Ubuntu 15.04 Released

Ubuntu has just released Ubuntu v15.04.
http://releases.ubuntu.com/15.04/

Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world. Ubuntu does everything you need it to. It’ll work with your existing PC files, printers, cameras and MP3 players. And it comes with thousands of free apps.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Auditor v2.2.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Auditor v2.2.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Auditor. MQ Auditor is a solution that allows a company to audit/track all MQ API calls performed by MQ applications that are connected to a queue manager.

For more information about MQ Auditor go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqa_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Auditor v2.2.0:

  • Changed the Audit CSV file template to use dashes ‘-‘ rather than underscores ‘_’
  • Added code to move Audit file to Archive directory when SharedQueueAuditFile is set to ‘Y’. If ArchiveCleanUp is set to ‘Y’ and SharedQueueAuditFile is set to ‘Y’, when the Audit file is moved to the archive directory, it is renamed from QMgrName_QueueName.csv to QMgrName_QueueName_DYYYY_MM_DD.csv
  • Fixed an issue with testing for passed length value to the exit (check for negative value)

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Message Encryption v3.2.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Message Encryption v3.2.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Message Encryption. MQME provides encryption for MQ message data while it resides in a queue and in the MQ logs (i.e. all data at rest).

For more information about MQME, please go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqme_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Message Encryption v3.2.0:

  • Fixed an issue related to MQ v7.*/v8 and JMS messages

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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SupportPac MS0T v8.0.0.2 Released

IBM has released SupportPac MS0T for version v8.0.0.2:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24021041

    Changes:

  • Updated for v8.0.0.2

SupportPac MS0T (MQ Explorer) is a graphical configuration tool built on Eclipse which enables you to remotely explore and configure all WebSphere MQ objects and resources, including Java Message Service (JMS), and publish and subscribe.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM Hursley to Send 2 Speakers to MQTC v2.0.1.5

I have great news. I just received an email from Matthew Whitehead of IBM that said “we will be sending 2 technical speakers from Hursley”.

I do not yet know who these speakers are nor the topics that they will be presenting on. I’ll keep you posted.

For more information about MQTC, please go to: http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQTC v2.0.1.5 Gold Sponsor: OpenLogix

Capitalware would like to announce that OpenLogix is a Gold Sponsor of MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5 (MQTC).

For more information, please go to: http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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‘Restore the Link’ Wins at Western Engineering First-Year Design Showcase

Some of you may remember my son, Tyler Lacroix, as a speaker at MQTC v2.0.1.3 for the ‘MQ Telemetry Transport Programming’ session. He is now in first year engineering at the University of Western.

Tyler’s group (Dana Zagar, Eric Robinson, Kaylin Haill and Tyler) entered the Engineering First-Year Design Showcase along with nearly 500 students (113 groups). Thirty-three judges, including faculty members and representatives from JMP Engineering, Southwestern Ontario Angel Group, Quantum IT, Unifin London and 3M/Trojan/Siemens, assessed the students’ projects.

Tyler’s group project was about getting refugees reconnected after being displaced: ‘Restore the Link’. You can read their entire ‘Restore the Link’ project submission here. Their group project took home first place in the competition.

Here is a link to a writeup in the Western Engineering News. Rumor has it that Tyler’s group had twice as many votes as the team in second place. :) The article does not talk about the technology used but at the heart of the project was a Raspberry Pi.

Here’s a picture of the Prototype Details:

1. RFID Bracelet. Before the crisis occurs, civilians will have access to a bracelet embedded with a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. Each tag contains a 10 digit key to the users account. The RFID tags chosen do not have their own power source (passive tags). The bracelets are made of silicone rubber as this material is flexible, inexpensive, stability, heat-resistant, and waterproof.

2. RFID Reader. Each console contains an RFID Reader. Since the RFID bracelets are passive, they don’t require any power. However, the passive tag is briefly activated by the radio frequency scan of the reader. The electrical current is very small, just enough for transmission of the 10 digit (ID) key. This RFID key is then passed on to the Raspberry Pi.

3. Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized single-board computer. It conducts all the processing in this product. It receives the 10 digit (ID) key from the RFID Reader and displays the interface on the monitor.

4. MySQL Database. Restore the Link utilizes a single centralized database. This database contains the user’s personal information, the people who they are connected to, and the history of when and where they have checked in. It gives the console this information, as needed.

5. Graphical User Interface. The console has a user friendly Graphical User Interface. When the console is idle, it will display a message “Please Scan Your Link”. When a user scans their link by tapping their bracelet against the console, it automatically logs them in using the 10 digit key. It displays their name, and the people to which they are linked. By clicking on one of the names, the user may view the person’s basic information, and where and when that person has logged in. These “check-ins” are displayed on a map.

In early February, I ordered 2 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (one for Tyler & one for me) from RS Components in the UK, because at that time, you could not order them in North America. Tyler purchased the RFID Reader from Micro Center (my favorite computer store). Tyler ordered the RFID bracelets via ebay from Sumlung Tech in China.

Tyler assembled everything including 3D printing a case for the Raspberry Pi and he did the majority of the programming for the project.

Cynthia and I are extremely proud parents that Tyler gave 110% effort for this project and it shows that he has a bright future ahead of him.

On a different note, a couple of weeks ago, Tyler got acceptable for a Summer Internship at Blackberry. Pretty cool!

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: MQ Message Replication v1.0.0

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Message Replication v1.0.0.

MQ Message Replication (MQMR) will clone messages being written (via MQPUT or MQPUT1 API calls) to an application’s output queue and MQMR will write the exact same messages to ‘n’ target queues (‘n’ can be up to 100). When MQMR replicates a message both the message data and the message’s MQMD structure will be cloned. This means that the fields of the MQMD structure (i.e. PutTime, MessageId, CorrelId, UserId, etc..) will be exactly the same as the original message’s MQMD structure.


The MQAdmin can configure MQMR to perform message replication on any number of queues. The application messages put to each queue can be replicated and put to (up to) 100 target queues.

MQMR can clone messages being written to any MQ queue type. i.e. local, alias, remote and/or cluster queues (including transmission queues).

Existing applications do not need to be modified or updated nor is it necessary to set up Publish/Subscribe to use MQMR. MQMR is deployed and configured at the queue manager level; hence, no application changes are required.

MQMR is an MQ API Exit that operates with WebSphere MQ v7.0, v7.1, v7.5 or v8.0 in Windows, Unix, IBM i (OS/400) and Linux platforms.

For more information about MQMR, please go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqmr_overview.html

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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SQLite v3.8.9 Released

D. Richard Hipp has just released SQLite v3.8.9.
http://www.sqlite.org/news.html

SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world. The source code for SQLite is in the public domain.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Leap Second May Cause Linux To Freeze

If you are running IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ/MQSeries) on Linux then you should read the following ‘Flash Alert’ published by IBM:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21602521

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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