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.


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 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...)



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...)

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.

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...)

Base64 encoding/decoding in OSB

Of course there are several java examples to do a base64 encoding on the internet. And there are almost nearly as much encoding implementations in different environments. But which one works in Weblogic/OSB11g? And to implement those examples, compile and jar them, I find myself on a quest for the necessary jars. Of course you can refer to the weblogic.jar in your project of ant file. But that is a little too much, I (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 18-JUN-2015


12c new feature [PDB save state], from MAA/HA Solutions.

Big Data

In what has to be the most focused name for a blog I’ve ever seen, the Adding Location and Graph Analysis to Big Data blog lets us know that you may: Want to try out Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph?

The Byte-Anniversary

I was looking into my blog-entries, and found that my former blog was number 254. So this is my 255-th blog-message. So by entering this nonsense blog-entry, I reach the 255. Which makes it my 8-bit, or byte, anniversary:

And apparently my articles have been read as well... Nice thing is that I've reach this amount in 8 nearly years. So up to the next byte. Unfortunately 2 bytes does not make up a Word...