You can read how I use KeePass across all my machines and devices here.
I recently read the news that LogMeIn have stopped their free service. I’m not a big user, but it’s handy to get into family PCs so I can sort stuff for them without having to talk them through things.
As I was reaching for my credit card to pay the yearly fee for LogMeIn, I noticed people speaking in the comments about alternative products, so I decided to give TeamViewer a go before parting with my cash.
The result is, it’s fine. If you are a casual user of LogMeIn like me, you might want to consider trying TeamViewer out before parting with your cash.
Note. I don’t have a problem with paying for software, I do it all the time, but if there is a free solution for something I only use on occasion, I’m probably going to go that route.
Another one to file under “Not sexy but flippin’ awesome!”
If you are a DBA, you are going to spend a lot of time with Data Pump. All roads seem to lead back to it. There are some more headline worthy features, like transportable database, but the two that jumped out at me were actually pretty small, but awesome.
I wrote up an article about it here.
The admin interface has had quite a big redesign. I think it looks neater, but I’m sure it will take a bit of getting used to. The nice thing is it’s mobile aware now. If I run it on my Nexus 7 in landscape I get something similar to the browser view. If I switch to portrait it rearranges the screen to make it fit better. Neat.
The auto-updater (manually initiated) worked fine on 5 blogs, so not worries there.
If you are using a desktop PC running windows, but spend your life connecting UNIX and Linux servers, like most DBAs and sys admins, you really need this in your life! It’s so much better than anything I’ve ever used before. Even those really expensive desktop X emulators (you know who you are)! What’s more, it’s a self contained .exe, so no need for installation. Just unzip and go. Perfect on a memory stick!
I’ve written about my use of KeePass here.
I use the Portable KeePass version, so I just unzip it over the old version and we are good to go!
If you go on to your blog now, you will have the option of manually initiating the upgrade in the normal way. If you wait a few hours, it will magically update itself for you.
I’ve warned you!
After successfully upgrading two laptops to Windows 8.1, Captain Support flew back to his secret server room and continued to monitor the world’s communications, waiting for the next opportunity to allow mere mortals to witness his greatness. That opportunity came when his sister-in-law emailed to say that his nephew’s football academy website was not working properly…
Having read some reports about broken websites, Captain Support assumed the problem was because of Internet Explorer 11, so he used LogMeIn to connect to his sister-in-law’s laptop, installed FireFox and tested the website. It worked perfectly. The site also worked fine using Chrome.
After getting back from the OTN Nordic Tour 2013, I figured it was time to give OS X Mavericks a go.
I’m currently using a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009). It’s a little long in the tooth, but it has 8G RAM and a 256G SSD, so it still performs pretty well. At least well enough for me not to replace it just yet.
The download took about 30 minutes. I guess I’m a little behind the curve here because lots of people complained about the download times. It pays to hold off for a few days. The installation took about the same amount of time too, so after about an hour I had Mavericks up and running.
Several people reported really slow performance after the upgrade. So far it looks pretty much the same to me.
I updated 5 blogs with not hassles.
It’s worth having a read of this, which mentions the automatic updates that could happen without your intervention… Sounds kind of scary to me.
Happy upgrading, possibly for the last time…