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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IBM i Large User Group

Last October, I received a phone call from my manager. Guy Havelick was going to retire at the end of 2012 and someone was needed to take over Guy’s work with the Large User Group. She wanted to know if I was interested.

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2012 – Looking Forward

Generally I write about the latest technical updates to the i operating system as well as about existing features, and I plan to continue this throughout the coming year. I’ve got a long list of technical topics to write about this year, but wanted to start 2012 off with a non-technical blog.

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Rethinking Twitter

I set up a Twitter account last year (@DawnMayiCan), just prior to the 2010 Spring COMMON Conference and occasionally tweeted about what was going on during the conference. Through the rest of 2010 I’d rarely tweet about something – I just didn’t get Twitter! It seemed silly to me to “text message” to the Internet what I was doing. Plus, others would tweet about these events and I just never felt that I was contributing new information.

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New Years Wishes

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing these blog articles for well over a year already! My objective has been to write about IBM i’s latest enhancements and hidden features in these blog articles and I have a long list of topics yet to cover.

But I thought I’d like to take a step back and solicit input from my readers on what you would like to see. What would make this blog better? Do you like the focus on enhancements that IBM has made to i? The sometimes hard-to-find information on function added with PTFs? Do you have specific topics you’d like to see more information on?

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