Better Ways to Play and Try

 

  • Fact 1: Dazzling animated displays (sprites, shaders, parallax, 3D) are more plentiful and easier to make than ever before.
  • Fact 2: More natural and expressive forms of input (swiping, pinching, gesturing, talking) are being implemented and enhanced every day.
  • Fact 3: Put these two together and the possible new forms of human computer interaction are endless. The only limit is our imagination.

That’s the problem: our imagination. We can’t build new (more...)

Introducing FETCHER in a running replication process

This is no regular bit of work and it will probably (and hopefully) never hit you in a production setup…

The prerequisite is that you know how on-line data replication in general, and Dbvisit Replicate specifically, work.

The following case is true:
I had half of a replication pair running.
It means that the MINE process was running, converting REDO-log in PLOG-format. The APPLY process had not yet started because the target database was (more...)

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...)

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...)

On Oracle Corporate Citizenship

Yesterday, our entire organization, Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps) got a treat. We learned about Oracle’s corporate citizenship from Colleen Cassity, Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF).

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I’m familiar with Oracle’s philanthropic endeavors, but only vaguely so. I’ve used the corporate giving match, but beyond that, this was all new information.

During her presentation, we learned about several of Oracle’s efforts, which I’m happy to share here, in video form.

(more...)

Synology backup with CrashPlan 4.3.0

I recently upgraded to CrashPlan 4.3.0 which I use to backup my Synology to a remote location.

On Synology, you can only use CrashPlan in a headless manner, so I am running “the head”, the client, from my MacBook.
After the update to CrashPlan 4.3.0, I was unable to connect to the engine running on my Synology. And that is a pain, as I cannot control the CrashPlan setup anymore, which (more...)

More Kscope15 Impressions

Kscope15 (#kscope15) was hosted at Diplomat resort along beautiful Hollywood Beach, and the Scavenger Hunt from OAUX AppsLab infused a hint of fun and excitement between the packed, busy, and serious sessions.

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The Scavenger Hunt was quite a comprehensive system for people to win points in various ways, and keep track of events, points and a leaderboard. And of course, we had one Internet of Things (IoT) component that people could search for and tap to (more...)

Lots of OAUX Updates

While I spent June wrapping up conference season at OHUG and Kscope, Ultan (@ultan), Misha (@mishavaughan) and company (@usableapps) have been busily publishing content.

This here is a wrap-up of that content, but let’s be honest. If you like OAUX content, you really should follow the official blogs of OAUX: Usable Apps in the CloudVoXuser experience assistance: cloud design & development.

Oh and follow @usableapps (more...)

Kscope15 Impressions

As per Jake’s post, we got to spend a few days in Florida to support the Scavenger Hunt that we created for the Kscope15 conference.  Since it ran pretty smoothly, we were able to attend a few sessions and mingle with the attendees and speakers, here are my impressions of the event.

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This was my first time at Kscope.  Jake hyped it up as a not-to-miss conference for Oracle developers and despite my high (more...)

Oracle Standard Edition 2, a bright new future

Okay, it is not very much more than smoke, since Ludovica Caldara found MOS note 2027072.1 about the support of Standard Edition 12.1.0.2.0 and blogged and tweeted about it.

Despite Ludovica’s disclaimer, there is, nevertheless, some smoke… And Twitter quite quickly filled up (at least the early where I take interest). Dominic Giles stated: “More to come soon!” And Ann Sjökvist urged calmness by saying: “let’s wait for facts! (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...)

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...)

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.

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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...)

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...)

Let Me Say That Another Way …


"I never knew words could be so confusing," Milo said to Tock as he bent down to scratch the dog's ear.
"Only when you use a lot to say a little," answered Tock.  Milo thought this was quite the wisest thing he'd heard all day.
-- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Occasionally it may be necessary to ‘flip’ a table on its side, so to speak, meaning to convert rows to columns in order to (more...)

Mid-June Roundup

A busy June is half over now, but we still have miles to go before July.

We’ve been busy, which you know if you read here. Raymond went to Boston. Tony, Thao (@thaobnguyen), Ben and I were in Las Vegas at OHUG 15. John and Thao were in Minneapolis the week before that. Oh, and Anthony was at Google I/O.

The globetrotting continues this week, as John and Anthony (@anthonyslai) are in (more...)

A Framework for Wearables, Glance

Not long ago, Ultan (@ultan) wrote about our framework for wearable, and other, devices. We’re calling it Glance to reflect the OAUX glance-scan-commit design philosophy.

Noel (@noelportugal) produced a video highlighting Glance on several smartwatches as well as in the car, on Android Auto.

It’s pretty sweet. Check it out:

Glance has been in the works for more than a year now, and it arose out of our collective frustration with the effort (more...)

Using a terminal emulator on Mac

Dumb title for a blog post? No, not really I guess…

ZOC Terminal emulatorI have been using a terminal emulator, basically ever since I got away from the VT100 terminal:

  • ICE.TCP Pro
  • KEAVT
  • Reflection ‘X’

And a few other obscure applications that I cannot even recall anymore.
Currently, and over the last 6 to 8 years, I have been using ZOC.

The background of this story is: In the beginning these were the first DOS PC’s (more...)

Some Wearable Tech Glances Beat Others

This idea of the glanceable user experience of wearable technology is now everywhere.

They’re all at it.

Testing out the Apple Watch in Oracle HQ’s Fitness Center spin class. On the road is another matter.

Testing out the Apple Watch in Oracle HQ’s Fitness Center spin class. On the road is another matter.

There is the OG Misfit Wearables Shine, Apple’s Glances, and of our course the Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience (@usableapps) concept of glance on the smartwatch, part of our Glance, Scan, Commit design philosophy.

But, (more...)