Four Weeks with Nothing on My Wrist

After wearing the Fitbit Surge for seven weeks, I developed an ugly skin rash. So, I took a break and let my skin breathe for a while.

I’m all better now, thanks for asking.

For most of the year, I’ve been test-driving various fitness bands and super watches and journaling my impressions here as one man’s research. After all, wearables are, and have been, a thing for a while now. So, I need to know as much (more...)

That Time I Killed My Phone

I don’t particularly like protective cases for phones because they ruin the industrial design aesthetics of the device.

Here at the ‘Lab, we’ve had spirited debates about cases or not, dating back the original team and continuing to our current team.

I am not careful with phones, and the death of my Nexus 5, which I’ve only had since October 2014, was my fault. It was also very, very bad luck.

I usually run with a Bluetooth (more...)

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...)

The Pen is Mightier with the User’s Experience

If you’re involved 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...)

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


Solaris

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

OpenSSL and KeyTool commands

Earlier I wrote an article about message transport security in Oracle B2B. It collects a few usefull Java Keytool and OpenSSL commands to convert and import Certificates.

Today I learned another (from co-worker Joris, thanks).

This is how to get a certificate from an external server.
openssl x509 -in <(openssl s_client -connect {remote-host}:443 -prexit 2>/dev/null) -out /tmp/certificate.crt 

This is usefull, because in some cases the remote host, maybe a virtual one, where by means (more...)

That UX “Rockstar” Metaphor Is So Over. Fashtechista Fits.

I hate that “rockstar” tech industry metaphor.

The next time you hear that so-and-so is a “total UX rockstar” or about some other tech head being accorded the status, well here comes the real comparison to make:

Lenny Kravitz is a rockstar. Phil Lynott (God bless him) was too.  People who work in UX and tech are not.

Period.

That said, if UX designers need to adopt any popular metaphor that resonates more accurately with (more...)

User Experience in the Movies: Popcorn for Innovation

The media (film, print, social, online of all sorts) is a source of inspiration for user experience innovation and design. Just why is it that some stuff resonates with audiences and other stuff doesn’t?

Here’s a selection of stuff from the movies. A shout out to BubbleBobble (@bubblebobble) for contributions.

First up: Keanu in the original Matrix:

Every CRM UXer will have encountered Tom Cruise at some point. Most won’t admit it. Her (more...)

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...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 02-JUL-2015


Oracle Support

Two good items from the My Oracle Support blog:




MySQL

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...)

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...)

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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...)