Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April CPU Out, Humor

April CPU

The April CPU security patches are out. Start your way through the maze of documentation, binaries etc., right here at Metalink.

As always, test it, on the same equipment and load level as production if at all possible. Some errors only become evident at full load, so it's important to come up with a way to test under load. The traditional way to do this is to buy a load simulator (usually really expensive) and customize it for your system (even more expensive). But there are alternatives using scripts that can come close. My personal approach for customers is that they probably want to get this into test right away, but only apply on prod after a little time has passed, just in case. (And no, by 'a little time' I don't mean a geological period or until the next CPU, or until the DBA retires!).


On a (much) lighter note, I just came across a link at Dark Roasted Blend, one of my favorite non-Oracle related blogs, pointing to this YouTube link of Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray
setting an argument to Beethoven's 5th. Brilliant!

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