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Oracle OTN Developer Day in New York on May 7th

Marc Sewtz - Fri, 2013-04-26 17:19

Are you interested in developing and running your Oracle Application Express applications on the Cloud? And do you want to learn more about Oracle’s Database Cloud Service? Then join us on May 7 at the Oracle OTN Developer Day in New York. At this event, you will be able to network with peers and Oracle experts while learning about Oracle Cloud's Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings and the speed, flexibility, and productivity they offer.

I’ll be doing an Oracle Cloud overview presentation in the morning and then we'll do a Database Cloud Hands-On lab with you in the afternoon. You’ll get hands-on experience with the Oracle Database Cloud and learn about our suite of packaged productivity applications. You’ll learn how to load bulk data to the Oracle Database Cloud, build applications on this data, add reports and charts, setup RESTful webservices and  build and deploy mobile web apps – all as part of this free workshop.

PDF Printing with Oracle Application Express 4.2.2

Marc Sewtz - Fri, 2013-04-26 16:53

Oracle Application Express 4.2.2 was released today, you can download the full release from the Download page on OTN. As always, there have been numerous improvements and bug fixes. We’ve updated many of our included packaged applications and we’ve introduced a new packaged application: the Survey Builder, which you can use to easily create and run surveys.

With APEX 4.2.2 and the APEX Listener 2.0 we’re also introducing a number of report printing enhancements. Using the APEX Listener for PDF printing has been added as a third option in addition to using Apache FOP or Oracle BI Publisher as external print rendering engine. The main difference in using the APEX Listener for PDF printing is that the FOP libraries are actually built into the Lister, thus no complicated configuration of an external engine is required in this setup. All that’s required is to log into the APEX Instance Administration, select the APEX Listener as the Print Server, and then enable PDF printing for your Classic Reports, Interactive Reports or Report Queries.

And unless you’re calling the APEX Print APIs directly in your custom PL/SQL code, you also won’t have to enable networking services in the Oracle database anymore, because the APEX Listener based printing option loads your reports straight to the APEX Listener, which then renders them in PDF format and downloads them to your browser.

To help you get started with using the APEX Listener for PDF Printing I’ve created a short video that walks you through the configuration steps in the APEX Instance Administration and then shows you how to create a simple report with PDF export enabled:



We’ve also improved support for custom XSL-FO layouts in APEX 4.2.2. This means, you can now more easily customize your PDF reports to your requirements using third-party tools like Altova Stylevision or Stylus Studio that allow for drag and drop layout of XSLT stylesheets. So if you have a Report Query or Classic Report Region, you can now simply download your report data in XML format and use this XML data as the data source for any of these tools. Once loaded into the tool, all components of your report data, including information about your application, page, report region, user name as well as session state can be easily included in the layout via drag and drop. Once you completed your layout, you can safe it as a XSLT 1.0 file and upload this file into APEX as a report layout (under Shared Components). Now you can update your report query or classic report region to use this custom layout when exporting your report in PDF format.

I’ve created a second video, which walks your through all the details. Starting with the sample app created in the first video, I’m showing you how to export your report in XML format, load this XML file into Altova Stylevision or Stylus Studio, then I'm demonstrating how to use these tools to create custom layouts and finally how to upload your completed layouts and use them for your reports in APEX:





OAM and EBS Breaks after Cloning

Dave Best - Fri, 2013-04-26 16:04
We are in the process of integrating E-Business Suite with Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Its setup in DEV and TEST but not in PROD yet.    There was a requirement to reclone DEV and as a result the integration with OAM broke. We ran all the configuration steps on the EBS side, such as: $FND_TOP/bin/txkrun.pl -script=SetSSOReg -registerinstance=yes Verifying ASADMIN was active and

Dual-Boot on UEFI PCs: Booting Ubuntu only works randomly

Dietrich Schroff - Wed, 2013-04-24 14:51
In my posting about using ubuntu on a Windows 9 laptop, i ended with:
But now rebooting works like expected (with Ubuntu and Windows 8).

Five pillars of Gross Margin Improvement

Arvind Jain - Mon, 2013-04-22 17:00

When growth comes to standstill or products start to become commodity …nothing else matters as much as maintaining your Gross Margin.

A company can have stagnant revenue but Wall Street will still reward it's shares if it show profitability growth and how do you do it? Look no further than Gross Margin.




Essentially the five pillars of Gross Margin improvement are:

  1. Financial Planning
  2. Operational Effectiveness
  3. Pricing Optimization
  4. Product Management
  5. Sales Effectiveness
Want to know more? I am working on a Gross Margin play book. Drop me a note and will be glad to share.

Operational effectiveness as a Gross Margin tool

Arvind Jain - Mon, 2013-04-22 15:54
Effective Operations can help your company move in the right direction w.r.t. Gross Margin.

The 8 top most things that come to my mind when we look at GM in high-tech industry from an operations perspective are (in no order of importance).

Operational Effectiveness
NMS - (Fixed + variable) OthersPortfolio AlignmentNMS - Freight SavingsOver HeadTransformation SavingsSupplier SavingsProduct and Theater MixRoyalty Management


We will drill down into each some other day in a white paper.

Join me at ODTUG's Expert Panel - Oracle Application Express

Dietmar Aust - Mon, 2013-04-22 14:48
In May, I will take part in one of ODTUG's webinars:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

ODTUG's Expert Panel - Oracle Application Express
 

Panelists: Dietmar Aust (Opal Consulting), Roel Hartman (APEX Evangelists ), Dan McGhan (Enkitec)
Moderator: Patrick Cimolini (Patrick International APEX Consulting) 


This is a live interactive panel similar to the ACE Lunch and Learn panels held at Kscope. This innovative webinar is modeled after a call-in radio talk show. You will be able to chat a question to our organizer and if it is accepted you will have the option to verbally ask the question to our panel. Please be sure to have the proper equipment (headset and a quiet office) so that our panelists can clearly understand your question. You’ll also be able to participate in the discussion with the panel while they answer your question. 

The following are some potential topics, but audience participation will shape the scope of the panel: 
  • What skill sets does an APEX team need? 
  • What options are available for producing printed reports from APEX?
  • Moving away from Forms/Reports to APEX 
  • Interactive Reports - THE killer feature of APEX 
  • Developer Productivity - negotiate and tweak the requirements with the customers in order to use standard APEX components to implement them = unparalleled productivity
  • Real-world showcases (APEX can handle application complexity just as well as a high load serving many users)

Personally, I like ODTUG a lot, it is a friendly and very competent place to be, I always enjoy the conference.

The panel will be held for 90minutes, so there will be a lot of time asking questions :).

You can register for the webinar here

Cheers, 
~Dietmar. 

Linux and UEFI: Files, Mountpoints, Commands...

Dietrich Schroff - Mon, 2013-04-22 14:28
With Windows 8 secure boot is used. That means if you want to add a Linux kernel, this kernel has to be signed. After installing Ubuntu on a Windows 8 machine, here the directory listing of the /boot directory:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   844882 Okt  9  2012 abi-3.5.0-17-generic
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    17402 Apr 21 18:48 boot.efi.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root        0 Apr 21 18:49 boot.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   147884 Okt  9  2012 config-3.5.0-17-generic
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root      512 Jan  1  1970 efi
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root     4096 Apr 21 18:45 grub
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 23040071 Apr 21 16:33 initrd.img-3.5.0-17-generic
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   176764 Jan  3 23:48 memtest86+.bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   178944 Jan  3 23:48 memtest86+_multiboot.bin
-rw------- 1 root root  2901710 Okt  9  2012 System.map-3.5.0-17-generic
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  5129040 Okt 17  2012 vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  5130968 Okt 17  2012 vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic.efi.signed
The directory grub contains all files related to grub/grub2. The directory efi is a mountpoint:
/dev/sda3 on /boot/efi type vfat (rw)
/dev/sda3         258048   48975    209073  19% /boot/efi
This partition is a partition, which was created from Windows 8 and contains the following:
./efi/Boot
./efi/Boot/bg-BG
./efi/Boot/bg-BG/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/BCD.LOG
./efi/Boot/cs-CZ
./efi/Boot/cs-CZ/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/cs-CZ/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/da-DK
./efi/Boot/da-DK/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/da-DK/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/de-DE
./efi/Boot/de-DE/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/de-DE/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/el-GR
./efi/Boot/el-GR/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/el-GR/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/en-GB
./efi/Boot/en-GB/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/en-US
./efi/Boot/en-US/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/en-US/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/es-ES
./efi/Boot/es-ES/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/es-ES/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/et-EE
./efi/Boot/et-EE/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/fi-FI
./efi/Boot/fi-FI/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/fi-FI/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/fr-FR
./efi/Boot/fr-FR/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/fr-FR/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/hr-HR
./efi/Boot/hr-HR/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/hu-HU
./efi/Boot/hu-HU/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/hu-HU/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/it-IT
./efi/Boot/it-IT/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/it-IT/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ja-JP
./efi/Boot/ja-JP/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ja-JP/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ko-KR
./efi/Boot/ko-KR/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ko-KR/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/lt-LT
./efi/Boot/lt-LT/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/lv-LV
./efi/Boot/lv-LV/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/memtest.exe
./efi/Boot/nb-NO
./efi/Boot/nb-NO/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/nb-NO/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/nl-NL
./efi/Boot/nl-NL/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/nl-NL/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/pl-PL
./efi/Boot/pl-PL/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/pl-PL/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/pt-BR
./efi/Boot/pt-BR/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/pt-BR/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/pt-PT
./efi/Boot/pt-PT/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/pt-PT/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/qps-ploc
./efi/Boot/qps-ploc/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/qps-ploc/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ro-RO
./efi/Boot/ro-RO/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ru-RU
./efi/Boot/ru-RU/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/ru-RU/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/sk-SK
./efi/Boot/sk-SK/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/sl-SI
./efi/Boot/sl-SI/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/sr-Latn-CS
./efi/Boot/sr-Latn-CS/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/sv-SE
./efi/Boot/sv-SE/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/sv-SE/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/tr-TR
./efi/Boot/tr-TR/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/tr-TR/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/uk-UA
./efi/Boot/uk-UA/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/zh-CN
./efi/Boot/zh-CN/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/zh-CN/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/zh-HK
./efi/Boot/zh-HK/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/zh-HK/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/zh-TW
./efi/Boot/zh-TW/bootmgr.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/zh-TW/memtest.exe.mui
./efi/Boot/BOOTSTAT.DAT
./efi/Boot/Fonts
./efi/Boot/Fonts/chs_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/cht_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/jpn_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/kor_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/malgunn_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/malgun_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/meiryon_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/meiryo_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/msjhn_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/msjh_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/msyhn_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/msyh_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/segmono_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/segoen_slboot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/segoe_slboot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Fonts/wgl4_boot.ttf
./efi/Boot/Resources
./efi/Boot/Resources/bootres.dll
./efi/Boot/Resources/de-DE
./efi/Boot/Resources/de-DE/bootres.dll.mui
./efi/Boot/BCD
./efi/Boot/BCD.LOG1
./efi/Boot/BCD.LOG2
./efi/bootmgr
./efi/BOOTNXT
./efi/EFI
./efi/EFI/Microsoft
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bg-BG
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bg-BG/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bg-BG/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/boot.stl
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgr.efi
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/cs-CZ
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/cs-CZ/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/cs-CZ/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/cs-CZ/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/da-DK
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/da-DK/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/da-DK/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/da-DK/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/de-DE
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/de-DE/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/de-DE/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/de-DE/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/el-GR
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/el-GR/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/el-GR/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/el-GR/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-GB
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-GB/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-GB/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-US
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-US/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-US/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/en-US/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/es-ES
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/es-ES/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/es-ES/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/es-ES/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/et-EE
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/et-EE/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/et-EE/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fi-FI
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fi-FI/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fi-FI/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fi-FI/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fr-FR
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fr-FR/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fr-FR/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/fr-FR/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hr-HR
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hr-HR/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hr-HR/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hu-HU
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hu-HU/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hu-HU/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/hu-HU/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/it-IT
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/it-IT/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/it-IT/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/it-IT/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ja-JP
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ja-JP/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ja-JP/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ja-JP/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ko-KR
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ko-KR/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ko-KR/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ko-KR/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/lt-LT
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/lt-LT/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/lt-LT/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/lv-LV
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/lv-LV/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/lv-LV/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/memtest.efi
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nb-NO
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nb-NO/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nb-NO/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nb-NO/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nl-NL
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nl-NL/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nl-NL/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/nl-NL/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pl-PL
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pl-PL/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pl-PL/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pl-PL/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-BR
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-BR/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-BR/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-BR/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-PT
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-PT/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-PT/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/pt-PT/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/qps-ploc
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/qps-ploc/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/qps-ploc/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/qps-ploc/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ro-RO
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ro-RO/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ro-RO/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ru-RU
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ru-RU/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ru-RU/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/ru-RU/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sk-SK
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sk-SK/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sk-SK/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sl-SI
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sl-SI/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sl-SI/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sr-Latn-CS
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sr-Latn-CS/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sr-Latn-CS/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sv-SE
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sv-SE/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sv-SE/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/sv-SE/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/tr-TR
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/tr-TR/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/tr-TR/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/tr-TR/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/uk-UA
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/uk-UA/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/uk-UA/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-CN
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-CN/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-CN/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-CN/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-HK
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-HK/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-HK/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-TW
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-TW/bootmgfw.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-TW/bootmgr.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/zh-TW/memtest.efi.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BOOTSTAT.DAT
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/chs_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/cht_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/jpn_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/kor_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/malgunn_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/malgun_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/meiryon_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/meiryo_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/msjhn_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/msjh_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/msyhn_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/msyh_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/segmono_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/segoen_slboot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/segoe_slboot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Fonts/wgl4_boot.ttf
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Resources
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Resources/bootres.dll
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Resources/de-DE
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/Resources/de-DE/bootres.dll.mui
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BCD
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BCD.LOG
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BCD.LOG1
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BCD.LOG2
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bkpbootmgfw.efi
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootx64.efi.grb
./efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootx64.efi
./efi/EFI/Boot
./efi/EFI/Boot/bkpbootx64.efi
./efi/EFI/Boot/bootx64.efi
./efi/EFI/ubuntu
./efi/EFI/ubuntu/shimx64.efi
./efi/EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi
./efi/EFI/ubuntu/grub.cfg

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Pyramid of needs for Cloud management

William Vambenepe - Sun, 2013-04-21 15:21

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Using Ubuntu on a Windows 8 Laptop: because of UEFI more problems as expected

Dietrich Schroff - Sun, 2013-04-21 14:19
Today i tried to install Ubuntu on a Windows 8 Laptop. First thing: you have to use 12.04 or greater because Windows 8 uses secure boot with UEFI.
But after the first boot with a USB-stick i got:
(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system?? - If you ask google you get something like: Do not use a usb 3.0 port... Great... There is no usb 2.0 port on my device....
So just trying around with a usb 2.0 hub  - does not work
Looking inside BIOS i found XHCI:
And after that Ubuntu is installed without any problems... (hmm - that is not really true: resizing the Windows 8 partition could not be done via Ubuntu installer - but just do this in Windows 8 - this will work without any problems).
Ok - end of this posting? Unfortunately not, because Windows 8 does not boot anymore.
I think this is ok ;-)
Asking Google gives the following solution: Just use Boot-repair.
sudo bash
add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
apt-get update
apt-get install boot-repair
boot-repair
And after that the grub menu looks like this:
But now rebooting works like expected (with Ubuntu and Windows 8).
[If you still have problems that booting ubuntu does not work on every startup, read here]

Token Configurations in Oracle SOA Suite PS6 ( 11.1.1.7.0)

Edwin Biemond - Sat, 2013-04-20 13:11
Oracle Soa Suite PatchSet 6 or 11.1.1.7.0  now has support for Token configurations which really can help administrators in configuring or overriding external Web Service Reference parameters like the protocol ( http, oramds or https ),  the remote host etc. And more important if you do it right you can kick out the all those Soa Suite deployment plans :-) Important to know this only works on

Controlling Hide/Show Apex Regions Using Javascript

Andrew Tulley - Fri, 2013-04-19 09:49

Hide/Show regions are very useful in that they allow users to hide certain on-screen content when it’s not relevant for them (and show it again just as easily) simply by clicking the small arrow icon in the top left of the region.

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But how can you programmatically do the equivalent of clicking the arrow icons? Perhaps, for example, when a user clicks a particular button on your page, you want all Show/Hide regions to be expanded. How can you do this?

One answer is the snippet of code below. In this code, “MY_REGION” is the static ID of the region for which we wish to programatically click the show/hide arrow icon.

// How to programatically click a Hide/Show region hide/show button
$('#MY_REGION .uRegionControl').click();

We can use the snippet below to work out the current status of a Hide/Show region i.e. whether it is currently expanded or collapsed. The below snippet will return a value or “none” if the region is collapsed.

// How to find out whether a hide/show region is currently shown or not
$('#MY_REGION div.uRegionHeading').next().css('display');

We can build on the above to create a function which expands, collapses or toggles the state of a Hide/Show Region.


// ********************************************************
// ** Function setStateOfHideShowRegion(pRegionStaticId,pDoWhat)(type,id)  
// ** Collapses, Expands of toggles any Hide Show region which has a static id
// ** defined by the string pRegionStaticId.
// ** Returns either "collapsed" or "expanded" to indicate the status of the
// ** region once this function has run.
// ** pDoWhat: either "expand", "collapse" or "toggle"
// ********************************************************
function setStateOfHideShowRegion(pRegionStaticId,pDoWhat) {
    
    var returnState;
    var currentState = 'expanded';
    doWhat = pDoWhat.toLowerCase();
    
    if ($('#'+pRegionStaticId+' div.uRegionHeading').next().css('display') == 'none') {
        
        currentState = 'collapsed';
        
    };
    
    if (doWhat == 'toggle') {
        
        $('#'+pRegionStaticId+' .uRegionControl').click();
        returnState = (currentState=='expanded'?'collapsed':'expanded');
        
    }
    else if (doWhat == 'expand') {
        
        if (currentState !== 'expanded') {
            $('#'+pRegionStaticId+' .uRegionControl').click();
        };
        returnState = 'expanded';
        
    }
    else if (doWhat == 'collapse') {
        
        if (currentState !== 'collapsed') {
            $('#'+pRegionStaticId+' .uRegionControl').click();
        };
        returnState = 'collapsed';
        
    };
    
    return returnState;
    
}

Don't Pave the Cow Path

Brent Martin - Thu, 2013-04-18 22:09

Lately at work I've been having to remind myself lately not to pave the cow path -- not to bring existing business processes and technology forward just because that's how we've always done it.  Here's the poem that the expression comes from.


The Calf-Path

by  Sam Walter Foss  (1858-1911)

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail, as all calves do.


Since then three hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.


The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bellwether sheep
Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bellwethers always do.


And from that day, o’er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made,
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath
Because ’twas such a crooked path;
But still they followed — do not laugh —
The first migrations of that calf,
And through this winding wood-way stalked
Because he wobbled when he walked.


This forest path became a lane,
That bent, and turned, and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.


The years passed on in swiftness fleet.
The road became a village street,
And this, before men were aware,
A city’s crowded thoroughfare,
And soon the central street was this
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.


Each day a hundred thousand rout
Followed that zigzag calf about,
And o’er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.
A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They follow still his crooked way,
And lose one hundred years a day,
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.


A moral lesson this might teach
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind
Along the calf-paths of the mind,
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.


They keep the path a sacred groove,
Along which all their lives they move;
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah, many things this tale might teach —
But I am not ordained to preach.


 

caveats

Chet Justice - Thu, 2013-04-18 21:00
I always find myself putting an asterisk (if only mentally) next to certain statements. I shall now put all those statements here and link back.
  1. I don't know everything
  2. I'm not the best developer in the world, but I constantly work at getting better...
  3. If I make a statement about something, that's been my experience. Your results may vary.
  4. I am not a salesman.
  5. I do not work for <insert company name which I just pitched here>
That's it...for now.
Categories: BI & Warehousing

Advanced Javascript Tutorial

Andrew Tulley - Thu, 2013-04-18 14:26

Today I came across a great interactive tutorial which covers a series of advanced Javascript topics. It’s very well put together and lets you try out your own variations of the code being shown which can be very handy in making sure your understanding is correct.

It’s from John Resig, the creator of jQuery. The tutorial is not jQuery-centric though. In fact, it doesn’t talk about or use jQuery at all. It’s just pure Javascript.

You can find it here: http://ejohn.org/apps/learn/

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How to make your browser save your password

Dietmar Aust - Thu, 2013-04-18 10:13
Typically and for good security reasons the password manager from either Firefox or any other browser will not prompt you to save the password for the login screen of the APEX workspace or any of your own APEX applications.



Why? The APEX team implemented the login page with the HTML attribute autocomplete=off:

For a development environment I find this behaviour kind of annoying, especially when the APEX builder session times out frequently and you have to login to your workspace multiple times during the day.

Thus I have looked around and found a javascript routine which removes the autocomplete=off attribute from the form.

Just right-click on this link and save it as a bookmark: Force browser to save the password
I have found it here, but it is explained on many other websites as well.

Once you click on your bookmark you will see the following message:



If you continue to log into APEX you will get the typical message where you can save the password now:



It is good practice to use a password for your password manager in Firefox, too. Here are the steps to enable it.

Cheers and enjoy,
~Dietmar.


 

Oracle Cloud World - London May 14th & Munich May 15th

Marc Sewtz - Tue, 2013-04-16 19:42

I’ll be presenting Oracle Application Express as part of the Oracle Database Cloud Service at the Cloud World events in London and Munich next month.

At Oracle Cloud World you’ll hear from Oracle executives, thought leaders, customers, and partners as they share ideas on how to transform business and stay ahead of your competition through technologies like cloud, social, and mobile.

In addition to keynote sessions highlighting Oracle’s strategy and roadmap for cloud and social, Oracle CloudWorld offers tracks specifically for:

       Line-of-business leaders in sales and marketing, customer service and support, HR and talent management, and finance and operations
       IT Professionals that support the above lines of business
       Oracle Database Cloud Services and Oracle Java Cloud Services

Here’s the information on my session:

Develop With the Oracle Database You Know and Love, Now in the Cloud

Developing applications to run on the world's leading database? Why not do it in the cloud? See the process for signing up for and provisioning Oracle Database Cloud Services, loading data, developing applications with Oracle Application Express, and creating RESTful Web services. This end-to-end presentation introduces the major components of Oracle Database Cloud Services and explores its use.

Register today for these free events:

London: Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 08:15 – 18:30, ExCel Center, ICC Capital Suite, Agenda and Registration

Munich: Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 9:00 – 19:00, The Westin Grand München, Agenda and Registration


OGh APEX World 2013

Rob van Wijk - Tue, 2013-04-16 17:35
Last Tuesday, the fourth OGh APEX World day took place, again at Figi Zeist. Several people have already written about this day: Christian Rokitta, about the announcements from David Peake in his keynote, Bart Peeters from iAdvise, with comments about several sessions and Rob de Gouw from Quobell, written in Dutch. Here is a short writeup about my experiences that day. For me, this year was a Rob van Wijkhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00499478359372903250noreply@blogger.com0

April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE Released

Oracle Security Team - Tue, 2013-04-16 15:03

Hi, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle today released two Critical Patch Updates: the April 2013 Critical Patch Update and the April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE.  The previous blog entry provided a summary of the April 2013 Critical Patch Update, and this entry will discuss the content of the Critical Patch Update for Java SE.

The April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE provides 42 new security fixes.  39 of the vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update are remotely exploitable without authentication.  The maximum CVSS Base Score for these vulnerabilities is 10.0, and this score affect 19 different vulnerabilities. 

Out of the 42 vulnerabilities, only 2 can affect server deployments of Java.  Server exploitation can only occur as a result of these bugs when malicious data is supplied into specific APIs on the server (e.g., through a web service), and one of these bugs actually require local access to be exploited. 

As usual, Oracle recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied as soon as possible.  Desktop users can install this new version from java.com or through the Java Autoupdate

For More Information:

The advisory for the April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpuapr2013-1928497.html.

April 2013 Critical Patch Update Released

Oracle Security Team - Tue, 2013-04-16 15:02

Hello, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle just released the April 2013 Critical Patch Update.  This Critical Patch Update provides fixes for 128 new security vulnerabilities across a wide range of product families including the Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle FLEXCUBE, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Primavera, Oracle and Sun Systems Product Suite (including Sun Middleware Products), Oracle MySQL, and Oracle Support Tools. 

Of the 128 fixes included in this Critical Patch Update, 4 are for Oracle Database Server.  The most severe Database vulnerability has received a CVSS Base Score of 10.0 for the Windows platform and 7.5 on other platforms (e.g., Solaris, Linux).  This vulnerability is limited to Oracle Database 11.2.0.2 and 11.2.0.3 operating in RAC configurations. 

This Critical Patch Update also includes 29 security fixes for Oracle Fusion Middleware.  The most severe of these vulnerabilities has also received a CVSS Base Score of 10.0 and it in fact affects a series of vulnerabilities in the Java Runtime Environment that are applicable to JRockit.  In addition, a number of these fixes are for third-party components included in Oracle Fusion Middleware.

This Critical Patch Update includes a significant number of security fixes for Oracle Applications.  This high number is due in some part to the recent inclusion of new product lines in the Critical Patch Update (e.g., Oracle FLEXCUBE).  Oracle E-Business Suite receives 6 new security fixes, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite receives 3, PeopleSoft Enterprise 11, Oracle Siebel CRM 8, Oracle Industry Applications 3, and Oracle FLEXCUBE 18.  In addition, this Critical Patch Update includes 2 security fixes for Oracle Primavera.

As with previous Critical Patch Updates, this Critical Patch Update also provides a significant number of security fixes for the Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite.  18 new fixes for the Sun Product Suite are provided, including 16 fixes affecting Solaris and 2 for Oracle GlassFish Server.  The most severe of these vulnerabilities has received a CVSS Base Score of 6.4.  

Also included in this Critical Patch Update are 25 new security fixes for Oracle MySQL (the most severe of these bugs has received a CVSS Base Score of 6.8) and one new security fix for Oracle Support Tools (specifically Automatic Service Request (ASR), a support utility used to automatically generate service request in case of specific hardware failure). 

As usual, Oracle recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied as soon as possible so as to ensure that the in-depth security posture of the organization is maintained.  As a reminder, Oracle also today released a Critical Patch Update for Java SE.  The content of the Critical Patch Update for Java SE and a highlight of Oracle’s security plan for Java are discussed in a separate blog entry.

For More Information:

The Security Advisory for the April 2013 Critical Patch Update is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2013-1899555.html

The Security Advisory for the April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpuapr2013-1928497.html

More information about Oracle Software Security Assurance programs is located at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/index.html. 

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