Eventually they did. He was going to make his drawing lots better but I loved it as he deliveeed it and so the book has a ghoulish, yet kiddish look. It even has the corrections to the picture visible on the cover.
Lets Go Publish has enough in stock to afford to reduce the price temporarily to $9.95 to get this book moving again. Don't wait too long as the price will be going up soon. This book is an as-is point-in time book about IBM history that nobody else has ever told.
When I launched this book, IT Jungle, (www.itjungle.com) the premiere tech publication in the AS/400 industry, announced the following to the world: Editor's Note: Brian Kelly, a well-known speaker and consultant in the OS/400 market, launched a book ...called Can the AS/400 Survive IBM?. This book pulls no punches about the history of the OS/400 platform and the things that Kelly feels IBM needed to do back then to rejuvenate the platform.
A message is only as useful as the breadth of its audience, and shortly after its publishing, Kelly gave IT Jungle (this newsletter) permission to excerpt one of the chapters of the book to stir up the debate over what IBM should do. He provided "Chapter 32, Suggestions for Improvement" from Can the AS/400 Survive IBM? The full chapter was available in March 2015 at http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh100404-story04.html. Go take a peek. Here is a piece of the excerpt:
"It is no secret that IBM's biggest AS/400 problem is that it fails to market the machine. The company has restructured its business as a services and software supplier, and that is at the heart of its problem. Hardware, including the AS/400 does not count for much anymore. [In fact, the AS/400 has not survived IBM but is survived by its OS IBM i, which runs on IBM's vaunted Power System line of servers.]
Some of us think that a little care and feeding and marketing could have helped and can still help this fine Operating System. If you take a trip to IBM's main Web site, www.ibm.com, it is difficult to find anything about its hardware products, but there sure is a lot about solutions. Though solutions may include hardware, the primary ingredients are software and tailoring services.
The living room CEO becomes the boardroom CEO again every Monday morning. They are one and the same people. People can be taught the meaning of PC, Unix, Mainframe and AS/400 [IBM i] in simple terms by IBM ads if IBM ever chooses to fight. IBM, you got that? "In the living room!" And down the road, maybe IBM can actually set the stage for something that gets IBM machines back on the desktop, and in people's minds."
To learn about the history of IBM's finest machine and to learn about the internal IBM squabbles that prevented IBM from using this machine to defeat Windows, Unix, Linux, and even IBM's mainframes, you ought to put this book in your shopping cart and check out.
When IBM bought over 500 copies of the book I had written called "The All Everything Machine," they planned to put one out in every new system they sold. They liked it that much. Would it not have been nice if IBM had not given up its small business marketplace to Bill Gates. For years Gates used AS/400s to run his business. How about that?
When IBM decided not to tell people about the AS/400, I figured the AS/400 could not survive IBM as they had a death wish for the technology.