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APEX 4.2.6 patch available

Dimitri Gielis - Fri, 2014-09-26 15:01
Oracle released APEX 4.2.6 yesterday, it's also available from My Oracle Support as a patch set 19595896.

Here's the table of bug fixes.

Table 6 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.6.00.03 Patch SetBug NumberDescription18393429Importing pre-4.2 application with data loading results in runtime error18609856APEX_WEB_SERVICE.CLOBBASE642BLOB converts incorrectly18658967Corrupted HTML mail messages are created from APEX_MAIL.SEND18719750ORA-01858 during application import18733989Errors picking up session with cookie when TOP CALL is not FSHOW, or ACCEPT19021052Oracle Application Express 4.2.4 throwing error while generating check boxes19313700Check box fails with ORA-06502 after upgrade from release 4.0 to 4.2.419482775ORA-06502 when importing application containing translations
Applying the patch took less than 7 minutes.


This is probably the latest patch before APEX 5.0 hits the road...

Categories: Development

What I felt sad about last night

FeuerThoughts - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:16
A few weeks ago, I moved my office into the basement. That was a big change. That room upstairs, with big windows looking out onto Pratt Ave was where I'd spent almost all of my professional career (we moved to the house in 1992, three months before leaving Oracle for a consulting gig), wrote my books (including the first, Oracle PL/SQL Programming, that changed the course of my life), built the software (Xray Vision for SQL Forms 3, QNXO, Qute, PL/Vision, Code Tester for Oracle, Quest CodeGen Utility, etc.), did the webinars, wrote 1000+ quizzes for the PL/SQL Challenge.

But you know what? Bye, bye, no big deal. Change is good (like this change: Veva and I are taking ballroom dancing classes. I will learn what to do with my feet when I dance!).

I like my cave, I mean, office. It's spacious, and I can make as much noise as I want. Which is very important, since I will be churning out lots of really noisy videos about PL/SQL and my latest dance moves. 
I'm getting my artwork up on the walls:

My father did the painting on the bottom left. It has a lot of power and feeling. My dry cleaner created the beautiful painting on top.
I re-established my sand table with beautiful pieces by Terry Hogan, and many other shells and coral from the sea:

And I put some of my awards and other mementos up on shelves that used to hold a small library of science fiction/fantasy books:


So, yes, settling in to my new office. And last night I started nailing up corkboard tiles to the thick wood paneling, so I could pin up photos of my granddaughter, Loey. Oh, I suppose other people, too. But Loey mainly, because she is the light of my life, and oh my she is a bright light.

In any case, as I hammered the tiny nails needed to hold up the corkboard, I became aware that I felt kind of down, as if the day had not gone well. Why would I be feeling that way? It had been a good day. And then I (the conscious part of me) realized that the non-conscious part of me was feeling bad about having broken a branch in the woods earlier in the day.
That sounds kind of weird, right? I mean, seriously, how bad are humans supposed to feel about breaking the branch of a tree? It's not like they'd notice, right?
But it made perfect sense to me, so I decided to share with you why a broken branch would set my brain to brooding, thereby giving you a sense of how I see the world these days.
As to why anyone should care what I think of the world, well, I leave that entirely up to the reader. No readers, then no one cares. :-) 
As soon as the thought (brooding about broken branch) broke into my consciousness, I immediately knew it was true (that happens to you, too, right? You can instantly sense that a thought is correct. Now try thinking about what is going on in your brain for this to happen and how much of your brain is the "I" that is you). 
You see, I had earlier been thinking back over to when I was in the woods this morning cutting down buckthorn. At one point a rather large tree came down hard against a nearby native tree I was working to rescue. 
To my great dismay, one of its branches was caught by the twisty, grabby buckthorn. It snapped and hung loosely. I did that. That was probably two years' new growth, hard work against buckthorn. And I killed it. 
That bummed me out (and still does), but I reminded myself that I have to accept that even when I move carefully and always safely, I cannot always control where a large tree will fall. I will make mistakes and there will be setbacks. But I just have to keep going.
"Going where?" you might ask. I have developed a new, very strong compulsion: to rescue trees. To do what I can with my own hands, with my own time, with, in other words, a solid chunk of my life, to heal some of the damage we humans inflict on our co-inhabitants and the planet itself.
I think about it as direct and positive action, a principle I attempt to follow in all aspects of my life these days.
Here in Chicago, buckthorn - an invasive import from northern Europe - grows aggressively, crowding out the native trees. In particular, they don't allow young trees, the saplings, the next generation of the natives, to survive. And as the buckthorn grows taller,  it also kills off the lower branches of the mature trees. 
Buckthorn is really an impressive, powerful, successful species. I admire it greatly - and I cut down on the order of 200 buckthorn trees a week (many of them quite small, but not all). Contradiction? Not at all. A necessary corrective action to human abuse of our world. We travel about, carrying with us the seeds (and ballast and larvae) of destruction for many ecosystems.
I do not want to lose our native trees (and even the non-invasive imports). I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy forests. I want to respect trees, since we could never have evolved to what we are today without trees. And even today the forests of the world are absolutely critical to the functioning of the global ecosystem(s).
I want to treat trees with respect and do penance for our cutting down 95% of the trees in the continental US. So I go out and rescue trees. It is now my only form of exercise and it keeps me in great shape - especially for picking up, carrying and playing with Loey. She loves for me to hang her upside down by her ankles and swing her like a pendulum. She trusts me implicitly. I love that.
Sorry, you must be wondering: what is the point of all this? 
To give me an opportunity to marvel at the current state of my life, in which I have quite an intimate relationship with trees. I study them, I read them. Really, it's quite amazing. I can go into the woods now, look at how a native tree's branch has withered, identify the buckthorn that is doing the damage, and actually play it out in my mind's eye: years of slow growth, of slow-motion battle, and of losing it to the buckthorn. Everywhere I look, I find the trees telling their stories.
My greatest joy is to uncover a small sapling that was so completely surrounded and covered by buckthorn I didn't even see it there when I started cutting. Then I open it to the sun and the wind. I did this with a lovely 15 foot tall maple sapling last week. I will be visiting it (and hundreds of other trees) each year now, making sure the buckthorn (and grapevine) leaves it alone, allowing it to grow to a big, thick, incredibly strong and life-giving tree.
There, right there, that's what I marvel at: I know that the 10+ hours I spend each week in the woods rescuing trees will mean that 20 years from now there will be trees with a diameter of a foot or more that simply would not be there if it hadn't been for my effort and my attention paid to something other than human stuff.
That makes me feel happy and less guilty about my consumption (and indirect killing of many, many trees). It gives me a purpose in life, besides family and work.
I plan to rescue trees for as long as my body is able to do the work.
Anyone care to join me?




Categories: Development

3 film non-meme

Greg Pavlik - Sun, 2014-09-21 15:09
Riffing off previous post - was discussing with my wife last evening what we thought the three best "recent" films we had seen were. Here's my list:

1) Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin.

Reason: this is a powerful, powerful film that explores the effects of radical individualism, and economic inequality and of the overturning of normal, local, rooted communities. Banned by the Chinese government, it is as much a critique of the values of neoliberalism globally as it is of the current Chinese economic experiment.

2) Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful.

Reason: a moving exploration of responsibility and ethics in the face of poverty, hopelessness and impending death. What do we make of the human spirit and our obligations to each other - and our obligations in the face of The Other?  Javier Bardem was birthed for this role - fantastic acting.

3) Pavel Lungin's The Island.

Reason: who is guilty before whom and for what? Take a director of Jewish background, give him a story that is loosely inspired by a hagiography of the fool-for-Christ Feofil of the Kieven Caves, and cast a retired-rock-star-current-recluse (Pyotr Mamonov) as a Orthodox monastic in the far north of Russia, and I would have quite low expectations for the outcome. What Lungin produced is instead not only his best film but I think one of the best films of the last 20 years.

This is not my kingdom

FeuerThoughts - Sun, 2014-09-21 14:27
I don't know most people in Chicago on an individual basis, but of all the people I don't know, my favorite Chicagoans are scavengers. They roam the alleys in beat up pickup trucks, with various kinds of makeshift walls extended above the bed.
They grab anything made of metal and anything with the possibility of value. They reduce the amount of garbage going to landfills and I thank them very much for doing this.
Driving the other day, passed one such truck with a hand-lettered sign nailed to the wooden side wall. It said:
This is not my kingdom.Just passing through.

Categories: Development

Top 10 Book Meme

Greg Pavlik - Tue, 2014-09-16 10:48
What books have most impacted me? I picked books I have returned to over and over. Yes, I know this is solipsistic to publish, but its a fascinating thing to think through. I'm sure the list will not look right in a few months anyway. But here I go...
1 The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Reason: the best book ever written. Duh.

2 Iob, LXX
Reason: bad things happen to good people, quite often.

3 I Am a Cat, Natsume Soseki
Reason: comedy is good for the soul. This is the funniest book I've ever read.

4 The Symposium, Plato
Reason: love. And I'm an only partially reconstructed platonist.

5 Demons, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Reason: explains a big part of the 20th century. Makes 1984 look like crude propaganda.

6 Also Spracht Zarathustra, Friedrich NietzscheReason: Nietszche saw the enormity of the modern project clearly.

7 Life of Moses, Gregory of NyssaReason: before structuralism, post structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction, there was Gregory of Nyssa. And apokatastasis.
8 For the Time Being, WH AudenReason: aside from the fact that Auden is the best English language poet, this is a deeply moving meditation on Christmas in the anglophone experience. Read it several times each winter.

9 The Divine Comedy, Dante AlighieriReason: great art meets allegory meets beauty. Honestly, stuck with only one book this might be it.
10 Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Reason: we are all compromised to one degree or another.

SSH Tunnel in SQL Dev 4.0.3

Dimitri Gielis - Tue, 2014-09-16 06:03
Oracle SQL Developer and Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler got a new version (4.0.3).

You can now setup an SSH tunnel in your connection - it saves you to setup a tunnel first.



This new release also feels a lot faster to me.
Categories: Development

XML Parsing Error: no element found Location: ...

Denes Kubicek - Tue, 2014-09-16 00:07
I am just working on an application which is supposed to be exposed to public users. I created a simple ajax process there which gets a value of an application element and does something based on the value. While calling the on demand process I am getting this error while not authenticated:

XML Parsing Error: no element found Location: moz-nullprincipal:{6492ed13-2b81-4989-938c-7c19121f419a} Line Number 1, Column 1:



After searching for this error in combination with APEX I found my old thread from 2012 which basically wasn't answered:

https://community.oracle.com/thread/2444115?start=0&tstart=0

After investigating what is happening there I noticed that the on demand process I created is set to "must not be public user" in the authorization section. Obviously APEX does that by default for the on demand processes. Running the ajax call would not find the "element" which is the actual process.

Categories: Development

Eli and the Runaway Diaper now available!

FeuerThoughts - Sun, 2014-09-14 09:12

In 2013, the big sensation in (my) children's publishing was the release of Vivian Vulture and the Cleanup Culture.

In 2014, the honor goes to Eli and the Runaway Diaper.
It's a book about a diaper that gets tired of the day in day out grind of covering Eli's bottom (the names have been changed to protect the innocent). It decides that it's time to look around for a new and hopefully better (more appreciative) bottom.

Eli is initially dismayed, but happy to join the diaper on its quest, so off they go on a grand adventure!

Illustrated by Robert Melegari, it's a fun, light-hearted journey to self-discovery and self-improvement.

You can order it on Amazon,  Createspace, and so on. But if you order it from me, I will sign it and ship it off to you, all for the list price of $12.99.
Categories: Development

Mein APEX Vortrag bei Orbit in Bonn

Denes Kubicek - Sat, 2014-09-13 01:05
Am 05.11.2014 halte ich einen Vortrag über Rapid Application Development bei Orbit in Bonn. Dabei wird auch noch mein Freund und Kollege Tobias Arnhold sein. Er wird über die Themen Plugins und Reporting sprechen. Anschließend zeigt Frank Weyher (der ebenso ein guter Kollege und Freund ist :)), wie man APEX mit Office integrieren kann.

Die Themen sind sicherlich interessant und eine Anmeldung lohnt sich sicherlich. Der Link zu der Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.

Categories: Development

APEX 5.0: Bye bye Tabs, welcome to Navigation Lists

Dimitri Gielis - Thu, 2014-09-11 02:22
In previous versions of Oracle APEX (< 5.0) you could use Tabs for the navigation in your application.


Tabs were not that flexible, they were typical on top of your page in a specific look and feel. Since APEX 4.x I started to dismiss using Tabs in most of the cases, instead I would use a List with the "Page Tabs" template if people wanted that look and feel.

APEX 5.0 introduces the concept of a "Navigation List" that replaces the tabs. It's the same mechanism as before (a normal List which you find in Shared Components), but you can define in your User Interface which list to use as your Navigation List.

Go to Shared Components > User Interface Attributes:


Next in the User Interface section, click on Desktop (or the User Interface you want to adapt):


In the Attributes section you can define the List you want to use as "Navigation List"


Behind the scenes the Navigation List is put on the screen where the #NAVIGATION_LIST# token is specified in your Page Template.

The Navigation List is another example where APEX 5.0 makes common behaviour of developers more declarative and embedded in the product.
Categories: Development

APEX - Default Branch on Submit

Denes Kubicek - Wed, 2014-09-10 06:55
Yesterday I spent two hours on debugging one of my applications and searching for an answer. Of course, the problem was caused by myself. Here is what happened:

I copied a page and deleted the region including buttons and items using the Cascade to Delete Buttons option.



Then I created a form and had there a process on submit to upload files in my table. Everything was working fine except the fact that after the process the page would show up empty having the funny

wwv_flow.accept

message.



Looking at the page I couldn't see anything what would point to the actual problem. The process was there and it was running and the branch was there. Only after a while I looked into the branching and saw there that it was conditional - firing when the deleted button was pressed.



Then it came to my mind that this wasn't the first time I had this problem. I think this is a bug and it has to do with the file browse item. I expected the page to redirect after submit since this feature is there since 4.0. However, it didn't. This issue seems to be fixed in 5.0.

And one more thing to add: It does make sense to create conditional branches but it doesn't make sense to create unconditional ones. The feature of creating unconditional branches to the actual page, where the branch resides, should be removed completely.

You can see it in "action" here
Categories: Development

APEX 5.0 New Features Schulung

Denes Kubicek - Wed, 2014-09-03 04:27
Unsere nächste Schulung hat APEX 5.0 New Features im Fokus. Diese findet im Dezember am 08. und am 09. in Bensheim statt. Wenn Sie auf diesen Link klicken, können Sie die Details anschauen und sich ggf. anmelden. Dieses Thema is sehr spannend und viele neue Features bzw. Änderungen kommen auf uns zu. Wir denken, dass Dezember der richtige Zeitpunkt dafür ist, damit anzufangen.

Categories: Development

Interested in Oracle APEX in Belgium and around? - join ORCLAPEX-BE Meetup

Dimitri Gielis - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:22
Over the last months different Oracle Application Express (APEX) meetups were initiated around the world. You can read a bit of background on how the meetups started on Dan's blog.

I think it's a great idea to have local meetups to meet other people working or interesting in APEX too. When you just start with APEX it's interesting to talk to other people how they got started. But equally for more seasoned developers it's a great place to share ideas and have discussions about where the product and industry is going, all casual and in a relaxed environment.

That's why we started an APEX Belgium meetup group too. Our first meetup is planend on September 11th in the APEX R&D office in Leuven, Belgium.


Previously with the Oracle BeNeLux User Group (OBUG) we created one day APEX events, which were great, but had a fixed schedule. The APEX meetups we want to do more frequently and accessible to everybody - a very low entry. We'll try to make all those meetups free-of-charge and flexible in nature. We'll have a presentation about a specific topic, but equally important (or even more important) is that you can network, have a voice and get some help of peers.

I talked to the OBUG board too and they found it an interesting idea and are happy to sponsor the event. We can enjoy pizza thanks to OBUG :)

Every local meetup can decide how they organise their meetup.

Here are the details of the first ORCLAPEX-BE meetup on September 11th (2014):

The first Oracle APEX meetup will go over the concept of the meetups and as first topic APEX 5.0 will be covered.

We'll have an "Open Mic" too, so anybody can get on stage for 5-10 minutes and show what they did or share their ideas or ask for some ideas where they struggle with.

The meetup is completely free.

Agenda

  • 16.00  Registration
  • 16.30  Outline concept APEX Meet-up
  • 16.45  Presentation APEX 5.0
  • 18.00  Pizza break, Networking and "Open Mic"
  • 21.00  End


Interesting in Oracle APEX and in Belgium or around? Join the ORCLAPEX-BE meetup now!
Can't make the 11th? Make you a member of the meetup and receive updates when the next one is :)

Look forward seeing you.
Categories: Development

New Formspider version integrates Git with PL/SQL

Gerger Consulting - Tue, 2014-09-02 05:24
Today, we are thrilled to announce the new version of Formspider. Formspider 1.8 opens up possibilities that are currently unavailable to APEX developers.

Built-In Version Control
Formspider 1.8 integrates the prominent version control system Git to Formspider. Formspider developers are now able to manage the source code of their applications (both Formspider application objects and PL/SQL code) right within the Formspider IDE.
 


Formspider Version Control Highlights:
  • Improved Team Productivity
    Create and work on different branches of your application. Clone your application and have your team edit the same Formspider application objects and PL/SQL code units at the same time without overwriting each others updates. Pull changes from other developers and merge them easily right in the Formspider IDE using the Merge Wizard.
     
  • Painless Release Management
    Release maintenance versions of a production application while working on new features.
     
  • Instant Set Up, Seamless Integration
    Formspider automatically installs Git, features both a point&click user interface via the Formspider IDE and a PL/SQL API. Be it SQL Developer, SQL Navigator, PL/SQL Developer or TOAD, Formspider Version Control works with any PL/SQL development tool. 
Download Formspider 1.8 today.
Categories: Development

Monitoring the Filesystem for READONLY mounts using Metric Extension in OEM12c

Arun Bavera - Thu, 2014-08-28 07:29

Our Client faced many times the mounted  filesystem going into READONLY status.

We created this User Defined Metrics or now called as Metric Extesnion to monitor and send alert.

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#!/bin/sh

#echo "SlNo MountPoint MountStatus"
nl  /etc/mtab |/bin/awk '{print $1"|" $3"|"substr($5,1,2)}'

 

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Credentials

Host Credentials
: Uses Monitoring Credentials of Target.

 

You have to create a NamedCredential set to test this like this and then set the username and password for this set from Security->Monitoring Credentials:

emcli create_credential_set -set_name=SOA_ORABPEL_STAGE -target_type=oracle_database -auth_target_type=oracle_database -supported_cred_types=DBCreds -monitoring -description='SOA ORABPEL DB Credentials'
Categories: Development

Missing Named Credentials in OEM 12c

Arun Bavera - Thu, 2014-08-28 06:56

We are seeing that the list sometimes doesn’t show all the named credentials.

Yet to see if this resolves the issue but need to restart OMS …

emctl set property -name oracle.sysman.emdrep.creds.region.maxcreds -value 500

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3

Copyright (c) 1996, 2013 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.

SYSMAN password:

Property oracle.sysman.emdrep.creds.region.maxcreds has been set to value 500 for all Management Servers

OMS restart is required to reflect the new property value

Ref:

EM 12c: Missing Named Credentials in the Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control Jobs Drop Down List (Doc ID 1493690.1)

Categories: Development

PRECOMPUTE_SUBQUERY hint

XTended Oracle SQL - Wed, 2014-08-27 16:01

I’ve just found out that we can specify query block for PRECOMPUTE_SUBQUERY: /*+ precompute_subquery(@sel$2) */
So we can use it now with SQL profiles, SPM baselines and patches.

SQL> select/*+ precompute_subquery(@sel$2) */ * from dual where dummy in (select chr(level) from dual connect by level<=100);

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SQL> @last

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SQL_ID  c437vsqj7c4jy, child number 0
-------------------------------------
select/*+ precompute_subquery(@sel$2) */ * from dual where dummy in
(select chr(level) from dual connect by level<=100)

Plan hash value: 272002086

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation         | Name | E-Rows |E-Bytes| Cost (%CPU)| E-Time   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT  |      |        |       |     2 (100)|          |
|*  1 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL| DUAL |      1 |     2 |     2   (0)| 00:00:01 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Query Block Name / Object Alias (identified by operation id):
-------------------------------------------------------------

   1 - SEL$1 / DUAL@SEL$1

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   1 - filter(("DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='♥' OR "DUMMY"='♦'
              OR "DUMMY"='♣' OR "DUMMY"='♠' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"=' OR
              "DUMMY"=' ' OR "DUMMY"=' ' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"=' '
              OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='►' OR "DUMMY"='◄' OR
              "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"=''
              OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='↑' OR "DUMMY"='↓' OR "DUMMY"='' OR
              "DUMMY"=' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"='' OR "DUMMY"=''
              OR "DUMMY"=' ' OR "DUMMY"='!' OR "DUMMY"='"' OR "DUMMY"='#' OR
              "DUMMY"='$' OR "DUMMY"='%' OR "DUMMY"='&' OR "DUMMY"='''' OR
              "DUMMY"='(' OR "DUMMY"=')' OR "DUMMY"='*' OR "DUMMY"='+' OR "DUMMY"=','
              OR "DUMMY"='-' OR "DUMMY"='.' OR "DUMMY"='/' OR "DUMMY"='0' OR
              "DUMMY"='1' OR "DUMMY"='2' OR "DUMMY"='3' OR "DUMMY"='4' OR "DUMMY"='5'
              OR "DUMMY"='6' OR "DUMMY"='7' OR "DUMMY"='8' OR "DUMMY"='9' OR
              "DUMMY"=':' OR "DUMMY"=';' OR "DUMMY"='<' OR "DUMMY"='=' OR "DUMMY"='>'
              OR "DUMMY"='?' OR "DUMMY"='@' OR "DUMMY"='A' OR "DUMMY"='B' OR
              "DUMMY"='C' OR "DUMMY"='D' OR "DUMMY"='E' OR "DUMMY"='F' OR "DUMMY"='G'
              OR "DUMMY"='H' OR "DUMMY"='I' OR "DUMMY"='J' OR "DUMMY"='K' OR
              "DUMMY"='L' OR "DUMMY"='M' OR "DUMMY"='N' OR "DUMMY"='O' OR "DUMMY"='P'
              OR "DUMMY"='Q' OR "DUMMY"='R' OR "DUMMY"='S' OR "DUMMY"='T' OR
              "DUMMY"='U' OR "DUMMY"='V' OR "DUMMY"='W' OR "DUMMY"='X' OR "DUMMY"='Y'
              OR "DUMMY"='Z' OR "DUMMY"='[' OR "DUMMY"='\' OR "DUMMY"=']' OR
              "DUMMY"='^' OR "DUMMY"='_' OR "DUMMY"='`' OR "DUMMY"='a' OR "DUMMY"='b'
              OR "DUMMY"='c' OR "DUMMY"='d'))

PS. I’m not sure, but as far as i remember, when I tested it on 10.2, it didn’t work with specifying a query block.
And I have never seen such usage.

Categories: Development

Flipping Herman Millers

FeuerThoughts - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:44
I was one of those dot.com boom excitables who decided that he must own a Herman Miller Aeron chair in order to be super cool and incredibly productive while I blogged and tweeted (well, I don't think there was Twitter back then) and so forth.

Soon after I got the chair, I realized that I really didn't like it very much at all. It didn't seem to provide support in the right places, didn't make it easy to avoid slouching....it wasn't the desk chair for me.
[My chair of choice, for years now, is the Swopper.]
Tried to get my son interested. Nope.
Tried to get my wife interested. Nope.
Moved it to the garage. 
Finally decided to offer it up on Craigslist nice and cheap to make it go away. Posted the ad for $200 and within minutes had someone lined up. He lived in St. Louis, but his dad lived nearby, and he told me when picking up the chair:
His son has built up a business "flipping" Aeron chairs. Buy them cheap, buy lots of parts, fix 'em up, and spin 'em back out into the market. 
Who knew?
What a remarkable system is capitalism. Sure, it's not nice. It's not fair. It's played a key role in the destruction of our planet as humans suck out the "natural resources" to make all the stuff that consumers want to buy. 
But capitalism is a very organic way of organizing an economy. 
Oh and this same chair-flipping fellow also does a wholesale business in ugly Christmas sweaters.
Finger on the pulse of a nation.
Categories: Development

Searching and installing Linux packages

Arun Bavera - Tue, 2014-08-12 11:12

yum search vnc

Loaded plugins: security

public_ol6_UEKR3_latest | 1.2 kB 00:00

public_ol6_UEKR3_latest/primary | 7.7 MB 00:01

public_ol6_UEKR3_latest 216/216

public_ol6_latest | 1.4 kB 00:00

public_ol6_latest/primary | 41 MB 00:03

public_ol6_latest 25873/25873

=============================================================================== N/S Matched: vnc ================================================================================

gtk-vnc.i686 : A GTK widget for VNC clients

gtk-vnc.x86_64 : A GTK widget for VNC clients

gtk-vnc-devel.i686 : Libraries, includes, etc. to compile with the gtk-vnc library

gtk-vnc-devel.x86_64 : Libraries, includes, etc. to compile with the gtk-vnc library

gtk-vnc-python.x86_64 : Python bindings for the gtk-vnc library

libvncserver.i686 : Library to make writing a vnc server easy

libvncserver.x86_64 : Library to make writing a vnc server easy

libvncserver-devel.i686 : Development files for libvncserver

libvncserver-devel.x86_64 : Development files for libvncserver

tigervnc.x86_64 : A TigerVNC remote display system

tigervnc-server.x86_64 : A TigerVNC server

tigervnc-server-applet.noarch : Java TigerVNC viewer applet for TigerVNC server

tigervnc-server-module.x86_64 : TigerVNC module to Xorg

tsclient.x86_64 : Client for VNC and Windows Terminal Server

vinagre.x86_64 : VNC client for GNOME

xorg-x11-server-source.noarch : Xserver source code required to build VNC server (Xvnc)

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yum install tigervnc-server.x86_64

Loaded plugins: security

Setting up Install Process

Resolving Dependencies

--> Running transaction check

---> Package tigervnc-server.x86_64 0:1.1.0-8.el6_5 will be installed

--> Processing Dependency: xorg-x11-fonts-misc for package: tigervnc-server-1.1.0-8.el6_5.x86_64

--> Running transaction check

---> Package xorg-x11-fonts-misc.noarch 0:7.2-9.1.el6 will be installed

--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

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Package Arch Version Repository Size

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Installing:

tigervnc-server x86_64 1.1.0-8.el6_5 public_ol6_latest 1.1 M

Installing for dependencies:

xorg-x11-fonts-misc noarch 7.2-9.1.el6 public_ol6_latest 5.8 M

Transaction Summary

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Install 2 Package(s)

Total download size: 6.9 M

Installed size: 9.7 M

Is this ok [y/N]: y

Downloading Packages:

(1/2): tigervnc-server-1.1.0-8.el6_5.x86_64.rpm | 1.1 MB 00:00

(2/2): xorg-x11-fonts-misc-7.2-9.1.el6.noarch.rpm | 5.8 MB 00:01

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Total 2.5 MB/s | 6.9 MB 00:02

Running rpm_check_debug

Running Transaction Test

Transaction Test Succeeded

Running Transaction

Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum.

Installing : xorg-x11-fonts-misc-7.2-9.1.el6.noarch 1/2

Installing : tigervnc-server-1.1.0-8.el6_5.x86_64 2/2

Verifying : xorg-x11-fonts-misc-7.2-9.1.el6.noarch 1/2

Verifying : tigervnc-server-1.1.0-8.el6_5.x86_64 2/2

Installed:

tigervnc-server.x86_64 0:1.1.0-8.el6_5

Dependency Installed:

xorg-x11-fonts-misc.noarch 0:7.2-9.1.el6

Complete!

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