A Test of Common Sense

Imagine you are a couple of window cleaners and you are presented with a glass fronted building like this.

The two doors are electric and will automatically open if anyone, including yourself, approaches them from the inside or outside. Whilst answering the question below, keep in mind this is lunch time, which happens to be the busiest time of the day for people entering and leaving this building.

Which of the following approaches would you (more...)

Bricklayers and DBAs may share the same fate…

A few days ago I was listening to a program on the radio that was discussing the current state of the building trade in the UK.

I wasn’t paying that much attention during the start of the show as they discussed the progress in 3D printing, which is allegedly now being used to produce prefabricated panels for buildings. The suggestion being that 3D printing makes building cheaper, quicker and less labour intensive. Prefabricated buildings have (more...)

VMware Workshop : Video

A few months ago I wrote about a VMware Workshop in Cork, co-sponsored by Pure Storage. All the posts associated with that are linked from the wrap-up post here. This is just a quick note to say a short video of that event came out recently and can be seen here.

There is a brief clip of me sounding dazed and confused, which makes me laugh.

For your information, we use VMware for the (more...)

Birmingham City University (BCU) Talk #6

On Monday I did my 6th talk at Birmingham City University (BCU).

During this session I spoke to second year computer science students about graduate employment with a sprinkling of community involvement thrown in. This was a modified version of a session I gave about 2 years ago, which inspired a series of blog posts called What Employers Want.

I always find these sessions fun, as they are not normal tech presentations. I’ve mentioned this before, but these (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 : Feedback

A couple of days ago I got an email from Oracle giving feedback about my session at Oracle OpenWorld 2017. I finally got round to checking it today.

I did a double-take at first as most of the feedback results I’ve seen before have been out of 5 or 6. I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen the feedback scored with a maximum score of 3. Here’s what (more...)

UKOUG Tech17 : I’m Speaking

Just a quick note to let you know what I’m doing at UKOUG Tech17 during the 4th-6th December.

I’ve got a couple of normal presentations.

Multitenant : What’s New in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2)
Stream: Database 1
Length of slot: 50 minutes
Day: Monday 4th December – 14:25-15:15

Using PL/SQL & ORDS to Develop RESTful Web Services for APEX? Why?
Stream: APEX
Length of slot: 50 minutes
Day: Tuesday 5th December – (more...)

Do you have an obligation to your audience?

There is an interesting conversation on Twitter at the moment, which in my head comes down to one simple question.

Do you have an obligation to your audience?

I’m not going to link to the conversation, and I don’t think the specific subject in question actually matters. I care more about the bigger picture.

Over the last 17+ years of being a content producer and the last 10+ years of being a presenter I’ve wrestled (more...)

VirtualBox 5.2.0 : My Problems (Solved)

VirtualBox 5.2.0 has recently been released, which you can read about here.

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and install it on my Windows 7 PC at work. The installation went fine and an existing Oracle Linux 7.4 VM started and worked OK. When I tried to update the guest additions it failed to build, but the VM was still working without (more...)

VirtualBox 5.1.30

VirtualBox 5.1.30 has been released.

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

It installed fine on a Windows 7 host on my PC at work. I’ll probably do the macOSX Sierra and Oracle Linux 7 installations tonight and update here.

Happy upgrading!



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KeePass 2.37

KeePass 2.37 was released a few days ago. You can download it here.

You can read about how I use KeePass and KeePassX2 on my Mac, Windows and Android devices here.



KeePass 2.37 was first posted on October 16, 2017 at 11:49 am.
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