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Going to San Francisco?

Some HP 3000 customers and vendors now are stuck with transportation plans that will land them in San Francisco in about three weeks, even though there's no HP World to attend. Bay Area residents in the 3000 community want to mount a 3000 briefing in SF anyway, an OpenMPE meeting that could include HP's vCSY managers, who are still deciding what the vendor will do for the 3000's afterlife. It will dovetail with MB Foster's plans to hold a migration seminar up in SF.

The 3000 managers in HP have long used HP World to talk to the community in person. The OpenMPE meeting that was arranged in meeting with vCSY on July 22 could let HP keep up its habit.

Donna Garverick, the OpenMPE board director who works for 3000 customer Long's Drug headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., put out the word over the weekend about the prospective meeting. All that's needed is a place to meet and some interest from the community:

To demonstrate that OpenMPE is actually alive and kicking, I would like to ask people to attend — either in-person or virtually — an MPE update meeting on August 18th.

This will be an HP update meeting you can attend without booking airfare or driving to a conference room, Garverick said:

The board met July 22 with HP and presented this idea to them. Since many people will already be in the SF Bay area (gotta do something with those plane tickets), we’d like to have a meeting for both HP and OpenMPE to provide updates to the community. We also want to provide a way for people to attend over the Internet. The board proposed using HP’s virtual classroom technology to host the on-line connectivity.

At this point, we simply cannot afford to lose any opportunity to find out what’s happening and have a forum for asking questions. Both HP and the OpenMPE board of directors want to know what you think of this idea.  We need your feedback to help us plan the meeting.

Contact Garverick by e-mail to let her know if this virtual meeting in August piques your interest.

This is not a first for the 3000 community, although it's bound to be much updated from the group's last virtual gathering. After TV briefings in the 1990s, HP mounted migration Webcasts during 2002 and 2003 with interactive Web connectivity for attendees and phone-in lines. Though some homesteading was discussed in those Webcasts, this year's SF meeting is shaped around the rest of the 3000 community, those with post-2006 plans for their 3000s.

The 3000 community can be an inventive group. One of its seasoned developers and a 3000 NewsWire contributor, Roy Brown, used the tune from Scott McKenzie's 1967 hit San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) to outline the options for SF-bound community members, alternatives including that MB Foster migration seminar:

If you're going to San Francisco
Cause you can't get a refund on your fare
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna find that Interex ain't there

For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure that you have got some hair to tear
In the streets of San Francisco
Puzzled people who never did beware

All across the nation,
such a consternation
Peoples' emotion
They were planning migration,
Left with no explanation
Peoples' emotion, peoples' emotion

For those who come to San Francisco
Be well assured that Birket will be there
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will grant you Foster care