Month: December 2008

My listeners aren’t (listening)

So it seems that I need to learn more about exactly how listeners work and how databases work with them.And especially how to have multiple databases talking to one listener and/or having more than on listener on one box.I’ve been trying to install a 10g database and get it to register with the listener on […]


I did some digging and found out that Postgres is actually PostgreSQL an open source database. Much like MySQL.I setup a spare laptop with Fedora 10 and installed it and got it running OK with only a few little hitches. Mostly from not knowing a thing about it. Looks like it would be simple enough […]

Another Job

I happened to have a quick look at the jobs available at the Bureau of Meteorology yesterday. They have a “Systems and Database Specialist” position available starting at $80K. Although I’m not going to apply for it, it has given me some ideas on how/where to improve my skills. Database Tuning mySQL Linux AIX (not […]

Setting up a network printer in Solaris 10

Setting up a network printer is a bit more difficult in Solaris than itis in Linux.And it can be a tick to find a helpful page on the internet. But I did manager to find this page, and I have addeda tip to my tips database about it(

Almost ready for my OCP exam

I’ve been getting a very high score in my OCP practise exams lately. I feel I’m just about ready to do the real thing.I want to do one or two more practises in ‘exam condition’ before I book the real thing though. Theses exams make me nervous. It’s not only the fear of failing, but […]

Data Pump Import

For the last few years that I have been work as a DBA here, I have always used imp and exp to import and export data to the databases.But with our recent increased used of 10g databases I have started to use impdp and expdp. I felt that it would be better to use these […]

Monitoring of Alert Logs.

I read an interesting article here about monitoring the alert logs that Oracle writes. They offer some suggestions to use scripts or monitoring tools but no real information or examples.I checked how we do it at work and remembered that I had written a script some time ago that runs grep over the alert log […]

Updating web presence.

I read a blog post the other day about some essential steps to take before you’re laid off and some of them were basically to update your web presence. Some I’ve spent the last few days updating my profile on LinkedIn and Facebook, creating a page on Twitter and (re)starting a blog.

Mail Host

I configured google apps and my domain today so that I can use the address and read the mail via a google interface.It seems to work OK but I’m not sure if I have it setup OK or that i like it.And i can’t seem to apply themes to my inbox on my mc […]

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