Pete Massiello wrote:
I have met people at COMMON, and I have no problem
calling them and asking questions and getting answers, and that has helped
me and my customers so much, that I can't even put a value on that.

I'm glad you mentioned this "undocumented" part of COMMON. Long before there was a Midrange there were people that I met at COMMON that I, too, could (and very often did!) call upon for assistance. All too often I've seen attendees at CUDS (now iSocial) that just sit around quietly sipping their Coke (or whatever) by themselves or in their familiar clique. Personally I'm an introvert, but I just suck it in and start talking with people.

One of the questions I've been asked in this regard is, "How do I start meeting people? I'm just a programmer from Deming, New Mexico." Well, volunteering is a great way; you immediately start making contacts without even trying! I know personally that both the Education Foundation and the Requirements Committee are looking for people to help man their tables for an hour or two here and there; all you have to do is smile and answer simple questions. Michelle August, CEF (august@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx), and Phil McCullough, iROC (Phil.McCullough@xxxxxxxx) would love to hear from anyone planning to attend the conference.

* Jerry C. Adams
*IBM System i Programmer/Analyst
B&W Wholesale Distributors, Inc.* *
jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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