TUG Buzz! for February 18, 2014


  1. TEC 2014 - Speaker Profile
  2. TUG MoM "Eval" Prize Winner
  3. TUG Golf Classic 2014 - June 26
  4. iDev Cloud
  5. Message from a TUG Gold Sponsor Member

TUG TEC 2014 "i Can Do IT"

Aaron Bartell21st Annual Technical Education Conference
April 24-25, 2014 • Seneca @ York

Speaker Profile

In each issue of TUG Buzz between now and the conference, we will feature one of our fantastic TEC 2014 speakers. This time it's Aaron Bartel.

Aaron Bartell is co-founder of PowerRuby.com, a partnership with IBM to bring the Ruby language and Rails framework to IBM i.

His history takes him through many years with RPG and Java programming, but his current focus is bringing the many cool realities of RubyOnRails to IBM i. He enjoys being part of the IBM i community through forum participation, article writing and providing open sourcesoftware on his personal website - MowYourLawn.com.

Aaron finds value in pursuing how he can use his abilities to benefit those in need. He started the site SofwareSavesLives.com as a mechanism to raise money for digging clean water wells in Africa, feeding starving children, and camps for neglected children.

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in southern Minnesota and enjoys playing guitar, studying the Bible, and learning about other people's beliefs. Aaron accidentally bought “skinny jeans” but refused to take them back because they were such a great deal. His wife doesn’t like the jeans because they are bright red - maybe why they were on sale? Who knows why they are on sale, but Aaron does know they sure do stretch well when taking long strides trying to escape bears in the Minnesota woods.

Warning: Portions of this biography might be slightly fabricated.

Aaron's Sessions at TEC 2014:
    • Why Ruby and Rails?
    • Intro To Ruby for IBM i
    • Intro to RubyOnRails for IBM i
    • Ruby and RPG, talking at last

Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing before March 1st!

Conference Prices

    Full Conference Rate:
        • TUG Members $695 (plus HST)
        • Non-members $795 (plus HST)
    Early Bird Discounts:
        TUG members save $100 on a full conference registration
        until March 1st, 2014.

  TEC 2014 PDF brochure

TEC is the Toronto Users Group’s annual Technical Education Conference. This year, once again, we will be conducting the event at the York University Keele Street Campus in conjunction with Seneca College, with a new and exciting agenda! We have a very intense lineup of main themes including, but not limited to:
    • Performance Management
    • Web and Mobile Development on IBM i
    • IBM i & RPG Application Development
    • Modernizing your IBM i Applications
    • Accessing and Optimizing IBM i data
    • IBM i System Management

We have invited some of the industry’s top speakers, including: Barbara Morris, Charles Guarino, Jon Paris, Scott Klement, Susan Gantner, and many others! *

* Speaker names subject to change. (Not all have confirmed their availability.)

Register for TEC2014 at: www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php

TECRegister (as a TEC EXPO sponsor) online at:
www.tug.ca/tec/sponsorRegForm.php Read More

Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2014_Sponsor-Invitation.pdf Read More

Download the TEC 2014 conference brochure (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2014_brochure.pdf Read More

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TUG MoM Eval Winner

TUG awards a prize (gift certificate, drawn at random) to one of the people who filled out a speaker evaluation form at the last Meeting of Members. This month's winner was David Stoe.

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TUG Golf Classic 2014

We will be back again at St. Andrews Valley on June 26, 2014, but in order to book the course, we had to promise a minimum of 72 players. So we need everyone to book early.

Download the flyer at: www.tug.ca/Golf/TUG-Golf-2014.PDF

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iDev Cloud

Sign up now for iDevCloud! You will 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.

Contact Leo Lefebvre at leo@tug.ca to get started.

(*Free startup for TUG members.)

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Message from a TUG Gold Sponsor Member

Media contact:
James A. Kandrac, President
216.520.1333 jak@ucgrp.com

For Immediate Release

Harbor Footwear, Ltd.  Selects United Computer Group’s VAULT400 as Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution   

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (February 7, 2014)—United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG), an information technology services firm, was recently selected by Harbor Footwear, Ltd., a major wholesale footwear designer and distributor, to protect their mission-critical data with VAULT400.  
The IT team from Harbor Footwear worked closely with VAULT400 technicians to implement the installation and seeding of data residing on their IBM Midrange Power 7 Server. In the event of a fire, flood, or other catastrophe, UCG’s Quick Ship Recovery Program will provide Harbor Footwear with a like-system complete with client data for 30 days at no additional cost.          

Robert Engler, Operations Manager at Harbor Footwear, was very pleased with their choice and the ease of implementation. “VAULT 400 is an affordable, reliable, stress-free offsite backup solution”, stated Engler. Harbor Footwear is UCG’s latest New York-based client.

About United Computer Group, Inc. and VAULT400
ucgrp.com • vault400.com

UCG provides cost-effective technology products, services, and solutions customized to fit the needs of their clients. Founded in 1987, UCG is an IBM Advanced Business Partner specializing in mid-market and enterprise clients. UCG has been rated in the top 1% of IBM Business Partners nationwide.

UCG’s VAULT400 is a premier managed risk mitigation and business continuity planning service for secure online backup and disaster recovery. VAULT400 backs up an entire organization’s business-critical data to UCG’s secure data centers. Safe and off-site, the encrypted data is available online at all times for immediate, user-initiated recovery. VAULT400 works seamlessly within an organization’s existing infrastructure with no additional hardware required.

About Harbor Footwear

Harbor Footwear Group, Ltd., headquartered in Port Washington, New York, is one of the leading design, distribution, and sourcing companies operating in the men's fashion footwear industry today. In business since 1969, Harbor Footwear is the owner of the Giorgio Brutini, GBX, Impulse and Zengara brands in footwear and, in addition, licenses its Giorgio Brutini marque for apparel and accessories.

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