Category Archives: Random

The importance of backups and disaster recovery plans

Having tweeted, “When was the last time you practised the recovery of each of your production databases?”, a few days before, I was presented with a very real DR situation for my website. On Wednesday my website went down while I was at my office Christmas lunch. I restarted it from my phone and it was […]

Fun : Endorse my “new” skills…

For a bit of fun I’ve added the following “new” skills to my LinkedIn profile. Crocodile Wrestling Plate Spinning Fragile Methodologies Laundry It would be really cool if we could get them to the top 4 in the list of my endorsed skills. Please make it a happy holiday by endorsing these. Remember, this only […]

Fragile Manifesto

The Fragile Manifesto has been moved to a new location. Fragile Manifesto Cheers Tim…

A World View

I’ve mentioned this before, but I thought I would show something visual… The majority of my readers come from the USA and India. Since they are in different time zones, it spreads the load throughout the day. When I wake up, India are dominant. In the afternoon the USA come online, by which time Russia have […]

Changing my focus?

I leave for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 tomorrow, which is normally a time when I’m super amped up, but I feel rather flat and in need of change at the moment. I just feel like I’m investing a massive amount of my time on things I don’t enjoy and are not really benefiting me or the […]

Site Hosting Update : Two Months Down the Line

About two months ago I moved my website between servers within the same hosting company. The old service was being hammered, so I moved to a better dedicated server blah, blah, blah. There was some fallout from this, mostly focussed on lost emails, but I figured it was pretty much over. Yesterday I received two emails […]

Learning for yourself!

This subject comes up again and again. See: Learning to learn… Learn to search the Oracle Docs… What happens if you try it? In a freaky coincidence, two people asked virtually the same thing of me yesterday and I answered each of them individually, but it paved the way for this post. In the first […]

Scottish Independence

Anyone watching the UK news will know we are living in turbulent times. In a few days the people of Scotland will decide if they are going to become independent. I believe the people have the right to decide what happens to them, so if the “Yes” vote comes out on top I wish them […]

Altering Hosting Service : The Gift That Keeps Giving

I moved my website to a new dedicated server about 3 weeks ago. As well as the usual DNS nonsense, I found out today that a whole load of emails have been blocked… I have a mailbox at the hosting company to handle all my email. That all gets sucked into Gmail. That’s the way […]

LinkedIn Anniversary Messages

Thank you to everyone who has sent congratulations messages via LinkedIn, but I think LinkedIn might have mislead you somewhat… When I left a previous job I switched my LinkedIn profile to say I was employed by ORACLE-BASE.com. That was in August 2008. I’ve never changed it since then, so now it says I’ve been “employed” […]