PowerBuilder 11.0 (& 11.1), Vista and Office 2007

If you’re trying to install PowerBuilder 11.1 on Windows Vista, you may run into CR# 487134:

Installation of PB 11.0 and PB 11.1 on several machines fails with the same messages in window logs. Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error querying for the IVssWriterCallback interface. hr = 0x80070005. Same for several Customers. Happens on Windows Vista OS. The root cause is a DW ActiveX self-register issue which will be fixed in the next full install release.

Workaround: Uninstall Ms Office 2007 and reinstall it after successful PB11.1 installation
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Did you know about ManSpace?

Daddy Brad interviews author Sam Martin about his book “Manspace.” DIY Dads, this one is for you. Amazing models for man houses.DadLabs.com

I, for one, think it is a great idea 🙂

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sybase-product-futures ISUG mailing list: copyrights

The message thread on the sybase-product-futures mailing list was closed by the moderators but I believe my reply may help the situation as there are individuals that claim copyright infringement on any usage of copyrighted material.

IANAL.  The problem with “copyright law” is that it varies greatly from country to country.  Many countries allow for “fair use” but the definition of what is considered “fair use” also varies greatly.  Generally speaking, you *can* copy a portion of the work legally if you give proper references even without permission from the author.

However, sybase-product-futures really isn’t the forum to discuss such legal matters.  It comes up on slashdot.org

Seriously, the folks over at TWIT have a very good podcast called “This Week in Law” ( http://www.twit.tv/twil ).  “Join Denise Howell and the TWiL panel, including Cathy Kirkman, Ernie Svenson, and John Palfrey as they discuss breaking issues in technology law including patents, copyrights, and more.”   Their forums may be a better place to discuss copyright law (international or domestic)  than sybase-product-futures. enough though 😉

In any case, if you use another person’s work, give them due credit.  It’s only fair. 🙂

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A little humor for a lazy Wednesday

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PowerBuilder 11.2 is coming out shortly

Speed in Development. Speed in Deployment. Speed in Performance.

PowerBuilder 11.2 will be available shortly and we are holding a Web seminar with John Strano to highlight the key features of this release. During this Web seminar, John will show you the new capabilities found in PowerBuilder 11.2 that bring increased performance to your mission-critical applications, including using AJAX and .NET development to EAServer. In addition, John will show you a range of as well as database, UI, and usability enhancements.

PowerBuilder 11.2 Web Seminar: Increased Performance is Here
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
9:00 AM PT
/ 12:00 PM EST

The PowerBuilder 11.2 webcast will cover:

  • Certificate Store Support for Smart Client-published Applications
  • Usability and UI Enhancements
  • Database Connectivity Enhancements
  • Enabling the DEBUG Condition for ORCA and OrcaScript
  • Application Pools for Web Forms in IIS7
  • EAServer Support for .NET-deployed PowerBuilder Clients
  • AJAX Functionality for WebForm-Deployed Applications

Register for the PowerBuilder 11.2 Web seminar today and speed up your development, deployment, and performance.

Find out more and sign up here.


The PowerBuilder Team

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Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1

If you’re running Microsoft’s Vista os on your computer, you’ve probably noticed that the ‘updates available’ icon has shown up this morning on your task bar.


Very likely, clicking on the icon will prompt you to install Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista.  I’m only installing it on one machine right now to see if I run into any issues before putting in on the rest of my Vista boxes.

Wish me luck!

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Alleged copyright violations on ISUG public forums

Hi all,

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  I’ve been busy with the new house, the 3 month old baby daughter (diapers… don’t talk to me about diapers;-) and much more including ISUG board business and TeamSybase business.

If you’ve been following the latest sybase-l pissing contest  discussion between individuals, you may have noted that one party has accused another party of copyright infringement regarding previous discussions and shared information.  Whether the accusation is justified or not is debatable.

So… what do you do if you think your intellectual property rights have been violated on an ISUG public forum?  Well, let’s take a look at the ISUG Terms of Service:

Client understands that all information, data, text, software, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that the Client, and not the ISUG or its representatives, is entirely responsible for all Content that it uploads, posts, emails, transmits or otherwise makes available via the Service. The ISUG and its representatives do not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content.

Client agrees to not use the Service to:
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially or ethnically objectionable;
** harm minors in any way;
** impersonate any person or entity, including, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent its affiliation with a person or entity;
** forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that Client does not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (“Rights”) of any party;
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” or “pyramid schemes,”;
** upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
** disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the Service are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges;
** interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service;
** intentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law;
** “stalk” or otherwise harass another; or
** collect or store personal data about other users.

Client acknowledges that the ISUG and its representatives do not pre-screen Content, but that the ISUG and its representatives shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to reclassify within the Service any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, the ISUG and its representatives shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS.

Client understands that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including its Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, Client agrees to comply with all applicable laws of the United States regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, Client agrees to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which Client resides.


The ISUG and its representatives respect the intellectual property of others, and requires Clients to do the same. If Client believes that its work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or its intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide Socious the following information:
** an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
** a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that Client claims has been infringed;
** a description of where the material that Client claims is infringing is located on the site;
** Client’s address, telephone number, and email address;
** a statement by Client that Client has a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
** a statement by Client, that the above information in Client’s notice is accurate and that Client is the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
Upon receipt of such information, the ISUG and its representatives, at its sole discretion, may perform an investigation and may take appropriate action if it desires.

The paragraphs 7, 8, 19 appear to be relevant and should help direct you with your claim(s) of copyright infringement.  When filing a claim of copyright infringement, please be as specific as possible to have your claim(s) resolved.

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Has anyone written a perl Yahoo calendar script/app?

I’ve looked on Yahoo, Google, CPAN and on Perlmonks to no avail. I’m wanting to access my Yahoo Calendar from Perl so I can manipulate it, sync it, etc. So far, I’ve only found commercial or shareware applications that can access the calendar. Has anyone done this or know of a non-perl sdk I can look at to write a perl sdk to do it?

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    Call for Sybase TechWave 2008 Papers now open!

    We are accepting speaker proposals for 60 and 90 sessions at the upcoming Sybase TechWave conference Aug. 4 – 8, 2008.
    Delivering leading solutions for information management, application development, mobile solutions and data integration, Sybase has been leading the way in innovative database and related technologies for more than 20 years. If you’ve solved a unique business or technical challenge utilizing Sybase products, we’d like you tell the thousands of TechWave 2008 attendees about it.

    If your application is accepted you’ll get to attend TechWave for free.
    Check out the guidelines and submit your paper today! All presentation proposals must be received by March 24th.

    The guidelines are:

    Call for Papers: Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal Continue reading “Call for Sybase TechWave 2008 Papers now open!”

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