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Cathy Taddei

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I thought the conference sessions were great. My coworker attended the DB2 System Performance Analysis & Tuning class, which cost over $3,000, the week before the conference and was sorely disappointed. I looked at her class materials and could see why. I got more out of the two performance sessions I attended, and that was just a fraction of the conference for me.

The RUG leader events were so worthwhile. If you weren't there, then it's time to get more involved in your local user group before the next IDUG.

The hotel staff were the best I've ever seen -- everyone I encountered was genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about their job.

Those box lunches were awful. Have they never heard of salads? The breakfasts were nothing to write home about either -- Super8 Motels do a much better job at breakfast, and theirs are free for all guests.

The pool was ridiculous.

Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this conference -- I got sooo much out of it!!

Cathy Taddei

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Karin Hilbert

Re: More Feedback
(in response to Cathy Taddei)
This was my first IDUG Conference and I was very impressed. The sessions
were really good and I learned a lot (of course I have a lot to learn since
I'm fairly new to DB2!).
I also took advantage of the certification testing, and passed the exam that
I had planned to take. I also went ahead and took the next exam, even
though I've barely begun to study for it - and almost passed! So I must be
learning something!
All the IDUG staff were very helpful and friendly, as were the hotel staff.
I never did make it out to the pool - guess I didn't miss much.
I agree about the lunch boxes - the lunch buffet like we had on Sunday would
have been a nicer and more healthful alternative.
I also agree about the breakfast - I can't eat the pastries and I need more
than just fruit - some healthy cereal choices would have been nice.
The evening receptions were a lot of fun and a good way to meet people.
This listserv was very helpful.
All the people that I met at the conference were very friendly.
I made a few contacts and I'm hoping to be able to go to Denver next year
and meet more great people.
- I'm still looking to contact anyone who has DB2 on a zSeries Linux
platform - I'd like to talk about how you have your system architecture &
DB2 set up, etc.

Thank you everyone for a great experience, Karin Hilbert


On 6/4/08, Taddei, Cathy <[login to unmask email]> wrote:
>
> I thought the conference sessions were great. My coworker attended the
> DB2 System Performance Analysis & Tuning class, which cost over $3,000, the
> week before the conference and was sorely disappointed. I looked at her
> class materials and could see why. I got more out of the two performance
> sessions I attended, and that was just a fraction of the conference for me.
>
> The RUG leader events were so worthwhile. If you weren't there, then it's
> time to get more involved in your local user group before the next IDUG.
>
> The hotel staff were the best I've ever seen -- everyone I encountered was
> genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about their job.
>
> Those box lunches were awful. Have they never heard of salads? The
> breakfasts were nothing to write home about either -- Super8 Motels do a
> much better job at breakfast, and theirs are free for all guests.
>
> The pool was ridiculous.
>
> Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this conference -- I got sooo
> much out of it!!
>
> Cathy Taddei
>
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David Seibert

Re: More Feedback
(in response to Karin Hilbert)
I think the overall conference experience was good. I have been to
several and this is up there with the best.

The web itinerary app was very useful and lots better this year than
prior years.
The sessions were mostly very good.
I liked that the SIGs were during regular session time.

There were a few sessions that were listed as technical sessions that
were purely or mostly commercials and should have been VSPs.

The wireless network was mostly abysmal. Most of the time for me it was
unreliable, either very, very slow or it went down several times in 30
minutes. I had particular problems, perhaps compounded by my corporate
VPN, but even when I skipped using our VPN, the network was slow or
unresponsive. And I heard several others with similar complaints.

It was great to see old friends from prior conferences and DB2-L and to
meet several new ones.

Please forgive the extremely personal nature of the following
observation.
Completely unrelated to the conference, I had a tremendous
disappointment while there.
I was 12 years old when US president John F Kennedy was assassinated. It
had a huge impact on me and my family and the entire country. I walked
the few blocks from the Hyatt over to the assassination site and was
disgusted with the almost complete lack of recognition of the terrible
history that happened there.

There are two lousy white-painted Xs on the street where he was shot.
There is a placque in the grass that says something important in history
happened here. It DOESN'T EVEN mention Kennedy or the assassination.
There IS a placque on the book depository building -- the place from
where the shots were fired.
The placque has 4 paragraphs, mostly about the Texas governor who
founded Dallas. The last paragraph briefly mentions the assassination.

In my opinion, the site is a shameful disgrace.

I was told, there is a museum in the building.
A few blocks away, there is a monument to Kennedy that is not
well-maintained.


Dave
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Robert Galambos

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(in response to David Seibert)
It has been my understanding that Dallas has been 'really keen' to acknowledge that part of their history.

It was a democrat killed on their watch. As for the '6th floor museum' (notice the name) it is very well done covering the before, during and after that day.

I still remember where I was (I was 5 years old (that is dating myself)) that day. And while I am not an american, my family was affected as well to say the least.


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I think the overall conference experience was good. I have been to several and this is up there with the best.

The web itinerary app was very useful and lots better this year than prior years.
The sessions were mostly very good.
I liked that the SIGs were during regular session time.

There were a few sessions that were listed as technical sessions that were purely or mostly commercials and should have been VSPs.

The wireless network was mostly abysmal. Most of the time for me it was unreliable, either very, very slow or it went down several times in 30 minutes. I had particular problems, perhaps compounded by my corporate VPN, but even when I skipped using our VPN, the network was slow or unresponsive. And I heard several others with similar complaints.

It was great to see old friends from prior conferences and DB2-L and to meet several new ones.

Please forgive the extremely personal nature of the following observation.
Completely unrelated to the conference, I had a tremendous disappointment while there.
I was 12 years old when US president John F Kennedy was assassinated. It had a huge impact on me and my family and the entire country. I walked the few blocks from the Hyatt over to the assassination site and was disgusted with the almost complete lack of recognition of the terrible history that happened there.

There are two lousy white-painted Xs on the street where he was shot.
There is a placque in the grass that says something important in history happened here. It DOESN'T EVEN mention Kennedy or the assassination.
There IS a placque on the book depository building -- the place from where the shots were fired.
The placque has 4 paragraphs, mostly about the Texas governor who founded Dallas. The last paragraph briefly mentions the assassination.

In my opinion, the site is a shameful disgrace.

I was told, there is a museum in the building.
A few blocks away, there is a monument to Kennedy that is not well-maintained.


Dave




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Penny Jaskulke

Re: More Feedback
(in response to Robert Galambos)
Karen -

I must have missed you. We are currently implementing db2 for the
z/Series in production. It's been on the test systems for about 2
years. The biggest slowdown was not db2, but the infrastructure was not
ready to support the standards we have for our database infrastructure.



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This was my first IDUG Conference and I was very impressed. The
sessions were really good and I learned a lot (of course I have a lot to
learn since I'm fairly new to DB2!).

I also took advantage of the certification testing, and passed the exam
that I had planned to take. I also went ahead and took the next exam,
even though I've barely begun to study for it - and almost passed! So I
must be learning something!

All the IDUG staff were very helpful and friendly, as were the hotel
staff. I never did make it out to the pool - guess I didn't miss much.

I agree about the lunch boxes - the lunch buffet like we had on Sunday
would have been a nicer and more healthful alternative.

I also agree about the breakfast - I can't eat the pastries and I need
more than just fruit - some healthy cereal choices would have been nice.

The evening receptions were a lot of fun and a good way to meet people.

This listserv was very helpful.

All the people that I met at the conference were very friendly.

I made a few contacts and I'm hoping to be able to go to Denver next
year and meet more great people.

- I'm still looking to contact anyone who has DB2 on a zSeries Linux
platform - I'd like to talk about how you have your system architecture
& DB2 set up, etc.



Thank you everyone for a great experience, Karin Hilbert



On 6/4/08, Taddei, Cathy <[login to unmask email]> wrote:

I thought the conference sessions were great. My coworker attended the
DB2 System Performance Analysis & Tuning class, which cost over $3,000,
the week before the conference and was sorely disappointed. I looked at
her class materials and could see why. I got more out of the two
performance sessions I attended, and that was just a fraction of the
conference for me.



The RUG leader events were so worthwhile. If you weren't there, then
it's time to get more involved in your local user group before the next
IDUG.



The hotel staff were the best I've ever seen -- everyone I encountered
was genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about their job.



Those box lunches were awful. Have they never heard of salads? The
breakfasts were nothing to write home about either -- Super8 Motels do a
much better job at breakfast, and theirs are free for all guests.



The pool was ridiculous.



Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this conference -- I got sooo
much out of it!!



Cathy Taddei

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Mark Vickers

Re: More Feedback
(in response to Penny Jaskulke)
Dave,
I agree about the "lack of acknowledgement" on the face of the building,
yet I think that was done on purpose....

I became a citizen in 2005 and have been to Philadelphia and done the
history tour, so I had to check out the Texas School Book Depository.
My wife and her son (golf pro in Dallas) who are natural born Americans,
had not yet been inside the depository, so joined me to explore it.

It is not just a museum, it has an audio accompanied tour which you use at
your own pace, to walk around the sixth floor and as you walk, look and
read, it talks you through the history of JFK, his family, the
presidential campaign, his term in office and all his accomplishments, and
then in fine fine detail, the fateful events leading up to the
assassination and all the events thereafter. All the way through 25 years
later when they finally closed the federal investigations and in my mind,
a lot is still unsolved. Then the whole 7th floor is a continuous show
of many home movies and media clips taken around that time which was
related to the Kennedy's or the assassination. It took us two hours to go
through it all.
IMHO, the outside was preserved with respect, but the inside is an
incredibly moving experience and tribute to JFK and his loved ones.

Mark.



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I think the overall conference experience was good. I have been to several
and this is up there with the best.

The web itinerary app was very useful and lots better this year than prior
years.
The sessions were mostly very good.
I liked that the SIGs were during regular session time.

There were a few sessions that were listed as technical sessions that were
purely or mostly commercials and should have been VSPs.

The wireless network was mostly abysmal. Most of the time for me it was
unreliable, either very, very slow or it went down several times in 30
minutes. I had particular problems, perhaps compounded by my corporate
VPN, but even when I skipped using our VPN, the network was slow or
unresponsive. And I heard several others with similar complaints.

It was great to see old friends from prior conferences and DB2-L and to
meet several new ones.

Please forgive the extremely personal nature of the following observation.
Completely unrelated to the conference, I had a tremendous disappointment
while there.
I was 12 years old when US president John F Kennedy was assassinated. It
had a huge impact on me and my family and the entire country. I walked
the few blocks from the Hyatt over to the assassination site and was
disgusted with the almost complete lack of recognition of the terrible
history that happened there.

There are two lousy white-painted Xs on the street where he was shot.
There is a placque in the grass that says something important in history
happened here. It DOESN'T EVEN mention Kennedy or the assassination.
There IS a placque on the book depository building -- the place from where
the shots were fired.
The placque has 4 paragraphs, mostly about the Texas governor who founded
Dallas. The last paragraph briefly mentions the assassination.

In my opinion, the site is a shameful disgrace.

I was told, there is a museum in the building.
A few blocks away, there is a monument to Kennedy that is not
well-maintained.

Dave


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Martin Hubel

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Further to Mark's comments, I agree, all of what you were looking for was in the Sixth floor museum. As a Canadian, I can still tell you where I was when I heard the news about President Kennedy was shot.

The museum is a moving experience. I would recommend you visit it on your next trip to Dallas. As for the acknowledgement of the actual site, I think it is would be hard for daily life in Dallas to have a large constant reminder.

An interesting part of the Sixth Floor Museum is the guest register, where many people from all over have written messages of comfort to the people of Dallas about Dallas being the unfortunate site of this tragedy. I understand it was really moving and helpful to the citizens of Dallas when the museum was first opened.

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>> Dave,
>> I agree about the "lack of acknowledgement" on the face of the building,
>> yet I think that was done on purpose....

>> I became a citizen in 2005 and have been to Philadelphia and done the
>> history tour, so I had to check out the Texas School Book Depository.
>> My wife and her son (golf pro in Dallas) who are natural born Americans,
>> had not yet been inside the depository, so joined me to explore it.

>> It is not just a museum, it has an audio accompanied tour which you use at
>> your own pace, to walk around the sixth floor and as you walk, look and
>> read, it talks you through the history of JFK, his family, the
>> presidential campaign, his term in office and all his accomplishments,
>> and then in fine fine detail, the fateful events leading up to the
>> assassination and all the events thereafter. All the way through 25
>> years later when they finally closed the federal investigations and in my
>> mind, a lot is still unsolved. Then the whole 7th floor is a continuous
>> show of many home movies and media clips taken around that time which was
>> related to the Kennedy's or the assassination. It took us two hours to
>> go through it all.
>> IMHO, the outside was preserved with respect, but the inside is an
>> incredibly moving experience and tribute to JFK and his loved ones.

>> Mark.






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