Kick-Ass…

I went to see Kick-Ass last night. I thought it was cool.

One thing that stood out for me was Hit-Girl. She was awesome. Now I’m not suggesting people go and teach their 11 year old daughters how to brutally slay people and come out with lines like, ”OK you c—s, let’s see what you can do”, but it makes a change from the vacuous lead girls in recent years. The likes of Moonlight and The Vampire Diaries seem to suggest a woman’s only role in life is to look pretty and sit around pining over her moodily cool boyfriend. Certainly not the sort of role model I would want for any daughter of mine.

Where is Ellen Ripley when you need her?

Cheers

Tim…

Red Hat heading for Oracle buyout?

I know it’s been said before, but I read this and thought, once Red Hat’s market value starts to drop Oracle could get a really good deal.

I thought the reference to the quality of Red Hat’s support was quite comical. I’ve always found their support to be terrible. To be more specific, you raise a service request and never get a response. If that is quality support I obviously have very different standards to the CIOs surveyed.

Cheers

Tim…

Get your OTN Installfest Media kits…

The first 500 people at Wim Coekaerts (VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering) Q&A session getthe OTN installfest media kit. It contains:

  • Enterprise Linux 5 U4 32 & 64 bit
  • Oracle 11g R2 Database 32 & 64 bit
  • Fusion Middleware DVD for Linux
  • SQL Developer
  • APEX
  • Oracle VM (2.1.5)

And much more…
The event is 7:30-9:30 Yerba Buena Theatre, left of OTN tent on Howard Street.

Get there early to get your free stuff… :)

Cheers

Tim…

New Disaster Recovery Blog (Dbvisit)…

While I was in Chile at the CLOUG event I met Arjen and Bertie from Avisit Solutions Limited, who produce an alternative to Oracle Data Guard called Dbvisit. Unlike Data Guard, you can use Dbvisit with Standard Edition, so it can be a real money saver.

The company have started a new blog, so if you have an interest in disaster recovery (and if you don’t, you should) you might want to keep your eye on it.

Cheers

Tim…

VMware ESX Server 4.0 Released…

I guess the Oracle-Sun news makes everything else seem pretty small scale, so the launch of VMware ESX Server 4.0 will probably go largely unnoticed.

I’ve used many of the VMware offerings (Workstation, Server, GSX Server, ESX Server, ESXi, Intrastructure etc.) and seen the demos of the advanced features and they are impressive, but I have to keep asking myself, what do the majority of people actually want out of virtualization? The answer always seems to be “basic virtualization”. I love all the management tools and extra features VMware offer, but do I need them at the staggering price they cost? No. Actually, all the functionality I need comes in the VMware ESXi hypervisor product. It’s a free bare-metal hypervisor that does the job and everything else is just bells and whistles. So if I were going the VMware route I would take the free option and use ESXi. :)

Of course, there is another option. Without trying to sound like an Oracle fanboy (which I am), I can’t imagine running production virtualization with any product other than Oracle VM. Why? Because it does the job it’s meant to do (bare-metal virtualization) and it’s free. In that sense it is neck-and-neck with VMware ESXi. If you are planning to run Oracle software on your vurtual machines the support issue is much clearer on Oracle VM than ESXi, so the decision is really a no-brainer.

I’m sure there are companies that will need the additional functionality the VMware product set offer, but for many the latest iteration of the VMware products will be feature-creep gone too far. It will be interesting to see how this latest release pans out for them.

Cheers

Tim…

CLOUG – Final Thoughts…

So I’m back home and I have to adjust to normal life again. The CLOUG event was great fun and I hope to visit Chile again soon.

A big thank you to all those involved and all the attendees for turning up. :)

Cheers

Tim…

Mark all as read…

You may have noticed I’ve not written much recently. There are lots of things going on at the moment, none of which are really conducive to sitting down and writing about Oracle.

Anyway, today I’ve decided to clear my backlog of emails and blog posts. The emails were tough, but the “Mark all as read” button on Google Reader made catching up on my reading list really easy. I feel a bit guilty about blanking a few hundred blog posts, but that’s life. :)

Typing is a bit difficult at the moment because I have a trapped nerve in my neck, which is affecting my left hand, so lots of letters are getting missed as I type, which hopefully I’ve noticed before I hit the publish button. :)

Cheers

Tim…

Missing UKOUG…

I’m a bit hacked off because I’m missing out on UKOUG…

I got a free pass to check out the conference this year and I can’t go because I’ve got a cold. I spent the whole of yesterday in bed and I think I’m going back there now. I’m bored out of my brain, but every time I try to do anything other than sleep I feel really dodgy and my joints hurt.

It’s my nephews birthday tomorrow. If I miss that I’m going to be in all sorts of trouble, but it’s not looking good at the moment…

I’m off to Sweden next week for a conference over there. I hope I’m feeling better by then!

Cheers

Tim…

More Frankfurt News…

I was told about 23:00 last night I would be on a flight at 9:45 this morning. I’ve been standing in a queue for an hour to be told I’m not on the flight. I’m currently 2nd on the standby list for a flight that has been overbooked by about 50 people. I really don’t think I’m getting out of here today…

I’m struggling to keep calm…

Cheers

Tim…

PS. Mom. Please don’t phone or text me to ask me how I am. You will not like the reply.

Case Sensitive Passwords in 11g…

This article is the last in the “Security: New Features” section of the OCP upgrade exam syllabus, which includes:

Just because these are the only security new features listed in the exam, don’t be fooled into thinking they are the only things you should care about. There are plenty more listed in the Security New Features section of the New Features Guide.

In addition to checking out the manuals, you might want to jump over to Pete Finnigan‘s site to check out some of his 11g security stuff.

Cheers

Tim…