Independent Contractor

Stop Spam!

With several email accounts redirecting email to my personal inbox and my email addresses published everywhere, spam was approaching one per minute for ten to twelve hours a day… and then straggling in a few […]

Oracle to PostgreSQL

After spending four months tuning an 11g instance and proprietary application SQL using Oracle tools and the Oracle Wait Interface (OWI) I am a big fan of Oracle Enterprise Edition. Oracle Standard Edition does not […]

that’s me when it comes to tuning your Oracle database. Tuning an Oracle database is nothing more than configuring the system and program global areas and locking them into memory. This is relatively simple on […]

Oracle Data Guard and Active Data Guard are basically GUIs used to accomplish some form of data replication. I have been doing data replication with Oracle since 1990 where I built a rapid prototype, integrated, […]

No RAC Here; but,

As an independent contractor working with Oracle databases, I frequently am asked about RAC experience. Here is my analysis of the product written in 2004 when Oracle went fro “i” to “g”. As contract DBA for […]

Oracle Can Be So Difficult

A year ago a Navy IT friend of mine came over so we could install Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) on an AWS (Amazon) instance. He had installed the Oracle 11g database on some hardware running […]

This post was created from a presentation at an Amazon Users Group Meetup in San Diego. Details on the main presentation may be found here: http://www.meetup.com/SD-AWS-UG/events/179915942/ One of the hardest pieces for a non-system or network […]

What is Cassandra?

A friend and former employer recently asked me “what do you know about Cassandra?” and I had to admit, other than the obvious exposure, I really did not know much. There are so many crazy […]

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