Spring Break

This spring has been amazingly busy and I haven’t had much time to write about technical topics. This week, I’ll share with you my busy work schedule and my one-day spring break. 

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IBM i User Groups

Several weeks ago, I received a telephone call from an IBMer in another organization. She found my name in the IBM employee directory as someone who works with user groups. I’m one of eight people in IBM that has “user group”as part of their job responsibilities. 

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IBM Power Systems Technical Symposium in Melbourne and Auckland and Enjoying the Land Down Under

Recently I attended the IBM Power Systems Technical Symposium in Melbourne Australia, followed by a similar conference the next week in Auckland New Zealand. This was my first trip to the southern hemisphere and what a great trip it was! In addition to speaking at the conferences and talking with IBM i clients, I took some vacation and was a tourist for a few days.

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About Writing “i Can”

This week marks the 5th year of “i Can” – five years already?! When I review the long list of blogs that have been published, only a small number have content that’s dated – most of the blogs are as applicable as when they were first written. New readers of this blog might want to review the older articles.

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Istanbul International Tulip Festival

This past week has taken me to Turkey where I was a speaker at the IBM Systems Technical University held in in Istanbul. Since this is my first time traveling in this part of the world, I arrived a few days early to do some sightseeing. The first day was spent discovering the historic sites in Old Town. I stopped by Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia. I also visited the Museum of Archeology to check out their sarcophagi collection. On the way back to the hotel, there was an unexpected splash of color seen through the gates of a nearby park. I had noticed a lot of flower plantings while in the taxi from the airport, but the park was incredible! Elaborate plantings of tulips were everywhere and the park, which I learned was Gülhane Park, was filled with people enjoying the beauty. Almost everyone was in a happy mood with smiles on their faces.

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