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Surviving the PMP

December 7, 2010

I haven’t posted here for a while because studying for the PMP (Project Management Professional) has totally consumed my life. But no more! I passed the exam yesterday morning! So just what is this PMP thing, anyway?  The PMP was created by the Project Management Institute  http://www.pmi.org/ , and is “the most important industry-recognized certification […]

LinkedIn Fails

September 8, 2010

LinkedIn has some good bones but a lot of the features fail. It’s like a house that is well-built, it just has some poor design features, like having all of the bedrooms downstairs and the kitchen upstairs, or no back door, or you have to close one door before you can open another. One of […]

My Computer Christmas List

June 25, 2010

My computer and gadget Christmas list is almost complete and it’s not even July yet. OK, so some of the things I want aren’t actually available yet. I guess they’ll just have to stay on the list until they hit the market. Anyway, here goes: 1. A Brass Knuckle Melee Mug.  http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/mugs/b1ed/?cpg=froogle  Is this cool, […]

Cloud Computing – Heavenly or Stormy?

May 19, 2010

Cloud computing is the new buzzphrase now, and for those that haven’t been keeping up, it simply means that the server/software/platform is located “somewhere else” and managed by “someone else”. It has some advantages, mainly with being able to increase or decrease one’s usage whenever needed without buying/selling hardware and reducing the cost of an […]

Is The War Against Password Cracking Lost?

April 30, 2010

We use passwords every day, usually multiple passwords for multiple applications / operating systems, and new security rules and policies imposed by administrators and the software itself demand that our passwords be ever more complex and obscure. Is there an end in sight? The reason I ask the question is that password cracking capabilities seem […]

run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting Error Fix

April 21, 2010

  This blog has been getting a lot of hits on “run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_action”, which I mentioned in my entry on FreeNAS https://fccomputing.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/freenas-is-nasty-and-not-in-a-good-way/ In it, I noted that I just disabled the 1394 (FireWire) and USB ports and avoided the error, but I didn’t detail how to do this exactly, […]

Are You A DBA Hero Or A DBA Chump?

April 1, 2010

I was on a job interview a while back for a DBA position with a billion-dollar international corporation and I was asked an interesting question: “Describe one or more situations in which there was a major problem and you jumped in and became the hero by fixing it”. Here’s how I answered it: “I can […]

SQLPlus Character Work-Arounds

April 1, 2010

Sometimes you have to do battle with SQL*Plus to get it to do what you want. Here are some airstrikes you can call in if it seems to be winning. In this blog  https://fccomputing.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/sqlplus-substitution-variables/  I talked about substitution variables. SQL*Plus uses the ampersand (&) as a substitution variable, which can cause some problems if you […]

SQLPlus Substitution Variables

March 31, 2010

SQL*Plus is powerful and sometimes powerfully frustrating. One key is to be aware of the substitution variable. By default, this is the ampersand, that twisted almost-figure 8 thing – &. Yeah, that’s the culprit. Actually it can be very useful in the right hands. Suppose you want to create a script that will prompt for […]

P2P File Sharing Roundup

March 21, 2010

I’ve been using Limewire  http://www.limewire.com/  for music downloads file sharing with friends and it worked great up until a few months ago when it seemed the number of results started to go through the floor. Now I barely get any hits at all. Limewire is really easy to use, only nags a little to go […]