Context in UX – What it is, what it isn’t, and why it’s important

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’ ?

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“As Michael was walking, he observed a bat lying on the ground. (more...)

Presenting at OOW 2014

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...)

Personal Assistant or Creepy Stalker? The Rise of the Cognitive Computing

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...)

More First World Problems

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...)

Quadcopters and the Internet of Things

Jerry-rigged attachment of a 808 keychain camera to the underside of a Syma X1 quadcopter.

Low tech attachment of a 808 keychain camera to the underside of a Syma X1 quadcopter.

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...)

“You’re A Real ACE”

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!"

Honestly, (more...)

The Secret Project Emerges

Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond have been working on a secret project. Here’s the latest:

eihgjagiThanks to AUX colleague and Friend of the ‘Lab, Rob Hernandez, for the 3D modeling.

So now you know why Noel bought the slap bands, but what goes in the case?

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If you’ve been watching, you might know already.

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LightBlue Beans from Punch Through Design

Those are LightBlue Beans from Punch Through Design (@punchthrough), h/t @ (more...)

OTN Latin America Tour 2014 – Mexico

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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.

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Oracle Voice Debuts on the App Store

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!

Although I no longer carry an iOS device, I’ve seen Voice demoed many times in the past. Projects like Voice and Simplified UI are what drew me to Applications User Experience, and it’s (more...)

We Have Slap Bands

As part of a secret project Noel (@noelportugal) and Raymond are cooking up, Noel ordered some AppsLab-branded slap bands.

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The bands were produced by Amazing Wristbands (@AMZG_Wristbands), and Noel has nothing but good things to say about them, in case you’re looking for your own slap bands.

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have some left over after the double-secret project. So, if you want one, let us know.

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A Smart Holster for Law Enforcement

So, back in January, Noel (@noelportugal) took a team of developers to the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon in Las Vegas.

Although they didn’t win, the built some very cool stuff, combining Google Glass, Philips Hue, Internet of Things, and possibly a kitchen sink in there somewhere, into what can only be described as a smart holster. You know, for guns.

You read that right. This project was way out of our usual wheelhouse, which (more...)

That’s … Huge!

Recently I’ve noticed the occasional thread in Oracle newsgroups and lists asking about hugepages support in Linux, including ‘best practices’ for hugepages configuration. This information is out on that ‘world-wide web’ in various places; I’d rather put a lot of that information in this article to provide an easier way to get to it. I’ll cover what hugepages are, what they do, what they can’t do and how best to allocate them for your particular (more...)

So, a Researcher and Six Developers Join a Hackathon

Editor’s Note: Hey, a new author! Colleague and Friend of the ‘Lab, Joyce Ohgi, a principal usability researcher here at Oracle Applications User Experience, joined several of our guys and tall man, all-around good dude and Friend of the ‘Lab, Rafa Belloni (@rafabelloni), to form a super-powered hackathon team last week.

This is her story, as told from the inside. Enjoy.

I earned $600 in a hackathon without writing a single line of code.

Well, (more...)

It Pays To Be Smart

Exadata is a powerful system, able to provide exceptional performance. Much of this peformance is due to Smart Scans, Exadata’s mechanism for shifting the workload to the storage cells and having them filter and reduce the amount of data the database servers must process. Not every Smart Scan that starts ends up completing, though. Oracle may decide that a different path, one that doesn’t include a Smart Scan, may be more efficient. Certain conditions must (more...)

SQL Developer can’t start because MSVCR71.dll is missing (On Windows)

I have installed SQL Developer (with JDK) on Windows many times before, and almost all the time I receive the system error bellow when trying to execute it by the first time. Due to this, I decided to publish the

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 2

So, if you read Part 1, you’re all up to speed. If not, no worries. You might be a bit lost, but if you care, you can bounce over and come back for the thrilling conclusion.

I first showed the Taleo Interview Evaluation Glass app and Android app at a Taleo and HCM Cloud customer expo in late April, and as I showed it, my story evolved.

Demos are living organisms; the more you show (more...)

Taleo Interview Evaluations, Part 1

Time to share a new concept demo, built earlier this Spring by Raymond and Anthony (@anthonyslai), both of whom are ex-Taleo.

Back in April, I got my first exposure to Taleo during a sales call. I was there with the AUX contingent, talking about Oracle HCM Cloud Release 8, featuring Simplified UI, our overall design philosophies and approaches, i.e. simplicity-mobility-extensibility, glance-scan-commit, and our emerging technologies work and future cool (more...)

What A Performance!

Performance is one of the big watchwords in tht IT industry; nowhere is it more often used than in the database arena, and it’s usually not a good sign. End users know nothing, really, of the inner workings of the database yet they are the first to point the ‘finger of blame’ at the database when the processing speed slows or queries take longer than they would like to return data. [For end users performance (more...)

I Guess Wearables Are a Thing

For what seems like ages, the noise around wearable technology has been building, but until recently, I’ve been skeptical about widespread adoption.

Not anymore, wearables are a thing, even without an Apple device to lead the way.

Last week, Noel (@noelportugal) and I attended the annual conference of the Oracle HCM Users Group (@ohugupdates); the Saturday before the conference, we showed off some of our wearable demos to a small group of customers (more...)

Fourfecta! Java, IoT, Making and Raspi

Here comes more Maker content for your reading pleasure, this time it’s an OTN piece on Java and the Internet of Things:

A Perfect Match: Java and the Internet of Things

The piece features lots of Noel (@noelportugal) wisdom, on making, on IoT, on the Raspi and on Java, his own personal fourfecta. If you’re scanning (shame on you), look for the User Experience and the Internet of Things section.

Here’s a very Noel (more...)