Take effective meeting minutes using OneNote 2013

I’ve been getting into Microsoft OneNote for taking notes, getting organized and so on. Little things like taking notes in a meeting can save your backside (CYA). If there is a white board involved, make sure you use Microsoft’s Office Lens or similar to take a picture of the white board and embed it in your notes

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Video: Sun/Oracle’s Netbeans 6.7 and the GlassFish version 3 application server

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Questions to ask when you interview for a new job

I know of quite a few individuals that are looking for work.  Most people seem to forget that when you go to a job interview, you are interviewing the interviewers just and must as they are interviewing you.  Hopefully these questions I found over on Derik Whittaker’s blog:

  1. Explain the company’s development process at a high level.
  2. How are releases scheduled/planned, do you utilize iterations
  3. Do you have dedicated environments (development, qa, stage, production)
  4. Do you follow any formal methodology (agile (what flavor), waterfall, etc)
  5. What is the company’s philosophy on team member involvement in the SDLC process
  6. ….

Read more on Derik’s blog 🙂

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Short video clips of Model View Controller (MVC) methodology

Hi all,

I found these excellent short simple videos over at FiveRuns Blog explaining the Model View Controller (MVC) methodology:

#1 – Controller Obesity

MVC #2 – The Importance of Tests

MVC #3 – Keeping Views Stupid

MVC #4 – Staying RESTful

MVC Public Service Announcement #5 – Outdated HTML

MVC Public Service Announcement #6 : Modularity from EnvyAds on Vimeo.

MVC Public Service Announcements : Out-takes from EnvyAds on Vimeo.

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Learning from Google

I think we can all learn a little from Google.  How many times have you cringed at Sybase Central?

Google User Experience

Our aspirations

The Google User Experience team aims to create designs that are useful, fast, simple, engaging, innovative, universal, profitable, beautiful, trustworthy, and personable. Achieving a harmonious balance of these ten principles is a constant challenge. A product that gets the balance right is “Googley” – and will satisfy and delight people all over the world.  — read more at Google

Thanks goes to adrianh over on Twitter.com for finding this! 🙂

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Google Video: Introduction to SQLite

We are currently using SQLite in production for some smaller projects.

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Flourish 2008 Conference Roundup

This year’s Flourish Conference was held at the University of Illinois in downtown Chicago (UIC). The Flourish web site describes Flourish as: Flourish 2008 Conference

The goal of the Flourish Conference is to promote the use and adoption of Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) by demonstrating the practical applications of FLOSS in the business and academic world. While everyone is familiar with businesses that focus on creating non-free proprietary software, the same cannot be said for those who specialize in developing and supporting FLOSS software, and an Open Culture.

I missed a part of Bruce Perens’ Innovation Goes Public presentation due toBruce Perens Chicago’s closing several sidewalks that go over or under the tristate. I’m not quite sure I agree with him that the road a head for open source is all rosey. Perhaps I misunderstood him but it seemed to me that the idea of simply giving the source of an application to the public would allow the programmers to still be paid via the support/service agreements.  This may work for some applications, but for others there wouldn’t be a sufficient number of support contracts to financially support the programmers Personally, I prefer open source but I will also pay for commercial proprietary software. I use what works.

The company I work for, Sungard Investment Systems, uses open source for many internal projects. One such product uses VMware and Linux for a rPathportable monitoring system so I was highly interested in rBuilder Online from rPath. I attended the Appliance Development and Conary session presented by Stephanie Watson from rPath. I’m currently investigating on how well and easy it is to make a VMware appliance that would house a Sybase ASE server (DBMS) with no unnecessary os files. If the testing turns out well, I will ask my fellow Sybase ASE DBAs whether Sybase need certify it or whether we are ‘on our own’. The monitoring machine itself really doesn’t need Sybase ASE on it but since we have the license….

Dr. John Waclawsky, from Motorolla, gave a feel good presentation about the state of communication between wireless gadgets. The Revolution at the Edge of the Network Abstract. Short version: things are going to get very interesting in the next year 🙂

James Gray, from IBM, presented IBM’s Open Source Strategy – Turning Threat into Opportunity. WhileJames Gray, IBM essentially a case study of how IBM has interacted as a semi-liason between the business executives and the open source community. IBM, to me, has seemed to be stuck in a love/hate relationship with open source and a dislike/hate relationship with the Free Software Foundation. That being said, it is necessary to give IBM credit giving credence to the open source community with the business executives. The IT folks no longer had to quietly use open source in the business but were free to use it extensively in many places. Linux, in particular, is no longer the wild west in many CTOs’ eyes but a integral part of their business. Tony Wong of Chicago Perl Mongers

I met Tony Wong in the Chicago Perl Mongers ‘booth’. We discussed the upcoming Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC::NA 2008) that is being held in Chicago and the horrible documentation of the Catalyst MVC web framework. I informed him that the only way to learn Catalyst was the new book Catalyst by Jonathan Rockway (ISBN: 978-1-847190-95-6). I also warned him that the book should have gone through another round of proofreading prior to being published due to excessive example code errors, etc. I playfully suggested that Joshua McAdams be tormented because he wasn’t able to make it Friday morning.

The panel discussion on Friday afternoon was highly entertaining and a bit of a kangaroo court for Bobby Bobby Moore of MicrosoftMoore of Microsoft. I do not believe Mr. Moore was expecting Bruce Perens to repeatedly ask very pointed and informed questions. Moore did an excellent job of remaining cool and listening with an open mind to the criticism of Microsoft as a company. He explained that, yes, Microsoft did some not so nice things in the past but they are attempting to work with the open source community. Bruce Perens, Jon “Maddog” Hall, and James Bottomley brought up the pending MS Office OpenXML standard format issue where much of the format is proprietary and the published format won’t actually be used by Microsoft. Moore conceded that it was unlikely that Microsoft would use the published format as-is but the Office developers would likely base the actually used format off of the published format. Perens, Hall, Bottomley and James Gray all expressed their opinions that this was very typical of Microsoft. (side note: Microsoft has been accused of having the attitude of Embrace, Extend, Eliminate when it comes to industry standards.)

Perens, Hall and James Bottomley, as well as members of the audience, pummeled both James Gray of IBM and Bobby Moore of Microsoft for their companies’ approach and support of software patents.

Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the first day as my mother was in town from North Dakota to visit my three month old daughter (and the rest of us). If only I could have cloned myself… Don’t forget to check out the Flickr photo group for the Flourish 2008 Conference in Chicago!

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Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC) videos

Back in March 2007, I consolidated the known list of Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC) videos, MP3s, and podcasts.

I recently rediscovered the YAPC NA 2006 podcast and asked on Perlmonks if anyone had information on other videos, MP3s or podcasts that might be available:

cog: YAPC on Google Video, YAPC 2005 archive and YAPC::NA 2006 Video Presentations

lin0: YAPC::Europe 2002 has the proceedings and some movies available online. YAPC::Europe 2001 has some material available also. YAPC::Asia 2006 has some videos, slides, and audio files available online.

We’re now updating the list with videos from this year’s YAPC::Europe 2007.  🙂


In the meantime we managed to upload all video coverage to youtube.com:

There are more videos available, tagged with yapceu07: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=yapceu07

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Coming to your city….

In the next few weeks, the PowerBuilder folks will be visiting the major cities of Canada and the United States of America to train you!

  • Oct 23: Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Airport Conference Center
  • Oct 24: St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Humanities Center
  • Oct 25: Regina, SK – Ramada Inn & Conference Centre
  • Nov 13: Indianapolis, IN – Ramada Indianapolis Airport
  • Nov 14: Toronto, ON – Days Hotel and Conference Centre Toronto Airport East
  • Nov 15: Montreal, QC – Hôtel Ramada aéroport-Montréal
  • NewNov 26: Salt Lake City, UT – Davis County Memorial Courthouse, Farmington
  • Nov 27: Phoenix, AZ – Offices of DS Solutions
  • Nov 28: San Diego, CA – Location to be confirmed
  • Nov 29: Seattle, WA – Tentative location: Best Western Executel, Seattle Airport
  • Dec 11: Orlando, FL – Tentative location: AmeriSuites Airport NW
  • Dec 12: Washington, D.C. – Holiday Inn, Dulles Airport
  • Dec 13: Atlanta, GA – La Quinta Inn & Suites, Atlanta Airport

So what is this PowerBuilder tour all about? Well, it is not only to show off the latest and greatest features of PowerBuilder 11 but these fine folks will train you so you can do everything they can!

Think it is expensive or your boss will say no? Well, it is only $49 if you register before October 10th (this Wednesday). It is being hosted by Appeon, Enable, Novalys, Sybase and ISUG.

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FW: [SIG-Replication] – Connection Information for RepServer Parallel DSI Presentation

Here's the ISUG connection information for Jeff Tallman's presentation
[today, October 3rd, at 11am CDT]:

FIRSTTIME USERS: To save time before the meeting, check your system
to make sure it is compatible with Microsoft Office Live Meeting:
For assistance, visit Live Meeting Help and Support:

http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidLiveMeeting?p1=7&p2=en_US&p3=LMInfo&p4=support----We hope to have streaming audio available for this presentation for
that just want to listen and not ask questions at the end.

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


Mike Harrold
Executive Director
International Sybase User Group
Email: Mike.Harrold@isug.com
Support the Sybase Community and Join ISUG today at http://my.isug.com/join

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