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Oracle ACE Director Briefing – Day 2

Fri, 2016-09-16 22:58

ace-directorToday was Day 2 of the Oracle ACE Director Briefing.

As with yesterday’s post, we had a number of speakers coming in to talk about specific areas of the Oracle stack and Oracle Cloud. Once again, I’m not going to mention any details.

There were a few areas that were super-relevant to what’s going on with me at work, so it was good to make some more contacts in those areas.

The shear volume of stuff going on at Oracle at the moment is actually quite scary. I’m sitting in the sessions wondering how I’m going to do my job, learn all the new regular Oracle stuff and learn all the new Oracle Cloud stuff as well. It’s quite daunting…

Thanks to the folks at the Oracle ACE Program for making this event happen. This last two days has been like a full-on conference, complete with multiple tracks. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the speakers too. I know we sometimes give you a hard time, but we do appreciate you taking the time to come and speak to us!

I’ve got tomorrow off, then the crazy world of Oracle OpenWorld 2016 starts!

Cheers

Tim…

Oracle ACE Director Briefing – Day 2 was first posted on September 17, 2016 at 4:58 am.
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It’s the little things that really matter!

Wed, 2016-09-14 15:57

Companies keep adding features to their products. Some features are really sexy and will get a lot of press. Some features are not so sexy, but are really useful during the day-to-day grind.

I remember when Oracle added the ability to drop columns from a table. At the time I was writing loads of scripts to recreate tables in order to drop columns. Adding this feature changed my life!

You can see another example of this in MySQL 8. If you look at the new features list you will see a section called Account Management, that links to Using Roles. OMG! This is massive for me! I don’t really care about a bunch of the sexy stuff. The presence of roles is a game changer for me!

mysql-8-role-meme

It’s interesting how sometimes it’s the little things that really matter!

Check out Giuseppe Maxia‘s post on MySQL 8.0 first impressions.

Cheers

Tim…

It’s the little things that really matter! was first posted on September 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm.
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VirtualBox 5.1.6

Tue, 2016-09-13 17:12

VirtualBox 5.1.6 has been born.

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places. It’s a maintenance release, so there are a bunch of bug fixes in there.

I’ve installed it on my Mac with no problems. It might be a couple of weeks before I do the install on my work PC or my Linux servers.

Happy upgrading!

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.1.6 was first posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm.
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Accuracy Matters

Thu, 2016-08-25 13:15

angry-1300616_640One of the annoying things about our industry is the volume of acronyms and very specific terminology used on a day-to-day basis. If you know the lingo you are fine. If not, life can be quite problematic.

In some cases, this is just a smoke screen to hide a lack of true understanding, say enough buzzwords you read in a Gartner report and people will eventually stop asking you to define them, but in other cases it is necessary to be able to communicate *accurately* about complex issues at a reasonable pace.

Some people are completely anal about everything, demanding an incredibly high degree of precision and exact terminology. Deviate from their prescribed ideal and you are in a world of hurt. Others, like myself, allow a lot more slack, knowing that every person is on a different part of the spectrum where this is concerned.

The problem with letting people get away with loose terminology and a lack of accuracy is it can sometimes come back to bite you on the ass. It’s all too easy to let them walk away with an unrealistic view of the situation, that becomes the new office myth, and travels with them through every company they ever work in…

  • Person: So Oracle does this right?
  • Me: Not really. It’s a lot more complicated than that. It’s more accurate to say it does …
  • Person: Yes, but it amounts to the same thing. It basically ends up doing this right?
  • Me: No. It really doesn’t. I can see how it appears that way in this case, but that’s too simplistic a view.
  • Person: Yeah, yeah. I know, but for the sake of argument, we will say it does this, which results in …
  • Me: Fine. That’s wrong, but lets leave that aside and move on…

… One week later …

I’m sure you’ve all been there at some point. It can be a really fine line between getting something across properly and being a total douche. Too far one side of the line and people are walking around believing rubbish. Too far the other way and you end up excluding people and sounding like an elitist prick.

It’s a journey babe!

Cheers

Tim…

Accuracy Matters was first posted on August 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm.
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Community and the “Hive Mind”

Sun, 2016-08-21 04:56

A really great thing about being part of the Oracle community is the networking and access to information it gives you. In my current job I have to do a number of things that are not really my forte. I know how to learn new stuff, but it’s always nice to get some feedback from people who know more than you. Over the last few years there have been a number of specific cases that spring to mind.

  • When I started getting involved in WebLogic administration I reached out to Simon Haslam, Jacco Landlust, Chris Muir and Marcus Eisele for some advice. I had RTFMed and I kind-of knew what I was doing, but I just wanted someone with more experience to validate my approach. Their feedback was, and still is, really valuable.
  • On the Nordic Tour a couple of years ago I spent some time speaking to Lonneke Dikmans about SOA. Our company were starting down the path of SOA and although I was not directly involved in the project, I wanted to know more about the issues we might encounter. Lonnikke was the perfect person for me to speak to.
  • As I started to take on more MySQL work, including some upgrades from early releases of 4.x to 5.6, I reached out to Ronald Bradford and Sheeri Cabral for advice. In some cases they confirmed what I already knew. In other cases they completely altered what I had planned.
  • Our company have recently signed a deal to move to Oracle Cloud Apps. I know almost nothing about them, but fortunately the ball-and-chain does. I’m not directly involved in our Oracle Cloud Apps migration project, but as I said before I like to know what problems may come my way during the process, and Debra is a great source of information.
  • Even when I’m dealing with database stuff, which I think I’m pretty good at, it’s always nice to have access to other opinions. The number of people I’ve had help from in the database world is to long to list. Just a few days ago I reached out to Richard Harrison about a problem I was having and in one email exchange he solved it for me. That probably saved me hours of messing about.

This is not about expecting help. This is not about trying to offload my responsibilities onto others. It’s mostly about getting a second opinion and the odd bit of advice. More importantly, the other people in the community need to know that you’ve got their back too. This has to be a two-way street!

Access to the community “Hive Mind” is a wonderful thing and will make your life so much easier! Get involved!

Cheers

Tim…

Community and the “Hive Mind” was first posted on August 21, 2016 at 10:56 am.
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VirtualBox 5.1.4

Wed, 2016-08-17 09:04

VirtualBox 5.1.4 has been released.

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

I’ve upgraded on my Windows 7 office PC. I’ll give it a go on El Craptian and Oracle Linux 6 when I get home.

Cheers

Tim…

Update. Just done the upgrade on my Mac and Linux server. Worked fine.

VirtualBox 5.1.4 was first posted on August 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm.
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VirtualBox 5.1.2

Fri, 2016-07-22 07:31

You know a major new release is going to be rapidly followed by a bunch of fixes, so about 9 days after the release of VirtualBox 5.1 we now have VirtualBox 5.1.2.

I have got it running on my Windows 7 desktop and work and it seems fine. I’ll try OSX El Crapitan and Oracle Linux 6 hosts when I get home.

Cheers

Tim…

Update: Works fine on Mac (El Craptian) and Oracle Linux 6 hosts too.

VirtualBox 5.1.2 was first posted on July 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm.
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VirtualBox 5.0.26

Tue, 2016-07-19 07:28

If you’ve not taken the plunge and upgraded to VirtualBox 5.1, you might be interested to know that VirtualBox 5.0.26 has been released.

Downloads and changelog are now listed under the old builds.

In case you are wondering, I’ve been running VirtualBox 5.1 on Mac, Windows 7 and Oracle Linux 6 hosts since its release. As yet, not problems.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.0.26 was first posted on July 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm.
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APEX 5.0.4

Thu, 2016-07-14 10:24

You may have noticed people taking about the APEX 5.0.4 release over the last couple of days. I started rolling it out to our databases straight away and it’s now on all the production environments too.

The install/upgrade and patching procedures are the same as normal.

  • Clean install or major version upgrade here.
  • Patch existing 5.0 installation here.

Remember, you can kick the tyres of APEX 5.1 Early Adopter here.

Cheers

Tim…

APEX 5.0.4 was first posted on July 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm.
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VirtualBox 5.1

Wed, 2016-07-13 07:16

VirtualBox 5.1 has been released!

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

I’ve only done the installation on my Windows 7 desktop so far. It seems to be working fine at the moment. I’ll do the Mac and Linux ones when I get home tonight.

Cheers

Tim…

Update: Worked fine on “El Crapitan” too. Still haven’t tried a Linux host.

VirtualBox 5.1 was first posted on July 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm.
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Oracle Midlands : Event #16

Thu, 2016-06-30 06:15

Don’t forget Oracle Midlands Event #15 next week!

om16

It’ll be interesting to see what this new kid on the block Jonathan Lewis has to say for himself!

Please show your support and come along. It’s free thanks to the sponsorship by RedStackTech.

Cheers

Tim…

Oracle Midlands : Event #16 was first posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm.
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VirtualBox 5.0.24 Released

Wed, 2016-06-29 07:54

Less than two weeks since the last release, yesterday saw the appearance of VirtualBox 5.0.24.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve only done the installation on Windows at this point, but it seemed to go fine. I’ll probably do the Mac and Linux installs when I get home tonight.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.0.24 Released was first posted on June 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm.
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Fedora 24 and Oracle 12c

Mon, 2016-06-27 05:40

fedoraFedora 24 was released a few days ago. As usual I had a play around with it and tried installing Oracle on it.

First comes the warnings, because people keep misunderstand why I do this. Do not install Oracle on Fedora before reading this!

With that out of the way, here’s what I did.

No real drama here. It was pretty much the same as Fedora 23 in that respect.

It’s kind-of hard to get excited about a new version of Fedora since I switched my desktop from Fedora to Mac. One thing that was interesting is the change to the upgrade process. In previous releases I used “fedup” to do it. Now it’s pretty much done using DNF (YUM). If you are interested, you can read about it here.

Cheers

Tim…

Fedora 24 and Oracle 12c was first posted on June 27, 2016 at 11:40 am.
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EU Referendum : Oh Hell No!

Fri, 2016-06-24 02:45

If you care, you’ve probably heard the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) yesterday. Suffice to say I’m gutted!

I’ve just deleted most of the content this post because it contained a lot of inflammatory and negative comments. I could question the motives of the leavers, but what good would that do now. IMHO this is a dark day for the UK.

For all my friends around the world, I would just like you to know I wanted to remain part of something bigger than this little island…

Cheers

Tim…

PS. If anyone has got an EU passport going spare it could come in really handy!

PPS. One of my colleagues just described what I’m going through as the 5 stages of grief. I think he is correct.

 

EU Referendum : Oh Hell No! was first posted on June 24, 2016 at 8:45 am.
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WordPress 4.5.3 Released

Tue, 2016-06-21 15:20

If you have a WordPress blog, by the time you read this you will probably already be running WordPress 4.5.3.

It’s a maintenance release that fixes a bunch of nasty things. If your site hasn’t already auto-updated, you should probably log on and give it a nudge. I’ve got 5 different installations and all auto-updated successfully.

Cheers

Tim…

WordPress 4.5.3 Released was first posted on June 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm.
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VirtualBox 5.0.22 Released

Fri, 2016-06-17 08:02

VirtualBox 5.0.22 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

Judging by the progress of 5.1, now in beta 3, it won’t be long before we’ve got something new to play with.

KeePass 2.34

Wed, 2016-06-15 05:13

I’m a little late to the party, but I just noticed KeePass 2.34 was released a couple of days ago. You can download it here.

You can read about how I use KeePass and KeePassX2 on my Mac, Windows and Android devices here.

Cheers

Tim…

Update: Ian Murphy just mentioned this exploit, which is a very good reason to upgrade to 2.34.

My Glamorous Life : What’s the point?

Fri, 2016-06-10 04:19

Last night I put out a video of my trip home.

I’ve written about the My Glamorous Life series of videos before (here). A couple of people commented recently that “nothing happens in them” and they are “quite boring”. That’s the point really.

OGh Oracle DBA and SQL Celebration Day 2016

Wed, 2016-06-08 12:01

oghThe OGh Oracle DBA and SQL Celebration Day was the last stop on my trip and it went super-quick! The morning started with a keynote by Dad. He managed to resist the urge to talk about me for 60 minutes, which was good. It gets really embarrassing when he keeps telling everyone I’ve eclipsed his accomplishments in every way possible!

After the keynote is was speaking about efficient PL/SQL calls from SQL. I lost the ability to type, but I think the session went OK. There is a playlist of videos about this stuff here.

Amsterdam to Zeist

Mon, 2016-06-06 16:01

I had a lazy morning, then it was time to start the journey to Zeist. It was a pretty straight forward journey from Amsterdam Central, via Utrecht to Driebergen-Zeist station. I had planned to get a bus from Driebergen-Zeist station to the hotel, but looking on the map it was only a couple of miles so I walked it. It was a little annoying dragging my suitcase, but no big drama. You can check out the journey and the hotel in the video below.

I had a quick walk around part of the town, near the hotel, where I bumped into my new stepmom.

In the evening I got a message from Dad asking if I wanted to go out to a family dinner. It was just as you would expect. Me crying and screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do, you’re not my mother!” and her saying, “I’m not trying to replace your mother. I just want to be friends!” I got back to my hotel room to find some brochures for posh, but secluded boarding schools. I’m not sure what I should be thinking at this point…

Tomorrow I’m speaking at the OGH Oracle DBA and SQL Celebration Day. Dad is doing the keynote and my new stepmom is going to visit some relatives that live near. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to be like “The Princess Diaries” and she will find she’s actually next in line to the Dutch Throne. Does that make me a step-prince?

Cheers

Tim…

Amsterdam to Zeist was first posted on June 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm.
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