I read a story last week called McDonald’s Tackles Repair of ‘Broken’ Service. As I came out of the cinema turned into a drive through to give it a shot and see what it was like. In this case the service was fine, but the food. OMG! Now I’m a vegetarian, so choice is a [...]
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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.
Just got back from watching Oblivion… I was a little bit reluctant about going to see it because the trailer looked awesome, which these days tends to mean the film is terrible. Fortunately that wasn’t the case here. The film was great. Visually fantastic, with a pretty good story. Why can’t we have a few [...]
Assuming my current WordPress prefix was “wp_” and I wanted to change it to “banana_”, then I would do the following… Take a backup of your database and file system. Remember, if you screw up and trash your blog you will thank yourself for the extra time you spent doing this! Amend the “$table_prefix” setting [...]
VirtualBox 4.2.12 has just been released. The downloads and changelog are in the usual places. Happy upgrading! Cheers Tim…
I recently did the technical review of some of the chapters in a new Packt book called Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil. I’ve known Marcelle for years and although we don’t always see eye-to-eye on DBA matters, she is definitely the first person I speak to about matters concerning [...]
Heretics of Dune is the fifth book in the Dune series by Frank Herbert. This book picks up the story 1,500 years after the last one ended. The descendants of Siona had scattered throughout the universe, hidden from prescient minds by their unique genetics traits. Now some of them return from the scattering, but for [...]
Followers of the blog know I’m an Oracle database guy, but my current job also has me honing my newbie WebLogic 11g skills, setting up a number of servers to deliver ADF and Forms & Reports 11gR2 applications. As you’ve no doubt heard, Oracle have just released the 184.108.40.206.0 version of JDeveloper and ADF. I [...]
I mentioned in a previous post that my company were planning to move all of our middle tier infrastructure and some of our Oracle databases to Oracle Linux running on a virtual infrastructure. That process is now underway. Persuading the company to ditch Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in favor of Oracle Linux took a [...]
Following on from my post about the ACE program, Yuri from Pythian asked what I get out of presenting that makes it worthwhile. In this post I will tell a few little stories to explain why I think writing and presenting are important skills for people, regardless of their ambitions. Presenting I mentioned in the [...]
I tweeted the following yesterday, “It’s 7 years ago today that I was made an Oracle ACE. Seriously. It was April Fools Day 2006… ” The followup from that tweet included a number of questions about what you get out of becoming an Oracle ACE and what is the quickest way to become one. In [...]