OTN APAC Tour 2016 : Wellington to Auckland

otnapac16dFrank and I were on the same flight to Auckland, so we picked up our bags from the conference hotel, then got a taxi to the airport. It was after rush hour and the Wellington traffic seemed incredibly quiet, so there was no problem getting to the airport.

Check in and bag drop for New Zealand Air was all self service. It took me three attempts before it would recognise my flight details, but I (more...)

OTN APAC Tour 2016 : Wellington

otnapac16dI slept for about 12 hours last night, which was really good news!

I met up with Frank in the hotel lobby, we checked out and took a taxi to the hotel for the NZOUG event in Wellington. Some quick hellos and a couple of coffees, then it was time to start. It was a three track event, so I will only be talking about the sessions I attended.

My “Pluggable Databases – What (more...)

OTN APAC Tour 2016 : Birmingham to Wellington

ace-directorI got to Birmingham Airport about 2.5 hours early, so I had no drama at the bag check or security. I’ve mentioned a couple of times I’ve been really nervous about this journey. As I waited the nerves started to take their toll and I puked before I got on the plane.

The flight to Dubai was unusually uncomfortable. I think part of that was because I was already really tired before getting on (more...)

OTN APAC Tour 2016 : Waiting to Begin

stopwatch-25763_640In a couple of hours I’ll be taking a taxi to the airport to start my journey to Wellington, New Zealand. The actual departure time is 21:20. The flight to Dubai takes about 7 hours usually, so if I’m true to form and can’t sleep sitting upright in economy, I’m going to be pretty miserable by the time I get to Dubai. I’ve then got 3 hours in Dubai airport, where I don’t think I qualify for (more...)

Protecting Your Empire and Shortermism

bookshelf-29811_640Followers of the blog know that I’m far from being an expert at APEX, but I recently did an APEX presentation at work. As a follow-up I sent out an email with a bunch of links to online tutorials, YouTube playlists and documentation etc. One of my colleagues replied saying,

“It’s really wonderful having someone so knowledgeable who actually shares knowledge here as well as at these conferences !!!”

I was thinking about that comment this (more...)

Google’s “Material design”

materialdesign_principles_metaphorAs a “born again UX/UI” enthusiast I was quite interested when some of my Google services started telling me about the new UI they were introducing. As part of the “do you want to see more” links they pushed me across to Google’s Material design pages.

I had a bit of mixed reaction to a lot of it. Some of the stuff was straight from the ministry of the bleedin’ obvious, while other stuff was more (more...)

VirtualBox 5.1.8

VirtualBox 5.1.8 has burst through the chest of it’s host organism.

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places. It’s a maintenance release, so there are a bunch of bug fixes in there.

I’ve installed it on macOS (Sierra), Windows 7 and Oracle Linux 6 with no problems.SO far no dramas. 🙂

Happy upgrading!



VirtualBox 5.1.8 was first posted on October 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm.
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Bulgarian Oracle User Group (BGOUG) Autumn 2016 Conference

bgougIt’s been over two years, but I’m finally going back to my second home. I’m presenting at BGOUG Autumn 2016 Conference. 🙂

I get back from the OTN APAC Tour, go to work for three days, then I’m off to Bulgaria. I figure if I confuse my body enough it won’t recognise how many time zones I’ve travelled through…


At the moment it looks like this is the last event I’m presenting at in 2016, (more...)

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 (13cR2) Installation/Upgrade

em13cOracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 (13cR2) was released a couple of weeks ago. In a previous post I mentioned we were going to stop our rollout of 13cR1 agents to production and upgrade from 13cR1 to 13cR2 before we resumed.

I don’t like doing anything at work that I haven’t already tried at home, so the first step in that process was for me to do some clean installs and practice upgrades. After a (more...)

Haters gonna hate!

angry-1300616_640I read Debra’s post this morning and the fact she had to write it was pretty disappointing. I realise there will always be haters out there who find fault with what people in the community do, but even so…

I’ve written about this in the past (here and here). As Debra pointed out, I’ve got a YouTube series called My Glamorous Life, which illustrates just how boring life on the road is most of (more...)