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The Oracle ACE Program : My 18 Year Anniversary

Tue, 2024-04-02 02:33

It’s April 1st, which means it’s my 18th year anniversary of being an Oracle ACE. As usual I’ll mention some of the other anniversaries that will happen throughout this year. Fingers crossed for next year… Cheers Tim…

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Social Battery

Fri, 2024-03-29 05:49

For years I’ve mentioned my issues with social gatherings. I used to come back from conferences or large social gatherings and crash for a few days/weeks. When trying to describe it, it would often sound much more serious than it was. The term “social battery” is so much better for explaining things, as it doesn’t … Continue reading "Social Battery"

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AI Prompt Engineer (AI-fu). The new Google-fu?

Sun, 2024-03-10 05:27

The other day I came across the term AI Prompt Engineer. It was in the context of being the next big thing in the job market. I did a bit of Googling and sure enough there are courses about it, and a number of jobs being offered. These seem to break down into two main … Continue reading "AI Prompt Engineer (AI-fu). The new Google-fu?"

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Automation : Increasing pressure on an existing constraint

Tue, 2024-02-20 03:58

Yesterday I tweeted that I was reminded of this post. I was reminded of it because of something that is happening to me at work, so I thought I would talk about it here. Production lines If you’ve read anything about DevOps you will know it came from manufacturing. If you didn’t know that, check … Continue reading "Automation : Increasing pressure on an existing constraint"

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Business As Usual (BAU) vs Project Work

Fri, 2024-02-16 07:10

I’ve had this conversation so many times over the years, and I’m sure I’ve written about elements of it several times, but I’m not sure I’ve written about it specifically before, so here goes… In every organisation there are conflicting demands from project work and business as usual (BAU) tasks. In case you’ve not heard … Continue reading "Business As Usual (BAU) vs Project Work"

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APEX : Keeping up to date is so easy…

Tue, 2024-01-30 03:22

Over the years I’ve extolled the virtues of Oracle Application Express (APEX) because of the ease of development. I think low code tools are a massive boon to productivity. Of course there are some tasks that need alternative tools, but for many scenarios low code tools are awesome. Something else I find really appealing about … Continue reading "APEX : Keeping up to date is so easy…"

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Continuous Improvement : It’s easy to get lazy…

Mon, 2024-01-29 06:20

I like to think that continuous improvement is always part of my process, but occasionally things crop up and remind me that I am just as lazy and set in my ways as everyone else. Here’s a little story to illustrate that… The Issue The main thing I’m supposed to be focussed on at work … Continue reading "Continuous Improvement : It’s easy to get lazy…"

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Oracle VirtualBox 7.0.14

Fri, 2024-01-19 04:11

VirtualBox 7.0.14 has been released. The downloads and changelog are in the usual places. I’ve installed it on my Windows 10 and 11 machines with no drama. Vagrant 2.4.0 Vagrant 2.4.0 is still the current release, so no change there. If you are new to Vagrant and want to learn, you might find this useful. Once you understand that, I … Continue reading "Oracle VirtualBox 7.0.14"

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Life Update : A new member of the family…

Mon, 2023-12-11 04:10

I’ve been conspicuous by my absence of late, so I thought I would tell you a little story… The Trigger I’m a cat person. I don’t dislike dogs, but I prefer cats. I’m a sucker for a Rottweiler or an American Akita, but really cats are my thing. I’ve been toying with the idea of … Continue reading "Life Update : A new member of the family…"

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Fedora 39 and Oracle

Tue, 2023-11-14 02:35

Fedora 39 was released recently. Here comes the standard warning. Here are the usual suspects. I like messing about with this stuff, as explained in the first link. I pushed Vagrant builds to my GitHub. If you want to try these you will need to build a Fedora 39 box. You can do that using … Continue reading "Fedora 39 and Oracle"

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Oracle Database 19c on Oracle Linux 9 (OL9): Installation Articles and Vagrant Builds

Mon, 2023-10-30 02:51

Earlier this year I wrote a rant about the lack of product certifications on Oracle Linux 9 (OL9). One of the points I made was we are having to replace OL7 servers, but were forced to go to OL8 because Oracle 19c was not certified on OL9, and Oracle 23c on-prem is not available. This … Continue reading "Oracle Database 19c on Oracle Linux 9 (OL9): Installation Articles and Vagrant Builds"

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Oracle VirtualBox 7.0.12, Vagrant 2.4.0 and Packer 1.9.4

Thu, 2023-10-19 02:24

Oracle VirtualBox 7.0.12 VirtualBox 7.0.12 has been released. The downloads and changelog are in the usual places. I’ve installed it on my Windows 10 and 11 machines with no drama. Vagrant 2.4.0 Releases of VirtualBox prompt me to check for new versions of Vagrant. The current version is Vagrant 2.4.0. All my test systems are built with Vagrant, so I … Continue reading "Oracle VirtualBox 7.0.12, Vagrant 2.4.0 and Packer 1.9.4"

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Joel Kallman Day 2023 : It’s a Wrap! (#JoelKallmanDay)

Thu, 2023-10-12 02:32

Yesterday was an Oracle community day called the Joel Kallman Day (#JoelKallmanDay) 2023. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to join in. Here is the list of posts I saw in chronological order. If I missed you out, give me a shout and I’ll add you.  Thanks … Continue reading "Joel Kallman Day 2023 : It’s a Wrap! (#JoelKallmanDay)"

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Oracle Application Express (APEX) has come of age #JoelKallmanDay

Wed, 2023-10-11 02:43

Oracle Application Express (APEX) has been around for over 20 years. You can read about the history here. For something so mature, why would I talk about it coming of age? Why now? If you happened to watch the Larry Ellison keynote at CloudWorld 2023, you will notice he talks about Oracle Application Express (APEX) … Continue reading "Oracle Application Express (APEX) has come of age #JoelKallmanDay"

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Joel Kallman Day 2023 : Announcement

Sun, 2023-10-01 09:39

Since 2016 we’ve had an Oracle community day where we push out content on the same day to try and get a bit of a community buzz. The name has changed over the years, but in 2021 it was renamed to the “Joel Kallman Day”. Joel was big on community, and it seems like a … Continue reading "Joel Kallman Day 2023 : Announcement"

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Oracle Database 23c Generally Available – Sort Of

Thu, 2023-09-21 04:53

Oracle Cloud World is happening, which typically means lots of announcements. One of the welcome announcement was the release of Oracle 23c on OCI Oracle Base Database Service, so there is a production version generally available… Sort of… Why do I say “sort of”? OCI Oracle Base Database Service This is a single cloud service, … Continue reading "Oracle Database 23c Generally Available – Sort Of"

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Oracle databases on other clouds?

Fri, 2023-09-15 04:05

Oracle just announced the expansion of their partnership with Microsoft to deliver Oracle database services in Azure. You can read the blog post here. Oracle and Microsoft expand partnership to deliver Oracle database services in Azure This is a very interesting development for a number of reasons. Here are some of my thoughts… The database … Continue reading "Oracle databases on other clouds?"

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UNIX/Linux Time Command : Record elapsed time

Thu, 2023-09-14 02:21

In a recent post I mentioned using a scratchpad to record everything I do. As part of that process I try to make regular use of the UNIX/Linux “time” command to record elapsed times of long running commands. It’s really simple to use. All you do is put “time” in front of the command and … Continue reading "UNIX/Linux Time Command : Record elapsed time"

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Using a scratchpad…

Wed, 2023-09-13 01:45

Followers of the blog know I’m a big advocate for writing things down. The main reason I do this is because I want a record of everything I do. I rarely type a command directly into the command line. I nearly always type it in a scratchpad first. Currently I have 67,250 lines in my … Continue reading "Using a scratchpad…"

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URGENT : Why you should {almost} never put URGENT in your message

Tue, 2023-09-12 02:18

Just a little note about something that rubs me up the wrong way. I quite often get messages with the word URGENT in the subject or text. I scan through the content, and if it doesn’t seem truly urgent to me, I put it at the bottom of my list of things to do. Why? … Continue reading "URGENT : Why you should {almost} never put URGENT in your message"

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