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A new career in a new town

Well, I say “new career” but really it’s the same thing: Oracle development. I’m working on some complex data matching routines for a data warehouse. But it is new, because I’m a contractor. Going freelance has been a big step, as I was with Logica f…

Installing Oracle 10g on Ubuntu Hardy Heron

I’m now working in a client site. One of the differences is that each development desktop bears a smug “Ubuntu – Linux for human beings” sticker. This is the first time I have really tangled with Linux. I’m not going to risk the wrath of Verity Stob …

Sun push the thread envelope

According to The Register the next iteration of Sun’s Niagara chip will have 16-cores and 16 threads per core . Apart from the mind-boggling number of threads which will become available in an eight socket 1U rack, the licensing implications are a bit…

Hanging around

I’ve just come back from holiday in Kos. One of the modern challenges of going away is figuring out how to hang up a pair of trousers in the hotel wardrobe. This apparently simple task has become more complicated because of the replacement of old-fashi…