Friday, June 23, 2006

Happy Birthday Alan Turing

The father of modern Computer Science would be 94 today if he didn't commit suicide at 42.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

My Favorite Metalink Articles

When you answer questions in public forums, you typically end up either the same question many times or pointing the poster to a particular slice of the documentation or a Metalink document. Some of the more frequently suggested documents and tools I use from Metalink:

Why is my index not used?
ORA-600/7445 Lookup Facility
Backup & Recovery FAQ
Semaphors & Shared Memory Explained
Shared Memory
Kernal Parameters and how they relate to Oracle
Wait Event Description
How to deal with deadlocks (ORA-00060)
Connection Manager and Firewalls
Using truss
Locking and Latching FAQ
Critical Patches

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Updated Links

With all the sheep moving to other pastures, I kinda let my links lapse over the last month or so. I think they're all updated to their current home. If your blog is on my blogroll and is out of date, please let me know and I'll update it.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Google Pagerank

OK, so I jumped on the bandwagon last week and added what I thought was the Google sponsered "Page Rank" on my blog. I checked today, and the icon didn't show up, but the link was still there. I clicked the link and "" now gets automatically forwarded to Google's main page.

So I searched for "google page rank" and there's a ton of sites that can display your Google Page rank. Perhaps the Google lawyers were working some overtime this weekend to get "" shutdown?

Friday, June 16, 2006


As a devout follower of the Dizwell Principles, I gleefully added my google pagerank to the site after receving today's sermon.


Ran across this blog editor while searching for flash-block.  Performancing is a browser based editor for posting to your blog.  The feature that I like is all your blogs are listed and you can choose which blog you post to without having to navigate blogger's menus.  I'll give it a try and see how it works day-to-day (Not that I've been posting that much lately...)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

You believe this?

Look at this crap. 99% of my CPU resources are being sucked up by Firefox because of the stupid IBM ad on this web page. I go off that page, and poof, it's down to 8% or less. Thanks IBM.

Things I could live without knowing

Got directed to this from leahpeah.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Compatibilities of tar

Arrgh. More Linux/Solaris incompatibilities. Seems as though the -I flag (include files listed in a file) on Linux is not supported. In fact, it gives you a nice error message "Warning: the -I option is not supported; perhaps you meant -j or -T?". Looks like I'll be twiddling with my .profile in the next couple of days...

Update: My boss pointed out -T works with Solaris and Linux. Doh.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Are we too connected?

This has been a hectic few weeks.

Along with moving, I have two major projects at work that have absolute drop dead dates within a week of each other. During the move last weekend, I was without my cable modem for 43 hours, 21 minutes.

Of course, the two major projects at work still had to get worked on, so I succumbed to working over dialup. And not just any dialup, NetZero freebie dialup. Now I don't have anything against NetZero dialup; it's a great free service if you remember to click on the ads every 15 minutes or so. It's just when you're used to using a cable modem, dialup is quite painful.

Over the four days I was off, I made three calls, was paged twice, and responded to about 24 emails. As the weekend was winding down, I thought to myself, Are we too connected? You can call me at home. You can call me on my cell phone. You can page/text message me. You can email me at work. You can email me at home. If I'm not at home I can be at a hot-spot in 15 minutes to "dial in".

Is anything that urgent?

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Hang in there

Been really busy with stuff at work that I can't blog about, so things have been pretty sparse lately. Also, my home office is in a shambles since moving day and I don't even have my computers hooked up yet. I've been jotting down ideas, so stay tuned...