Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Blog of Note, Identity, Storage, Interviews, PeopleSoft, Risk

New Blog on the Block

Over at Doug's Oracle Blog there's a link to a new blog with some nice material,
Kerry Osborne the 'Oracle Guy' blog. For example there's this on SQL plan baselines in 11G. And here I thought Doug was the Oracle Guy. In fact, I thought I was the Oracle Guy. Oh well. Also at Doug's blog, and also on baselines and related topics is this series: Adaptive Thresholds in 10g - Part 1 (Metric Baselines).


In another posting linking to a posting we have a link at the Talking Identity blog in its new home about Entitlement Management and Ian Yip's blog on Security and Identity.


Kevin Closson's blog is in full swing these days, with many items of interest on NUMA, Exadata, etc. Why not start from this installment on Oracle Database 11g Automatic Memory Management – Part V. More About PRE_PAGE_SGA and work your way out to the surface?


Want to get hired by Tom Kyte, Oracle uberguru? Read this article and you're good to go. Well, actually you'll at least have some insight into what he thinks about the interview process. You'll still probably have to be an industrious wunderkind for him to hire you.


Find yourself sitting up nights thinking: How can I encode Base64 in PeopleSoft? Just read this posting at Jim's PeopleSoft Blog.

also in the PeopleSoft realm this week is this posting at PeopleeSoft Corner which gives you access to the journal Software Testing and Development Newsletter - May 2009.


One of the best organizations in IT and associated fields is ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. Did you know about their Risk Forum? This mailing list, most easily read in digest format, is a cornucopia of useful and frightening information and conjecture about everything from air crashes to bugs that cause damage to information warfare. 

Speaking of information warfare, I've been reading a very insightful book on unconventional warfare from the Chinese military called Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui. The book, published by two Peoples Liberation Army officers in 1999, was quite prophetic. It discusses the weakness of a position of depending too much on technology and the viability of warfare by unconvential means. We're not talking about the standard issue guerilla techniques here, but things like economic warfare, attacking an electric grid from the Web, etc. There's a Wikipedia article here, and I was able to find a PDF of the full work by Gooogling around a little. One sobering citation there is that an ounce of an F-22 fighter is twice as expensive as an ounce of gold. Ouch. Gone are the good old days of warfare using great hulking fellows with boards with nails in them.

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