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I work with Oracle databases doing DBA, Design and Development. I publish articles on my website and recently started writing books. My hobbies include Yoga, Karate and swimming.

RHEL7 and Oracle Linux 7 beta

Nearly two weeks ago, Oracle announced the Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1. Being the Linux fanboy I am, I downloaded it straight away from here. Oracle Linux is a clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. The RHEL7 beta, and therefore OL7 beta, distro is based on a cut of Fedora 19, although depending [...]




Some new Oracle Database 12c Articles

I’ve recently put some new Oracle 12c articles on the website. Code Based Access Control (CBAC) : Granting Roles to PL/SQL Program Units in Oracle Database 12 Release 1 (12.1) Capture Privilege Usage (DBMS_PRIVILEGE_CAPTURE) in Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1) The privilege usage stuff is really cool. Normally, trying to figure out what you [...]




Divergent

I’ve just got back from watching Divergent. It is a really good film! Don’t believe any bullshit comparisons to that crappy Hunger Games. It is so much better than that rubbish! It’s probably a good idea not to read any summaries of the plot either, since it sounds kind-of stupid on paper. In the film it [...]




The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I’ve just got back from watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Wow, that is one seriously long film! At 2 hours and 22 minutes, it’s a good 1 hour and 22 minutes too long… I guess there are two sides to this film: Action Scenes: During the action this films it is brilliant. Really over the [...]




Running scripts in CDBs and PDBs in Oracle Database 12c

You’ve been sold on the whole concept of the multitenant option in Oracle 12c and you are launching full steam ahead. Your first database gets upgraded and converted to a PDB, so you start testing your shell scripts and bang! Broken! Your company uses CRON and shell scripting all over the place and the multitenant architecture has [...]




KeePass 2.26 Released

KeePass 2.26 has recently been released. I would suggest going with the portable version, which is an unzip and go application. If you want to know how I use KeePass, check out my article called Adventures with Dropbox and KeePass. Cheers Tim…




MobaXterm 7.1 Released

If you are using a Windows desktop, you need MobaXterm in your life! Version 7.1 has recently been released… I know you think you can’t live without Putty, Cygwin and/or Xming, but you really can. Give MobaXterm a go and I would be extremely surprised if you ever go back to that rag-tag bunch of apps… Cheers Tim… PS. [...]




WordPress 3.9 Released

Hot on the heels of WordPress 3.8.3 comes WordPress 3.9! The downloads and changelog are in the usual places. I’ve just manually initiated the auto-update on five blogs and all went through OK. Cheers Tim…




WordPress 3.8.3 – Auto Update

WordPress 3.8.3 came out yesterday. It’s a small maintenance release, with the downloads and changelog in the usual places. For many people, this update will happen automatically and they’ll just receive and email to say it has been applied. I’m still not sure what to make of the auto-update feature of WordPress. Part of me likes [...]




OUGN : Summary

With the exception of a 5+ hour layover in Amsterdam, the trip home was pretty straight forward. I flew to Amsterdam with Lonneke Dikmans, Ronald Luttikhuizen and Roel Hartman. During my rather excessive layover, I played catchup with all the internet stuff I missed during the trip… I must say OUGN 2014 was a pretty cool [...]