Monthly Archives: December 2012

MQ Primer now finalised

The MQ Primer discussed here and here has completed its journey through the editing and production process, and is now available at http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/redp0021.html

Downloads are available in both PDF and EPUB format. You can also use calibre to convert to mobi format for Kindles.

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Moving Hotels In Rio

For those of you in the Corporate world, using hotels from a predefined list is often a requirement.  Mostly the rooms are average, nothing to excite anyone from the most timid traveler to the most adventurous.  Bland and interchangeable, if IBM could figure out a way to house us in gray walled cubicles all the time they would.  There have been many times I have had problems after changing cities and hotels, going back to the room I was in the week before, because I cannot tell them apart.

So when I made my travel arrangements for Brazil, the JW Marriot in Rio was sold out for 2 days of my trip.  So I had to move. I had to pick from a very limited selection in Rio, in fact there was only one left on the IBM approved list at the IBM rate.  Another Mercure, but I figured it would be much like those in Brasilia.

I was wrong. 
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From the sublime to the not so much

A guest post from Lyn, who does even more MQ-related travel …


Traveling to exotic locations can be a rewarding experience.  It can also be quite painful.  In performing a WMQ for z/OS health checks (aka looking at SMF data until eyes are far too bloodshot) I have had the opportunity to go many lovely places.  I would never have gone to Brazil, Malaysia, or Arkansas if I’d not been doing this.
Trouble in Rio continues…