Top Oracle Blogs

Andy C has posted a list of Oracle blogs he reads listed by Technorati ranking. Not only did Life After Coffee make the list, but it made #1!

Andy C posted a short history of Oracle blogging about a year ago. It seems there were a lot fewer back then.

Check out the whole list. There are some great folks on here, many of whom actually post primarily about Oracle!

oracle, database, dba, rdbms, blog

Put Javascript in your WordPress Posts with Script Enabler

After a long battle trying to get Javascript to work in WordPress posts I finally stumbled upon the Script Enabler Plugin by Otto. In hopes of shortening the search for others and since Otto doesn’t seem to have a home page for Script Enabler (or at least not one I can find) here’s everything you need to know about it.


  • No settings
  • No configuration
  • Use standard script tag syntax
  • It works


  1. Download it (click here)
  2. Unzip it (Hey, I was talking about the file)
  3. Move it to your plugins directory
  4. Enable it

Thanks to Otto for developing the plugin!

information technology, blog, blogging, blogs, java, javascript, wordpress

Working from home – The cost (or savings) of the commute

Working from home has lots of benefits that could never be measured, but it has some that absolutely can!

Before I started working from home I was driving 45 miles each way, 5 days a week. That means I was traveling 90 miles every day, 450 miles/week, or about 21,600 miles/year just between home and work.

The car I was driving when I finished my last job got almost exactly 30 miles/gallon (not bad for a V6 Buick Century) meaning I was using 15 gallons of gas every week adding up to about 720 gallons of gas in a year.

With gas prices consistently over $2/gallon that 720 gallons of gas would cost me at least $1,500/year. Now, mind you, we’re not even counting oil changes and the cost of the vehicle itself.

The commute was taking me about 45 minutes each way (sadly this isn’t the longest commute I’ve ever had.) That adds up to 7.5 hours/week or 360 hours/year. (Yes, for those of you keeping track, that’s 15 days.)

My commute was a bit long, but in 2003 the US Census Bureau reported that an average daily commute to work lasted about 24.3 minutes. That still adds up to 194.4 hours or 8.1 days per year.

I don’t know how much an impact 21,600 miles of travel has on the roads and public services, but I’d file it under “not insignificant.” Why there aren’t government incentives for employers allowing telecommuting I do not understand. Perhaps with increased realizations about global warming and our economy’s dependence on oil the government and employers will finally take notice of the economies of telecommuting.

Food for thought: If an employee can telecommute one day each week they will reduce their commuting cost and impact by 20%.

Upgrade are failed!

While applying a firmware upgrade to my Linksys WRT54G router today I encountered the following error:

Upgrade are failed!

This is right up there with “All your base are belong to us!”

On the up side, Linksys support was fairly helpful. Despite asking me “Have you tried to check the memory of your computer?” and “Have you tried to change the browser settings?” (those are exact quotes from the live chat) they got me to a download of the firmware that worked.

Overall, for $50 (on Amazon) the Linksys WRT54G router has been a damned solid and easy to configure wireless router with the nice benefit of four wired ports (in addition to the uplink.)
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Steve Jobs – Thoughts on Music and DRM

Ever wonder what the CEO of one of the world’s leading music retailers thinks of Digital Rights Management? Today Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. told us in a message titled “Thoughts on Music” which I hope we will some day look back on as the beginning of the end for DRM.

In the post Jobs clearly presents the current situation (each vendor has their own library of music, protected by their own DRM which will only work on their own software and devices) and offers up three possible futures, the most interesting of which is the third:

The third alternative is to abolish DRMs entirely. Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music.

Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy.

If you are interested in DRM or would like to learn more about it and why it’s such a hot topic right now, I highly recommend reading Jobs’ entire post. Remember, Apple is currently ahead in this field and if anything has the most to loose if they lost their brand lock-in.

drm, digital rights management, music, mp3, aac, apple, computer, records