MQTC v2.0.1.6 Platinum Sponsor: IBM

Capitalware would like to announce that IBM is a Platinum Sponsor of MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6 (MQTC).

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Another Scam – This Time via Kijiji

This past weekend, my wife started bugging me about selling our old iPhones that are sitting on the shelf. I said ok fine and posted them to Kijiji. Kijiji is like Craig’s List. It is a free listing site with a million upgrade features for a fee (of course).

Just for your reference, I live in London, Ontario Canada. In Kijiji, you can specify your location, so that it makes it a lot like the old days with classified ads in the newspaper.

So, I posted a couple of the iPhones. About 15 minutes later, I got my first “fishy” text from 201-564-4491. Somewhere in New Jersey USA. Here’s what this one sent:

Okay..thanks i have no problem with the price and i will like to know the present condition of the item because am getting it for my son as birthday gift,but am On a Business Trip right now and I will be happy if you can help me
ship it to my son i will pay you extra $200 for the shipping cost to my son.THANKS

Followed by

i need it to be shipped to my son in west africa as gift via canadapost and i will be paying you first

Next was 916-292-7599 (from California) and they sent:

Sounds Good, I am actually buying this as a surprise birthday present for my friend who works abroad , i am gonna offer $850 for everything if you promise it gets shipped to him in good condition. Do you have a PayPal account?

And then 713–322-0615 (from Texas) sent:

OK, am interested to buy send but i wasnt arond now and i want it

Followed by:

for my daughter before i get home.so send me your PayPal email in order to make the payment as soon as possible.

Just to have some fun, I asked the last one if there wasn’t any used iPhones for sale in Texas – I never heard back from them. 🙂

Seriously, talk about dumb. All these people out there trying to scam people but they are all attacking the same sellers. I mean REALLY, offering me an extra $200 for shipping (the 2nd one offered an extra $150 for shipping). Talk about red flags.

I called PayPal just out of curiosity and they said they get a lot of these where phones are shipped out of country and claim either they didn’t receive it or that it is damaged then request that the transfer be reversed.

I told the first person no ‘Canada Post’, I only use Fedex, and I never heard from them again.

The bottomline is that it is: scam, scam and more scams. Anything that is non-local, I’m just going to toy with them and have some fun. Offer them some really cool extras, like Bose noise cancelling headphones. 🙂

Regards,
Roger Lacroix

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SQLite v3.13.0 Released

D. Richard Hipp has just released SQLite v3.13.0.
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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New Video by Mark Taylor on the new IBM MQ V9

Mark Taylor of IBM Hursley UK has posted a video titled IBM MQ V9 Overview.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Released

Ubuntu has just released Ubuntu v16.04.
http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/

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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Lee Wheaton will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.6

Lee Wheaton of M&T Bank will doing a session at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6 (MQTC) called “Supporting IBM MQ on a Shoestring Budget”.

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM MQ V9 Released for Distributed Platforms

IBM has released IBM MQ V9:
http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=877&letternum=ENUSZP16-0205

Highlights:
– Web addressable access to the Client Channel Definition Table (CCDT)
– IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Protocol Bridge Enhancements
– New mode of operation for IBM MQ Advanced Message Security
– IBM MQ Advanced Message Security support for non-IBM Java™ Runtime Environments (JREs)
– LDAP authorizations on Microsoft™ Windows™ operating system
– Updated Resource Adapter for traditional WebSphere® Application Server
– UTF-16 code page support
– Enhanced application activity trace
– Performance monitoring API

Planned availability for IBM MQ V9 is June 2, 2016 for Electronic software delivery and June 17, 2016 for Physical media.

IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ) homepage
http://www.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-mq

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM MQ V9 for z/OS Released

IBM has released IBM MQ V9 for z/OS:
http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS216-206

Highlights:
– Increased number of active logs
– JMS support within CICS® OSGI Server
– JMS support within IMS™ server
– Additional pageset statistics
– Improved control of messages by using message expiry
– Sample for channel partner – client auditing
– Sample zOSMF workflows for Queue Manager and messaging artifact provisioning
– UTF-16 code page support

Planned availability for IBM MQ V9 for z/OS is June 17, 2016.

IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ) homepage
http://www.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-mq

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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WebSphere MQ v7.1.0 End of Service Date

IBM has announced the end of service date for WebSphere MQ v7.1.0. The end of service date for WebSphere MQ v7.1.0 on distributed platforms (Linux, Unix, Windows and IBM i) is April 30, 2017. The official announcement can be found here:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg3c741503j17231u61

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Visualizing a Queue Manager and Queue

And now for something completely different. The following comments are for your ‘right-brain’. 🙂

When you create documentation or presentations, how do you draw MQ queue managers and queues?

We all know what IBM uses for a queue manager – a yellow square with a single ‘U’ inside the square and for a queue, IBM uses a ‘U’ with an envelope inside.

I tend to draw a light blue colored square box with many ‘U’s inside the square and for a queue, I draw a ‘U’ with a ridge (i.e. like a bowl with a ridge or lip). Personally, I don’t like this design for a queue. I prefer the open box with many envelopes in it but it is hard to get many of those pictures in inside the square box for the queue manager. And when I am creating a small picture (of a queue manager), it is impossible to draw an ‘open boxed queue’ inside it.

So, close your eyes and let your right-brain speak. How do you visualize queue managers and queues?

Also, how do you differentiate queue managers in different environments. A company can have different environment where they run MQ. i.e. Sandbox, DEV, TEST, QA, UAT, PrePROD, PROD, etc.. Do you draw a queue manager for DEV differently than PROD? Or do you color-code them differently?

I have to create lots of document for products, this blog and presentations for MQTC, so I would like to hear from everyone about how they visualize or draw queue managers and queues across the different environments.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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