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Don Bowen Update 2009-07-03

July 3, 2009

In This Update: Macomb Heritage Days, First cycle of new treatment ends, rough week, First Platelet Transfusion,Funnies about having to be treated like I’m 70+

I wish I had immediately uploaded my pictures from Heritage Days in Macomb, but I didn’t and Kelly took the camera on her Chorus trip to Boston. I did have a good visit and felt pretty good most of the time. I got to see friends like Tony Setser and Dave Distefano who I had not seen for a very long time. There just wasn’t enough time to reminisce. Macomb was a great place to grow up. Just one more thing I’m indebted to my parents for having provided.

Last week was pretty tough, which I’m sure you figured out not seeing any updates. My head hurt pretty bad and the pain pills did little to help. I hope some of it was from the chemo pills I was taking on this new treatment. I finished the last IV for cycle 1 last Monday, but still had pills to take every day at lunch until Thursday. I did pretty well for the 14 days  of pills and only threw up once. Constipation is still a problem, but I’m succumbing to advertising and actually bought some Activia to see if  it can help. I’ll let you know.

I was looking forward to no more needles until the second cycle which starts next Friday. However, that was not to be. Thursday morning I had to get labs according to the treatment protocol. Later that day they called to tell me that I had very low platelets. So low they wanted me to have a platelet transfusion this morning. No wonder I’m not getting enough sleep. I have to get up early every day and get poked with needles. We got there around 9am, but because the blood they gave me, caused me to break out in hives, we didn’t get home until 2pm. Have you ever seen the movie Hitch where Will Smith breaks out in hives and sips an entire bottle of benedryl? It wasn’t near that bad, but my upper lip did swell quite a bit.

I wish I had little video snipets  of Eileen caring for me. It reminds me of the apes manicuring each other. She’s always straightening my shirts or tucking something in or picking something off of me. I haven’t seen her put anything into her mouth so maybe that means I’m not slobbering too bad yet 🙂 It is amazing what I’ll run into if someone doesn’t guide me or hold my hand. I’m pathetic. One of the side benefits of today’s hospital visit was getting to see my nurse Jerrie from OSF 1700. It was no surprise to learn how legendary her reputation is and how much she is loved. I’m so thankful God made people that want to be nurses and give themselves like that. Can you imagine having to stick your own arms?! 🙂 I can’t.

My dad and brother are coming over to spend a few days with me next week and it will hopefully be quality Father and Sons time. My Mom will join us for part of it.

I have been reflecting a lot this past week on selfishness and how selfishly I have lived my life, by far my biggest mistakes. This is pretty surprising for someone blessed with parents like I was. Unfortunately selfishness produces worse vision than even brain tumors 🙂 It was a comment from one of my daughters that restored some of my “vision”, but it’s not really the way you want to understand. She wasn’t even saying it to point out my selfishness, but God wastes nothing.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

(John 10:10) I never mean these to be sermons though it is how I hear them from God 🙂 so I’ll stop there, but if you want “the rest of the story”, feel free to call or send me an email.

I’m still expecting and praying for a miracle, God’s gonna deliver it, PRAY BIG!


UnboundID LDAP SDK for Java on Google Android

March 25, 2009

You should definitely check out Neil Wilson’s blog talking about how our LDAP SDK for Java can be used to build ldap-enabled applications for the Google Android platform. You can use the same LDAP SDK for server-side, client-side and now mobile handset applications. Read much more on Neil’s blog and be sure to watch his video demo of just one of the ways this enabling technology can be used.

UnboundID Updates LDAP SDK for Java

March 14, 2009

We have just released the UnboundID LDAP SDK for Java version 0.9.6. It’s available for download at

This release contains a number of enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements over the previous 0.9.5 release. See the release notes at for more information about the changes included in this release.

Neil has more in his latest blog entry:

SLAMD gets some significant new life

February 28, 2009

After over two years SLAMD gets some impressive new capabilities. Our own Neil Wilson, Chief Architect at UnboundID, just released a great set of updates to the SLAMD open source code base. He had been waiting for the release of the UnboundID LDAP SDK for Java, which we finally open sourced and announced a few weeks ago.

SLAMD is an exceptional network load generation test tool, which has become synonymous with high performance and high scale testing for directory servers and other network services, like web and relational database servers.

Read Neil’s blog entry on SLAMD to learn all the details and how you can rejoin the associated mail lists for SLAMD.

Don Bowen Update: 2008-03-23

March 23, 2008

He has risen! He has risen indeed! What a fantastic Easter, tiring, but wonderful nonetheless. Let me catch you up on the last few days.

Friday was a tough day, but I’m not as sure why looking back. I know the headaches and eyestrain were bad, but I think it was more of a mental thing. I was also worried about the quartet we were doing Saturday night and Sunday, which I had just received, so I felt a bit behind the eight-ball. I had a good walk on Friday morning, but by the afternoon I was surprisingly weak. Could working with UnitedHealthcare trying to get in-network coverage have anything to do with it? 🙂 I was told Duke was actually in-network, just not a Center of Excellence (which gives me additional benefits), but when I called to confirm I was told they are out-of-network. I now have Dr. Geoffroy’s office, who themselves haven’t been granted in-network status, pushing the issue. If I didn’t have God on my side I could possibly become discouraged 🙂

I went to the church to practice Friday afternoon and though I felt better about it afterwards, I was still a bit overwhelmed. My faith was weak, but fortunately your prayers were strong! Friday night, despite pain and poor vision I enjoyed snuggling (yes, real men can say snuggling) with Eileen and watching “King Arthur” with Clive Owen. It was good.

Saturday was lots of practice at home and preparation for my friend Kevin’s visit. I’m glad I decided not to walk. God knew I would need all the energy I could spare that afternoon and evening. I got to church for practice around 2:30 and our first run through the quartet was OK, but rough. I didn’t realize I would be in the choir, but again God knew best. Had I been out front for the four choir songs I would never have made it. Kevin got to the church before 5pm and video taped part of our quartet during dress rehearsal, which we put on YouTube last night.

Our music director, Ben, is next to me, then Kirk and then our pastor, Cal, Mr. Southern Gospel and our fantastic bass. We have an incredibly good time. If I can get the entire video sometime I’ll post it.

As my friend Tamara says, Kevin got to see “how we make sausage”, as he watched us practice, pray, eat and perform from behind the scenes all weekend. He knows those songs as well as I do now 🙂 After our service on Saturday night we went back home and Mike came by to play cribbage. Little did I know it, but Kevin has played cribbage most of his life and said his parents play almost every day. That should have been my clue!

Kevin beating me at cribbage

In the first game, Kevin beat me and skunked Mike, then Mike skunked both of us. After Mike left Kevin beat me again. We played again this morning between services and I told Kevin I wasn’t winning because I hadn’t been green, but that didn’t work either. I am desperate for a win. Wendy! 🙂

As my friend John reminded me today, I hope Duke is better at brain tumors than they are at basketball 🙂 I had NC and Duke in the NCAA finals, so I basically have no chance of winning. And to think I wasted a good minute and a half picking my brackets 🙂

I usually take one ambien before bed and another when I wake up between four and five, but last night I took two right away. Your supposed to lay down right away, but of course not me. Eileen claims I was a real pill, which is hard for me to believe. She said I was in the bathroom with my cell phone trying to get on the internet. Come on! That doesn’t even sound like me. Megan showed me video of me supposedly staggering up the stairs almost falling back down them, but it looked like a Bigfoot video and a complete fake. I’m only taking one ambien tonight and going right to bed, but not because I can’t handle two, that’s for sure.

I had to be at church ready to sing at 6am, so neither Kevin or I got much sleep. I was up at 4:30 and knew it was going to be a long morning. I really struggled, first with pain and then with energy. In fact, I didn’t sing with the choir during the second service because I just didn’t have the strength and stepping down from the risers during third service was tricky. But I wish I could let all of you feel the love showered on me by my Northwoods’ church family – staff, choir, band and congregation – as it was truly amazing. Let me tell those of you who were there. I felt hugged and encouraged by each and everyone of you. Thank you!

Me, Ben Ward, Kirk Moser, Cal Rychener

If it looked like we were having fun doing it, then we weren’t doing it justice, because we were having a blast! 🙂 Thanks, Guys, you’re the best!

We has Easter lunch with Monahan’s and the food was incredible. About 20 minutes after we ate my body just crashed. I had wanted to play games. I mean, I had Wendy right there :-), but needed a nap more than a quick win. Unfortunately, by the time I actually got home and laid down I could not sleep. I still can’t believe it. Hopefully that means I’ll sleep well tonight.

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

I love Easter and it is more meaningful to me than it has ever been. Jesus rose from the dead because he has power over everything, even death. My cancer is nothing for Him. He has only to say the word and I believe He already has!

I need a miracle, God specializes in them, pray BIG!

My friend Trey speaking on Identity Management at Assetworld

November 6, 2007

My good friend, Trey Drake, is going to be speaking at Annual Facilities Management Systems North American Users’ Conference in Albuquerque, NM. He’s going to talk about Identity Management and in particular about OpenDS and OpenSSO. He’s going to demonstrate a number of things, but one of them is the REST-based web services API recently added to OpenSSO. I’m anxious to hear what kind of feedback he gets.

The fascinating social graph

November 2, 2007

I really enjoyed reading Brad Fitzpatrick’s entry on Thoughts on the Social Graph. This may be one of the most accurate and succinct problem statements ever. It definitely expresses my sentiments and that of many of my friends. Here it is: “People are getting sick of registering and re-declaring their friends on every site“. I also love his “corollary”, “Developing “Social Applications” is too much work“.

I want registration for social applications to be like the Verizon commercial, at least visually, in that when I sign up, my network comes along with me for the ride.

Of course I don’t want double the network. I want my wife to have her own 🙂 Hopefully you get my point.

This whole thing is actually pretty funny to me in ways because it mirrors where I started in this business back in 1996 at Caterpillar. Every application had its own view of identity and yet it was clear that monolithic identity store was a pipe dream. That was the dawn of meta-directories becoming big and clearly we’ve come a long way since then, though I still think real identity management is somewhat of a fantasy island. Lots of companies “get it”, but the number who have really implemented it and are achieving commensurate benefits for the investment are much lower.

Social applications like Facebook, dopplr, LinkedIn (some of my favorites), etc. are essentially forcing the common man (ok, tech geeks like me and every other human under, say 30 🙂 into worrying about the same thing.

I don’t have an issue with each of those services/applications wanting to have their own copy of the identities, though it clearly makes things harder. But what’s their alternative? There is no great Identity Provider on the net (though I’m sure Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. are working on it). I agree with Brad that having a single owner of the centralized “owner” of the social graph would be bad. What I want is for each social app to have a way to notify others or receive notifications from others, that something about me or my network has changed.

If there was a way for developers to leverage the social graph that already exists I’ll bet we would see an explosion of cool stuff out there. And more importantly I would only have to say you are my friend once!

Read Brad’s thoughts. They’re good and I don’t want to repeat all of them here. Especially look at “3. For end-users” – I’ll bet it resonates with you too. His non-goals are also spot on.

We do need a better name for this than “Social Graph”, but that’s the easy part of the problem :-). Making the maintenance and usage of it as easy as breathing will be tough, but that’s what makes it so fascinating to me.

I’ve always said that Identity is the Kevin Bacon of the IT world. There is just nothing interesting, imho, that you can do in IT that’s separated by more than one degree from Identity. This is especially true of the “social web”.

Identity Services Panel at Burton Catalyst ’07

October 24, 2007

I didn’t realize that my friend Gerry Gebel had taken pictures of the Identity Services panel I was on at Burton’s Catalyst in SF this past June.

Identity Services Panel

Andy Rappaport (CA), me, Phil Hunt (Oracle), Nick Nikols (Novell), Bill Dettlebeck (BEA)

Another shot of the panel

There is a lot of interest in Identity Services and we all agreed that the only real way to ensure its success, at least sooner rather than later, is to work together as vendors on the definition and then compete on implementation.

Mark Diodati, who chaired the panel (just outside the camera’s reach), was planning to bring both customers and vendors together, which I hope still happens.

Thanks again, Gerry!

You think you have problems with dirty data

October 12, 2007

Thanks to Paul Bryan for giving me a great laugh to end the week.

Funny name