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Upcoming Actuate and IBM Maximo Webinar

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A reader reminded me of an upcoming Actuate and Maximo Webinar that I thought I would elevate from the comments to a full on post.  A full disclosure-esque reminder, I use Actuate and am employed by IBM.

When: Monday, November 24th, 11:00 EST

Free Registration:

Blurb I ganked from the registration site:

This webcast will provide attendees with valuable insights into their future reporting options with Maximo, including:

  • How to continue leveraging existing investments in Actuate Reports
  • How to integrate new BIRT Reports with existing Actuate reporting infrastructure
  • How to extend the value of Actuate and BIRT to other applications beyond Maximo

Lately I’ve been amused by Google Trends–graphs showing the trending of popular searches.  I think maybe this one goes a long way to making an argument for getting in touch with your inner BIRT.

actuate birt trending graph


Written by Douglas

20081120 at 08:01 am

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ICDSoft Increases Features for Free

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web hosting by icdsoftI should probably space out these off-topic posts a bit more–especially given that they are both commercial in nature.  But I have a hard time containing myself when I get free stuff and I just want to share with others.

My preferred host for my  web sites has increased both my storage and my bandwidth – again.  Now, for my meager $6/month I get 1000 MB of space and 20 GB/month of traffic.  This is up a second time from my original 333 and 750 respectively.  This is no cut rate, bare-bones features host either.  I get unlimited email accounts, subdomains, parking, PERL, PHP4, PHP5, Python, Ruby (on Rails) and TCL, mySQL DBs, and solid responsive customer support.

Their customer support uses an online ticket creation system and I have never made a request that wasn’t acknowledged within moments.  Most times those responses were the answer I was looking for the first time.  Occasionally they were questions to clarify my first email.  Twice they had to hand me off to some other entity.  Never was it a ‘bot.  I have never had to report a problem, just ask newbie questions or advanced environment requests.

If you are looking for a solid reliable hosting service for your future website or even to transfer existing ones (they have an FTP transfer tool) then you ought to check out ICDSoft.

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Written by Douglas

20060727 at 08:08 am

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Backpack Continues to Rock

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Last year I had signed on to Backpack and love it.  Since that time, I have bought in at the first paid rung and been using it daily.  Today it got better.  Not because of anything 37 Signals did, but because of what they allow others to do.

I don’t do anything special with Backpack I suppose–there are others more creative and dedicated than I.  But today I got a little alert telling me about a programmer that has used the Backpack API to let  folks to send mp3’s of phone calls to their Backpack.


For many years I have been just calling my answering machine to leave messages for myself: "Don’t forget you want to tape Friends.",  "That song you heard just now is by Nora Jones.", or "Drink water before you go to bed so you’re not as hung over tomorrow.".

Now I can leave and save those on the Internet instead.  And I can listen to them where ever and when ever I need–maybe not the drunk one.

Anyhow, my thanks to celltell for such a great mash-up.

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Get Organized and Collaborate

Written by Douglas

20060726 at 20:10 pm

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