Category Archives: Random

Facebook Groups and Lists

For quite some time I’ve had a specific policy on how I use social networks. Google+¬†: I a have regular G+ profile which is public. I post whatever takes my fancy here, including Oracle and technology stuff. Anything posted on this profile is bounced across to Twitter using ManageFlitter. Google+¬†(ORACLE-BASE.com) : I have a G+ [...]




The Language of Pseudoscience

If Google were to characterise me based on my YouTube views, they would probably list me as some major conspiracy theory junkie. I watch a lot of conspiracy theory rubbish on YouTube, but for me it is light entertainment. I find it amusing to see how they try to present a bunch of random nonsense [...]




Copyright Theft: WordPress.com not making my life easy!

Yesterday I was informed about someone stealing my content again. I take a pretty hard line to this these days. I used to be a little unsure about how to approach it, but now I just hit them with a DMCA take-down notice straight away. I’ve not got time to explain to everyone and their [...]




Captain Support and TeamViewer

I recently read the news that LogMeIn have stopped their free service. I’m not a big user, but it’s handy to get into family PCs so I can sort stuff for them without having to talk them through things. As I was reaching for my credit card to pay the yearly fee for LogMeIn, I [...]




WordPress 3.8.1

WordPress 3.8.1 has been released. You can see the changelog here. Now that WordPress has a true auto-update feature, if you can’t be bothered to manually press the update button today, wait a little while and it will update itself automatically. Happy upgrading (or doing nothing). Cheers Tim…




Interactions

The recent public speaking posts have made me very aware of other people’s behaviour at the moment. I’m sure I will soon revert back to my self-obsessed state, but for now I’m riding this wave. :)¬†Something happened a few days ago that I thought was very interesting… I took my 12 year old nephew to [...]




Public Speaking Tips

I figured this would be a series of 5 posts max and it ended up being two weeks of daily posts. Here is the list of posts: Do some public speaking! Rehearse! Pick a subject you are interested in! Have a disaster recovery plan! Deliver what you say you will! How to handle questions (crowd [...]




Public Speaking Tip 14 : What do I present? (the pursuit of cool)

Deciding what to speak about is one of the most difficult things to do. I still struggle with it now, but this last year has been a turning point for me. I’ve already said you should present about something you are interested in, but what? It is very easy to fall into the trap of [...]




Public Speaking Tip 13 : Understand your motivation for speaking

In yesterday’s post I talked about what I believe is the most important reason for public speaking, but different people have different motivation and I think it’s good for you to understand what you want to get out of the experience, as it might affect how you approach the journey. Profile (fame) Speaking at conferences [...]




Public Speaking Tip 12 : Why Bother?

In some ways, this should have been the first post in the series, since there are probably a number of people out there who don’t care about speaking at conferences. In my opinion everyone should try their hand at public speaking, because it gives you numerous transferable skills. I guess a number of people in [...]