Thursday, June 18, 2009

Browsers, PeopleSoft, Demos, Cloud Computing, Performance

Computer Humor: Browsers

Well, it's not directly Oracle related, even though most people's interface to most everything, including their database is through a browser in one way or another, but the Oracle Appslab blog has a new topic for geeks to fight over: Which is the best browser? I liken the discussion to the classic bone of contention for geeks: Which is the best Star Trek series? I would associate the browsers with version of Star Trek as follows:

  • Deep Space Nine. Quirky and out on the cutting edge, with everything changing, even the morphing security officer who reverts to a fluid at night and sleeps in a bucket--Google Chrome
  • Star Trek the Next Generation, new and innovative, but somehow old and stodgy at the same time--Mozilla Firefox
  • Original Star Trek: They didn't have browsers in the 60s, so the closest choice would be Lynx, the old text-based browser. Bet you thought I was going to say Microsoft Explorer aligns with Star Trek 'classic', eh? In fact, Microsoft Explorer is a Borg browser.
  • Oh, and Safari is for Romulans.

PSST0101 has a handy little script for testing workflow and the like in PSoft: AutoLogin GreaseMonkey Script

The PeopleSoft DBA blog has another handy and hands on posting for us today: Manually Booting Tuxedo Application Server Processes in Parallel

Demo Mode

Most people with some experience in IT know about demo mode. Demo mode is what a program is in when, after thorough preparation, iterative testing, rehearsals and repeated home and office sessions, you demo your application in front of:

  • A huge crowd
  • A small crowd of investors
  • A VP/CEO/CFO etc.
  • All of the above in one room

...and it falls straight on its nose, often producing smoke. I just found a blog today from someone who specializes in demos, the Tech Demo Guy blog. Here is a nifty little posting on proofs of concept and how to make them benefit you rather than throw you into the depths of the dreaded demo mode.

Cloud Computing

Cubegeek posted recently on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cloud computing definitions. Lots of good terminology in there alright, but I prefer my own definition of cloud computing: It's like grid computing, only round and fluffy.


Sun, Oracle, performance, a wiki? Yes, this posting has it all. It's over at Glenn Fawcett's Weblog, and starts off with a timeline of enhancements over the years that have made Oracle on Sun such a great combination.

Conferences and Netbooks

Sage advice from Johns Blog on What I've Learned Going to Conferences. With Oracle Open World slowly and irrevocably sneaking up on us there are some good pieces of advice in here. I'd add that hauling a laptop around is passe now. It costs less than 400 USD for a netbook. That's less than the per day cost of a lot of conferences and a netbook weighs about 1/2 as much as even a small notebook. If you are thinking about getting a cell-phone network broadband card ('air card') there's bad news and good news. The prices don't seem to be going down, so it's still $60 a month, two year obligation. But at least now a couple of the companies are offering you a netbook for $99-200 bucks if you sign up, and the netbook has the air card built in. Another hint: you can double the memory on a netbook from 1 GB to 2 GB with about $30 to buy a memory stick on the web and about 45 seconds to install it. You still have the limitations of a slower Atom CPU, but at least having some memory elbow room will help you on some programs.

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