The Basis Peak: Take a #selfie. See How Exercise Changes You

Editor’s Note: Reposted from Ultan’s (@ultan) Tumblr, a great read. Ultan knows his fitness (and fashion), so his rousing endorsement of the Peak is legit. Read my impressions of the Basis Peak for more. Since I wore it last, Basis has updated the watch’s firmware to add some pretty cool features. Enjoy.

“You’ve been running! Take a selfie, see how exercise changes you!” I smile when that message pops into (more...)

The Basis Peak: Take a #selfie, see how exercise changes you

You’ve been running! Take a selfie, see how exercise changes you!” I smile when that message it pops into the notifications list on my Android smartphone when using the Basis Peak. All part of what endears me to using it even more to track my activity and sleep patterns.


The “smile-o-meter” approach of the Basis Peak Photo Finish feature is a great mix of the analog and digital, leveraging well-familiar smart phone functionality to (more...)

Stap voor stap, telkens verder vooruit

Woensdagavond keek ik weer met verwondering naar Zembla. Laat ik vooropstellen dat ik een aantal uitspraken tendentieus vind en iets te eenvoudig voorgesteld. De boodschap is echter duidelijk: grote miljoenen euro-verslindende IT-projecten die uiteindelijk niets opleveren. Ontwikkelaars zonder feeling met de wereld van hun gebruikers. Complexe systemen waar een jaar aan wordt gebouwd zonder dat iemand iets ziet. En zo complex, met zoveel snel bij elkaar gehaalde ontwikkelaars, dat het eindigt in “Spaghetticode”.
Het moet (more...)

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From Digit to Digital: Scriba Innovation & UX Hands-On

I recently met up with David Craig (@davidhcraig) of Dublin Design Studio, the main man behind the Scriba stylus in the CHQ Building in Dublin for a chat about the Scriba (@getscriba) user experience (UX), innovation in Ireland, and other interests in common (turns out he’s a serious triathlete). Disclosure: I am a backer of Scriba on Kickstarter.

IMHO, the term “iPen” might soon (at time of writing) (more...)

Four Weeks with the Garmin Vivosmart

The Year of Data continues for me, and yesterday, I finished a four-week relationship with the Garmin Vivosmart.

I use relationship purposefully here because if you use a wearable to track fitness and sleep, you’re wearing it a lot, and it actually becomes a little friend (or enemy) that’s almost always with you. Wearables are very personal devices.

If you’re scoring at home, 2015 has gone thusly for me:

BPM Suite 12c: Oracle Adaptive Case Management: Monitoring Case Events

Oracle Adaptive Case Management (ACM) is an interesting addition to Oracle BPM Suite which has been introduced in Adaptive Case Management is suitable to model complex work-flows in which there is no set order of activities taking place. This allows more control to the end user on what to do when.

When a case is started, it is a running process in the SOA infrastructure. The main component is Oracle Business (more...)

Reducing User Friction

A few nights ago a Domino’s Pizza commercial got my attention. It is called “Sarah Loves Emoji.”

At the end the fictional character Sarah finishes by simply saying “only Domino’s gets me.” The idea of texting an emoji, tweeting, using a Smart TV, or a smartwatch to automagically order pizza fascinates me. What Domino’s is attempting to do here is to reduce user friction, which is defined as anything that prevents a user from (more...)

Time is of the essence – The Fourth Dimension in Oracle Database 12c (on Flashback and Temporal Database)

Time has always been an important dimension for data in any database with topics like when was data created, when are records valid, how did records evolve over time, can we compare with yesteryear or even travel through time and data. The Oracle Database 12c release added a number of features in this area of time and history. The powerful Flashback mechanism is enhanced in many ways, such as to allow history to be constructed, (more...)

Process Analytics with Oracle BPM Suite 12c and BAM – slides from OGh session for SIG SOA & BPM, 1st September 2015

Business Processes implemented in BPEL and BPM(N) and running on Oracle BPM Suite 12c or SOA Suite 12c have to fulfill a business purpose and as such must meet business requirements – both functionally and non-functionally. SLAs for throughput, response time, quality are usually associated with these processes and we typically also would like insight in the number of process executions (per group) and the paths taken through our processes.

This presentation introduces process analytics (more...)

Set environment properties in SoapUI (freeware) – Revised

Last july I wrote about setting environment depended properties in SoapUI. I'm looking for the best way to make SoapUI testcases environment independend and to make it easy to switch between target environments.

In that article I suggested to create a set of properties with the actual working values on project level to be refered in the endpoint urls (hostname:port + URI), username/passwords and so on. And per environment a distinct set of the (more...)

OAUX Emerging Technologies in Profit Magazine

The August 2015 edition of Profit Magazine (@OracleProfit) includes a nice piece called “The Explorers” highlighting the work of our team and that of JD Edwards Labs.


This article is nice companion piece to our strategic approach to emerging technologies and how we apply the “Glance, Scan, Commit” design philosophy to our work.

I’m honored to be quoted in the article and proud to see our little team getting this level of recognition.

If you (more...)

Emerging Technologies and the ‘Glance, Scan, Commit’ Design Philosophy

Cross-posted from VoX.

Behind the Oracle user experience goals of designing for simplicity, mobility, and extensibility is a core design philosophy guiding the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team’s work in emerging technologies: “Glance, Scan, Commit.”

It nicely boils down a mountain of research and a design experience that shapes the concepts you can see from us.

The philosophy of “Glance, Scan, Commit” permeates all of our work in the Oracle Applications Cloud user (more...)

Generate Docker Containerized Run Time and Design Time for Oracle StreamExplorer, Event Processor and JDeveloper using Vagrant, Puppet and VirtualBox

The objective of this article: prepare an environment for experimenting with Oracle StreamExplorer using two Docker containers inside a Linux VM running on my Windows laptop. And with the smallest number of manual steps possible – as to make the environment provisioning process highly repeatable.

In recent weeks, I have published a number of articles, investigating pieces of the puzzle that come together in today’s challenge. After general introductions of the combination of Vagrant and (more...)

Simple Docker GUI for monitoring and managing containers and images – in combination with Vagrant and VirtualBox

I came across a simple Google Chrome Addon called Simple Docker GUI. It provide a GUI that allows for easy insight in and some management of Docker containers and images. Because the tool connects to the (remote) Docker API across HTTP, it can used on a different machine than the one running the Docker Engine. Because I am typically using Vagrant to spin up a Docker Host VM and subsequently the Docker Containers inside that (more...)

Vagrant, Docker, VirtualBox and the Graphical Desktop for GUI applications in Docker Containers

Although perhaps not a common occurrence, I would still like to be able to sometimes run GUI applications inside a Docker container. This may be required because an installer does not provide a silent option and has a GUI wizard I need to click my way through in order to set up the software that the container subsequently will run. It can also be because my development environment management is fully containerized, including management of (more...)

Amazon Dash — It’s Dinner Time!

Yesterday I received an Amazon Dash for ordering IZZE juice.


I think it is a great device, not that I would order tons of IZZE from Amazon, but at $5 it has wifi module + a micro controller + a LED light + a battery + nice enclosure, and it’s usually in deep sleep which means the device can last for years. That’s a bargain – a similar device would cost $20 – $40, at (more...)

Controlling NodeBox from an Apple Watch

We are always on the hunt for interesting new uses of the Apple Watch, so when my colleague Ben Bendig alerted me to AstroPad’s new iPhone/Apple Watch app, I downloaded it immediately.

The app, AstroPad Mini, is intended to let you use your iPhone as a graphics tablet and controls Photoshop nicely right out of the box. But it will work with any Mac app; it lets you map any area of your (more...)

Intel Compute Stick: Nowhere and Back Again

The Intel Compute Stick provides a full desktop experience in an ultra-portable HDMI dongle form factor. It’s like Google Chromecast, but an entire PC instead of just a web browser. I tested both the $150 Windows 8 version and the new $110 Ubuntu version.

The Intel Compute Stick (L) alongside an apple product (R).


The HDMI end goes into a display, the power goes into an outlet, (more...)

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