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OCM - MOS - Metalink

Tue, 2010-05-18 19:46

Being removed from using oracle support for a period of time, I was spared the implementation pains that others experienced.  Too bad those pains haven't subsided. Come on... Flash?!?!?

If you put the fact that they chose flash (come on flash?!?!?) aside, the system is actually very good.  I can see the immediate benefit of using a collector and sending the data to them.  I was able to raise an SR with all of the particulars in about 2 minutes, would have been less if the !@$#%! backspace button worked, but it's 2010, why do we still have backspace buttons.

I don't have any of the searching issues that other's have had, the power search is actually pretty powerful when you figure it out and having a 3rd party list of missing patches has already proven to be a great asset in getting things up to date.  I generally feel that given enough time, MOS will be a good system, assuming they go to something else other than flash.

Come on Flash!?!?!?!?

I am back

Sat, 2010-03-13 14:16
Sorry for the delay, economy, company I worked for was bought, then shutdown with pretty much everybody - including me - laid off.
I have been working as a technical analyst for a media firm until just recently, it was a great job, with great pay and even better people, but the term is over and I am back to being a DBA with a smallish internet based company.
I will be posting again, I promise.


Mon, 2007-08-27 12:15

The "you have to document code" theory has cropped up again, I have resisted writing about this in the past, but I am in the correct mood today. I thoroughly respect the writers that are all for heavy documentation of code, people like Eddie Awad, he is great but I do disagree with him and others.

I am not picking on Eddie, he just has the latest post concerning this that I have come across. Eddie has had a few posts about comments and documentation, with the most recent being Self Documenting Code is Not Enough where he references an article titled Comments Are More Important Than code, I have read in the past by Jef Raskin. I do believe with some of the writings, but where I heartily disagree is basically, comments are more important than code. My view on the matter is pretty darn simple. If you need comments to follow the code, get another job because you don't deserve to be a programmer. If you can't spend 5 minutes and follow the flow of the code, even hundreds of lines, your local fast food outlet is always hiring.

Now, where comments do belong is describing the business logic behind the code, but not the code itself, code itself is self documenting because, well it is written!! Yes you always use proper naming conventions because everybody has their own naming conventions that are the better than everybody else's. Using conventions is not documentation, it is job preservation.

The documentation belongs as normal human readable sections at the beginning of the code segment and in a word document everybody has access to and only 1 person (and a backup person) can update. I hate to say it, but flow charts and other visual items are the best way to get a point across. All the staff that look at the visio can go "ooh, ahh, look at the pretty pictures... ahhh, look at the pretty colors.".

My top 5 reasons why database software projects fail.

  1. You have a scrum master.
  2. You follow agile programming, extreme programming or any other cluster f*ck methodology
  3. The comment "we want to be database independent" is heard.
  4. The comment "We don't need source control." is heard.
  5. The number of minutes spent in weekly meetings by a developer is larger than the number of minutes spent in the bathroom by the same developer.

One of the reasons why a developer is let go in our organization, they say something to the effect of

"I was writing the documentation, I didn't have time to finish the program that is why I am X days late"

In their past companies, they have found that saying "I was doing documentation instead of code" is a perfectly acceptable excuse for being late. We translate that comment into "Please fire me because I am lazy and don't respect deadlines.".

We have been doing a bunch of hiring lately - as normal - we just can't keep up with the oracle development positions, I might be just a little hard on them. I have recently streamlined my end of the hiring process greatly. First 3 questions on the interview

  1. Who is Thomas (Tom) Kyte?

  2. Where can you get all of the oracle documentation online?

  3. Have you read the application developer fundamentals guide for oracle <latest version here>?

Without a quick and positive proper answer to at least 2 of the three questions, I basically say "Thanks, but no thanks" and hang up.

Oracle 11g

Tue, 2007-08-21 20:22

Well. Since everybody is talking about oracle 11g, and I have been really quiet lately... I took today and installed oracle 11g, then I upgraded a test database to 11g with zero problems.

I ran some of our testing scripts and performance and results matched what had been documented earlier in the month. So, I bit the bullet, I upgraded a production database to 11g. Now, when I say "production" I mean a 3 user database coming in at just under 2 gig in size including system tablespace, so awfully small. It is simply a way for users to search for files that were created before 2000 and was simply 5 spreadsheets compiled to a common format and loaded. It is a recent addition to our systems and I have all of the base data that can be loaded again.

So, we are successfully running an oracle 11g database in production.

Woot Woot.


Mon, 2007-08-13 14:04
Due to the LARGE amount of spam this blog is getting, I am going to switch comments to registered bloggers only. Sorry all, but I have had enough of deleting the SPAM posts. Death to all spammers.

Don and Jonathan at it again

Fri, 2007-08-03 13:13

Once again they are at it.


All I have to say on the matter is, Don Burleson and his employee comments, scripts, "how to's" and expert advice have screwed up more than one thing mostly due to me trusting them without actually paying attention to what was going on. Nothing from Jonathan Lewis has ever failed me.
Don Burleson has an interesting outlook on life - check out his personal blog - I won't link to it, but just google it "don burleson blog personal" and it is the first hit.

Rather enlightening to see a his view on life.


Wed, 2007-07-04 12:24

I joined the BAAG party awhile back - Battle Against Any Guess.

Go and give it a read, especially you folks that send emails that have a subject of PLZ HELP or URGENT PLZ or something similiar.

User tracking

Mon, 2007-06-18 14:10

This is so obvious - at least to us here - that it really kind of shook us up that we were not doing it. I was talking to ,y friend Jeremy, and he mentioned his company had rolled out an internally built APEX app for tracking users and their accounts across all of the applications in the company. It took him awhile of explaining before it dawned on me how good of an idea this is.

They (as do we) have a database that is used for tracking employee phone numbers, with the multitude of payroll systems acquired through acquisitions having a single repository of all the active employees in the company that can be referenced even if those employees do not have network accounts is very important. We use our central database basically primarily for a place to allow employees to store their phone numbers and other contact information that is then access via a few JP pages. Jeremy and crew went a few steps farther. They actually replicate the employee information into this central database from all their various payroll systems, so that the information in the central database for where the employee is working, name changes, terminations, new hires etc is automatically looked after, so there is no out of date information when somebody transfers or quits. They then (and this is the brilliant part) pull in all of the user information from every single application in the company into this central database giving them user lists from every application. That user list is then compared to their service desk software (incident tracking stuff) and then all of that information is compared against the employee information from the payroll systems.

With all of the data in a central spot, now, they can issue a simple query on a person, and every application tied to that person is displayed and if their account is active or not. They also flag new hires and terminations and automatically generate tickets in their service desk software to have a help desk person investigate if an account is needed, verify the request for a new account is actually a live person according to payroll, and termination notices no longer have to rely on a manager at some location filling in the proper paperwork and forwarding to the IT department. Now the IT department is aware of the termination and what applications the user had access to and the IT department can now pursue the site to make sure the paper work is filled out.

In the first few weeks they were able to reduce their user count by almost 10% due to duplicate accounts, people that were no longer with the company etc. May not seem like much, but he said it was $20K alone in Novell licensing. Some reports have been put together to give them detailed user counts by application and server for licensing and usage reports.

Very simple idea but yields so much information. Jeremy did it all in APEX and oracle 10gR2 on Linux on an old piece of hardware. I will see if I can get him to put together something technical for this, I can almost smell a business opportunity here.

Good show!


Tue, 2007-06-12 20:39

We have been working on implementing Oracle Fusion middleware for our SOA solution, ESB and BPEL and all the other bells and whistles, BAM and BPA. I have to say, even for an old dog like me, this is an amazing concept. We had IBM and Oracle come and visit numerous times flogging their software and we decided on oracle simply because their products seemed to be more tightly integrated and basically looked better. The kicker was that everything is done via JDeveloper instead of 3 or 4 different products like IBM's SOA stuff (Websphere).

I have built a handful of adapters of some interfaces I know very well. I was able to retrieve data without a problem, I then took a crack at creating ESB and BPEL services to then "listen" for changes and move the data around. All I can say is wow, the ease at which data can be mapped and moved around is astounding. The largest time saving is an adapter only has to be made once per system and then a simple BPEL assign to do the mapping and presto, data acquired, transformed to a common format, and then transformed to what the destination system requires. Then the ESB process sits and waits for more data to come in. Wonderful stuff, no wonder everybody is talking about SOA, even though it is in hushed voices and darkened hallways. The learning curve is extreme and my knowledge of XML,XSD and XSLT has increased a hundred fold, but it is all worth it.

After this I am off to update by CV ;)

We have a few training classes scheduled to try and get the rest of the department some exposure to the products. BPA - Business Process Analyzer I believe is what the acronym is, there are just a few to try and remember. BPA is a product that I have just started to look at, we bought a lot of licenses for it, and as the marketing for it says, it allows business "super users" to actually map the work flow in an almost Visio environment, pass that to a developer and with a lot less work than I expected, the developer can turn that into a BPEL flow and deploy the application. The best part is the changes to the flow the developer needed (if any) are automatically passed back to the user that created the original document.

Really cool stuff.

Well, I made a list

Thu, 2007-05-10 09:51

I read Eddie Awad's blog all the time. Once again, I was quite surprised when I went scrolling through the listing of the Top Oracle Blogs Ranked by Technorati Authority and, low and behold. I am on the list.

#124 out of 130 but, on the list none the less.

Date columns

Tue, 2007-05-08 13:02

I have a good friend from a previous job who is an Oracle DBA, he is kind of shy and doesn't like a big presence on the net. I have blatantly stolen work from him in the past, including some excerpts from this particular document (always with his knowledge). But the poor bugger had the lack of foresight to send me this complete PDF document. So, I quickly decided I had better post it just to show him blogging isn't all evil and invitation to flaming.

That said, Jeremy's quick write up on oracle date columns that he did for his internal support staff. Absolutely nothing earth shattering or ground breaking, but I can't see any errors with it and it is good to give to people who can't speak "DBA". Yes, I have used this in the past elsewhere as well. But this is the complete PDF.


Mon, 2007-05-07 09:24

APEX is great, APEX is a life saver... OK, job saver?

As I mentioned before I like APEX, but not having the time to develop in it and learn it well, I get a little lost in the product. The APEX forums are a good place to pick up information, like most forums if you use them properly. I read Dimitri Gielis blog on a regular basis, imagine my surprise when he posts about answering one of my questions.

Thanks again Dimitri!

Fire Fighting

Fri, 2007-05-04 22:47

With the conversion of '07, staffing issues, hardware failures, fires, and the day to day grind, my job satisfaction over the last year has well, been at an all time low. I can never seem to get anything done properly, everything is patched together and done in haste to move onto the next fire. One of the fine ladies that works with me actually bought everybody in the group a little fireman's hat and a tiny little working fire hydrant and hose squirt gun, because it seems to be how we are viewed by the company as of late, simply running around putting out fires. A necessary, expensive evil entity who never has time to talk, and is only around when there is an emergency, or a fresh pot of coffee.

Well, today was a little different. 4 of us IT people had taken a group trek to the lunch room for a refill, we bumped into a few of our sales staff, once we all realized we were on hallowed neutral ground and no marking of territory was needed we started to chit chat, the weather around here has been record breaking and that is what we were talking about, all relaxing nicely. Then one of the sales guys pipes up, completely out of the blue and says "So, any of you ever look at our order processing and shipping system?". Well the system is a bolt on system to our oracle e-business suite and is relatively new. Development was outsourced and then the application support was laid in the lap of our haggard sales support team. None us IT people at that time were part of the sales support team, so the answer was a resounding "No". I monitor the database, but it is quiet and never complains about anything.

The sales guy goes on to talk about how over the last 2 months, it takes longer and longer to process an order, to the point of the sales guys queue up their orders and process let the system process them over night, because if they process the order manually, it locks up the application for as long as the order takes to process. The sales guy, lets call him Henry, goes on to say when the system was first in place, an order would process in about 1-2 seconds, now an order he processed this morning while a customer was on the other end of the phone took 7 minutes. I know his time is valid because the screen actually tells the sales person how long the processing took.

Henry continues on saying all of the sales folks have raised the issue with their manager, who was supposed to pass this along to the IT group, but it appears never has. I decide to return to my cube and take a look. I do the normal thing of right off the bat of starting a snapshot every 10 minutes and dig up some of the baseline snapshots so I have something to compare too. I call Henry and ask him to process an order so I can trace his session. I find his session and start a trace, he processes an order, and his session goes inactive after only a couple of seconds. I have Henry on the other end of the phone, and he says the process is still running. I can plainly see, that according to the DB, the process is over.

The app is a Delphi fat client, so I can rule out any connection pooling or anything like that. I go up to Henry's desk, the process is still going. I wait until it finishes, it takes almost 7 minutes, and he reviews the PDF that pop's up of the order and then he clicks the forward button and lets the work flow take over and push the order off to the next people in line. Those people happen to be in the cube right next to Henry, so I check with them. They say yes, they see they have an alert that the order has come in, but the lady is not wanting to open the order because at this time of day, it can take almost 10 minutes for the form to open., she says, first thing in the morning she can process a hundred forms in just a few minutes and I should come back tomorrow. I push the issue and she opens the form, and yes it takes - get this, 7 minutes.

Speculating to myself on what the problem might be, I go down to the sales support group and talk to their team lead, they know about the problem and it has been a ticket in the help desk for awhile but they are short staffed by 3 and do not have time to deal with it any time soon. I ask if I can, and of course am promptly handed the keys to the system and told to "have fun, don't change anything". I take a look and I find the PL/SQL that generates the PDF, it is a simply external call to a java program via the client that reads the DB and generates the PDF. I can run it in test no problem, generates a PDF in a couple of seconds. I ask Henry to try test, he does, takes just a few seconds.

Well, this is turning into a really long story, but I needed to lay the groundwork, sorry about that. Continuing the story, I decide to check out the DB server. lots of free space, minimal CPU usage, our reporting software shows that the machine only averages about 70% CPU usage over the course of a few days. Well that isn't it. I then cd into the temporary holding location for the PDF files and do an ls. Then I wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. I open another session and check the server. No CPU usage, no nothing. Being the server is a Linux box I run top and take a look, nothing out of the ordinary, I run iostat, nothing out of the ordinary. Very confused I check the other session and it is completed, I run "time ls" and wait. I am sure you can guess it, time comes back to just under 7 minutes. I check the scroll back on my terminal, it goes back to the max of the buffer, 2000 lines. I do a ls | wc -l. I wait the 7 minutes and get the outstanding number of 532,932. Wow, I didn't think that was possible, that is a lot of files. Then I realize with the file name sizes, ls is 4 columns wide. That is 2,131,728 files in that one directory assuming they are all the same file name length. I go back up one directory, do a ls -lrt and the directory is only 2 bytes in size. That doesn't seem right, with that many files in there, the directory header should be massive.

I call the SA group and have them check. They come back, surprisingly about 10 minutes later saying "Yeah, the directory is f*cked" it is a mount point on the NAS and we can't even see it from console. The NAS is mounted to the DB server and as a share that the sales people can access. A few phone calls later, and we confirm that the PDF's are temporary and not needed, we down the DB with the user's consent, the SA's unmount the drive and remount a new empty one immediately. Once we bring it back, we call Henry and he tries it and an order processes in under 2 seconds. We look at the directory and there is a single PDF in there. We know we haven't written 2+ million orders in 2 months (we wish!!), so the SA's work on getting some files out of the directory so we can take a look. While waiting on the SA's I monitor the directory, there are now 3 files, but Henry is the only user in the system still, we haven't released it to the public yet. I call Henry, he processed 1 other order, not 2 more - he swears by it. I asked Henry to process another, he does. now 7 files, and another one, now 15 files. I tell Henry to stop and call the support team and tell them about the problem.

The sales support group immediately drop everything and dig into the issue. Takes the team lead about 10 minutes to find the problem. The Delphi, just in case, backs up all files submitted by that user before it processes the current order. It assigns a sequence number and copies the files, effectively doubling the number of orders issued by the sales person before the new order is generated. The user's PC does all the work copying the files. The code to remove the backup files is instead a simple comment saying something to the effect of "delete was taking too long, investigate using a cron task to delete, the directory can fill up fast", made by one of the sales team support people who left awhile back. A quick change, and bingo, the code will delete order's older than 24 hours and not make any backups. Since the app is ran from a network drive, the sales group compiles a new version and pushes it out. After letting a few more users in, we verify the problem is fixed and go home for the day.

This made me feel good. Nothing to do with problems in an oracle database, no meetings, no hours of planning and discussion. Just suit up, get to work, and put the fire out...


Migration from Access

Wed, 2007-05-02 12:45

A few months ago, we hired a consultant to work with a group of users and start to migrate from the numerous access database applications and excel spreadsheet "applications" to APEX. At the time it was APEX 2.0. We created them a database on a little used server and gave the consultant about 100 gig of storage and a list of items the consultant must do and must not do written into the contract.

We have heard very little about the project, the manager in charge pretty much left them on their own. Today we had a meeting which turned out to be the "wrap-up" meeting for the project. The consultant and the users, in under 4 months converted 16 MS Access databases and 44 excel spreadsheets to APEX applications. LDAP authentication and centrally managed user list as all the apps are in a single APEX workspace. The project is magnificent! The users are happy, all the rules have been adhered to and the consultant came in under the time limit getting the bonus money that was part of the contract. Everybody is happy all around. I looked into the DB, proper referential integrity, very few bad SQL, the schema is organized well with non shared tables prefixed with a TLA that they came up for that particular MS access or excel application. Applications talk to each other when necessary and the users are reporting much better productivity and no missing transactions or data.

Every application is snappy and efficient. The consultant and the project user lead also signed off on retiring the 155 MS Access licenses, which will be a nice thing to stop paying for when we renew.

All and all, a good day!

APEX is amazing... I still struggle with some basics on it... but I am a DBA, not a developer. We already have another meeting with the consultant to put them onto another APEX project we have waiting in the wings.

The big leap

Mon, 2007-04-23 10:03

In the last 8 months we have cycled through 4 MS SQL Server DBA's at one of our partner/remote sites, 11 servers, 11 databases. We are responsible for the IT services at that site and hiring SQL Server DBA's has become a 4 letter word. The original long term fellow had health problems and had to go on permanent medical at 40, I wish him luck. The first fellow we hired was a complete and utter useless twat who we fired after 2 months. The next fellow we hired was an OK fellow, a little too Microsoft branded, he had pretty much every MS certification known to the universe and made sure you knew it. He only lasted about 3 weeks when it was discovered he lied on his application and had a criminal background. We don't care if you do, just don't lie about it because the position requires being bonded. We also changed our company we use to check things like that because they were a little slow. This last lady, well, lets just say, she fell somewhere in between utterly useless and waste of skin and we let her go 2 weeks ago when 2 of the servers went down hard and it was discovered she hadn't been doing backup's since not long after she started. Her supervisor at the site was give a good dragging over the coals as well.

I was asked if I would like to learn to be a SQL Server DBA right around the timeline of the first replacement. I said "No thank you". When we let Mr. MS go, I was asked again. I said "Do not have time". When the 3rd guy was let go, I was asked again and I said "Starting to look that way isn't it". And now, that the last (and only) lady is gone, I was begged to learn SQL Server, so I said "OK, but only in a backup capacity", of course, if I believe that, I am sure the tooth fairy and Santa are going to come visiting bearing gifts of great winged pigs. I know enough about SQL server to get around, start, stop, run some scripts. Nothing to do with performance or optimization or anything like that.

So, this past weekend, I started to read the documentation for SQL Server, and immediately began to miss Oracle documentation. MS doc's suck. Nothing else to say, than they suck. I read what passes as the concepts guide, and started to wonder why does MS charge for SQL Server? it should be given away for free because it isn't worth any money to anybody at all.

I have put myself completely at the mercy of a company we use for training purposes, and they are coming up with a complete MS certified training course for SQL server with all of the prerequisites needed over the next year. I shudder to think of it. The admin at the site is also making me a VM of the test server so I can play with it on my laptop.

Conversion of 07 is done!

Mon, 2007-04-16 10:54

Required a marathon 36 hours at work for 3 of us, but it is complete. The users have been using the new production system for almost 24 hours now. New system is magnitudes faster than the old one, the users are ecstatic.

Only issue we had was about 2 hours into the data transfer some chuckle head at the remote site accidental stepped on the power bar for 2 of the 4 new internet routers, but the error checking took care of it. Once the modem's were powered back on, the process realized it, and started the transfers again.

Application Express 3.0

Mon, 2007-03-26 09:03

We have eagerly been waiting for the release of APEX 3.0 , Last week, APEX 3.0 was made available for download. We use APEX extensively for internal application development and are porting many oracle forms applications that were internally developed to APEX. The users love APEX, the IT people love APEX, I as a DBA love APEX. We were looking forward to the PDF printing most of all, the ability to build PDF reports in APEX was going to be a huge feather in the cap for oracle and there was serious talk about having a vendor port a major application from a Delphi fat client to APEX, the vendor was on board, everything seemed to line up.

Then we installed APEX 3.0, the upgrade and installation on our test environment went perfectly, no problems at all. We start to read the documentation about the PDF printing, and we realize. We need to install XML/BI publisher to take advantage of the robust PDF printing that was all the rage. Well, that burnt us. Yes we can install the FOP stuff and do really basic reporting, but we had hoped the PDF generation was part of APEX 3.0.

We have had XML/BI publisher on the radar for awhile, knowing we will have to go to it with our Oracle E-Business suite upgrade later this year. I guess I had upgrade our evaluation copy to the newest version and see what has changed and try and figure out some business cases for spending the C$45,872 per CPU for XML/BI publisher.

We still love APEX 3.0, wonderful product, if your not using it, you should figure out a reason to.

Oracle sues SAP

Thu, 2007-03-22 22:26



I had seen some rumours floating around that Oracle was going to try and take over parts of SAP, guess the rumours were wrong, but some legal work was brewing. Makes you wonder who stated the rumours to begin with.


Mon, 2007-03-12 23:12

I am bored, I am sitting at my desk staring at a very slowly moving tail -f on an rman log copying a production database to test, 52 gig of data, the fun never ends here. It is almost 8pm and I have been here since 7am this morning, let the ramblings begin.

I am an avid follower of Jonathan Lewis and his articles on the oracle optimizer. I have his book "Cost-Based Oracle Fundamentals", and I have actually managed to read the entire thing from cover to cover. I can guarantee to you that most of it went straight in, and straight out leaving little behind. I hope at least that enough of it remains behind to have a positive effect at a later date.

I had an actual case to use Tom Kyte and Jonathan Lewis blog entries on ordering a query, showing a developer he can't rely on the order in a table, because there is no order in a normal heap table. Didn't take much, simply forwarded him the links and let him try to find a way to prove them wrong. I haven't heard back from him.

We have 2 ISV's, lets call the Bob and Doug that have really been causing me grief lately, these are small shops that unfortunately have developed two systems that have become integral to our production. It is amazing, these two companies are located within a few kilometers of each other, they have no idea of each other's existence, but they cause me the same troubles. The troubles are always the same, no apparent in house testing of patches or upgrades, they appear to be under the impression that is what our IT staff is for - testing the ISV's code. Bob is database happy, they keep asking for more and more databases on our side. In our environment (they VPN in) they have a production, a test, a dev, and a QA instance for each province we operate in - total of 12 instances each around 50 gig in size. Now, that doesn't seem like much, but we do absolutely no development internally - none at all. These instances are here basically because they don't have the server space available to have what they think they need so they burden us with the responsibility of keeping the databases backed up and in good working order. The copy I mentioned at the opening is being done on their behalf. We pay them support, yet we maintain their support environment.

Doug on the other hand is amazingly skilled at stalling problem fixes long enough so that the users simply forget and develop work around. When Doug does release patches or upgrades, something always, consistently goes wrong, never during our testing of course. They give us a list of what they changed, we test that, and do a general test of everything else, this particular example is year end stuff. In October they release an update that worked pretty well, they only had to release the update to us for testing 4 times which is a new minimal record, with the maximum being 21 times. We test, users signed off and away we went. January comes along, users do their month end and everything works great. February rolls in and we are doing an internal audit between Doug's system and our financial system, and the auditors notice a rather minor $60K variance. Tracking it back, turns out that in the update in October the developers at Doug's company slightly modified a view that is only used at month/year end, "for performance purposes" and never told us about it. Their solution to the performance problems was removing a rather important table from the query which tracked and accounted for user manual changes in the data.

The user that sent the data should have read the reports and caught it early, so Doug made sure the fault landed solely on the users shoulder. So, the users had to make two correcting entries in the GL. Luckily the discrepancy was small and we didn't have to change our year end results. We are still waiting on Doug to give us a document on any changes necessary to their application for DST.

We are hiring an oracle applications support person and 2 IBM Lotus Notes (shudder) developers. I haven't quite figured out where the management plans to seat them, our cube farm is pretty packed together with us each only getting about a 9 foot square of space. Maybe they think we don't need that easy access to the fire escape, they can cram one in there. What they plan to do with the other two, I do not know. Possibly stack us up, lay some flooring across the tops of the cubes and put the cubes two high. We do have a very tall ceiling.

As for my "shudder" about IBM Notes, I have no bad feelings toward the developers that use Notes, I just hate IBM Lotus Notes, it is simply one of the worst programs ever created. We have the newest version of it (7x) and it still sucks. The only time the IBM team that develops Lotus Notes stops building something that sucks is when they start to build vacuum cleaners.

Oh boy, we need to work on the I/O on this test system, I swear there are gerbils in that server running back and forth with some floppies in their mouths transferring the data between disks. 52% done.

I managed to get management sign off on upgrading an oracle 7 database to oracle 10gR2. Apparently the company that supports the application uses 10gR2 internally, even though the majority of their customers are still on oracle 7. The application is 100% web based using some web language I can't remember so the upgrade is apparently really easy and they are going to supply us with the necessary scripts. That will only leave us one oracle 7 database in production.

uggg... I have to type slower, the RMAN log hasn't moved in minutes.

I have been keeping up with what was happening at Hotsos this year by reading Doug Burn's blog. His house mate of the month is amusing and his technical knowledge and writing style are well above average. I came across Don Burleson's personal blog, I follow the forum he hosts. Well, lets just say that starts a whole new chapter on that fellow for me. I know he needs to plug his and his fellow Rampant press author's books, but come on :).

I see my RSS reader is showing me that David Aldridge has posted again, finally after a very long time.

The Conversion of '07 continues later this week, this is the final test before we have to do it in production. I will write a note or two on how it goes.

Well, enough rambling for now.