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Cock & Lion Ale House

Doug Burns has spent 4 weeks in our Ottawa office and now he is back home to Madeline and boys. Yesterday, before he left, we had the lunch at Cock & Lion Ale House:

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Experiences with Oracle Apps and FDA Regulations

For several years, I worked as an Oracle Consulting employee, and I’d like to share my experience in that role, working on a massive Oracle Applications implementation deployed in an FDA-regulated company.

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Change Your OTN Forums Account Email?

Not that I participate there often but couple months ago I pulled out my 7 years old account there and wanted to change its password. To my surprise – I’m not able to do it.

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Yes, More and More and Moore… but Different!

We humans are not able to process large amount of precise data. In any human–readable report, we don’t need more than ten or twenty lines of numbers. Every time we look at processes or data more complex that that, we employ simplifications — graph trends, mind–mapping, aggregations, and so on. How will we make computers process information just as humans do? Perhaps we can find the answer inside ourselves if we figure out how our minds work. We recognize images even though our brain is not capable of processing huge amounts of data in milliseconds.

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Doug Burns and Pythian’s Team 2

Doug Burns posted photos with his new teammates on his blog, and I felt they deserved a mention here too.

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Welcome Doug!

Doug Burns is finally here in Ottawa. You must see his smile in the airport – somehow he managed to read my comment and already expected me while I thought it would be surprise.

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Handling the Support Pager

A short story depicting the life of an on call DBA

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Oracle Security vs Microsoft Security

I always get a chuckle well not always but often, when I read anything to do with Microsoft vs. “the flavour of the month”. In this case, it looks like the flavour of the month is Oracle. The articles simple imply that SQL Server is more secure than Oracle. They go on to count the number of vulnerabilities identified over the last few years. It’s scary stuff and I’m sure we’re all running out now to ask our architects and DBAs how quickly we can port over to SQL Server.

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“Federated Array of Bricks” – Deja Vu?

StorageMojo keeps producing interesting material. This time it’s about FAB (Federated Array of Bricks). I wonder if this will make the same hype as RAC? Dear Reader, what is your perspective?

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A Good DBA’s Peripheral Vision

I believe that a good DBA should have well developed “peripheral vision”. It helps everywhere — troubleshooting production issues or performance problems, database/application design, system architecture, reading documentation, etc. I also notice that a newbie DBA with good peripheral vision catches up much faster than a strictly focused person.

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