Oracle Midlands Event #9 is now confirmed with another great lineup!
Thanks to Red Stack Technology for sponsoring the event, allowing it to remain free!
Put the date in your diary. See you there!
I was planning to cover this subject in a single article, but it got a bit bulky, so I split it down into 6 little articles.
I’ve also created a links page to bring them all together.
I guess you could call it a list of nice-to-haves, rather than something revolutionary, but I’m sure someone will come back to me saying one of them has changed their life!
It was 9 years ago today I became an Oracle ACE. Yes, it was April 1st.
A couple of years ago I wrote an anniversary post called Should you aim to become an Oracle ACE? I think that post still reflects my feelings about the program.
So that’s 9 years done and I’m starting my 10th year. It’s crazy how quick times flies!
PS. After 9 years, I still can’t fill in an expense claim properly…
I decided I wanted to play with the newly released Spartan browser on Windows 10. Spartan comes with Windows 10 (build 10049), which does not have an ISO download available at the moment. So instead, I downloaded the x64 ISO image of Windows 10 (build 10041) and installed it on VirtualBox.
To get build 10049 you have to switch the Windows Update settings from “Slow” to “Fast”, which gives you access to the latests builds as soon as they are available.
That done, Windows Update will then download build 10049, which is pretty much a full OS download again. Once rebooted, the OS auto-installs for ages, with a few reboots, but when it is done you are left with the latest Windows 10 build.
It boots to the desktop and feels quite similar to Windows 8.1. If you are interested in the latest start menu, here it is.
If I’m honest, I’ve never seen the Windows 8.1 start menu live. The Windows 8 menu was so bad I installed Classic Shell on the Windows 8 machines for my family. I’ve never removed it since the 8.1 upgrade. As a result, I don’t really know if this Windows 10 start menu is new or like the 8.1 menu. I would probably stick with this menu myself, knowing that Classic Shell is always available if it pisses me off.
Most importantly, THIS IS SPARTA(N)!
Not surprisingly, it’s a just a browser and any site that sticks reasonably close to the standards will work fine.
So that was the fun bit. Now I’ve got to look at what this is going to break. I’m guessing Oracle Forms isn’t going to like it.
PS. Alex – By “and junk” I was not implying it is junk. Este Uimitor!
Update: Installed Oracle Database 12c on Windows 10 without any problems. Happy days!
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 well be different for you compared to everyone else, depending on how your system is used. I agree with what she is saying, but I’m going to take a slightly different angle on the subject.
Over the years I’ve come across lots of different attitudes to database patching from management and DBAs. As more DBAs are now involved in looking after middle tier products like WebLogic, some of those attitudes to patching have moved into that world too. It seems to break down into three camps.
Patching is not just about security.
Choosing not to patch is not really an option these days. Your company has to understand this and allocate the correct amount of resource to getting it done. That might mean more staff resources allocated to patching and subsequent testing (rather than doing “productive” work), outsource the work where you can or moving to cloud services where regular patching is part of the deal.
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, since I’m not a system administrator, virtual infrastructure administrator and I don’t use any Oracle engineered systems, appliances or storage products. Having said all that, it’s hard to be a DBA these days without having a finger in several pies. Most of the information discussed at these events is relevant, even if you are not using the exact same kit or doing the exact same job as the speaker.
Hope to see you there.
The datestamps suggest they’ve been around since the 5th February, but I think these only became available with the release of OL7.1.
On the positive side, this means installations of 11g and 12c just got a whole lot easier on Oracle Linux 7. On the downside, I’ve got some minor rewrites to do.
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 about a month ago. Yesterday I had the morning off work to pop across to do another talk.
This talk was on virtualization. It’s based on the slides for my “Cure for Virtual Insanity” session, but I frame the subject a little differently and skip some of the content. I like doing this talk. It’s not too heavy and it gives an introduction into virtualization, which links into the current bach of DBaaS cloud offerings. I think it’s good for people to understand some of the building blocks their “magic” cloud services are built on.
I feel like the talk went well and I got some questions, so people must have been paying attention.
Afterwards I chatted with the guys about the session and more generally about how to move this guest speaker thing forward. If everything goes to plan I will be doing 4-6 of these sessions per year. I think it’s great how they are looking for feedback from external people and companies to help develop their students. It’s not like the antiquated approach lecturers used when I was at university.
Onwards and upwards…
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 the bar in the airport, like I did with Patrick Hurley last year, but the queue was too long, so I settled for an authentic Irish diet coke instead. The flight home was a little less “eventful” than the flight out. I arrived in Birmingham at about 23:00 and after a taxi ride home, was in bed by 00:00. So all in all it was a 20 hour day!
Dublin is seriously easy for me to get to. It is cheaper (£27 return) and easier (40 mins) for me to get to Dublin than it is to get to London. I did spot one of my fellow Oracle Midlands folks there, who had also flown in for the day to check out the conference. It’s definitely worth considering the trip! This event is now one of my staples for the year!
Thanks to the folks at OUG Ireland and UKOUG for getting the event up and running. Thanks to all the attendees and speakers for turning up. Without you it would not happen. Even though this was a self-funded event for me, I would still like to thank the Oracle ACE Program for letting me fly the flag!
See you all next year!