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Now I`m depressed......
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:08 am 
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ABILtd wrote:
Now I`m depressed......
Wanna buy a kitchen?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:22 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:26 am 
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Nick Daniels wrote:
ABILtd wrote:
Now I`m depressed......
Wanna buy a kitchen?


Before deciding on a career in IT I used to design kitchens!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:33 am 
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Nick Daniels wrote:
MichaelWelter wrote:
Sebastien Goiffon wrote:
@michael please do not post in this thread
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icon_lol.gif That was a fun thread, even if no one could resist the temptation.
Sad times now....does anyone remember the kitchen spammer?


I had fun reporting those over my morning coffees.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:35 am 
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Bob wrote:
Hello fellow community members! I bring this announcement to you with trepidation, angst, and sadness. After all of these years, the BOB community will be retired in 2020.

The activity level here has dropped substantially over the past few years. Part of this is likely due to the influx of new competitors to Business Objects such as Tableau and Power BI. Part of this is likely the fact that BOB is based on software that is well over a decade old, and is not exactly mobile friendly. There are any number of reasons, but in the end it's not the "why" that matters, it's simply the fact that we've had a good run and it seems like an appropriate step at this time.

The site will remain open for posting for the next several months. At the end of March, 2020, the site will become closed to new registrations and posts. Essentially it will become a read-only resource which we will keep online until August, 2020. It seems fitting that since we launched the community in August all these years ago (in 2002! icon_eek.gif) that we end it at the same time.

We should all be proud of what we built and maintained over the years. That includes the die-hard posters from the BUSOB-L mailing list, the initial forum testers, your much over-worked moderator team (darn spammers mad.gif mad.gif), and every single person who took time out of their day to help someone with a question. BOB would not have become what it is (or was) without any of you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank all of you, for everything.


I've got some spare web space where I'm happy to host a copy of the database if you no longer have capacity.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:43 pm 
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Sebastien Goiffon wrote:
charlie wrote:

Hey Sebastien, Chris & I worked together at AT&T Wireless way back in the early 2000's, not even sure what version of BOBJ that was.


Hey Chaz you meant cingular icon_mrgreen.gif

Small world BOB is everywhere even within Tableau, Qlik ... community you can always find an old B icon_mrgreen.gif Ber


It started out as AT&T Wireless. Then REALLY bad things happened. Like this and this.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:26 pm 
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I'm sad to see this go. It's been an incredibly useful resource. It has made me look like an expert to my colleagues. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:41 pm 
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Definitely a sad day! Don't come here as often, but still do stop by to see if I can answer questions (someone has usually beaten me to it!) or if I have a question, especially since I'm now with a company that doesn't have direct SAP support. BOB is a tremendous resource and it's sad that it and all the knowledge it contains are going away.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:26 pm 
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Mark P wrote:
Nick Daniels wrote:
MichaelWelter wrote:
Sebastien Goiffon wrote:
@michael please do not post in this thread
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icon_lol.gif That was a fun thread, even if no one could resist the temptation.
Sad times now....does anyone remember the kitchen spammer?


I had fun reporting those over my morning coffees.

@Michael I can tell you now
Yes behind all those spammers within your post with funny names it was me icon_mrgreen.gif

But I really use the pro approach making sure I used a new IP every time thus you cannot think it was me cryin.gif

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:34 pm 
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Mark P wrote:

I've got some spare web space where I'm happy to host a copy of the database if you no longer have capacity.
You shouldn't have to pay for web hosting. I'm thinking we need to find an organization that has deep-enough pockets to keep it alive, at least in read-only mode. I'd ask SAP, but with all the negative comments in here, I'm not sure how it would be received. Maybe one of the third-party orgs?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:54 pm 
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Very Sad to hear this news.

I learned BI area and enjoyed this forum during my initial Career. Miss you BOB !
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:35 pm 
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Sebastien Goiffon wrote:
@Michael I can tell you now
Yes behind all those spammers within your post with funny names it was me icon_mrgreen.gif

But I really use the pro approach making sure I used a new IP every time thus you cannot think it was me cryin.gif

Ha Ha. You're even more devious that I realized. icon_lol.gif

Hey, Sebastien, I need to chat with you sometime soon. Shoot me an email: mwelter@arkanalyticsolutions.com

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:43 am 
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charlie wrote:
Mark P wrote:

I've got some spare web space where I'm happy to host a copy of the database if you no longer have capacity.
You shouldn't have to pay for web hosting. I'm thinking we need to find an organization that has deep-enough pockets to keep it alive, at least in read-only mode. I'd ask SAP, but with all the negative comments in here, I'm not sure how it would be received. Maybe one of the third-party orgs?


I won't be out of pocket - I host a couple of websites and have the bandwidth for this.

I'd keep the original and prune a lot of the useless topics too (e.g. unanswered posts), to try and make it a more relevant reference resource. If someone wanted to reopen it as a two-way resource, that could be carried on by someone else.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:00 am 
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