Shell Scripting Presentation at the Green Mountain Oracle User Group

GMOUGNext Tuesday, May 8th I will be presenting at the Green Mountain Oracle User Group annual meeting in South Burlington, Vermont. The topics will be Shell Scripting for the Oracle Professional and SQL Tuning.

This event is $20 for members (which includes breakfast and lunch) but non-members can pay $90 for the registration fee and 2007 dues. The event also includes the annual meeting of the GMOUG so it would be a great time to join and meet some of the members!

The event is in South Burlington, Vermont and will run from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM. See the GMOUG website for a full agenda and RSVP information.

vermont, technology, oracle, information technology, unix

Bestselling Oracle books and a bit about the biz

Don Burleson has an interesting artucle about some of the bestselling Oracle authors. Perhaps more interesting than the actual list is Don’s comments on how the book market has changed from the 90’s to the 00’s. He also talks a little about how royalties work.

Fair to say that today’s Oracle author (me included) isn’t expecting to get rich from their books, but it remains a great way to increase your personal visibility, give a subject a more complete treatment than it might otherwise get and help ease the learning curve for others who are less experienced.

oracle, technology, book, books, book sales, author, writing, publishing, royalties

Easy Linux Commands – Another Review on Amazon

My book Easy Linux Commands: Working Examples of Linux Command Syntax has received another 5-star review on Amazon. Here’s what reviewer Ben Prusinski has to say:

After wading through a maze of complex Linux tomes that are geared toward experienced Unix administrators, I finally found an excellent tips and tricks guide that can walk a novice through the maze of Unix commands. This book is easy to follow and makes using Linux operating system a breeze rather than a painful austerity. Highly recommended!

I’m glad people are finding the book useful! Thanks for the feedback Ben.

Easy Linux CommandsCheck out Easy Linux Commands for yourself, only $19.95 from Rampant TechPress.

Buy it now!

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Boston law enforcement overreacts, now it’s the court’s turn

Never Forget!As this was all going down yesterday I thought it a bit of an overreaction that the Massachusetts bomb squad was being dragged out for what was obviously an LED array (even from what little video the news stations had.) Now Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky who placed the devices around the city are being charged with placing “hoax devices” and disorderly conduct.

Now lets, just for a moment, review the definition of the word “hoax“. Now, if you read it carefully you’ll notice it starts off “to trick…” The phrase “to trick”, at least to me, implies intent. If you’re paying any attention to the reasons these guys (and folks like them in other US cities) put the devices up and what their purpose was you know already that there was no “trick”.

But anyway, while the press is busy sensationalizing the whole incident, the two men are taking time to learn a bit about hair styles of the ’70s! Really! Click through and watch the video. Bravo to these guys for not feeding the media machine!

Get these guys for graffiti, maybe even trespassing; even disorderly conduct, but they’re not terrorists. Now, Turner Broadcasting and the ad agency they hired that came up with the idea have a bit more to answer for, although the campaign was received quite differently in other cities. If they had any brains at all they’d have walked into Boston today with an apology and a million dollar check.

The MAKE blog (where I stole the image from, hope they don’t mind) continues to have some interesting information on the event.

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Easy Linux Commands – Now On Shelves!

My book Easy Linux Commands: Working Examples of Linux Command Syntax is now on shelves, as seen in this picture from Borders Book and Music right down the street from my home in Concord, NH.

Easy Linux Commands at Borders Concord

Written by me and Terry Clark this book is part reference and part tutorial encompasing everything from basic file manipulation to administrative commands.

From an Amazon review by Kurt:

New users to Linux and old-school Unix engineers alike will find value in this book. The author did a tremendous service representing this rapidly growing technology in an easy to read, easy to follow humorous format. Page to page there are examples of basic Unix commands and obscure Linux features available to most builds. Having built my career in deploying “Enterprise Class” Unix based solutions for today’s high availability needs, it is refreshing to learn some new tricks and be reacquainted with old tools built discussed in this book. I recommend it to entry level and veterans alike.

The book is available in major bookstores (although any bookstore should be able to order it for you) and can also be ordered from the publisher for just $19.95. That’s 30% off the cover price!

Thanks to Zach for snapping the pic and sending it on to me.

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