The importance of backups and disaster recovery plans

Having tweeted, “When was the last time you practised the recovery of each of your production databases?”, a few days before, I was presented with a very real DR situation for my website.

On Wednesday my website went down while I was at my office Christmas lunch. I restarted it from my phone and it was all up, but I got a message saying one of the RAID1 disks was dead. I do nightly file system and (more...)

Fun : Endorse my “new” skills…

For a bit of fun I’ve added the following “new” skills to my LinkedIn profile.

  • Crocodile Wrestling
  • Plate Spinning
  • Fragile Methodologies
  • Laundry

It would be really cool if we could get them to the top 4 in the list of my endorsed skills. Please make it a happy holiday by endorsing these. :)

Remember, this only works if you actively don’t endorse the other things!

Cheers

Tim…

PS. I’ve written before about how I think LinkedIn (more...)

WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” has been born.

The upgrade will probably happen automatically in a few days, but if you go on to you blog now you can force the update. We will no doubt get a 4.1.1 very soon, as this always seems to happen. :)

There is a list of new features that I think is meant to thrill me, but I’m looking at everything post upgrade and it all seems pretty much (more...)

Develop against the versions in the Yum repositories!

I saw a tweet by Simon Haslam at the weekend that read,

“I’m v surprised to read that @Atlassian Stash needs newer git than in the latest RHEL/OL6 repos!”

I had a similar experience at the weekend too, but this time with Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) 3.0 EA. According to the documentation, it requires the following version of Tomcat.

“Apache Tomcat Release 7.0.56 or later”

So let’s have a look (more...)

Fragile Manifesto

It’s important to take any framework or concept and make it your own. In combination with my team we’ve come up with the Fragile Methodology and this is our Fragile Manifesto.

Process and tools over individuals and interactions
Comprehensive documentation over working software
Contract negotiation over customer collaboration
Following a plan over responding to change

That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more.

The terminology (more...)

Fedora 21 : Oracle 11g and 12c Installations

Fedora 21 has arrived and it’s now delivered in three focussed flavours (Workstation, Server and Cloud). This of course resulted in the usual articles from me.

As always, read the warnings before you start down this path.

From (more...)

Riga Dev Day 2015

Over the weekend I booked my flights and hotel for the Riga Dev Day on January 22nd.

It’s my first time in Latvia, so I look forward to seeing everyone out there!

Cheers

Tim..


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Oracle ACE Program : Thanks Folks!

As you will know from my previous post, I picked up the “UK Speaker Award” at UKOUG Tech 14. I’ve already  done a bunch of thank you messages, but I’d just like to take a minute and thank the Oracle ACE Program for they part they have played in this.

Many of you will know, I was invited to the ACE program because of my online contributions to the Oracle community. Prior to joining (more...)

UKOUG Tech 14 : Monday

The day started with a taxi ride into New Street station to get the 06:01 train to Liverpool Lime Street. I was a little dissapointed that the train was a sprint train, so there were no tables and no power sockets. When the ticket guy came through I asked about an upgrade to first class and it was only £25 for the return journey, so I paid the extra to get a table and a (more...)

Agile Morning

You may have noticed some tweets from me on Friday morning on the subject of Agile methodologies. Work arranged for a couple of speakers to come in to speak to us on the subject.

Our company is made up of three types of people.

  • Those that are full invested in agile and use it on a day-to-dat basis.
  • Those that think they know agile and perform some bastardised version of it.
  • Those that need a (more...)