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...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 27-AUG-2015


Migration IBM AIX ==> SPARC Solaris with Data Guard, from Upgrade your Database - NOW!

Coding Oracle


Summer Projects and a Celebration

If you follow us on Twitter (@theappslab) or on Facebook, you’ve seen some of the Summer projects coming together.

If not, here’s a recap of some of the tinkering going on in OAUX Emerging Technologies land.

Mark (@mvilrokx) caught the IoT bug from Noel (@noelportugal), and he’s been busy destroying and rebuilding a Nerf gun, which is a thing. Search for “nerf gun mods” if you don’t (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 20-AUG-2015



Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft, from Oracle’s Virtualization Blog.

From the same source:

Ops Center

Editing or Disabling Analytics, from the Ops Center blog.


Release of BP02 for Oracle Identity Manager, from Proactive Support - Identity Management.

Authorized REST request to MCS with SoapUI

In my former post I explained how to do a REST request to a Mobile Cloud Service API using an Unauthorized access. To do so you need to add an HTTP Header property using a Base64 encoded key. But how to do that for authorized access. Using Postman you should be able to add HTTP  Basic authentication, provide the access details and update the request. In SoapUI, it's more or less the same trick: just (more...)

New Adventures with Raspberry Pi

If you read here, you’ll recall that Noel (@noelportugal) and I have been supporters of the Raspberry Pi for a long time, Noel on the build side, many, many times, me on the talking-about-how-cool-and-useful-it-is side.

And we’ve been spreading the love through internal hackdays and lots of projects.

So, yeah, we love us some Raspi.

The little guy has become our go-to choice to power all our Internet of Things (IoT) projects.


Get a Look at the Future Oracle Cloud User Experience at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Here’s the first of many OpenWorld-related posts, this one cross-posted from our colleagues and friends at VoX, the Voice of Experience for Oracle Cloud Applications. Enjoy.

Are you all set for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 (@oracleopenworld)? Even if you think you’re already booked for the event, you’ll want to squeeze in a chance to experience the future of the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) — and maybe even make a few UX buddies along the (more...)

IFTTT Maker Channel


A couple months a go IFTTT added a much needed feature: A custom channel for generic urls. They called it the Maker Channel. If you noticed my previous post, I used it to power an IoT Staples Easy Button.

At a closer look this is a very powerful feature. Now you can basically make and receive web requests (webhooks) from any possible connected device to any accessible web service (API, public server, etc..) It is (more...)

Test MCS Custom API using SoapUI

I'm at the OPN Summercamps 2015 in Lisbon on the Mobile Cloud Services workshop, doning the FixIt Fast tutorial. Now, one of the steps is to test the API imported from a RAML document and confgured it. Then in step 3 you're going to test it using the build in test console of MCS. But since I have SoapUI installed I found it neat to be able to test it from there. Since then you (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 13-AUG-2015



Data Warehousing

System Statistics About DOP Downgrades, from The Data Warehouse Insider.


Stateful Packet Inspection, from the Solaris Firewall blog.


On the Necessity of Flight

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s a recap of the IoT Hackathon held at Oracle HQ, July 30-31. Enjoy.

“The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas…”
The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes

To Luis, Osvaldo, and me this beautiful poetry calls to mind one thing. (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 06-AUG-2015


Is Your Database The Next Ticking Time Bomb?, from Database Trends and Applications.


Oracle Technology

From ArchBeat:

Oracle Utilities

Data Integration

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 30-JUL-2015

Open World

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - Registrations Open, from Business Analytics - Proactive Support.

Oracle Support

Top 5 Ways to Personalize My Oracle Support, from the My Oracle Support blog.


A set of three updates from Upgrade your Database - NOW! in this issue:

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 23-JUL-2015


Oracle 12 and latches, part 2, from Frits Hoogland Weblog.


Oracle VM 3.3.3 Officially Released!!!!, from the Simon Coter Blog.

SQL Developer


Password properties in SoapUI

By accident I encountered the following behaviour of SoapUI. I wanted to register a username/password combination in SoapUI.
Normally in SoapUI property values are shown as plain text.  Here I miss-typed the property for password on purpose:
But see what happens if I correctly type the word "Password":
Apparently if the property contains the word  "Password", prefixed with something indicative, it will consider the property as a password field. Cool!

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 16-JUL-2015

Time to Patch!

The British actor David Niven once said: “After 50 it’s just patch, patch, patch”. Technology doesn’t wait until you are 50:

Oracle Critical Patch Update for July 2015

Dear Oracle Security Alert Subscriber,

The Critical Patch Update for July 2015 was released on July 14th, 2015.
Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes the list (more...)

Disable Wrap Data Types

Just  a moment ago I stumbled on a blog entry of Eric Elsinga about the wrapping of datatypes in Weblogic Datasources, related to the DB-Adapter.

Weblogic wraps objects returned by the database-driver to provide functionality related to debugging, connection utilization tracking and transparent transaction support.
However for some native database objects like BLOBS, CLOBS, ARRAYS etc. this wrapping can affect the performance significantly. When this wrapping is disabled, the application (in our case the (more...)

Oracle Education Foundation Wearable Tech Workshop for Girls

Oracle Education Foundation Wearable Tech Workshop for Girls

The Pen Is Mightier With UX

If you work in enterprise user experience (UX) it will come as no surprise that the humble pen and paper remains in widespread use for everyday business.

Sales reps, for example, are forever quickly scribbling down opportunity info. HR pros use them widely. Accountants? Check. At most meetings you will find both pen and paper and digital technology on the table.

That’s what UX is all about, understanding all the tools, technology, and job aids, (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 09-JUL-2015


The blogosphere is humming with the new Solaris 11.3 and this posting from the Oracle brings a bunch of those links together for you:

A couple of general posts of interest. This one from Prakash Sangappa's Weblog: Post-Wait mechanism

Oracle Support