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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Captain Support…

I’m starting to think I’ve made a move into the PC support business, without wanting to or being paid for it…

Over the last couple of weeks my brothers laptop (one of my old ones) has been acting a bit strange. Nothing I could put my finder on, but something was not quite right. Yesterday my “Support Senses” started to tingle when I noticed some files and directories had become read-only for no apparent reason. A meer mortal might have considered trying to diagnose the problem, but this looked like a job for Captain Support. Quicker than a flash Captain Support did a fresh backup of all the photos and documents, then wasted that no good son of a… Dell.

Several hours and many Windows updates later there was a fresh copy of Windows Vista installed. Piece and harmony returned to the world. Captain Support even remembered to configure the VPN connection so his brother could connect to work.

Cheers

Tim…

Captain Support is the ongoing tale of a science nerd who was innocently sequencing sex-incompatibility genes in Brassica oleracea (wild cabbage) when he was spiked by the pins of a radioactive “i386 DX2/66″ chip, transforming him into a PC support superhero.

Homeostasis…

Over the last few days life has been giving me a little reminder about the usefulness of Homeostasis

On Wednesday afternoon I felt a little under the weather and by the evening I was throwing up in a big way. Eventually the effort of it all drained me to the point where I fell asleep. By the morning I was feeling much better, or so I thought. For the most part the vomiting had finished, but it seemed like my body had totally forgotten it had a homeostatic mechanism for regulating its temperature. I had the usual stuff you get when you are ill, like cold sweats one minute, then feeling really hot the next. The difference this time was I seemed to react really quickly to the temperature of food and drinks I consumed. If I ate some hot (temperature, not spicy) food I would quickly start sweating like a racehorse. Have a cold drink and it would be uncontrollable shivering. Kinda freaky.

For the last few days I’ve been cycling between bed, hot baths and the computer. I think I managed my body temperature pretty well if I do say so myself.

Today is the first day the whole temperature regulation thing seems back to normal, but my throat feels a little dodgy. The joys of secondary infections. :)

Cheers

Tim…

PS. This blog post is sponsored by Lemsip. The universal cure-all. :)

Broken(ish) Links…

A couple of days ago Sten Vesterli tweeted about the URL changes on OTN. The previous base URL of “http://www.oracle.com/technology” has been replaced by “http://www.oracle.com/technetwork“. There are redirects in place, so for many of the top level pages this isn’t a problem, but some of the deeper links result in “page not found” errors or redirect to rather generic pages.

Fortunately, most of the links from my site are to the Oracle docs, whose URLs haven’t changed, but there are also plenty of OTN links. I’m trying to clean up the problem links, but it’s going to take a little time. If you spot any broken links, or links that don’t look like they point to the intended information, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to sort them.

Cheers

Tim…

More PC support…

One of my Yoga buddies was given a laptop by is dad and wanted to get it connected over wireless. His dad also gave him a wireless ADSL router, but couldn’t get it set up.  This sounds like a job for Captain Support…

The router wasn’t able to connect to the internet. It turned out that the router was not working properly and needed a firmware update. Next issue was the wireless connection between the router and the laptop was kinda funky. The connection would never work when any form of encryption was turned on. In the end I had to turn off encryption and stopped the router from broadcasting in an attempt to reduce the chances of people piggy-backing on it.

How are normal folk meant to cope with this? The answer is they don’t and they need Captain Support… :)

Cheers

Tim…

Welcome to the universe (again)…

A little over two years ago I wrote about a new arrival in New Zealand. I got a call last night to tell me about a new addition to the population of New Zealand, so I would like to take a moment to formally welcome Naomi Freya Lukic to the universe. Thanks to the wonders of Skype I also got to see the young lady in question.

Daughter number one (Ruby) is blonde with fair skin and pale eyes. Daughter number two (Naomi) has black hair, olive skin and dark blue eyes. I guess they need to get to work on daughter number three, who should be a red head to complete the set. :)

It’s fantastic news and it has left me with a permanent grin this morning.

Using my psychic abilities I predict lots of sleepless nights, crying and smelly stuff… :)

Cheers

Tim…

More Copyright Theft (Update)…

Regarding my previous post (here), it seems Guenadi N Jilevski has now removed the articles that are direct copies of mine. Thankyou for the quick action.

There is still at least one article remaining that contains large chunks of text scraped from my site. I guess the fact he has included his own screen grabs and some minor alterations to the text lead him to believe it is original content. Sigh.

I’m also glad to see he has removed the blog post where he attempts to defend his stance. I’ve taken copies of all the important posts for my records, but I’m hoping this marks an end to this little affair.

Cheers

Tim…

Update: I found a new batch of stolen stuff I’m attempting to get removed. The list from the previous post has been extended accordingly.

More Copyright Theft…

Thanks to Don Burleson for pointing me at this article by Timur Akhmadeev that lists a whole bunch of articles that have been stolen by Guenadi N Jilevski.

Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Just looking at the stuff he’s stolen from me, there are three types ripoff:

1) Complete Copies.

http://gjilevski.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/edition-based-redefinition-in-...

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/11g/EditionBasedRedefinition_11gR2.php

http://gjilevski.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/dbms_parallel_execute/

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/11g/dbms_parallel_execute_11gR2.php

http://gjilevski.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/acfs-in-oracle-database-11g-re...

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/11g/ACFS_11gR2.php

2) Articles where the bulk of the copy is stolen word for word, with a couple of sections added and different screen grabs, which at first glance would make it seem original. Make no mistake, this is still stolen.

http://gjilevski.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/oracle-database-11g-release-2-...

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/11g/DataGuardSetupUsingGridControl_11gR2.php

small truths just when you need them ...

Ever have one of those meetings? The ones where you *think* everyone is on the same page and is ready to bust out in the right direction to do great things, but there's a big old wet blanket that derails the whole thing?I had one of those last week and I returned to my desk utterly frustrated and questioning the role I'm expected to play these days. To get my mental state back on track, I