Consider the following concept: When you are born you are issued a map showing the direction your life will take. Along the way people will come into your life and help you make sense of parts of that map. You may not know these people at the time but they will be important in establishing where you are to be headed and possibly what you should be doing. Eventually you can read the entire map (more...)
In a forum I frequent the following question was raised:
We see some sqls that have been running for a long time in our prod DB, 11.2. when we check the v$session, i see null sql ids for them. The sql_address shows up as 00. I would like to know what these sqls are doing because they correspond to processes that are burning up the CPU and driving the usage to > 85%.
This year, our team and our larger organization, Oracle Applications User Experience, will have precisely a metric ton of activities during the week.
For the first time, our team will be doing stuff at JavaOne too. Anthony (@anthonyslai) will be talking about the IFTTPi workshop we built for the Java team for MakerFaire back in May (more...)
Enkitec’s Sizing and Provisioning (eSP) is a new internal tool designed and developed with Oracle Engineered Systems in mind. Thanks to the experience and insights from Randy Johnson, Karl Arao and Frits Hoogland, what began as a pet project for some of us, over time became an actual robust APEX/PLSQL application, developed by Christoph Ruepprich and myself, and ready to debut at Oracle Open World 2014.
This posting is about eSP, what it does, and (more...)
The components are:
- AppsLab Slapbands from Amazing Wristbands (@AMZG_Wristbands)
- LightBlue Beans from Punch Through Design (@punchthrough)
- 3D-printed cases, designed by Friend of the ‘Lab Rob, printed by Sculpteo (@sculpteo)
- LED lights
- An NFC sticker
Tony went to a talk by Salim Ismail (@salimismail), the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University recently. He may/may not post his thoughts on the talk, which sounds fascinating, but this video is worth sharing either way, and not just because we have quadcopter fever.
I consider these types of posts to be filler, but I suppose you could look at it as curated content or something highbrow like that. Take your pick.
I scanned this post first, thought it would be interesting and left it to read later. Then I read it, and now, I’m terrified. Here’s the list, make sure to hit the link and read all about the sci-fi horrors that (more...)
To no one’s surprise, Apple announced the Apple Watch today.
Ultan, our wearables whisperer, has style and flair; if you’ve ever met him, you know this. His (and Sandra’s) point about wearable tech needing to be stylish is one that Apple has made, again, to (more...)
In Oracle releases 10.2.0.x and later join processing can be made more efficient by the use of Bloom filters, primarily to reduce traffic between parallel query slaves. What is a Bloom filter? Named after Burton Howard Bloom, who came up with the concept in the 1970s, it’s an efficient data structure used to quickly determine if an element has a high probability of being a member of a given set. It’s based (more...)
As the parent of a toddler, I have no choice but to pay attention to Disney and its myriad of products and services.
Case in point, this Summer we took our daughter to Disneyland for the first time, which was a whole thing. Pause to h/t Disneyland expert, Friend of the ‘Lab and colleague Kathy for all her park and travel protips.
Being who I am, I found myself wandering around Disneyland and California Adventure thinking (more...)
Editor’s note: The recent release of the Oracle Applications Cloud Simplified User Interface Rapid Development Kit represents the culmination of a lot of hard work from a lot of people. The kit was built, in large part, by Friend of the ‘Lab, Rafa Belloni (@rafabelloni), and although I tried to get him to write up some firsthand commentary on the ADF-fu he did to build the kit, he politely declined.
We’re developers (more...)
Our location is relentlessly tracked by our mobile devices. Our online transactions – both business and social – are recorded and stored in the cloud. And reams of biometric data will soon be collected by wearables. Mining this contextual data offers a significant opportunity to enhance the state of human computer interaction. But this begs the question: what exactly is ‘context’ ?
Consider the following sentence:
“As Michael was walking, he observed a bat lying on the ground. (more...)
This year I’ll be presenting at Oracle Open World with many of the best in the industry. If you are going to be in the San Francisco area between September 28 thru October 2 2014, stop by and check out the conference. Registration information can be found here.
The topics which I’ll be presenting or assisting with this year are:
- OTN RAC Attack – Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 9 am – 3 pm PST (more...)
I just got back to my hotel room after attending the first of a two day Cognitive Computing Forum, a conference running in parallel to the Semantic Technology (SemTech) Business Conference and the NoSQL Conference here in San Jose. Although the forum attracts less attendees and has only a single track, I cannot remember attending a symposium where so many stimulating ideas and projects were presented.
What is cognitive computing? It refers to computational systems that (more...)
I’ve been traveling a lot lately, which is bad. I’ve been consuming a lot of in-flight wifi, which is good, because there really should be no place on Earth where I’m unable to work.
Plus, it’s internets at 35,000 feet. How cool is that?
Today, I found myself in the throes of a decidedly first world problem. Of the many devices I carry, I couldn’t decide which one to use for the airplane wifi, which is, (more...)
Editor’s note: Hey a new author! Here’s the first one, of many I hope, from Bill Kraus, who joined us back in February. Enjoy.
One of the best aspects of working in the emerging technologies team here in Oracle’s UX Apps group is that we have the opportunity to ‘play’ with new technology. This isn’t just idle dawdling, but rather play with a (more...)
Recently I was declared, for want of a better word, an Oracle ACE. I was nominated by someone I respect and admire; just the nomination itself was enough, really, to make my day. When I received notification that I had been selected I was truly surprised. I immediately thanked my nominator, who told me:
"Still, it is just a nomination form, and you did all the work that made it so impressive. Congratulations!"
Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond have been working on a secret project. Here’s the latest:
So now you know why Noel bought the slap bands, but what goes in the case?
If you’ve been watching, you might know already.
The OTN network is designed to help Oracle users with community generated resources. Every year the OTN team organizes worldwide tours that allow local users to learn from subject matter experts in all things Oracle. For the past few years the UX team has been participating in the OTN Latin America Tour as well as other regions. This year I was happy to accept their invitation to deliver the opening keynote for the Mexico City tour stop.
Editor’s note: I meant to blog about this today, but looks like my colleagues over at VoX have beat me to it. So, rather than try to do a better job, read do any work at all, I’ll just repost it. Free content w00t!