Celebrating 5 Years in Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: If you read here, you might recall that we have dos hermanos en Guadalajara, Luis (@lsgaleana) y Osvaldo (@vaini11a). Last month, the Mexico Development Center (MDC) celebrated its fifth anniversary. Here’s to many more. Reposted from VoX.

By Sarahi Mireles, (@sarahimireles), Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps)

As you may know, Oracle has a couple Development Centers around the globe, and one of them is in Guadalajara, (more...)

The rising of the Standard Edition (#orclse2)

It was the second half of 2011 when the broader introduction of Standard Edition database security tooling was introduced in The Benelux. Dbvisit Standby was the tool and protecting data in Standard Edition databases was the deal.

I remember the first meetings vividly! The Standard Edition database? Many people had not heard of this edition or, more frighteningly, the ones that knew about it, ignored it. Standard Edition was not something to be taken seriously, (more...)

Reducing Friction with Amazon Prime Now

A couple days after Noel (@noelportugal) wrote about reducing user friction, I got a chance to try one of Amazon’s latest friction-reducing services, Amazon Prime Now.

The likes of Webvan pioneered grocery delivery back in the dot com days, and fun fact, Amazon owns and continues to operate what is left of Webvan. In those halcyon days, I used Webvan quite a bit. Sounds a bit silly, but being able to order groceries (more...)

The Basis Peak: Take a #selfie. See How Exercise Changes You

Editor’s Note: Reposted from Ultan’s (@ultan) Tumblr, a great read. Ultan knows his fitness (and fashion), so his rousing endorsement of the Peak is legit. Read my impressions of the Basis Peak for more. Since I wore it last, Basis has updated the watch’s firmware to add some pretty cool features. Enjoy.

“You’ve been running! Take a selfie, see how exercise changes you!” I smile when that message pops into (more...)

Four Weeks with the Garmin Vivosmart

The Year of Data continues for me, and yesterday, I finished a four-week relationship with the Garmin Vivosmart.

I use relationship purposefully here because if you use a wearable to track fitness and sleep, you’re wearing it a lot, and it actually becomes a little friend (or enemy) that’s almost always with you. Wearables are very personal devices.

If you’re scoring at home, 2015 has gone thusly for me:

Reducing User Friction

A few nights ago a Domino’s Pizza commercial got my attention. It is called “Sarah Loves Emoji.”

At the end the fictional character Sarah finishes by simply saying “only Domino’s gets me.” The idea of texting an emoji, tweeting, using a Smart TV, or a smartwatch to automagically order pizza fascinates me. What Domino’s is attempting to do here is to reduce user friction, which is defined as anything that prevents a user from (more...)

OAUX Emerging Technologies in Profit Magazine

The August 2015 edition of Profit Magazine (@OracleProfit) includes a nice piece called “The Explorers” highlighting the work of our team and that of JD Edwards Labs.


This article is nice companion piece to our strategic approach to emerging technologies and how we apply the “Glance, Scan, Commit” design philosophy to our work.

I’m honored to be quoted in the article and proud to see our little team getting this level of recognition.

If you (more...)

“But, You Don’t Understand…”

"Let me try once more," he said in an effort to explain. "In other words--"

"You mean you have other words?" cried the bird happily. "Well, by all means, use them.
You're certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

A seemingly constant battle in many forums is getting those who post questions to be clear in what they are asking. Some questions are (more...)

Issue with Perl in $ORACLE_HOME during installs

I’ve been doing some Enterprise Manager installs a bit more lately. At the same time, I’ve been working on Data Integration items such as GoldenGate and ODI.  What these products have in common are that they require an Oracle Database for a repository.  Needless to say I’ve been installing a lot of databases in test and production environments.  The one thing that has been consistent is the issue I keep seeing (more...)

On the Necessity of Flight

Editor’s note: Our team participated in many of the Summer of Innovation events held by Laurie (@lsptahoe) and her team. Here’s a recap of the IoT Hackathon held at Oracle HQ, July 30-31. Enjoy.

“The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas…”
The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes

To Luis, Osvaldo, and me this beautiful poetry calls to mind one thing. (more...)

What’s In A (User) Name?

"So each one of you agrees to disagree with whatever the other one agrees with,
but if you both disagree with the same thing, aren't you really in agreement?"
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Recently a blog post caught my attention, primarily because it was talking about primary keys in a database. In the post an interesting situatino was presented, one involving using a username column as the key. The point was made (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...)

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...)

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 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...)

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...)

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
  • 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...)

Stop That!

"It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

Jonathan Lewis has coined a term and its definition that, I believe, we’ll be using quite a bit:

Stoptimisation - the art of optimisation by not doing the things you don't need to do.

It’s a term we’ve needed for some time now, given the pendulum swing back to the days of yore (meaning pre-9i) with (more...)

That Depends

In every universe there are questions that either:

Have no answer
Have an answer that is situation-dependent

and that includes the Oracle universe. Sometimes it’s difficult to get that concept across to the less knowledgeable. Let’s go back to a simple example from a previous post to illustrate this.

In Resurrecting The Dead flashback operations were discussed as an option to restore table data to before an errant update. The post started with this:


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