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Website Outage Warning : 26 Oct 2014 20:00-00:00 GMT

DiagnosticsJust a quick note to say the website will be out of action this evening for 3-4 hours.

There have been a couple of random failures recently. With nothing in the logs to work with, I figured I’d try testing the hardware. Yesterday I tested the disks and they came back OK. Tonight it’s the turn of the memory. The plan is for the site to go down about 20:00 UK Time (GMT) and be up by midnight.

Sorry if this annoys anyone, but I’ve been looking through the site statistics trying to find the best time to do this and Sunday night seems to be the quietest time.

I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

Cheers

Tim…

Short and sweet: What do you think of when you hear “Republicans?”

Oddly this was a discussion topic on Amazon. Most of it was vitriol from folks who have been schooled to hate Republicans. As a Republican, I know we get a bad rap and often our predominant touted feature is a confusion that we are against stated goals rather than being against the stated means of attempting to achieve those goals.

So here is my answer: What do you think of when you hear “Republicans?”

Folks who want to efficiently create a safe and prosperous society who end up spending all their time trying to stop the Democrats from pursuing stupid, hateful, and wasteful policies that would never work to achieve the laudable goals they claim the policies pursue. Unfortunately the Republicans are then cast as being against those goals, most of which they also support.

Minimising Parse Time in Application Engine with ReUseStatement

This article explains how to determine the overhead of using literal values rather than bind variables in SQL submitted by PeopleSoft Application Engine programs. Using a combination of PeopleSoft Application Engine Batch Timings and Oracle Active Session History (ASH), it is possible to determine where it is most effective to change to alter this behaviour by setting the ReUse attribute.

Minimising Parse Time in Application Engine with ReUseStatement

This article explains how to determine the overhead of using literal values rather than bind variables in SQL submitted by PeopleSoft Application Engine programs. Using a combination of PeopleSoft Application Engine Batch Timings and Oracle Active Session History (ASH), it is possible to determine where it is most effective to change to alter this behaviour by setting the ReUse attribute.

Download Oracle VirtualBox VM with Database version 12.1.0.2

Somehow missed the announcement that the Oracle Development team refreshed (9/26/2014) the VirtualBox Oracle Database…

Page-Specific Footers in the Squarespace Bedford

Would you like page-specific footers in your site design? Templates in Squarespace typically have one footer that is applied across all pages. Sometimes there is a pre-footer and a footer, and then both are applied across all pages. Page-specific footers are possible though. All it takes is a combination of creating thinking and CSS rules. 

Alternative Text Choices

Your work is sweet and easy if you're wanting to display alternative text passages in footers on different pages of your site. Place your text alternatives into a Code block, and choose between them using CSS rules that effectively function as switches. 

Figures 1 through 3 show an example of the technique. (Click any figure to embiggen it). Figure 1 presents the default footer on my site as I write this post. Figures 2 and 3 show blog-specific footers referring readers of one blog to my other. Readers of my Database and Tech blog see a link to my Outside the Box blog, and vice-versa. 

Page-Specific Footers in the Squarespace Bedford

Do you want page-specific footers in your template-driven Squarespace site?
One footer design normally applies across all pages, but you can combine
creative thinking with CSS rules to enable...



Read the full post at www.gennick.com/database.

Oracle ACE Program: Follow Up

I just wanted to write something as a follow up to my recent and provocatively titled Oracle ACE = Oracle’s Bitch? post. Obviously, that subject has been preying on my mind a little… I said before, it is hard to be objective about yourself, so maybe some aspects of the “being an Oracle ACE changes you” debate may be true. It would be wrong of me to deny that outright, but I think there are some indirect consequences of being an ACE that might alter my opinions about things, so I thought I would share my thoughts…

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Ordina Open Wereld 2014

Werelds grootste IT conferentie, Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco is voorbij. Meerdere Ordina mensen zijn…