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To patch or not to patch?

*+-Mary Ann Davidson wrote a great piece on her security blog today, which basically talked about focusing on the important vulnerabilities, not necessarily the ones that get the most press. Added to that, the risk associated with a vulnerability may we…

UKOUG System Event : I’ve got a paper selected.

*+-I’ve just found out I’ve got a paper selected for the UKOUG System Event on May 20th. Check out my badge.

I was a spectator at last year’s event. At first glance you might think much of the content is not directly related to my job…

Oracle Linux 7.1 Preinstall Packages available for 11gR2 and 12cR1

*+-Every so often I have a nose around the contents of the Oracle Linux public yum repositories and guess what I found in the OL7.1 base and OL7 latest repositories.

oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.src.rpm
oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinst…

Birmingham City University (BCU) Talk #2

*+-As mentioned in a previous post, when I was at Birmingham City University (BCU) speaking at the UKOUG Next Gen event, one of the lecturers saw me and subsequently asked if I would come in and do some technical talks for the students. I did the first ab…

OUG Ireland 2015 : The Journey Home

*+-After saying a quick goodbye to everyone, I got in a taxi and headed for the airport. I was a little on the early side, but as I’ve said before, it’s better to be early than late where airports are concerned. I wanted do have a Guinness in …

OUG Ireland 2015 : The Event

*+-Having got to OUG Ireland, here’s what happened…
The first session I got to see was Nikolay Kovachev from TechnoLogica speaking about “12c PDBs, Snapshots & Change Management”. Bulgaria in da house! The session started wit…

OUG Ireland 2015 : The Journey Begins

*+-The day started early, about 1 hour before my alarm in fact. I got up, lay in the bath for a while drinking a can of Monster and considering the day ahead, got out of the bath, puked, then got my shit together ready for the taxi. I’ve been ill th…

VirtualBox 4.3.26

*+-VirtualBox 4.3.26 has been released. Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.
It’s only a couple of weeks since the last release, so I guess there was something causing people significant headaches, which warranted a new release. Not tha…

Sir Terry Pratchett : I’m so glad that you left us now before you had the chance to die

*+-Just read the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. Made me think of this line from a song called And On by Yazoo.
Thanks for the many happy hours I spent in the world you created!
To steal another line, this time from the comments on the story fro…

PDB Logging Clause : What you give with one hand, you take away with the other…

*+-The Oracle 12c 12.1.0.2 release came with a bit of functionality called the PDB Logging Clause. Or to put it another way, it didn’t because the feature just didn’t work. I raised an SR highlighting the issue.
The PDB logging clause is meant…