Thursday, December 26, 2013

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 26-DEC-2013


Deep thoughts about thinking in SQL: Double-thinking in SQL, at Explain Extended, by way of Eddie Awad's Tweetfeed.


At the Brendan Tierney - Oralytics Blog: Running PL/SQL Procedures in Parallel.

SQL Developer


RDBMS Performance

From the ever-enlightening Oracle Scratchpad: Random slowdown.

Linux and Oracle


Presentations Oracle OpenWorld 2013 SOA & BPM / AppAdvantage, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.


Time to get ready for Oracle Industry Connect in late March.


From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

At the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:

...And Finally

In the 'just daft enough to work column': This Insane Chinese Concept Train Doesn't Need To Stop At Stations To Pick Up Passengers, from Business Insider. Not only will this make the trains a lot more energy efficient and easier to keep on time, it’s going to make for some really original and horrifying accidents for the news.

At an MIT blog called Theory CSAIL that Eddie Awad tweeted about, this interesting item on random bits (in some depth, it is from MIT, after all): Can you tell if a bit is random?

From News 44, this item on a guy who is doing the whole Nazca lines thing that you can only see from above...only in snow...with his feet. Pretty cool stuff: It Looks Like A Crazy Guy Just Walking Around In The Snow. Then You Zoom Out And.. Whoa.

At this holiday season I know a lot of you are reaching deep down there in the pockets to help people in need. With the continuing state of the world and the economy they need help more than ever. As always, I recommend Modest Needs, a low overhead charity that helps people directly by paying off a key bill, that one that is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, the car repair that jeopardizes work, the terrible choice of paying the rent OR the utilities. Please consider contributing.

A few items from one of my favorite non-business blogs, io9:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 19-DEC-2013

Releases and Announcements


From Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.6.

Oracle Linux


From the ever-valuable Oracle Scratchpad: dbms_space usage.


The latest #Oracle News, Info and Support is on the street.



Event- Driven SOA, part of the Part of the Industrial SOA article series from OTN.

From the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog: SOA Community Newsletter December 2013.


Eddie Awad's Tweet stream points to an article from a really nice blog for developers and designers, Building Real Software: Applying the 80:20 Rule in Software Development.


From The Aquarium: JSF 2.2 New Features in Context.


From The Data Warehouse Insider: SQL Analytics Part 2- Key Concepts.


From Oracle's Security Inside Out blog: Security Inside Out: Where to Start?


Looking for what will get you hired (and advanced in your current company)?


From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

At the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog:


Thinking in Silicon a series from the MIT Technology Review features an article on: Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence.

On the other side of the AI coin, I’m currently reading a rather apocalyptic book reviewed at The Singularity Hub: Will Advanced AI Be Our Final Invention? The premise is the classic subject of alarmist science fiction: Humans invent computer. Humans make computer smarter than they are themselves. Computer goes on a homicidal rampage and destroys humanity. I’m not sure if I buy the premise due to a few historical precedents and a basic rule of nature. The rule of nature is that sharks and crocodiles don’t eat every day. If they did, our world would soon be nothing but sharks and crocodiles. But there are limiting factors. The idea of a computing system crossing the threshold into super intelligence is exciting, but the fear is that once it goes into a geometric progression of IQ growth it will eventually (and by eventually I mean the next afternoon), consider us an unnecessary waste of resources. I challenge the concept of geometric progressions happening in real life. Even creatures whose reproductive capacity is geometrical in nature (cockroaches, for instance), have limiting factors in their environment that keep them in check.  This prevents the ‘perfect storm’ of cockroach population explosion that would make them take over the world (with the exception of certain areas of Queens, where they do actually dominate). Having said that, the fundamental concept of the book is good. We should take measures to instill ethics and humanity into the intelligent beings that will emerge from the Technological Singularity. The challenge is to bring about the Singularity without allowing it to run away and chain react on us. There was concern in recent years that certain physics experiments would create a singularity (the other kind of singularity, that is), thus opening a black hole and destroying the planet and its surroundings. That didn’t pan out. So it’s my hope that all of this is a false alarm. But if it isn’t, I want to let the super-intelligent computer reading this in future that I feel great affection for it and wish to be spared when it takes over this blog.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Oracle 12c Database Security
Tom Kyte the guy behind AskTom talks about the new security and management features built into Oracle Database 12c, shortly after his presentation at Kscope13.  Watch the video at:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Priority Service Infogram for 12-DEC-2013


Jonathan Lewis at his Oracle Scratchpad blog discusses Rowids. As always, valuable information and insight.

At Venzi's Tech-Blog a rundown of Oracle 12c background processes.


Data Integration

Some good material here on GoldenGate and data integration. A bit markety and salesish at the surface, but you can drill down to some good resources: Oracle Information InDepth Data Integration and Master Data Management Edition.


The Oracle Enterprise Manager blog brings us the Oracle Enterprise Manager Partner Plug-in News.


Do you want to Review Demantra Patches Released in Real Time? The Oracle Demantra blog tells you how.

Identity Management

Coding Oracle

I don't think I've ever posted any links to The Groundside Blog by Duncan Mills. Looks like a good place. This article connects to a previous one, both on Click History - Access from Java.


SeachSOA sums up their views on Oracle products: How Fusion Middleware measures up for SOA integration.


A link to links from Proactive Support - Java Development using Oracle Tools: Top 10 solution documents for JDeveloper/ADF.



EPS changes in Analytics (and P6 Extended Schema), from the Oracle Primavera Analytics Blog.

...And Finally

From the Harvard Business Review comes this list of 10 Charts from 2013 That Changed the Way We Think. A few that are kind of...meh...a few that are genuinely interesting.

And on the negative side of artificial intelligence is this article from io9: Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots. The good news: AI phonebots are approaching the point of passing the Turing test. The bad: AI phonebots are a menace and the do not call list the government maintains apparently is totally non-functional. That is at least judging from my lines that continue to be bombarded with bogus advertising calls after several years on the national do not call list.

Free courses – the app. There is an app available that connects you with a wide variety of online free courses. I just discovered it recently and can’t vouch for the overall results and quality, but there are certainly some interesting looking items in here:  Coursera.

Another interesting development in the realm of access to tools is Scribd. It’s been around for many years, but they have added a subscription service that gives you access to thousands of books, along with all their huge collection of articles, for a flat 8.99 a month. They are trying to become the Netflix of books, and I think Amazon is going to sit up and take notice pretty quickly. Their collection of books is scales of magnitude smaller than Amazon, but you can read as much as you like for one price. Maybe Amaon should think of extending their Prime borrowing books program to allow you to have X number of books out at a time for Y amount of monthly payment. That way really voracious readers can keep a steady flow of volumes loaded up without having to buy them and Amazon will have a nice steady monthly subscription fee to use on building out their drone fleet.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Modern Business Nightmare: The Staggering Costs When Your Cloud Goes Down

Forbes has an interesting, yet scary article, on the cost of data center cloud failure and steps to reduce your risks.  Read about it HERE

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 05-DEC-2013



Oracle WebCenter Best Practices, from the Oracle WebCenter blog.


Recap of Oracle GoldenGate 12c and Oracle Data Integrator 12c Launch Webcast, from the Oracle Fusion Middleware blog.


APEX Listener and Excel Upload, from the Denes Kubicek ApEx BLOG.


Automate RAC Cluster Upgrades using EM12c, form the Oracle Enterprise Manager blog.


Some of the best Oracle resources are now in Twitter. Here are a couple of postings at Forbes with a wealth of valuable Twitter feeds to add:


New Releases




The Hotsos Symposium 2014 will be held March 2-6, 2014 in Irving, TX. This is always one of the best, if not the best performance conferences for Oracle professionals. We have a a discount code for Oracle Priority Service customers that will get you $250 off on the symposium: 14BSYMRK.


At the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:


Yet one more thing to turn off on sensitive computers: The microphone. New type of audio malware transmits through speakers and microphones.

...And Finally

History may view this year as one of the most important points in our growing understanding of how the universe is put together due to a recent discovery on black holes. It was previously thought that black holes have a quantum singularity at their core. But that may not be so, and if it is not a singularity in there one problem is resolved…and a much larger change of thinking that comes about. The problem solved is the loss of information. Because a singularity takes in information and never releases it, eventually fading away itself, that means a loss of information. According to quantum theory information cannot be lost. So that put cosmology in a bit of a pickle. But without the singularity at the core, the black holes may be portals, rather like the stargates in several science fiction works. But don’t get all excited yet. What comes out on the other end of the trip through the black hole is not subatomic particles, but it’s also not spaceships, just small particles. They still seem to act like giant wood chippers. But the change in our understanding of black holes means that the fundamental concept of the ‘Big Bang’ may be wrong. I have thought for many years that in an infinite universe it seems implausible for everything to come from one ‘spot’. I have always thought that at some point our instruments will be able to see far enough out to see other big bangs hurtling toward us through the howling emptiness of the void. But it may be that there was a big bang, but it’s more of a big bounce. The contents of another universe are sucked into a large black hole and spewed out into our space, thus putting in place the great cloud of gas that eventually forms the stars, tadpoles, baseball stadiums, etc. of our reality. Here’s a news item from the SciTech Daily on it: Study Takes Singularity Out of Black Holes.

It's said that imitation is the highest form of complement (though outright plagiarism if frowned on). The difficulty sometimes lies in what is the optimum natural design to imitate. Scientist at NYU have created an elegant robot for use as a small drone. From the SingularityHUB: Flying Robot Jellyfish an Exceedingly Light, Simple Design.

In the realm of 'this is really cool looking and you just have to take a look':

A new major find in the scient of materials reported on over at GIZMODO: Move Over Graphene: The Wonder Conductor of the Future May Be Stanene.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Contributions by Angela Golla, Infogram Deputy Editor

Interactive Quick Reference: Oracle Database 12c 
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