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May 2008

Pl/sql counter

A simple package to start and maintain a session-based counter. Useful for debugging and instrumentation. May 2008

Regular expression enhancements in 11g

Oracle 11g adds a new REGEXP_COUNT function and extends some of the existing functions. May 2008

Free hash in Holland - and some fun consequences

I heard this story from a Dutch friend, and I'm sure a) he's completely wrong and b) I've misunderstood everything he said. We must have been drunk both of us. With that in mind, here's the story as I recall it....

It's legal to use hash in Holland. It's also legal for the "coffee shops" to sell it. We all know that.

But of course it's illegal for the coffee shops to purchase it. And as an utterly natural consequence it's illegal to grow it. Of course. Makes sense.

And yet - despite this state of things - the Dutch haven't quite managed to push the hash thing out of the gangsters' hands :-)).

So the gangsters are now growing hash in apartments, on boats, and other places.

They use artificial lights, of course. And carbon filters so it doesn't smell. They circumvent the normal electricity circuit in order to avoid detection. They force weak people to front this kind of activity, of course.

Oracle's CPU Patch Naming

Just today I discovered that Oracle changed the nomenclature used to refer to Critical Patch Updates.

Up through the patch bundle issued in October 2007, these were referred to by the date of release. The October 2007 release was "Oracle Critical Patch Update - October 2007", often shortened to "CPU Oct 2007".
Oracle Critical Patch Update - October 2007

When viewing the documentation for the October 2007 CPU you will see this:


Oracle® DatabaseCritical Patch Update Note
Release 10.2.0.2 for Microsoft Windows (x64)

The documentation for the January 2008 CPU however looks a bit different:


Oracle® Database Server Version 10.2.0.2 Patch 17
Bundle Patch Update Note
Release 10.2.0.2 for Microsoft Windows (x64)