Welcome to TUG's eNewsletter "TUG Buzz!" for March 27, 2012


  1. TEC2012 Update
  2. TUG Night School - RPG Open Access

TEC 2012 is our annual technical IT conference for Toronto User Group members. For the past 2 years, we have done this in conjunction with Seneca@York. TEC 2012 is shaping up! This year’s conference is featuring labs, lectures and a vendor expo. Many of the popular Night School offerings, particularly those that serve as introduction to web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and PHP as well as DB2 and Rational are offered in compact, 2-day format. See all of the details at: www.tug.ca/TEC.

Location : Seneca@York U Keele Street Campus,

  • SEQ Building (Registration, Lecture type rooms, amphitheatre, Lunch and Hospitality room)
  • TEL Building (Hands on labs with access to Internet, Linux Servers, Unix Server, Windows servers, iSeries)
  •  Schulich School of Business (Executive and Management functions and Hotel)


  • Sunday April 22: Setup
  • Monday April 23: Conference Day 1 and evening Dinner at Schulich
  • Monday April 23: Vendor Expo open 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (FREE admission)
  • Tuesday April 24: Conference Day 2, including Technical Keynote

TUG Member price will be extended to GTP PHP Meetup members, East Toronto PHP Meetup members, and Hackernest members.

  • Conference - Members: $395 ($245 for 1-day)
  • Conference - Non-Members: $495 ($295 for 1-day)
  • Evening Dinner: $50 per attendee, $80 per non-attendee
  • Technical Keynote: $25 (FREE for conference attendees or dinner attendees)

Conference Fees include full admission to all labs and lectures, lunch and breaks for both days plus conference T-Shirt. Keynote dinner is additional.

Monday April 23rd — Executive Series Dinner Event:

Maurizio Bevilaqua, Mayor of VaughanSchulich School of Business. We are planning a dinner soiree at the Schulich School of Business Executive Dining room with our featured speaker, the Honorable Maurizio Bevilaqua, Mayor of Vaughan. This looks to be TUG’s executive event of the year with great food, wine, networking opportunity and insight into current economic, marketing and IT trends by a very dynamic speaker. The pricing for this event will be $80.00 pp. ($50 for registered TEC attendees.)

Tuesday April 24th — Featured Technical Speaker:

Chris Tyler will be speaking at 12:45 – 1:45 pmin Room 1206 in the SEQ Building: Seneca@York. Come and learn all about the revolutionary ARM processors; the spectrum of applications it is suited for; and the role of OpenSource, Fedora, and Seneca College in all of this. Please check out this article from the Toronto Star: www.thestar.com/business/article/1138709--35-computer-with-toronto-designed-software-sells-out-worldwide-in-minutes.

Chris will talk about the Raspberry Pi on one end of the ARM computing spectrum, and ARM in the enterprise data centre on the other end. The Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) within Seneca College works with the Fedora ARM group within the Fedora Project to produce a build of Fedora for ARM devices. The $35 Raspberry Pi hardware went on sale last week, and as with every other event related to the Pi, pandemonium ensued! It's front page news in the Toronto Star, its featured on CBC, and the mainstream media is starting to take note. It even beat out Lady Gaga as a worldwide Twitter trend!

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized motherboard, sold without a case, which can be connected to a TV, monitor, mouse or keyboard. It will include an Ethernet port, and 2 USB ports. It features an ARM 700 MHz CPU, 256 MB RAM and a removable SD-card for storage. It runs an open-source software built at Toronto's Seneca College, by a team under the leadership of Chris Tyler.The fact that it sells for $35 heralds a new era of computing.

Our TEC 2012 conference is for users who want to explore web, open source, and IBM system trends. Get details on speakers, topics, and session grids at: www.tug.ca/tec. Register for TEC2011 at www.tug.ca/tec/tec2012_reg.html.

TEC 2012 Registration

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TUG Night School - RPG Open Access


  • Last chance to register for RPG Open Access - Night School @ Seneca, which starts Wednesday March 28. This is a 4-week, hands-on class where you will learn the newest modernization method from Garry Kipfer who will help you use RPG coding  with RDP to define an Open Access file and use I/O operations against the file plus a handler procedure. http://tnsseneca.wordpress.com/iseries-classes/ops203/

Night School (TNS) 2012 Calendar

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Remaining Courses:
Link Course Name MBR PUB Start Days Instructor
RPG Open Access
$350 $450 Mar 28 4
Garry Kipfer
PHP on i
$350 $450 Apr 16 3
Mark Buchner

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Register for TUG Night School at www.tug.ca/tns/TNSReg.html

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COMMON 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Only 3 weeks left to save $200 on registration to the COMMON 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition with the Early Bird rate! As a member of TUG, you have the added benefit of enjoying the COMMON Member rate.


  • Provides four full days of over 300 educational sessions on
    IBM i, AIX and Linux-related topics.
  • Variety of educational formats, including all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs and regular-length sessions.
  • View the Online Session Guide to see all the education options that will be available at http://www.common.org/sessions.html
  • Largest gathering of the Power Systems user community.
  • The largest Exposition of its kind with nearly 80 vendors present to supplement your education.
  • Extraordinary networking opportunities - have fun, learn and share with your peers, renowned speakers, IBM developers, executives, and fellow members.
  • Opportunity to advance yourself through a COMMON certification.
  • Come early, or stay extra, and take advantage of the Disneyland® Resort to make into a family vacation.

Learn more and register today at http://www.common.org/annualmeeting !

Register by April 6, 2012 and Save $200 with the Early Bird Rate! Register today at http://www.common.org/annualmeeting

COMMON 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition

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