Category Archives: Linux

WSL is a Game Changer

Why did we (developers) flock to Macbooks? Even if using platform-agnostic languages and/or writing applications that would run on servers, we wanted portable Unix workstations with a high build quality and none of the hardware compatibility issues that come with … Continue reading

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Clouds

I have been having a play with some cloud stuff recently, as hinted at in my last post, and have put together some nice Python objects wrapping APIs/command-line tools so I can do things like: VBox is just my local … Continue reading

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2014

So, how was 2014 for me, in tech at least? Pretty good. It has been quite an interesting experience adapting to an all-proprietary tech stack (database, language, IDE, job scheduler) but I feel I am finally getting a grip on … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Install Oracle 12c on Debian Wheezy

I can confirm that the previous post basically works too for the installation of Oracle 12c on 64-bit Debian 7.1/Wheezy, with the following modifications. Using lib64 for the library symlinks: And the following changes to $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/env_rdbms.mk The bug requiring the … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Install Oracle 11gR2 on Debian Wheezy

Oracle 11gR2 on Debian still isn’t an officially supported configuration (10g XE was for a while), but it is perfectly do-able with a little cajoling. Here I am starting with a fresh installation of Debian 7.1 in a VirtualBox VM, … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi: Who is it really for?

There is a lot of discussion on the Internet today about the Raspberry Pi. This is a project over which I am deeply ambiguous. On the one hand, exposure to computing at an early age was enormously influential on my … Continue reading

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How To Run Your Own Apps on RAC

RAC, or Real Application Clusters, is Oracle’s proprietary clustering solution, for highly-available databases. Let’s break down the name. The “real” I assume refers to the fact that it is active-active; all nodes in the cluster are available to do useful … Continue reading

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