Category Archives: Random

How to ask a question: The optician edition

I’ve just returned from a rather awkward and unpleasant visit to the optician… Let me start by saying this is the same optician I’ve used for the last four years. I don’t think we would ever be capable of being friends, but I don’t have to like someone to “work with them”. That’s what being […]

Site Maintenance Complete!

It looks like the site maintenance is complete and from my perspective the DNS changes have gone through. If you go to the homepage and see a message called “Site Maintenance” in the “Site News” section, it means you are being directed to the new server. If you don’t see that it means you are […]

Planned Maintenance This Weekend!

Just a quick heads-up to you folks… On Saturday I’ll be transferring my website and blog to a new server. It’s with the same hosting company, so hopefully the DNS changes will not be too drastic. The site is already in place on the new box and it seems to be working fine, so on Saturday […]

Swimming Progress

While I was at BGOUG I went for swim each morning before the conference. That got me to thinking, perhaps I should start swimming again… It’s been 4 weeks since I got back from the conference and I’ve been swimming very morning. It was a bit of a struggle at first. I think it took […]

What happens if you try it?

  I get asked a lot of questions about Oracle! I find it amazing how often people will fire a question to a forum or social media and wait for response, rather than try the thing out for themselves. My response is often, “What happens if you try it?”. In some cases, their response to that […]

Sometimes it is just a coincidence!

Yesterday I was making a small config change to some test WebLogic domains. The change required a restart, so that’s what I did. The domains didn’t start up properly… Being the last person to change the config, it was obviously something I had done that had broken them. I did the usual stuff of checking […]

Facebook Groups and Lists

For quite some time I’ve had a specific policy on how I use social networks. Google+ : I a have regular G+ profile which is public. I post whatever takes my fancy here, including Oracle and technology stuff. Anything posted on this profile is bounced across to Twitter using ManageFlitter. Google+ (ORACLE-BASE.com) : I have a G+ […]

The Language of Pseudoscience

If Google were to characterise me based on my YouTube views, they would probably list me as some major conspiracy theory junkie. I watch a lot of conspiracy theory rubbish on YouTube, but for me it is light entertainment. I find it amusing to see how they try to present a bunch of random nonsense […]

Copyright Theft: WordPress.com not making my life easy!

Yesterday I was informed about someone stealing my content again. I take a pretty hard line to this these days. I used to be a little unsure about how to approach it, but now I just hit them with a DMCA take-down notice straight away. I’ve not got time to explain to everyone and their […]

Captain Support and TeamViewer

I recently read the news that LogMeIn have stopped their free service. I’m not a big user, but it’s handy to get into family PCs so I can sort stuff for them without having to talk them through things. As I was reaching for my credit card to pay the yearly fee for LogMeIn, I […]