Technology

Diagnosing performance problems on Oracle… Why so difficult?

Since introducing Oracle to our live environment to support a major system, we’ve been seeing a variety of problems – resolution for which can only really be described as a black art. Why does Oracle make life so difficult for those new to the platform to find out what it’s actually doing? We’re currently running…

House Refurb & DIY

The “Dining Room” is gradually taking shape

Progress is happening – sloooowwwwlllly… Framing for the boiler box-work is complete and a door’s been hung. The flooring, skirting & architrave are all complete, and we’re now waiting for the plasterer to arrive next week to cover up the boiler 🙂 Next stops, more door hanging; reskimming over a couple of holes in the…

Technology

Oracle 11g RDBMS.. Never thought I’d say this, but I’m slowly being converted

A few years ago some colleagues and I ended up in a relatively heated debate around the relative merits of Oracle vs Microsoft’s SQL Server in terms of which product was the “best” database. At the time, I seem to recall I was more on the side of SQL Server than Oracle – probably because…

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Data Recovery – When is a disk unrecoverable, what do you do next?

As you may have been reading in previous posts, we’ve been trying to get some data recovered from a failed laptop harddisk. If the marketing material put out by leading data recovery companies is taken at face value, you end up with the belief that nearly anything can be recovered from… be it a disk…

House Refurb & DIY

Getting there part 2; how hard can it be to find stuff that matches laminate in colour?

The new dining room is really taking shape now, and it’s finally beginning to look like a completed room rather than a building site. As the floor nears completion however we realised that we needed to get some door bars to join the flooring under hall door, across the threshhold into the lounge and where…

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Data recovery… Why is life never as easy as it should be? An update!

Why is it that computer equipment, and especially any form of computer equipment that stores data, always only ever fails at an inopportune moment? Laptops for work never break the day before you go off on holiday leaving plenty of time for them to be fixed while you don’t need them; digital cameras never fail…

House Refurb & DIY

Old kitchen – the original plumbing’s last stand

Before the room can be plastered next week, the original plumbing that previously served the kitchen sink & appliances needed to be removed – paving the way for a cleanly filled & plastered wall. Unfortunately, as you can see the pipework disappears off under the floor somewhere and at the moment we have no idea…

House Refurb & DIY

Today’s challenge…. rewire a central heating system… !

Update: If you’re looking for a C Plan or similar central heating wiring diagram, click here! One of things we noted when we first moved in was that it was impossible to run the central heating system to just heat some hot water without also heating all the radiators. Not too bad in the winter,…

House Refurb & DIY

Old kitchen… Progress!

Today saw the start of work to transform our house’s original kitchen into what will hopefully end up being a dining room / additional reception room / somewhere to relax with a book / we’re-not-entirely-sure-just-yet room. Our electrician’s been busy all day removing dodgy old wiring for cookers & an excessive amount of badly-fitted additional…

Technology

Data recovery….

Data recovery… how on earth do you determine which company you can actually trust to recover data from a dead harddisk without damaging it further?? One of our laptops has run into a bit of a problem and we’re now the rather worried owner of a harddisk that’s not being recognised by the machine’s OS,…