MWLUG 2011 – PSC will be there

The Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2011 is back again for the third year. This year it is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel.  And once again PSC will be there.  We’re one of the sponsors and our team – John Head and Luis Guirigay – is speaking.  John has a couple of sessions on why developing modern apps in Notes/Domino makes sense.  Luis, together with Kim Greene, will deliver their ever-popular session on Domino Health Checks.

Overall, the Midwest Lotus User Group Conference 2011 includes over 35 sessions and workshops covering topics including application development, system administration, best practices, and social business.

Benefits of MWLUG 2011

MWLUG 2011 provides you as an IBM Lotus professional many benefits including:

  • Over 35 sessions and workshops
  • Breakfast and lunch for two days
  • 50% off one IBM Certification Test
  • Networking with other Midwest IBM Professionals
  • Wednesday evening reception
  • Thursday networking and fun event
  • Access to experts of IBM solutions
  • Free XPages workshop

MWLUG 2011 Registration

Registration for MWLUG 2011 is now open. Registration is $35 that will be donated to your favorite Lotus user group.

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Hero next door (Chicago – Frankfurt flight diverted to Cleveland)

You might have caught the story about a Chicago – Frankfurt flight being diverted to Cleveland because of an unruly passenger.  A man was acting suspiciously prior to the take off and during the flight.  He ended up having to be restrained by a flight attendant and the passengers.  Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that the flight attendant in the story was my next door neighbor and my friend.

Saturday night, he, I and one other neighbor sat outside into the wee hours hearing him tell the story of what went down on that flight.  It was a pretty disconcerting story.  I can’t even begin to imagine what the passengers on that flight went through, the thoughts and feelings that went through their minds.

I obviously don’t know the reasons behind the unruly behavior of this young man, what made him act the way he did, what made him decide to get physical with a flight attendant.  There are plenty of rumors flying around the web.  I just know that I’m very impressed with the way my friend managed the situation. Proud to know him.


Calibre – Best e-books software

If you read e-books, you need Calibre.  Simple as that.

Well, let me rephrase that.  If you’re a Kindle user like me and only ever get books that are available on Amazon, you probably don’t have much for Calibre.  Same goes for the dedicated Nook users.

But if you get your books from a variety of sources, then Calibre is an awesome piece of software.

First of all, it gives you a nice visual tool to manage all of your e-books: the ones saved on your computer and the ones already on your reader device.

Secondly, and most importantly, it can convert e-books from any format to any format.  When you install Calibre, it asks you to specify which device you have.  If you said ‘Kindle, then if your local library has e-books available for download but they all are in EPUB format, which your Kindle doesn’t read, then Calibre will effortlessly convert them to the Kindle’s mobi format, including all of the features you’ve learned to love on Kindle.  If you download books from a variety of sites, even, God forbid, some Russian and Ukranian sites, which will go unmentioned, Calibre will just as effortlessly convert them from the FB2 format to mobi.

Lastly, it has a nice book search feature.  Calibre will search a variety of popular e-book sites to find a book of your choice.  If, for example, B&N has a book cheaper than Amazon, I can now buy it in the Nook format and convert to Kindle.  I just wish I could edit the list of sites it uses.  Project Gutenberg, for one, is not included.

I can’t believe that it took me this long to discover this great program.  I am now reading some Russian books that I’ve wanted to read for quite some time, but never got around to acquiring them.

Happy readings.