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ISUG’s mission is to serve the Sybase user community by acting as an information channel, an advocate for user issues, and as a force that helps to determine the product directions of Sybase. Bringing a fresh and much needed approach to the way a 21st Century user group operates, ISUG has been successful in pursuing these goals – thanks to its enthusiastic and knowledgeable members and unparalled support from Sybase itself.
Our objectives include:
Providing a constantly expanding list of membership benefits to Sybase users.
Supporting communication networks among users and between users and Sybase.
Serving as a strong advocate for issues of concern for Sybase users.
Providing a forum for users to influence future Sybase product direction.
Maintaining an channel for Sybase to share important information with users.
Sustaining an integrated user group that operates locally, regionally, and worldwide.
Encouraging creative and insightful new approaches to using Sybase technologies.
And we’re doing it, too. Our successes include:
A rapidly expanding membership base worldwide, most recently in the Asia-Pacific region
An enhancements request process with a high response rate
Many, many membership benefits from Sybase and ISUG partner companies
A variety of communication channels for users, including Internet-based communications, this Web site, and the bi-monthly ISUG Technical Journal.
Every time SAP comes out with a new set of pdf manuals, the meta data has to be corrected. Often the stored titles, description, etc are wildly wrong. Very sloppy and unprofessional for a mega corp the size of SAP.
The ePub book format has been out for many years and has many features that make it tablet, phone, PC, whatever friendly. Reading a SAP manual at night? No problem, change the font color to white on black so you don’t wake your spouse. The font is too small? No problem, choose a larger or different font. You can’t do any of that with a PDF. Try reading the ASE Admin guides on a 4″ iPhone. I dare you. You might as well pour salt in your eye sockets.
For those of you that don’t know, I have written several articles for the ISUG Technical Journal. I’ve been paid for one and refused payment on the others. Are there other authors that haven’t been paid for one reason or another?
This is not meant as a dig at ISUG but simply determining if I’m the only one or if there are others.
New Version! Free NFR copy of Sybase PocketBuilder 2.5 (e-shop)
New Version! Free NFR copy of WorkSpace Studio 2.1 (e-shop)
New Version! Free NFR copy of Sybase DataWindow.NET 2.5 (e-shop)
New Version! Free NFR copy of Sybase PowerBuilder Enterprise 11.5 (e-shop)
New Version! EAServer 6.2 Developers Edition (e-shop)
Free copy of IQ 12.7 Developers Edition (e-shop)
ASE 15.0 Evaluation Kit (includes licenses, training materials, etc.)
Free Copy of SQL Anywhere Studio for Windows or Linux/UNIX (e-shop)
(User Group Presidents Only): Free NFR copy of Sybase PowerDesigner Studio
Let’s take a look at Sybase’s Not for Retail license:
Please note that the NFR copies of PowerDesigner, WorkSpace, PowerBuilder, PocketBuilder and DataWindow .NET are for development and personal use, and not for commercial deployment purposes. A copy of the NFR license can be found below. Please note that references to development in the license typically refer to full-scale development. Prototyping (also a form of development) is generally permitted. All questions related to what can and can not be done with the program in question should be directed to your local Sybase sales representative for clarification and not ISUG.
PRODUCT-SPECIFIC LICENSE TERMS
NOT FOR RESALE — DEMONSTRATION VERSION
DEMONSTRATION USE OF PROGRAMS. You may install and use this Program internally in your organization solely for demonstration purposes on a single Machine. You may not use the Program for any development or production purpose, or transfer, assign, sublicense or otherwise convey the Program (or any portion thereof) to another party without Sybase’s prior written consent. You may not copy the Program except that you may either install the Program on your hard disk or make one copy for inactive back-up and archival purposes for your own use.
TERMINATION. You acknowledge and understand that Sybase may terminate this Agreement at any time upon thirty days written notice to you. Upon any termination of this Agreement, you shall cease using the Program and shall destroy all copies of the Program in any form.
WARRANTY DISCLAIMER. This Not for Resale — Demonstration version Program is provided AS IS, without any warranty or support. SYBASE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, NON INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
PRECEDENCE. THE ABOVE TERMS SHALL TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANY INCONSISTENT OR CONFLICTING TERMS OF THE ACCOMPANYING SYBASE LICENSE.
Make sense? Well, for far too many people, it doesn’t. So let’s just go over what you can and can not do with NFR software:
What you can do:
Install and run the software on one and only one computer (your computer)
Demonstrate the software
Build diagrams, binaries, libraries, etc.
What you can not do:
Only you can operate the software
Share any diagrams
Share binaries or libraries
Release any source code generated or even YOUR OWN source code that YOU produce while using the NFR software. Unfortunately, this also includes taking the source code (or diagrams,etc) and using them with other software outside of a ‘demonstration’.
There isn’t anything distinguishing Not for Retail software from demo software.
While ISUG does state that the software is Not for Retail, ISUG stating that the NFR software is valued at over $7,000 is not just a misrepresentation but a bold faced lie bordering on bait and switch.
The purpose of this post is not to direct people away from being ISUG members, you do get a nifty Technical Journal where article authors are only sometimes paid for their work, but to have people join with their collective eyes open.
The article I submitted (migration to Oracle from Sybase and surviving in the workplace) was so very different as to the article that was published. My piece was too controversial for ISUG to release (Sybase to Oracle) so it was changed, not be me and not by the editor. It became a weird Unix to Windows rant. Yup, I agreed to the revised article but was trying to calm a screaming toddler and pamper a pregnant lady… not excuses just explaining where my brain was when I agreed to it. ugh what a mess.
Ultimately, the publication of the article was my fault. So please, just ignore my article in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of the ISUG Technical Journal.