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Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:31 am

Hi I will just use this topic to post any wellington TM1 user group meetings.

Email me if you want to get the regular emails.

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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:32 am

Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

When: 11am-12:30pm Monday 12th December 2011
What: Independent user group for users of TM1/Cognos Express.
The aim of the group is to improve TM1’s profile in Wellington and share technical knowledge among TM1 professionals.
Every couple of months we will have two presentations at least one will suit entry – medium level TM1 users.

For more information join the linkedin group or email me

Where: Boardroom, Lvl 12, New Zealand Post House, 7 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Report to reception on level 12 and ask for TM1 Usergroup Conference.
Cost: Free
But please RSVP to james webber / the linkedin event to ensure we have enough Lebkuchen (traditional German Christmas cookies).

Big thanks to NZ Post for hosting us.

Agenda

11:00
Short Intro /Networking over Tea and Coffee


11:10
IBM TM1 Roadmap – Intro TM1 Level – Joe Kristo (IBM)
TM1 and Cognos Express product roadmap from IBM.
This was the most requested topic from our last user group

About Joe - ANZ Technical Professionals Manager, Business Analytics at IBM
Joe has worked in the business intelligence space (and now business analytics) since the mid 90's. An accessible leader committed to driving both success and opportunities for growth in those he leads. Passionate about business analytics as well as evolving technologies in the areas of social business, collaborative decision making and mobile solutions.



11:40
TI Tips and Tricks – Advanced TM1 Level – Jie Li (NZ Post)
TI (Turbo Integrator) processes is an IBM Cognos TM1 ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tool. TI can be used to define meta-data (dimensions), create cubes, copy and transform data from cube to cube, and most importantly load data from various data sources. Along with the TM1 Rules engine, TI is one of the most fundamental building blocks of model and systems development in TM1.

In this short session, Jie will provide an overview on what TI processes can do, when you should use them and some best practise guidelines on how to use them effectively. The agenda for the TI session is:

• What TI processes can do.
• TI vs Rules: when to use TI rather than rules.
• Applicability of TI in model development.
• Best practise on good TI programming.
• Real life NZ Post examples.
• Any other questions you may have on TI.


About Jie:
Jie has over 6 years of experience in the development of TM1 systems, finance models and financial performance management.
He is an IBM Certified TM1 data analyst and IBM Certified TM1 developer. He has worked for Cortell and is currently managing the TM1 team at NZ Post Group in a strategic systems management role.
Jie is a keen runner, golfer and amateur indoor football star.


12:10
TI Process Discussion
We will be sure to allocate some time to discuss TI processes questions you might have.
It would be helpful if you email your questions/point for discussions prior to the user group


12:30
Feedback / Networking and Any Other Business
Perhaps goto Trade Kitchen or somewhere else for lunch if people are interested?


RSVP to james webber / the linkedin event

Please forward this invite to anyone you think would be interested, everyone is welcome.

I welcome any other suggestions for user group topics / offers to help facilitate / any other feedback

Attached is the summarised feedback from the last session.

Other News:
• IBM Information on Demand Conference occurred in Las Vegas in late October, some interviews are available here http://www.livestream.com/ibmsoftware/ some slide decks were available for download here http://portal.iod2011.alliancetech.com/
Particularly check out Business Insight from the Keynote http://www.livestream.com/ibmsoftware/v ... m=ui-thumb from 1:18:00 – Thanks Michael Mackie for pointing this one out
• IBM Cognos TM1 Developers Certification guide: RAW book and eBook released http://www.packtpub.com/ibm-cognos-tm1- ... guide/book
• Free TM1 Doukumentor tool (I haven’t personally tired) http://www.tm1forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6322

Please also let me know if you do not wish to receive any more emails from me regarding this group.

James Webber
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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:02 am

Happy New Year Everyone,
Looking forward to seeing you all on Feb 14th 2012 at Telecom.

The session are:
• What’s new in TM1 9.5.2 – Advanced TM1 Level – Campbell Claridge (Telecom)
• BI Reporting options using TM1 Data– Intro TM1 Level – James Webber (IRL)

Details are in the flyer attached

Also very early warning our April (Monday 16th April) session at Fairfax:
• Phil Worner (Cortell) will present on Excel best practice
• Martin Ryan (Fairfax) will present on Advanced Feeders.


In other news:

• IBM Cognos Proven Practices: IBM Cognos Express 9.5 Troubleshooting
This document is aimed to provide understanding on what IBM Cognos Express is, how it works and where to find troubleshooting information. ibm.co/xl1SDe

• Feeder once per session?
Did you know you can only check feeders once per cell per TM1 session, otherwise the values are cached (see TM1 cookbook and IBM Developers guide)

Read IBM Cognos TM1 Cookbook reviews here
http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Cognos-Cookbo ... r-mr-title

• Managing SKIPCHECK and Feeders in IBM Cognos TM1 by Ironside
http://t.co/e9w52Alq
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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:33 am

Dear All,
Just early warning of your next Wellington TM1 user group event.

When:
11am-12:30pm Monday 16th April 2012
Where:
Fairfax Level 3 boardroom, Dominion Post building, 40 Boulcott St, CBD.
Cost:
Free, light snacks and venue are kindly provided by Fairfax so please RSVP.
Topics:
Excel Best practice – Phil Worner (Cortell)
Advanced Feeders–Advanced TM1 Level – Martin Ryan (Herring Ryan)

Please see attached pdf flyer for more info.
As always please feel free to invite others.

Subsequent Session:
Our June session is as follows:
June Wed 13th 11:30am at IBM, Wellington:
• TM1 System Administration - Jon Corson (CDP)
• TM1 Data and Cognos Reporter – David Pirie (IBM)


Useful Links:
IBM Innovations in Business Analytics Virtual Launch Event on March 7. Register for the event here.

CE Security Error: (Unable to open report: Unique Parent error)
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... R4U&mync=E

TM1 10 Overview:
http://blog.tm1tutorials.com/2012/02/12 ... -overview/

TM1 and Cognos:
IBM Cognos Proven Practices: Using Relative Time Categories within Report Studio Prompts
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/ ... ge586.html
IBM Cognos Proven Practices: Creating a Summary Cube for TM1 Data Reservations
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/ ... ge577.html
10 new features in Cognos 10
http://www.informit.com/articles/articl ... dium=email
IBM Cognos Proven Practices: The IBM Cognos 10 Dynamic Query Cookbook
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/ ... ge529.html
Package to Package Drill down not possible on TM1
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... ent&mync=E

Parallel Interaction:
After our meeting last time for more info on parallel interaction see http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... wg21460595
Or see http://blog.tm1tutorials.com/2012/02/14 ... explained/
And see http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/data ... tm1_op.pdf page 11 onwards (Thanks David Pirie for the last link)

Please let me know if you come across anything that would be useful to the rest of the group.
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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Fri May 25, 2012 12:39 pm

When:
Wednesday 13th June 2012 - 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where:
IBM Board Room, Level 11 / 100 Willis street, Majestic Tower, Wellington
Cost:
Free, Pizza / other food kindly provided by IBM but please RSVP for catering purposes.
Topics:
• TM1 System Administration - Jon Corson (CDP)
• TM1 Data and Cognos Reporter – David Pirie (IBM)


As always please feel free to invite others.

I will put together a flyer closer to the time.

I am also looking for speakers and a host for our session in August, any volunteers?

Useful Links:
TM1 Up - Tutorials for beginners
http://tm1up.com

How to TM1 rules really work
http://blogs.perficient.com/businessint ... ally-work/

Alan Kirks Into to TM1 You tube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTM1Channel

IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification guide
http://www.packtpub.com/ibm-cognos-tm1- ... aign=27apr

IBM BA Forum in Melbourne – slides can now be downloaded from here:
http://baforum.mobi/baforum12/agenda_fi ... 1331611200

2012 IBM Midsize Business Analytics Quarterly Summit
http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?ei ... 8&code=web

Cognos TM1 9.4.1 Interim Fix 2 – to prevent "Buffer Overflow" attack
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... wg24032164

Create a multi-cube package in IBM Cognos Express
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... witterfeed

Top 10 ways to maximize your return on business intelligence
(Slide 25 refers to Cognos Express 10 being released in May)
https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/ ... rt%20I.pdf

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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:39 pm

Attached is the nicely formatted flyer to share with all your friends. ;-) and some more links I just sent out


Useful Links:
• Innovation Centre for Business Analytics http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/cog ... on-center/
• Tips for reporting in TM1 http://www.cornerstone.com.au/blog/view ... g-from-tm1
• Top 3 reasons not to implement Rolling Forecasts http://blog.alightplanning.com/bid/1258 ... -Forecasts
• IBM Cognos Proven Practises on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp

Cognos Express:
• No operations console in CE http://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview. ... wg21584658
• Select "run as Administrator" to install the Cognos Express samples on Windows 7 http://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview. ... witterfeed
• Content Manager failed to create an object in Cognos Express http://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview. ... R4U&mync=E

Basic TM1
• Setting up security in TM1 http://tm1up.com/11-setting-up-security-in-tm1.html
• TM1 Applications http://tm1up.com/10-tm1-applications.html
• IBM Best practise of Model setup from the IBM Cognos TM1: Design and Develop Models (V10.1) course https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blo ... um=twitter
• Examining the audit log in TM1 https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blo ... lang=en_us

TM1 books
• IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification Guide – my review http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Cognos-Develo ... ewpoints=1
• I have reviewed all the TM1 books currently on the market you can read all the reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-rev ... centReview
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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:44 am

Dear All,
Please find and invite to next IBM TM1 user group this time on the 2nd of August.


August User Group

This coming user group will be:

When:
Thursday 2nd August 2012 – 12:00am – 1:30pm
Where:
Lambton Boardroom - BNZ Partners Business Centre, 60 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea Wellington 6011
Cost:
Free, food kindly provided by iBusiness RSVP for catering purposes.
Topics:
• Rules, Indexes and clever uses for Attributes– Ray Ninow (iBusiness)
• Cognos Express Components and Security – James Webber (IRL)

Attached is the nicely formatted flyer to share with all your friends. ;-)


Last User Group

Thanks heaps to IBM for providing pizza and the venue for our last user group.

If you remember David presented on using Cognos BI tools to present TM1 data, here are some follow up points from David:

Support for TM1 Subsets in a Cognos reporting package.
It has been confirmed to me that subsets are not supported through the Framework Manager process. The suggested approach for equivalent(?) functionality is to use alternative hierarchies. Alternative hierarchies will be presented to report authors via the package. Should the elements of the hierarchy change (eg the elements are determined dynamically), the Framework Manager package will accommodate that without needing to be refreshed.
Syntax Error
I now also understand the cause of the syntax error I had when creating the list report. I had inadvertently selected the members rather than the metadata when defining my selection.
Reporting Cubes and BI
It is good practice to build read only reporting cubes.
Those cubes should only contain data ready for consumption with the appropriate dimensions for use in BI. e.g. the planning model may have a dimension for say Entity in it with multiple roll-ups (legal, management, functional) but the reporting cube should use another version of that dimension with only one roll-up, potentially flattened for use in BI. Report authors can create sets and subsets through MDX functions when designing a Cognos report but these are within the context of the report rather than the TM1 cube.
Other User Groups Invites
IBM Information on Demand
You are invited to IBM IOD on 21st October @ Las Vegas (see attached email)
The cost is $1,895 USD

Cortell Business Analytics User Group
You are also invited to the Cortell BA user group on 15th August at Te Papa (Wellington) and 16th of August at the Langham hotel (Auckland).
The cost is $75. Admission subject to approval.
Attached is the agenda please contact Rory Moss for more info.

Useful Documentation
As always here is some useful documentation form around the interweb

IBM Cognos Proven Practices/IBM Support
Feeders
Excellent article from IBM on Feeders – A must read
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/ ... witterfeed

Getting your Logo in Cognos BI
Branding the IBM Cognos 10.1.1 Business Insight User Interface
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/ ... um=twitter

How to: TM1: Performance Modeler
https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blo ... um=twitter

TM1 General
Active From Memory Leak fixed in TM1 9.5.2
https://www-304.ibm.com/support/entdocv ... RXT&mync=E

tm1xfer – anyone used this?
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocente ... 1xfer.html
Support link for TM1xfer - Specifying a destination directory
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... RXT&mync=R
Cognos Express: Troubleshooting
No TM1runTI in Express
TM1RunTI.exe not included in Cognos Express 10.1
TM1RunTI.exe is referred to in the Cognos Express release notes and tm1_turm.pdf but not included in the install files.

Problem installing Xcelerator Client with Cognos Express 9.5 on Citrix
http://www.planitcpm.com/techblog/2012/ ... press-9-5/


Please feel free to pass this invite on.
Also please contact me if you have any other links to share or what to be removed from the list.
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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:48 am

Dear All,
Please find and invite to next IBM Cognos TM1 user group this time on the 13th November.
When: Tuesday 13th November 2012 – 12:00am – 1:30pm
Where: Boardroom - Cortell, Level 2, 94 Dixon Street, Wellington, 6142
Cost: Free, food kindly provided by Cortell RSVP for catering purposes.
Topics:
• TM1 10.1 – Michael Mackie (Cortell)
• Foodstuffs TM1 Model - Graham Henderson (Foodstuffs)
A nicely formatted flyer will be in your inbox next month.

Some tips/info from the web.
TM1
Cognos TM1 10.1.1 now available for download
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... RXT&mync=E

Cognos
What's new in Cognos 10.2
http://www.cornerstone.com.au/blog/view ... 0-2-part-1
Cognos Express
From https://twitter.com/LogicalisUK
If you've lost/forgotten your #Cognos Express Administrator password here’s a handy script for resetting it back to blank
Please run the script below in a command prompt on the Express server logged in as a user with administrative rights:
"cd /D C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Cognos Express\ids cm_ids_svr_custom.cmd echo connect to 'express';
update 'icognosexpress'.expressusers set password='0AP//AAAAAAGR4FQY6SA5k=' where username='administrator' | dbaccess"

Tools
Cognos Insight
Cognos Insight 10.2 personal edition is Free to download
https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blo ... lang=en_us

Flow OLAP tools
Great selection of TM1 tools check out
http://blog.flowolap.com/post/2012/08/0 ... eased.aspx

TM1 stress test tool
http://ykud.com/blog/cognos/tm1-cognos/ ... onality%29

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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:55 am

Just a final reminder and ideally collection of RSVP’s for next Wednesday

Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

When: Wednesday 13th February 2013: 12:00am – 2 pm

What: Independent user group for users of TM1/Cognos Express. The aim of the group is to improve TM1’s profile in Wellington and share technical knowledge among TM1 professionals.
For more information join the linkedin group or email me

Where: Meeting Rooms - Level 1, Telecom Central, 42-52 Willis Street, Wellington
Big thanks to for hosting us.

Cost: Free
But please RSVP


Agenda
12:00 Short Intro /Networking over Tea and Coffee
12:05 Presbyterian Support Central TM1 Model – Intro TM1 Level – Trevor Playford; Peter Holt (PSC)
Business – Presbyterian Support Central
Which supplies Aged Care business – 15 Rest homes in the Lower Nth Island

Trevor Playford – CFO
Peter Holt - Accountant

Will discuss the development of their Fixed Asset module.
The evolution / revolution from Spreadsheets to TM1

13:05 Short Break
13:15 GL drill through and custom built TM1 Dependency Checker – Advanced TM1 Level – Gareth Soo (Telecom)
Gareth will demonstrate setting up drill downs in TM1 to look at more detail data in source systems. He will also present a TM1 Dependency Checker tool he has created.

About Gareth:
Gareth has a strong IT business Intelligence background having initially worked as a Business Analyst for 3 years. He the main TM1 developer at Telecom where he has worked for the last 16 months.

13:55 Feedback / Networking and Any Other Business

We welcome any other suggestions for user group topics / offers to help facilitate / any other feedback

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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:56 am

Dear All,
Thanks for those that attended today.

Gareth’s dependency checker is here: http://www.tm1forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=37035
As Louise pointed out Cortell’s QUBEdocs would provide something similar if you have it.
Info on creating a Tm1 drill through can be found here

Some other things we discussed:

Microsoft Visual Basic Automation Error or Unspecified Error
From: http://www.tm1forum.com/viewtopic.php?f ... 760#p34760
One of these fixes should resolve the issue:
For Excel 2007
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... wg21608271
For Excel 2003, 2007, 2010
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... wg21438688

Before these tech notes came out
I found that although I had the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable installed
I needed the SP1 version
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... px?id=5638
then remove and reinstall the Xcelerator Client

"Object library invalid or contains references to object definitions that could not be found."
http://www.tm1forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=12687

Citrix Active form clipboard error:
http://www.tm1forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=33636
and
http://ykud.com/blog/cognos/tm1-cognos/ ... xcel-error

Some other links you could be interested in
Freezing old data in Tm1
http://www.ironsidegroup.com/2012/11/06 ... w-and-why/

Having issues with Parallel Interaction in TM1?
Caching does not work with Parallel Interaction enabled
https://www-304.ibm.com/support/entdocv ... RXT&mync=E


Turbo Integrator
Using Arrays with TI
http://blog.flowolap.com/post/2013/01/3 ... rator.aspx
Comment your Code
http://blogs.perficient.com/businessint ... your-code/

Finding unused dimensions in TM1
http://www.tm1forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=4901

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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:16 am

Looking for another speaker for the 15th August.
I have one speaker lined up but maybe you can help?

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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:54 pm

Dear All,
Just a heads up that the next (and last for the year) TM1 user group will be on Thursday 21st November.

Below is a draft of the agenda but I thought you might like to know the date early for your calendars

Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

When: Thursday 21st November 2013 - 12:00 – 2:00pm

What: Independent user group for users of TM1/Cognos Express. The aim of the group is to improve TM1’s profile in Wellington and share technical knowledge among TM1 professionals.
For more information join the linkedin group or email me

Where: IBM Board Room, Level 11 / 100 Willis street, Majestic Tower, Wellington

Cost: Free
But please RSVP to James.Webber@callaghaninnovaton.govt.nz so we have enough food.


Agenda
12:00 Short Intro /Networking over Tea and Coffee
12:10
Cognos Express 10.2 / TM1 10.2.1 New features – Intro TM1 Level – David Pirie (IBM)
David will be presenting some of the key features in the new releases of TM1/Cognos Express.
About David:
David worked in the Oil and Gas industry in the UK prior to settling in New Zealand where has been involved in selling IBM Software for over 15 years. David's latest role is as Technical Specialist for IBM Business Analytics software.

12:50 Break for lunch
13:10
Excel Best Practices – Advanced TM1 Level – Martin Ryan (Herring Ryan)
About Martin:
An independent TM1 specialist, with over eight years’ TM1 experience. Martin is currently contracting at Fairfax. He has worked for Cortell and CDP and is an admin on the TM1 forum.
Martin is married to Lucy and has three lovely daughters

13:30 Feedback / Networking and Any Other Business

RSVP to James.Webber@callaghaninnovaton.govt.nz

Please forward this invite to anyone you think would be interested, everyone is welcome.

We welcome any other suggestions for user group topics / offers to help facilitate / any other feedback
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Re: Wellington IBM Cognos TM1 User Group

Post by jameswebber » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:02 pm

Dear All,
Just some follow-up from our meeting last week.
Great feedback for both speakers – all ratings were good or excellent.
One suggestion was to include hand-outs as the projector can be hard to read. (Good idea for future speakers)


No volunteers to run the group going forward, if you want to do this please get in touch.


Attached are Martins notes. Below is some follow up to questions we had for David.

Hope you have an excellent Christmas (don’t forget the reason for the season)
James

1. What is happening to Cognos Express Advisor/Planner/Xcelerator licences?

I would recommend that readers contact their reseller for advice relating to their specific licence entitlement.

The following two documents are relevant to the situation:

IBM License Information document
http://www-03.ibm.com/software/sla/slad ... 050073F002
Software withdrawal: IBM Cognos Express - Some replacements available
http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bi ... ppname=USN

In combination, they indicate that:

Cognos Express Planner (Connector and User) has become Cognos Express Performance Manager (Connector and User)
Cognos Express Xcelerator (Connector and User) has become Cognos Express Performance Manager (Connector and User)
Cognos Express Advisor (Connector and User) will be withdrawn from marketing on Feb 12, 2014 for new licences and from March 14, 2014 for renewals.

IBM software products are supported for 5 years after the release plus an additional 3 years of extended warranty that can be purchased. The Advisor component of Express will adhere to this policy

2. What is the URL for the "What's new in TM1 10.2?" document I referenced?

IBM Cognos Open Mic - TM1 10.2 New Features

Part 1 http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.w ... 2322&aid=1
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