The Basis Peak #Fash Great #Tech Not So Great #Fail

I’ve wanted to try the Basis Peak (@mybasis) (marketing tagline: “The Ultimate Fitness and Sleep Tracker”) for a while now. 

I’ve read some great reviews and a visit to Dogpatch Labs 2.0 in Dublin re-invigorated my interest in innovation. 

With increase gym attendance, uptake in cycling, and approaching races, it seemed like a good time to finally try the Basis Peak across a range of work and life activities.

Sure, (more...)

Tips voor een effectieve Architectuur functie

Als architect zie ik dat iedere organisatie een andere manier heeft om ‘architectuur te bedrijven’. Ik krijg ook vaak de vraag hoe de architectuur bij andere organisaties is georganiseerd en wat er te verbeteren valt aan hun aanpak.

Er is geen ‘silver bullet’, iedere organisatie heeft op architectuurvlak zijn eigen behoefte, cultuur, volwassenenheidsniveau, grootte en complexiteit. Maar natuurlijk zijn er ook een aantal zaken die je overal terug ziet komen, een soort ‘ongeschreven wetten’ die (more...)

Seven Weeks with the Fitbit Surge

As my wearables odyssey continues, it’s time to document my time with the Fitbit Surge.

I ended up wearing the Surge a lot longer than I’d worn the Nike+ Fuelband, the Basis Peak and the Jawbone UP24 because June was a busy month, and I didn’t have time to switch.

For comparison’s sake, I suggest you read Ultan’s (@ultan) review of the Surge. He’s a hardcore fitness dude, and I’m much more (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 02-JUL-2015

Oracle Support

Two good items from the My Oracle Support blog:


MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.22 has been released, from the MySQL Enterprise Tools Blog.

Big Data

OSB & MTOM: When to use Include Binary Data by Reference or Value

As can be seen in my blogs of these days, I've been busy with implementing a service using MTOM in OSB. When enabling XOP/MTOM Support you'll have to choose between:
  • Include Binary Data by Reference
  • Include Binary Data by Value

I used the first because I want to process the content in another service on another WLS-Domain. However, in my first service catching the initial request I want to do an XSD validation. And although (more...)

Set environment properties in SoapUI (freeware)

Ever used SoapUI to test services on multiple environments? Then you probably ran in to the job of ever changing the endpoints to the hosts of the particular environment; development, test, acceptance, production (although I expect you wouldn't use SoapUI against a prod-env). This is not that hard if you have only one service endpoint in the project. But what if you want to test against multiple services or have to call a service on (more...)

OSB11g what is the scope of the for-each loop variable?

Earlier I wrote an article on the strange behaviour of the OSB11g For-each activity (Osb-11g: for each is index-variable an integer?). Today I found out some other peculiar behaviour.

I had to loop over a sequence of  documents, each refering to an attachment. The first document processed well, but at the second iteration the attachment couldn't be found. At first I used Soap with Attachments and now I changed my service to use (more...)

The Week That Was Kscope15

Noel (@noelportugal), Raymond (@yuhuaxie), Mark (@mvilrokx) and I traveled to sunny Hollywood, Florida last week to attend Kscope15 (#kscope15), the annual conference of the Oracle Development Tools User Group (@odtug).

Check out some highlights of our week.

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If you read here, you probably know that this year, Noel had cooked up something new and different for the conference, a scavenger hunt.

This year was my (more...)

MTOM using SoapUI and OSB

MTOM (Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism) is incredibly hard... to find practical information about, on SoapUI and OSB. There are loads of articles. Like:
But I need to process documents that (more...)



Still no news from the security front…

This week I was doing research for one of our internal knowledge session when I stumbled across an interesting piece of history. I was tracing the history of computer security when I found an interview from Wired from the first people who implemented passwords as a security measure. They interviewed technicians like Fred Schneider and Fernando Corbató who worked at MIT back in the 60’s. The article centers on a system (CTSS) (more...)

Deployment plan of resource adapter missing

Today I was struggling with my OSB domain. Last week I switched laptops and did a new OSB installation on my new laptop and thought it was smart to just zip the OSB Domain from my old laptop to unzip it on my new laptop.

What I forgot was to copy the adapter plan.xml from the oracle home on my old laptop. So the resource adapter did not start correctly. It was even not (more...)

QS15: Measurement with Meaning

Walking into something as a newcomer is always an adventure of reality interacting with expectations. Though I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the Quantified Self conference, it wasn’t what I expected. But in a good way.

QS15 Twitter robot

Tweet-painting robot at QS15

The conference was structured around three main activities: talks given on the main stage, breakout sessions, which took place at different smaller areas during the talks, and break times, where one might check (more...)

Dublin Pride 2015 and Tech

Lots of tech companies out there with representatives at the Dublin Pride 2015 Parade (Airbnb, Dropbox, Google, Twitter and so on).


Here’s my contribution: wearable tech naturally (Android Wear on Motorola Moto 360). In Irish.

A Glance at DeLorean and Laptops

Spotted in Dublin. One reason you don’t want to be dependent in devices and looks. How long before it’s the laptops that are considered quaint?

So, stay in the cloud with glance UX.

More About Me at QS15

I always thought of myself as a control freak, Type A, self-aware (flaws and all) person but then I attended the Quantified Self Conference last week in San Francisco.

Image from QS15

Image from QS15

There is so much more one can do to learn about one’s self. The possibilities are endless on what I can quantify (measure about myself) and there are so many people capturing many surprising things.

Quantified Self, if you haven’t heard, is “a (more...)

Yisser Work Experience in Dublin is Here: Dogpatch Labs

I was in Dogpatch Labs (@dogpatchlabs) in Dublin today.

I wanted a taste of the startup, entrepreneurial vibe offered by a collaborative workspace and to understand what the experience meant for designing work patterns that reflected the IoT as an office: ubiquitous connectivity, data in the cloud, and flexible ways of working. 

I was also interested in the shape of human interaction that emerged when a social hub was thrown into the (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 25-JUN-2015



Ops Center

From the Ops Centerblog: Ops Center 12.3 is Released


End Users and Decision-Makers Can Have Their UX Cake and Eat It

Cakes seem to be a popular storytelling vehicle in the UX world, and why not?


Cupcakes for the Cloud: Seen the Oracle Direct Sales Congress for FY16 in Dublin, Ireland

The very genesis of ERP, for example was in the tea and cake business in the UK after WWII. Since then, ERP UX has evolved in ways that tell one tasty story about how innovation in the enterprise keeps the entire business sweet.  


Your first KiSS to ♥ IoT UX

Services: that’s really what’s at the heart of the IoT (Internet of Things) device conversation and what makes the user experience (UX) design of IoT different. 

Think of your first KISS (Killer Integration Services, Simple) as the beginning of a love affair with ubiquitous connectivity of devices and data exchange through the cloud. 


 Oyster Card for transport in London. No card actually necessary!

This O'Reilly book Experience Design addresses (more...)