ThanksODC, Oracle, Blogging

ODC Appreciation Day: Old Blog Posts

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesFIrst of all, kudos to  Tim Hall. This is one of the great times of the year when all these thankful blogs are posted in a day. If you read nothing else in the blogs all year, picking some of them would not be a bad choice. Speaking of which, I will talk about being thankful for blogs in general. No, not about the new ones explaining all the new features we get in new versions. While that is […]


Spam killed

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesAfter I moved my blog to self-hosting, it has attracted more and more spam. It started slow and very manageable. After my last blog post it got really bad. What started as a few spam messages a week, culminated with 30-40 spam comments per day. At that point I had completely lost any ability to sort through it. ‘I was so disheartened by this that blogging didn’t happen as I knew I had to solve this first. I thought […]


Getting from http to https

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesThe world is moving to https, but that was not the reason for the move. Initially I was happy to use whatever Digital Ocean (DO) supplied in the WordPress droplet. But as I explained in my last post, I had some problems with moving from to my self hosted site at DO. In short the problem turned out to be Chrome caching sites that accepts https making my site unavailable to every visitor that has been to my site in […]


Moving to selfhosted and failing hard

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesI had decided to move one of my blogs to a self-hosted model to get more control over plugins and other things. After reading up a bit on different vendors I found Digital Ocean to be my choice. What’s not to like with a place that can spin up a complete Linux with WordPress installed and ready for me to use? Yes, it only takes them seconds and it is powered by SSD. Adding that it costs $10 per month […]

RSS, Blogging

Google reader is dead, long live RSS

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesSo calling Google Reader dead may be a bit premature, but Google’s announcement of their intention to kill their baby all but killed it. On monday it is RIP for the reader. I’ve gone through disbelief to mourning the loss to a search for a replacement that best emulates what Google Reader does. In the end I decided to not just find something that just replaces it with a new tool providing the same exact feature only with a […]


Is blogging another word for bragging?

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesThat was essentially reader Gabriel posted on my post Suppressing repeating values in SQL. At first my reaction was just to ignore it as I felt it was too odd. But then use FarMan posted a complete opposite “Dude, you just saved my life. Thanks so much!”. Could the same post really get so different reactions? Gabriel’s question was:“The above is a neat trick, but only for the purpose of showing off. What’s the use? Please enlighten me, because […]


Time to resurrect this blog

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesOK. This blog has been dormant for longer than what should have been possible. Having moved across the world, started a new job, and returned career focus to Oracle specialist (from more or less forced management roles) it’s definitely time to start writing again. The first step has been to move it to a proper blog platform, it is now at and the same feed as before ( Assuming this works and it gets to the blog reader, next post […]

Oracle, Blogging

Who reads blogs

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesReading this post about why the average Oracle IT worker doesn’t read blogs got me thinking. Does the average IT worker read blogs? I’m not sure. In what I have observed, it is something a segment does. I’d contend that the average blog reader is more advanced and more thirsty for more knowledge that the average person in the same field. I think it is also something the more internet aware do. Everyone knows about the internet, but how […]



TweetShareSharePin0 SharesIt’s time to start a blog and write down some ideas, findings, and general commentary about development with the Oracle database. This blog will be a place where I write about things related to Oracle development and performance that interests me. I have been a DBA for longer than I really want to admit as that leads to the conclusion that I’m a middle aged man today. When I started in this industry, I used to feel that the […]