MQTC v2.0.1.7 Gold Sponsor: Avada Software

Capitalware would like to announce that Avada Software is a Gold Sponsor of MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC).

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

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Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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United Airlines – You Suck!

My wife (Cynthia Meek) wanted to visited Richard and Tyler in San Jose, California before Tyler’s internship at Facebook was over on Friday (Richard just started at Google).

So, she booked her and the kids flight on United Airlines for Monday (July 17th). It was supposed to be a 1-stop flight – Toronto to Newark, NJ to San Jose (not exactly a straight line). Flight # UA4150 and UA1729.

Richard asked (a big ask!!) if they would bring his Trek bicycle, his hockey sticks, hockey bag (helmet, gloves, etc.), and his new Apple aka LG 5K monitor to San Jose. I got the monitor boxed up in its original packaging and I had Sport Chek professionally box up the bicycle (and taped the 2 hockey sticks together). Sunday night, Kyle and I loaded everything into Cynthia’s Honda Odyssey for the Monday morning trip to the airport.

For international flights (even Canada to USA), you are supposed to be at the airport 2 hours before your flight. Flight UA4150 was scheduled for 2:30PM departure. It is a 2 hour drive from London, Ontario to Toronto (Pearson) Airport. To be safe, they left just after 9:30AM. When they arrived at the airport and they found out that the flight was delayed 30 minutes because of weather. I checked and checked but could not find any weather issues. A hour later or so, the flight UA4150 was delayed 45 minutes. Then it was delayed 1 hour. Then it was delayed 90 minutes. At this point, it appeared that they will miss their connecting flight in Newark, NJ. Cynthia talked to the United service rep and they said you will need to sleep over in Newark, NJ at your own cost, even though, we have a hotel booked in San Jose.

I told Cynthia to get United to rebook through Chicago or Denver. The United service desk refused. Then it was delayed 2 hours. I told Cynthia to ask again about re-booking and the United service rep said no. Finally around 5:30PM, United canceled the flight. United posted the following status: Canceled due to air traffic control conditions impacting our flight operations (here’s a screen-shot). What the hell does that mean and what happened to the bull-shit of delayed because of weather? Did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

Cynthia stood inline with everyone else to rebook the flight. Finally, it took 2 hours for Cynthia to get her turn and get a new flight for the NEXT MORNING. They booked her and the kids on UA4526 from Toronto to Denver leaving at 8:15AM Tuesday, July 18th and Denver to San Jose (UA245). To make matters worst, none of them (Cynthia & 3 kids) were sitting together. Did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

Next they had to get their checked luggage back: 3 suitcases, bicycle (in a box), monitor (in a box), hockey sticks & hockey bag. Park’n Fly in Toronto used to be really good but clearly they have gotten cheap and reduced staff. Cynthia waited in line for almost 2 hours to finally get on the shuttle to be taken to her minivan.

It is now after 9:30PM on Monday night, 2-hours from home with an early morning flight with United again. So, Cynthia had to book a couple of hotel rooms in Toronto because check in is at 6:15AM and she cannot drive home, sleep a couple of hours to drive 2-hours back to the airport. Oh yes, we have a hotel booked in San Jose!! Did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

Please read on, because United isn’t done screwing Cynthia. So, they go to the airport this morning (Tuesday, July 18) check in and give United: 3 suitcases, bicycle (in a box), monitor (in a box), hockey sticks & hockey bag. Yes, I’m repeating the list, so you understand that the 7 items (that we paid United for checked luggage), how large and amount of hassle United caused Cynthia and the kids. The 3rd row of seats were stowed and the 2rd row was pushed forward so everything could fit into the minivan.

The flight from Toronto to Denver (UA4526) was fine. The flight from Denver to San Jose (UA245) was fine. Cynthia thought they had made it safely to San Jose until she received a text message saying 2 bags didn’t make it. Did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

My first thought was the bicycle and monitor didn’t make it. 30 minutes later, Cynthia finds out the NONE of the items make it to San Jose. First they don’t know what happened. Then they think the United rep in Toronto put the wrong baggage tags on ALL of them. Next, they think the everything is in Denver but will need Denver service reps to verify.

So, as of right now, 8:00PM EST Tuesday July 18th, everything is lost and United is looking for the 7 items. Did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

I used to be a traveling consultant and flew on United a lot. Its been more than a decade, holy cow, the service has gone down hill. Why, oh why wouldn’t the United service rep on Monday flip Cynthia and the kids to a flight hopping through either Chicago or Denver before it was too late. She asked early in the afternoon. So, instead of filling flights and making sure travelers get to their destination, you choose to piss them off to the extreme. Did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

United, I’ll let you in on a secret about my wife. Yes, she will fly home on United but I can guarantee you that she will NEVER EVER book another flight on United. She loves to chat with people. I can also guarantee you that she will be telling EVERYONE for decades to come how you screwed her and the kids over. United haven’t you ever heard the slogan “And they told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on”. I guess your slogan should be “we’ll piss you off and possibly drag you from an airplane rather than give good customer service”.

Finally, did I mention it yet: “United Airlines – You Suck!”.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQTC v2.0.1.7 Platinum Sponsor: Nastel Technologies

Capitalware would like to announce that Nastel Technologies is a Platinum Sponsor of MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC).

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQ Channel Encryption Product Advisory

It has been discovered that very small TSH segments will cause MQCEJ (Java/JMS) and MQCEDN (.NET) to throw an exception. The issue has been fixed and a product update is available.

To get the latest Capitalware commercial product release, send an email to support@capitalware.com and we will send you the latest release of the product.

For more information about MQ Channel Encryption (MQCE), please go to:
http://capitalware.com/mqce_overview.html

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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First Draft of the Schedule for MQTC v2.0.1.7

I have posted the first draft of the schedule for MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC).

There are some new changes to the schedule:

(1) Both the ‘Open Remarks’ and Mark Taylor’s session ‘What’s New in IBM Messaging’ will be held in Suite 6 of Kilimanjaro Ballroom.

– My ‘Opening Remarks’ will be from 8:15AM to 8:30AM
– Mark Taylor’s session ‘What’s New in IBM Messaging’ will be held from 8:30AM to 9:40AM

There will not be any other sessions during the ‘What’s New in IBM Messaging’ session. Hence, everyone will be able to sit in Suite 6, watch and listen to Mark’s session. πŸ™‚

(2) To not lose 4 sessions because of the exclusive ‘What’s New in IBM Messaging’ session, I have added an extra set of 5 sessions to Wednesday’s schedule. So, now there will be 71 Technical Sessions rather than 70. πŸ™‚

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Robin Wiley will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.7

Robin Wiley of Robin Wiley Training will be speaking at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC).

    Robin Wiley’s Session:

  • MQ-DataPower Connectivity Deep Dive

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM MQ V9 – New CVEs

A new vulnerability has been logged: CVE-2017-1337.

IBM MQ V9.0.1 and V9.0.2 Java/JMS application can incorrectly transmit user credentials in plain text.

Another new vulnerability has been logged: CVE-2017-1284.

IBM MQ V9.0.1 and V9.0.2 could allow a local user with ability to run or enable trace, to obtain sensitive information from WebSphere Application Server traces including user credentials.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Fedora 26 Released

Fedora Project Contributors have just released Fedora v26.
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/26/ChangeSet

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system, a suite of software that makes your computer run. You can use the Fedora operating system to replace or to run alongside of other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. The Fedora operating system is 100% free of cost for you to enjoy and share.

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Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Free MQTT Message Viewer

As mentioned in this blog posting, Capitalware is giving away 150 licenses for MQTT Message Viewer.

We have given away many licenses but there are still a fair number of them left. Therefore, if you use/work with MQTT messages and want a great tool for FREE, then send an email to support@capitalware.com and say ‘Happy 150th Birthday Canada’ and we will send you a FREE license to MQTT Message Viewer.

Note: This is available to anyone in the world!

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Barry Lamkin will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.7

Barry Lamkin will be presenting the following sessions at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.7 (MQTC):

    Barry Lamkin’s Technical Session:

  • IBM MQ MFT – An Overview and Usage
    Barry Lamkin’s Vendor Sessions:

  • What is new in OMEGAMON XE for Messaging?

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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