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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.

BGOUG Spring 2014 – Day -1

The flight from Birmingham Airport to Frankfurt went to plan. The landing was quite possibly the smoothest one I had ever experienced. Very impressive. I got off the plane to find my connecting flight had been moved to another terminal. I was pretty worried by this as Frankfurt is a massive airport and I already [...]




BGOUG Spring 2014 – The Journey Begins

I’m sitting at Birmingham airport, waiting to start my journey to Sandanski. I’ve got a flight to Frankfurt, a sprint to the flight for Sofia, then a 2-3 hour drive to Sandanski. It’s going to be a long day. The airport is really busy. It seems lots of flights leave between 05:00-06:00 on a Thursday. [...]




Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 Released

It feels almost like heresy to discus something that isn’t Oracle-related on the day that Oracle announced the new In-Memory Database Option, but something else was also released today. Red Hat gave birth to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. I’m a big fan of all things Linux. I’m typing this blog post on a [...]




Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (12cR4) Articles

I’ve started to play around with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12R4. The clean installations on Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 were really easy. You can see how I did them here. Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 Installation on Oracle Linux 5.9 and 6.5 I used 11.2.0.4 as the database repository. [...]




What happens if you try it?

  I get asked a lot of questions about Oracle! I find it amazing how often people will fire a question to a forum or social media and wait for response, rather than try the thing out for themselves. My response is often, “What happens if you try it?”. In some cases, their response to that [...]




Fame at last!

Someone, who shall remain nameless (Eric Yen), just pointed me to this example of creating a credential in the 12c manual. DBMS_CREDENTIAL – Create a Basic Credential Looks kind-of familiar! I mentioned in my 12c scheduler article that the DBMS_CREDENTIAL package is used in pretty much the same way as the old credential procedures in [...]




Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4

Funny how there is no mention of the name “Cloud Control” in the latest announcement. Does that mean we are back to calling it just Enterprise Manager again? Anyway, the latest instalment of EM has been born. The downloads are available on OTN. I’ve got mine downloading. The past few versions have been relatively easy [...]




Edge of Tomorrow

I went to see Edge of Tomorrow today. You will see reviews that say it’s a Sci Fi version of Groundhog Day, and that is kind-of true, but in a good day. It’s not overly endowed with plot, but it’s a pretty good Sci Fi flick. I think from now on Emily Blunt should be in every film! [...]




UKOUG Operating System and Storage Event : Summary

Today was the UKOUG Operating System and Storage Event. I was a tourist for this event, as I didn’t have any presentations to do. Added to that, I’m a grunt DBA, so I wasn’t too sure what would be waiting for me at an OS and storage event… Thanks to the miracles of Google Maps, I [...]




Godzilla

OMG (Oh My Godzilla)! What a total pile of steaming, festering dog crap! It is incredible how they managed to spend $160 Million and produce something with less credibility than Sharknado, which only cost $250,000! I really don’t think it has any redeeming qualities. How, in a world that brought us Cloverfield and Monsters, can so much money [...]