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Oracle DBA, IT Manager, or Something Else

February 14, 2016 In September 2014 I posted an article on this blog where I mentioned that I am the IT Manager and an Oracle Database administrator at a company that specializes in welding and machining very large metal parts – in the article I attempted a bit of humor while trying to explain a few items.  […]

Characterset Changes

October 9, 2015 In 2006 I did a bit of experimentation with an Oracle characterset that supports Unicode (AL32UTF8 if I remember correctly) using Oracle Database 10.2.0.2.  That test, performed on a desktop computer with a bit less than 1GB of RDRAM (Rambus) memory, was a huge failure, and not just because the computer did not […]

Hyper-Extended Oracle Performance Monitor 7.0 Beta

August 16, 2015 Three and a half years ago I offered the Hyper-Extended Oracle Performance 6.0 Beta for download – that Beta version expired a year later.  This program has been somewhat of a pet project for the last 13 years (almost 10 years at the time of the previous Beta offering), so I was […]

Install the Oracle Client on a Synology DiskStation DS1813+ or DS412+ for Nagios to Monitor Databases

July 26, 2013 (Back to the Previous Post in the Series) In the previous article of this series I provided steps to install and run the Nagios network monitoring utility on either a Synology DiskStation DS1813+ or a DS412+ for the purpose of pinging network devices to verify that the devices respond to ping requests.  […]

Install the Oracle Client on a Synology DiskStation DS1813+ or DS412+ for Nagios to Monitor Databases

July 26, 2013 (Back to the Previous Post in the Series) (Forward to the Next Post in the Series) In the previous article of this series I provided steps to install and run the Nagios network monitoring utility on either a Synology DiskStation DS1813+ or a DS412+ for the purpose of pinging network devices to verify […]

Install Nagios on a Synology DiskStation DS1813+ or DS412+

July 19, 2013 (Modified July 27, 2013, July 28, 2013, November 19, 2013) (Forward to the Next Post in the Series) —- Update July 27, 2013: I now have Nagios running on an ARM based Synology DiskStation DS212+.  Most of the steps are the same as outlined below, however there are a few additional errors […]

Install Nagios on a Synology DiskStation DS1813+ or DS412+

July 19, 2013 (Modified July 27, 2013, July 28, 2013, November 19, 2013) (Forward to the Next Post in the Series) —- Update July 27, 2013: I now have Nagios running on an ARM based Synology DiskStation DS212+.  Most of the steps are the same as outlined below, however there are a few additional errors […]

Value of Improving One’s Knowledge

March 24, 2013 As I type this blog article I am in the middle of reading a second book on the topic of Windows Server 2008 R2.  I bought the books several months ago, possibly even a year or two ago, and just had not found the time to invest in reading yet another dry […]

Value of Improving One’s Knowledge

March 24, 2013 As I type this blog article I am in the middle of reading a second book on the topic of Windows Server 2008 R2.  I bought the books several months ago, possibly even a year or two ago, and just had not found the time to invest in reading yet another dry […]

What does it Mean when a Select Statement in Oracle is using 100% CPU?

February 14, 2013 A couple of days ago I noticed that an interesting set of search keywords were used to access this blog.  The search keywords: What does it mean when a select statement in Oracle is using 100% cpu I had two thoughts when I first saw that set of search keywords: Well Done! […]