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TUG Buzz! for July 31, 2013

We hope you are enjoying your summer!

iDevCloud Announcement

Your users group (TUG) has discovered an exciting new opportunity to participate in a program that could be of great benefit to our members.

  • Are you stuck on an old unsupported version of i5/OS or even OS/400 and your skills are getting dated?
  • Are you looking to be able to learn about the latest IBM i features and try out the newest capabilities?
  • Do you want to work with PHP or DBU or see what's new in Director Navigator or DB2 or SQL or Java?
  • Do you have ideas for a community application or utility that you don't have a place to develop or test? Maybe your company policies don't allow you to do this on the system at work, or you don't HAVE a system at work.

TUG has the opportunity to join the iDevCloud group. This would be free for TUG members to use, although TUG itself would pay a blanket monthly subscription fee. TUG and its members would then be able to:

  • Share between multiple developers
  • Get private library and storage
  • Have access to most of the IBM i development tools
  • Select i7.1…  for now and move to 8.1 as soon as available.
  • Have All compilers for IBM i tools available

The Performance is monitored by system managers with adjustments as needed. The system is accessible at anytime from anywhere in the world. Just a computer and an internet connection are needed. Any work done on the system stays on the system until removed by its owner.

However, before we commit to the monthly subscription fee, we need to know if enough of our members think that this is a worthwhile endeavour, and would be interested in taking advantage of it.

So, please let us know your thoughts, by taking a minute to complete this very simple survey:

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Please be assured that the information gathered will remain confidential and for research purposes only. We hope you will take the time to answer these questions, and want to thank you in advance for sharing your valuable opinions.

Contact if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Meeting of Members

Admission: Free to all TUG members ($40 non-members)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Frank Soltis

Richard Dolewski

We will kick off the 2014 season with special guest speaker Dr. Frank Soltis, former IBM Chief Scientist for the AS/400. Registration is not open yet, but mark your calendars for September 18, and plan to attend this very special meeting which will take place at the Living Arts Centre Mississauga.

Since the IBM i just celebrated its 25th anniversary last month, this would be a good time to review some of the best features IBM i has come up with over the years and how IBM i has contributed to computing technology in general .... and "what's next"!

Another fact to remember, especially for us here in Toronto, is that it will be 25 years since COMMON visited Toronto for the first time and the "Guest of Honor" was the brand new AS/400 announced a few months earlier.


Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Schedule: 5:00 pm - TUG's IBM Liaison, Nihal Perera on IBM i Access
6:00 pm - Social & buffet dinner
7:00 pm - Dr. Frank Soltis
Meeting location: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

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The Toronto Users Group for Power Systems (TUG) is a user group/forum for the exchange of ideas, and specializes in providing affordable education relating to the IBM iSeries, AS/400, System i, and Power Systems platforms. TUG is in its 28th year of operation.

TUG is the proud recpient of a 2012 / 2013 Maxava iFoundation grant.


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