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RMOUG Presentation, Part 2

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

For my presentation this year, I pre-recorded how to install Ubuntu 8.04.4 Server and Oracle XE.

The video does not have any sound, and is about 30 minutes in length. I will add the accompanying slides I used at the conference in the download section.

The presentation seemed to go well. I tend to present one-offs each year, and don’t get to hone my skills on a single presentation that I repeat at other events. I didn’t practice this year, and I think this showed, but the content was well received. It is always difficult to do a live demo, as there are always things that go wrong, and you really have to think on your feet. I will know what the audience thought when I get back the responses from the attendees of my presentation. What counted was that final display of APEX running through Apache, and boy did it work!

Hey, did you know that subversion is now at Apache? I learned that at a presentation by Kris Rice from Oracle. I was glad I got to see today’s presentation that he gave, it was incredible!

RMOUG Presentation, Part 1

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

For RMOUG (February 17 – 18, 2010) this year, I have a presentation called, “APEX – Moves from the Garage to the Basement”. I wasn’t sure if my presentation would be accepted based on the title. Who knew? The title is actually supposed to be a play on the real life story of HP starting their business in the Garage. For developer’s today, the same can be accomplished with a spare PC, Internet connection, and a few pieces of software including ApEx. To get this really going, I added information on setting up dyndns with a cable modem, which is the setup I personally have, and seems fairly common. This can be extended to most any broadband setup as well. The idea of the basement came from my own setup as well. I have a 24 port gigabit switch in my basement, so I setup a small table that has an old PC and a UPS next to the router.

I also have a domain name and use the custom dyndns service for less than 30 dollars (US) a year. An extra bonus, is Mail for Google Apps. I run the server from by basement, but have all of my mail routed through Google. That isn’t part of the presentation, but thought I would add that. Google, for me, just can’t be beat when used as a spam filter. I used to run my own mail server with postfix and spam-assassin. I just couldn’t keep up with the new ways I was getting spam, and really didn’t appreciate what was coming through and available to my kids. Using Google as a filter has solved this issue about 99.999 percent of the time.

I will add postings of how I set this up soon. Right now, the latest Ubuntu LTS server has been released, and I need to check this out with another virtual machine install. As for that, if anyone wants to know, I use both VMWare and VirtualBox. I had almost made the switch to VirtualBox completely, but am waiting to see what the fallout of this software will be with the Sun acquisition by Oracle. I have always though Oracle’s VM Software was lacking, so it will be interesting to see what develops! I wish I could be testing ApEx 4.0 as well with the new server VM. That will have to wait for another post when the software becomes available to the general public.

Favorite Linux Command

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
find . -name ".svn" -exec rm -rf {} \;