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Endorsements, recommendations etc…

Just because I’ve agreed to link to you on some other social platform, it does not mean I know you! It does not mean I can/will offer you a job! It does not mean I will automatically endorse or recommend you when I have no clue who you are!

This week alone I’ve had:

  • Complete strangers asking me to endorse them on LinkedIn.
  • Complete strangers asking me to recommend their Oracle-related work on several social platforms.
  • Complete strangers asking me for jobs. Just so you know, I’m just a guy that does a website for fun in the evenings. I don’t employ anyone, and often choose not to be employed myself… I’m literally the last person you should talk to about getting work!
  • Complete strangers asking me to take surveys to categorise their personal characteristics, with a view to allowing employers to evaluate them.

Just a couple of thoughts on this:

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phpBB 3.0.11 Released…

phpBB 3.0.11 has been released. You can find the downloads and changelog in the usual places.

Happy upgrading… :)

Cheers

Tim…

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Forum Spammers (again)…

My forum is being hit pretty hard by spammers at the moment. If you are of a sensitive nature, you may want to be careful about venturing in there. :)

In addition to deleting anything that looks remotely dodgy, I’m doing a regular purge of users with zero posts, so if you create an account and don’t post anything, I won’t be there for very long. Sorry if this freaks anyone out, but there is not much I can do about it.

Typically these attacks last a couple of days until they realise the forum is being maintained and their efforts are wasted, then they move on until the next time…

Cheers

Tim…

Any tips are welcome. I’ve tried a number of security methods including Re-Capture and Question&Answer. It looks like human posting to me…

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Adventures with Dropbox and KeePass…

Thanks to Eddie Awad, I’ve been using 2-step verification on my Google account for a while. Now Jake from The Appslab has scared me into using a password manager and revamping all my passwords…

We use KeePass (on Windows) at work to hold all our passwords, so I figured I’d go with that and see how I get on. Unlike work, I want to use a single store for all my devices, so I finally found a use for my Dropbox account.

Dropbox Installations

If you don’t already have it, you need to install Dropbox on your device(s). For mobiles, that means their respective app stores. For computers (Linux, Mac and Windows), you can get it from the Dropbox website.

Shared KeePass Installation

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Getting good at stuff…

Last night was a fantastic night for UK athletics. I have to admit I felt rather emotional during the medal ceremony for Jessica Ennis…

I really hope the message viewers (especially kids) take away from these events is that to get good at anything you’ve really got to work at it. In these days of instant fame on reality TV shows, it seems the world has forgotten that it takes time and effort to get good at stuff. It’s easy to brush this stuff off by saying, “they’ve got great genetics”, or, “they have natural ability”, but when Mo Farrah talks about doing 125 miles per week in training, you start to understand this isn’t just natural ability…

What’s this got to do with IT and Oracle?

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Birthday and OTN Tour of Latin America…

Tomorrow (Monday) is my Birthday and also the day I fly out to Colombia to start the OTN Tour of Latin America. On the positive side, the timezone changes make my birthday last quite a few hours longer. On the negative side, I’m going to spend 14 hours in a plane and 8 hours in airports. Good job I don’t really do Birthdays…. :)

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Desktops, Laptops and Tablets…

File this under #NothingNewHere :)

Over the last couple of years we’ve been constantly bombarded with the “tablets are the future” message. Today I read this piece about Microsoft.

Being a techie, it’s hard for me to get in the “normal folk” frame of mind when thinking about technology, but it just so happens I had a conversation with a “normal person” last night. He’s a personal trainer at my gym. It turns out his opinion on the desktop/laptop/tablet debate is pretty similar to all the techies I’ve spoken with. He was asking me for some advice (which I’m not qualified to provide), but before I said a word he hit me with a few statements:

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WordPress 3.4 Released…

WordPress 3.4 has been released. You can download it here, or use the automatic update for existing blogs.

Cheers

Tim…

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Discovering More Work-Related Windows Apps…

I know it’s a little sad, but I’m kinda enjoying discovering new little apps for Windows to do all those things that come out-of-the-box on Linux. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not loving Windows, but enjoying the discovery process itself.

X Server

On a Linux desktop you don’t need to worry about this, as your desktop is already using one. To get GUIs on the remote server to run on the local desktop, you just need connect to the remote server using “ssh -X oracle@myserver.example.com”

On Windows you need some additional software. There are plenty of paid for options, like Exceed, but there are also some free options. Many moons ago I used to use Cygwin. It’s still around and still does the job just fine. Remember to install the Cygwin/X libraries. Once it’s installed, do the following:

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My return to the rat race…

I mentioned on Twitter recently that I’d started a new job, which was greeted with some amusement. Some of my friends in the Oracle community have spent the last 4 years ribbing me about being “unemployed”. For those that don’t know the story, I was never unemployed. I am an employee of my own company, which paid me for the last 4 years. I spent that time representing the Oracle ACE Director program at conferences around the world, doing some teaching for Oracle University, but most of the time was spent at home, on my computers playing with Oracle technology , writing about it and answering questions about it. I had no serious intention of joining the rat race again in the foreseeable future, but at the same time I would never say never…

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