Wanted: SAP manuals in ePub format

Every time SAP comes out with a new set ofSybase SAP 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.

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Did you write an article for ISUG’s Technical Journal and either haven’t been paid or refused payment?

International Sybase User Group

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.

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Be warned: International Sybase User Group (ISUG)’s free software for members from Sybase isn’t what you think it is!

Several people have come to me over the past few months regarding the use of the free Sybase software given away as a membership gift by the International Sybase User Group (ISUG)

… plus a package of free Sybase Software valued at over $7000

Unfortunately there is a bit of misunderstanding that Not for Retail software are full versions.

The ISUG will happily entice you to join at the Gold level for the software:

  • New Version! Free Developer Edition of Appeon for PowerBuilder 6.2
  • 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:

NFR 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
International Sybase User Group

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.

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Retraction and an apology for my article in the January/February 2009 issue of the ISUG Technical Journal

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.

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Big things afoot at Sybase, Inc.

Sybase

It’s coming…

48 hours from now something big is coming!

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Informatica dropping Sybase ASE for repositories?

InformaticaJoe Buhl over on ISUG‘s SIG-ASE mailing list posted a rather interesting note about Informatica:

An Informatica product manager Informed me they were considering dropping support for ASE as a repository. Please contact me if you run Informatica and have ASE as a repository.

Joe Buhl
BT Conferencing
joe.buhl@bt.com

I can only hope that the product manager was either misinformed or that Informatica can be convinced to retain support for Sybase ASE as a repository.

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ISUG Technical Journal Sep/Oct 2008 is out! Includes my “Perl in the Shell” article

The ISUG Technical Journal Sep/Oct 2008 is out.

This issue contains:

  • Sybase IQ and Sybase WorkSpace Part II By Mike Crocker
  • Perl in the shell By Jason Froebe
  • Taming the process nightmare: Consolidating a Horde of Process Diagrams with PowerDesigner By Mike Nicewarner
  • Information overload: Weapons-grade data analysis comes of age By Teresa Foster
  • Maximizing PowerBuilder and SQLAnywhere Part III SQLAnywhere, a PowerBuilder Developer’s perspective
    By Chris Pollach
  • select random (stuff) from SYBASE Command shell by proxy By Bill Grant
  • Mobile Enterprise Everywhere: Taking Sybase on the road By Adrian Bridgwater
  • Sybase TechWave 2008: Time for the technology tsunami

You need to be an ISUG member to receive the ISUG Technical Journal.  Join ISUG today!

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Looking for photos from Sybase TechWave 2008? Check out the Sybase TechWave 2008 Flickr group!

Go to Sybase TechWave 2008 Flickr group

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At Sybase TechWave in Vegas, I demonstrate the “Tim Tam Slam”

Jason L. Froebe, TeamSybase, ISUG Board Member, and MyDatabases magazine publisher, demonstrates the Tim Tam Slam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_tam_slam

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Sybase TechWave 2008: Karaoke!

Please comment on the singers’ names please 🙂

YMCA

Living on a Prayer

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (part 1)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (part 2)

Love Shack

??? and Christine Weber

Mack the Knife

Thunder Road

Eric Van Patten and Millard F. Brown III

Copacabana

Nina Hunter

Material Girl

(left to right) Christine Weber, Katherine Soong, and Nina Hunter. A surprise appearance by Phil Bowermaster!

Come Together

Phil Bowermaster

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