LibreOffice 4.4 Released

Document Foundation has just released LibreOffice v4.4.0.
http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2015/01/29/libreoffice-4-4-the-most-beautiful-libreoffice-ever/

LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it’s available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, …).

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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What a Wonderful Day It Is!!!

With the price of a barrel of oil taking a nose dive, so too has the Canadian dollar. For the last 2 months, the business reporters keep saying the “new lower dollar” is good for exporters. They always talk about exporters of steel, cars, hard goods, etc.. but they never talk about the “software exporters” which of course Capitalware is one of. Capitalware sells its software in US dollars, so when the Canadian dollar was above par (to the US dollar), I hated to go to the bank and do foreign exchange because I would get less Canadian dollars than US dollars (enough to make you cry).

I haven’t transferred any money (US to CAD) in a while and have been getting nervous thinking when it would be a good time. I always transfer at least $50,000 because the Bank of Montreal gives me a better exchange rate when I do (a secret I found out about a few years ago).

So, why is today a wonderful day, well, the Bank of Canada decided this morning to lower its interest rate to 0.75% (from 1.0%). This put the Canadian dollar into a nose dive of almost 2 cents. The Canadian dollar is now trading at 0.8095. (i.e. 1 CAN dollar buys 0.8095 US dollar).

I went to the Bank of Montreal early this afternoon and transfer almost every penny I had from US dollars to Canadian dollars and received an exchange rate of 1.2225. (i.e. 1 US dollar converted to $1.2225 CAN). OMG. Seriously. OMG. I haven’t gotten an exchange rate of 1.2225 in almost 10 years (although there was a brief period in early 2009, when the Canadian dollar took a dive).

Most people may think so what! Capitalware is a small company so every penny counts. Here’s a table of transferring $100,000 US dollars to Canadian dollars in all its pain and/or glory.

Date: Exchange Rate:
1 US -> CAN
Canadian Dollars Received
2011/07 0.95577000 $95,577.00
2012/08 0.99270000 $99,270.00
2013/06 1.03154000 $103,154.00
2014/07 1.07404091 $107,404.09
2014/11 1.13315263 $113,315.26
2015/01/21 1.222500 $122,500.00

The difference in exchange from 2 months ago to today is mind blowing. This isn’t a few dollars, it is thousands of dollars. Like I said, it is a WONDERFUL day today.

Of course, there is a downside. If any Canadian is planning on taking a USA vacation in the near future, things just got a whole lot more expensive!!

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQTC v2.0.1.5 Silver Sponsor: NetFlexity

Capitalware would like to announce that NetFlexity is a Silver 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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Call for Speakers for MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5

We are looking for speakers on any product/service that uses IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ & MQSeries) for “MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5″ (MQTC). The sessions are to be technical in nature and on any subject so long as it relates to MQ.

We offer speakers the conference fee for free and we also pay for your room at Kalahari Resorts. Note: Breakfast and lunch plus snacks & drinks during the breaks are included for all attendees and speakers.

If you are interested please contact me at callforspeakers@mqtechconference.com

MQTC is a premier event that brings together IBM MQ professionals from across the mid-west and the world. MQTC will offer 70 technical sessions and 15 vendor sessions that are designed to enhance the skills of IT professionals who are using IBM’s IBM MQ on AIX, HP-UX, IBM i (OS/400), Linux, Solaris, Windows and z/OS.

MQTC is the largest conference in the world solely dedicated to IBM MQ.

More information on MQTC can be found at http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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PDF for Beginners on WebSphere MQ for zOS

Over at mqseries.net, someone posted a link to a PDF for beginners on WebSphere MQ for z/OS. It is from the IBM SWG Wildfire Workshops and is subtitled “From Zero to z/Hero” (funny!).

Here is the link to it: http://gseimis2.gse.org/staticcontent/eventforms/WebSphere_MQ_on_zOS_Beginner.pdf

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQTC v2.0.1.4 Session Web Page

If you are looking for the MQTC v2.0.1.4 Session web page with all the links to the PDFs for the MQTC v2.0.1.4 sessions, it was renamed to http://www.mqtechconference.com/sessions_v2014.html

And the MQTC v2.0.1.3 Session web page with all the links to the PDFs for the MQTC v2.0.1.3 sessions is at: http://www.mqtechconference.com/sessions_v2013.html

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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SQLite v3.8.8 Released

D. Richard Hipp has just released SQLite v3.8.8.
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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T.Rob Wyatt, Barry Lamkin, Chris Frank and Tim Zielke will be Speaking at MQTC

Well, the MQTC announcement day is off to a bang. :)

T.Rob Wyatt of IoPT Consulting will be back doing interesting sessions on MQ at Capitalware’s MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5 (MQTC).

Barry Lamkin and Chris Frank of IBM received approved to be a speakers at MQTC.

Tim Zielke of AON said he will be back doing a session at MQTC called “MQ Problem Determination With Tracing”.

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5

Capitalware would like to announce MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5 (MQTC). MQTC is an event that will educate attendees on current practices, methodologies, administration, problem determination, security best practices and technology trends for IBM MQ. MQTC will offer 70 technical sessions and 15 vendor sessions that are designed to enhance the skills of IT professionals who are using IBM MQ on AIX, HP-UX, IBM i (OS/400), Linux, Solaris, Windows and z/OS. Since we have 5 session rooms at MQTC, there will be 5 concurrent MQ sessions at any given time.

MQTC is the largest conference in the world solely dedicated to IBM’s WebSphere MQ.

Date: September 28 to September 30, 2015
Location: Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, Ohio
Duration: 3 Days

Early-bird Price: $349.00 until July 28th, 2015
Regular Price: $399.00 from July 28th to September 13th, 2015
Group Price (5+ people): $299.00 until August 28th, 2015
Late/Onsite Price: $449.00 after September 13th, 2015

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Mozilla Firefox 35.0 Released

Mozilla Firefox has just released Mozilla Firefox v35.0.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features that are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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