Friday, March 1, 2013

Informix News of the Weird

Informix Engine Defies Laws of the Universe

I recently inherited an Informix engine from another department as part of a server migration and upgrade to Innovator-C. In my life long pursuit of finding unattended Informix engines with ridiculously long up times I did an 'onstat -' to see how many days this engine had been running.

[informix]$ onstat -

IBM Informix Dynamic Server Version 10.00.UC3R1   -- On-Line (Prim) -- Up 869 days 12:02:13 -- 2423888 Kbytes

Hey, 2.38 years without an engine bounce, not too shabby! When I started to brag about the resiliency of Informix to the previous owner of this engine who deals mostly with other database engines he came back with, "Well, that IS pretty amazing considering the server was rebooted a year ago"

[informix]$ uptime
 09:16:11  up 372 days,  9:01,  2 users,  load average: 0.30, 0.41, 0.43

Informix really is amazing. Show me any other engine that can continue to run when the server is offline. What is more impressive is this was version 10, I can only imagine what the Informix Developers have in store for us in Centaurus.

As Seen on TV

The marketing team is at it again securing some SWEET product placement on UK Television. Thanks to Mike Aubury for catching the Informix Umbrella Lady on last night's showing of "Hugh's Fist Fight" on Channel 4. Take that Iron Man 2.

Oh, Informix Umbrella Lady on Channel 4, what is thy name?

Database Administrators Gettin' Freaky

According to The Huffington Post, Database Administrators are the 9th most likeliest people to hook up (in the biblical sense) with co-workers.

I didn't believe it either, but it is on the internet so it must be true because the internet doesn't lie.

Record Number of People Hate Money

Quite possibly the weirdest thing of all, people not signing up for a FREE IIUG membership to save $100 USD on conference registration. I mean, hey, as a IIUG 2013 CPC member thanks for the $100 to help fund IIUG 2014, but c'mon. You should really take advantage of that discount. Unless of course you are not taking it on purpose so you can cleverly get your company to fund the IIUG for an extra $100.

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