Do you want a free toolbar with that?

I can’t download anything these days without being offered something free that I don’t want. The biggest offender at the monent is Google with their Google Toolbar. It’s bundled with so many utilities it’s untrue. What’s more, you have to opt out of downloading it, not opt in! Security risks (of which there are plenty) aside, I don’t want it and I’m sick of saying so!

I’ve just downloaded Safari for Windows. I don’t want to use this browser, but I want to make sure my site renders properly. The default download is “Safari + Quicktime”. Excuse me, but if I wanted Quicktime I would have gone to the Quicktime download page. Why not make the default download “Safari only”, and allow me to opt in to additional downloads, rather than forcing me to opt out.

I understand the reasons for these types of bundles, but I find it really frustrating. Perhaps I should start a “Just what I asked for and nothing more!” campaign!

Cheers

Tim…

Start with the simple things and work up…

We had a problem with one of our application servers on Friday. There was a long trail of breadcrumbs, which I followed all the way back to a blindingly obvious problem. We had run out of disk space. Doh!

Why did this happen?Β  There were two contributing factors:

  1. Unknown to me, marketing had requested we stop cleaning up the Apache access logs about two years ago, so they had been commented out of the automated cleanup script. Over that period, they had built up to over 7.5G.
  2. The tool for monitoring disk space usage was configured to send warning messages out via the wrong mail server.

Well, you have to chalk it down to experience, but it has served to remind me once again that often it is the most simple and obvious things that cause problems. Sometimes, the more you know, the easier it is to lose sight of the obvious.

Cheers

Tim…

Oracle Database 11g…

Eddie Awads has posted that the 11g launch is on July the 11th. I have a feeling his hit rate is probably going mad at the moment.

Previous announcements said the release was planned for second half of this year, so I was expecting it to be December 31st. Coming so early in second half of the year is a rather pleasant surprise.

I like to think that in some way I am responsible for the early release. My constant moaning about being bored and wanting 11g to be released soon has obviously done its job. It’s truly wonderful to be the center of my universe. πŸ™‚

Cheers

Tim…

Oracle 10gR2 on Fedora 7…

I had a quick go at this installation and it worked OK. I had to load a bunch of FC6 packages to get Oracle to install, link and run properly. It looks like lots of the “compat_*” packages have been removed from Fedora 7, which is a problem as Oracle 10g needs them. The “libaio” package is no longer present. I’m sure the functionality is there somewhere, but I couldn’t get the listener to work without loading the old package. Also, the “libXP” package is necessary to get the installer to run. It has also been removed, along with some deprecated X11 packages that were present in FC6.

I’m sure the cleanup makes sense going forward, and 10g is getting a little old in Fedora timescales, but I wonder how many other applications will be broken by this.

Of course, I’m no Linux expert, so maybe I’ve missed something and these extra packages are not really needed.

Cheers

Tim…

StumbleUpon and Fedora 7…

Is SumbleUpon really worth $75 million?

I suppose the answer to that is yes, since eBay have just bought them for that figure. StumbleUpon claim 23 million regular users, of which I’m one, but if most of the other users are like me, they just click on a single toolbar button when they get bored. I can’t remember the last time, if ever, I did anything other than hit the “Stumble!” button. I don’t even rate pages I visit. Are 23 million users like me really worth that much money? The words “Boom” and “Bust” spring to mind!

Does anyone want to buy a blog that is visible to all internet users worldwide (even though they don’t actually read it) for several million pounds?

By the way, Fedora (don’t call it Core) 7 is now available.

Cheers

Tim…