FC6 Draft Articles…

I’ve written a couple of draft installation articles for DB10g R2 and AS10g R3 on Fedora Core 6 (Test 2).

I’ll revisit the articles once the final version of FC6 is released. I’m hoping the warning at the start of the articles prevents a repeat of the FC5 incident. 🙂

As expected, FC6 has diverged even further from RHEL4. There are a bunch of packages that either don’t exist or are deprecated. The software seems to work OK, but I’m not sure how many problems are waiting in the wings. It will be interesting to see how Oracle and RHEL5 get on together, especially where RAC is concerned.

Cheers

Tim…

Photo Shoot Update…

I just got some previews of the images that have been sent to Oracle Magazine…

I like the setup of the shots. The sky looks really cool in most of them, but I don’t. I tend to squint when I smile, so I look like I’ve got no eyes. Also, the shirt I wore was a bit of a mistake. There wasn’t enough contrast with the sky and it looks enormous, so I look like “I’ve eaten all the pies”. At least I won’t get recognized and mobbed on The Streets of San Francisco. 🙂

Cheers

Tim…

Films I’ve watched recently…

I’ve seen a few films recently, but not got round to blogging about them, so here’s a quick update:

Snakes on a Plane – It’s like a high budget ‘B’ movie, but it’s really cool. It’s not going to win an Oscar, but Samuel Jackson is as cool as ever, and it’s a total bite-fest! 🙂

Lady in the Water – This had really bad reviews, but I liked it. It wasn’t as involved as previous films by M. Night Shyamalan. There was some suspense, some “make you jump” moments and quite a few bits I found amusing. I really dig the leading lady (Bryce Dallas Howard), who stared in The Village. She is in Spiderman 3, so perhaps it won’t be a rubbish as the last installment.

Revolver – I watched this again for the first time in ages. What a great film! Jason Statham is cool and I really like the whole vibe of the film. Must watch it more often.

Cheers

Tim…

Hallelujah…

OK. It’s been a long wait, but 10g Release 2 is now available for Tru64. There is still no sign of the 10.1.0.4 or 10.1.0.5 patches, but you can’t have everything. Of course, the big issue now is, how can I persuade the company to go for a migration???
This is definitely the last release for Tru64, so we’ve got to move to it, but who knows when?

Cheers

Tim…

Fighting a losing battle against spam…

My forum is still being hammered by spam on a daily basis. I’ve added an assortment of phpBB Mods in an attempt to reduce them, but as yet I’ve had limited success. What I really need is a version of Spam Karma 2, which I use for WordPress, that works with phpBB. I’m getting more than a little fed up of waking up to see loads of adverts for porn, prescription drugs and gambling sites. I’ve toyed with the idea of changing the URL, and even shutting it down for a while.

Very annoying 🙁

Cheers

Tim…

Life and Photo Shoots…

This week has been really busy on the Karate front. On Monday we had an 8th Dan guy down to teach at the club. Very inspirational. Wednesday and Friday were normal classes, then I went to another club on Sunday, which was taught by a 6th Dan guy. I got about half way through the class and pulled something in my groin, so now I’m hobbling like an old man. I’m hoping a few days rest will get everything back to normal. Only time will tell 🙂

This lunchtime I had the photo shoot for the “Oracle ACE of the Year” award. I had discussed several interesting locations with the photographer, but because of the weather and some red tape, it ended up being done in the car park at work. 🙂 It sounds bad, but all you can see is me and the sky, which was quite funky due to the weather. I saw a couple of the shots and they looked cool. Lots of sky and not much of me… 🙂

Cheers

Tim…

Curbing the spam…

I mentioned previously, my forum became the center of all internet pornography in my absence. To curb the tide of spam posts, I have to approve all new members. I’ll see how this goes for a few days before deciding if it will stay that way.

Cheers

Tim…

Back in action…

I’m back from my week away at a Karate course. No major injuries to report, just a few bruises, a split inside my mouth and a dodgy heel. It’ll all be fine in a couple of days.

In my absence, my forum became the hub of all internet pornography. It took me quite a while to clean up the mess, but I think it’s done now. Sorry if anyone was offended by this crap.

I’ve got quite a bit of stuff to do before I start work on Monday, so I won’t be able to start catching up with the backlog of questions straight away, but I will get to them as soon as I can.
Cheers

Tim…

Oracle ACE of the Year…

I got home last night to find a message on my phone trying to arrange an interview for Oracle Magazine about being “Oracle ACE of the Year”. Needless to say this was a bit of a shock, since it was the first thing I’d heard about it.

It seems Oracle Magazine had already contacted me about it, but either my spam filter had deleted the message, or I deleted it without reading it. 🙁

Anyway, I did the interview later that night and I’ve got to have a photo taken for the magazine. The profile and photo will be in the November/December issue of Oracle Magazine.

This year has been totally mad. First I get nominated as an ACE, then this. It’s all a bit scary and humbling.

This award went to Mark Rittman last year, so I expect him to pass on the sash and tiara in November. I’ll try not to do a Gwyneth Paltrow. 🙂

Cheers

Tim…

And there’s more…

And sure enough, this Ankit guy is stealing from others also. Look at this site:

http://www.oracleadvice.com/

Now look at this bit of OracleSource.net:

http://www.oraclesource.net/advice/index.html

Also, here are some PDF documents from OracleCoach.com:

http://www.oraclecoach.com/oracle10g.htm

You will also find alot of them here:

http://www.oraclesource.net/oracle-10g.php

I’ve written to both the hosting company and the original authors of this material, so hopefully this will get removed soon.

Cheers

Tim…