of the entire machine so you can load it on subsequent reservations! Some might think this isn't that big of a deal because their company doesn't mind if they use their machine to do personal development, but now that I am off on my own I don't have that luxury and have had to look to timeshare machines. This really does a beautiful job of promoting the iSeries in the area of making sure developers all developers have access to the resources they need. Thoughts? Aaron Bartell http://mowyourlawn.com/blog -----Original Message----- From: midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike.Crump@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:14 AM To: midrange-nontech@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: iSeries down 18%? Ugh http://www.varbusiness.com/components/weblogs/article.jhtml?articleId=177101 086&cid=ChannelWeb_com_News Michael Crump Manager, Computing Services Saint-Gobain Containers 1509 S. Macedonia Ave. Muncie, IN 47302 (765)741-7696 (765)741-7012 f (800)428-8642 "The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just" Abraham Lincoln -- This is the Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries (Midrange-NonTech) mailing list To post a message email: Midrange-NonTech@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-nontech or email: Midrange-NonTech-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-nontech.