How Can I?
12 February, 2014
|As a few of you may be aware I am currently between engagements and looking for some place to land that will not bore me to tear in minutes or hours.
For the first time in a very long time I decided to post my CV on the web just to see what would happen: It did with a thud.
I am being flooded with offers and offers that seem to, and I am generalizing here, demonstrate the lack of intelligence in those contacting me.
In fact such a dramatic lack of intelligence I suspect there really are no human beings behind the contacts ... just algorithms that read key words. So far I have been offered jobs doing:
not one of which I can do much more than spell which any human being would clearly see if they read the CV. Of course I have a lot
of experience with EMC VMax storage arrays. I've built and tuned databases on them for years. But the fact that the key word VMAX
appears in my CV doesn't mean I have any idea how to cluster them, carve out virtualized LUNs, or produce a heat map. Have American
standards fallen so low that they would actually contact me for the position? Apparently YES!
- BI Development
- Java Development
- SQL Server Administration
- Teradata Administration
- EMC VMax Storage Administration
- WebSphere Administration
I suspect that the recruiting industry has turned into a spam machine that works something like this:
This is really disgusting. And please would someone tell me how all these people phoning me got into the US?
From accent strength clearly none of them were born or attended school here, and none got in due to valid technical qualifications as they clearly, based on my phone calls with them, don't have any.
And how do I know they are crawling the CVs on the web and not downloading them? Because to a person they ask me to email them a
current copy of my CV indicating that they don't have a copy and have never seen one personall: These appear to be boiler room
- Crawl CVs on the web
- Examine the CVs with an algorithm that looks for key words
- Match the keywords found against job opening also posted on the web that were previously crawled
- See if you can make a buck because the candidate responds and the company with the opening is willing to answer their phone
I've no problem with the US allowing in person's born in South Asia but there should be some qualifying requirement beyond they
breathe air and have a passport. I was on the phone today with a guy reading me the "qualifications" for a DBA position. He got as
far as Identity Management and Websphere before I had to stop him to avoid a catastrophe. Oh and for an entire $45/hr on a 1099 you
can have the job if you want it.
3 February, 2014
|For all of the prejorative terms we, and that is the inclusive "we" use to describe
the Lazy B I have a new found appreciation for what they do well.
The Library has been recently updated with some new content as well as 12c upgrades for previously existing pages. Check out the
new content from January which includes DBMS_FILE_GROUP_EXP_INTERNAL, DBMS_QOPATCH (new with 12c), the undocumented packages
DBMS_SQLTUNE_UTIL0, UTIL1, and UTL2, two undocumented Streams related packages DBMS_STREAMS_MC and STREAMS_MC_INV, and two
supported packages DBMS_XDB_CONFIG and DBMS_XDB_CONSTANTS. Then a new library page on kernel subsystems which should prove of value
when reading trace file outputs. And a bunch of other stuff too numerous to list.
I'm heading for the airport: Enjoy!
1 February, 2014
|We need to talk about RAC Clusters ... and more than that we need to talk about an
extraordinarily bad way to build them ... with Cisco UCS.
The first thing you need to know about Cisco UCS is that it is the creation of an association of losers in a vain attempt to fend
off those who are expanding and consolidating their place in the enterprise technology stack.
Now I know some will think this consolidation is a bad thing ... I mean why would we not want healthy competition, like for example
Airbus vs Boeing. And who doesn't fondly recall hours and days wasted in vendor finger-pointing exercises when the hardware vendor
pointed at the O/S vendor, the O/S vendor pointed t the database vendor who pointed in turn to the network vendor ... ad nauseum.
So while consolidation does mean fewer choices it also means better. more reliable, choices. And when things go terribly wrong, and they will from
time-to-time, one neck to choke.
So along come three tech stack losers ... Cisco, EMC, and H/P and what do they do? They decide to compete by inventing a new product
and then trying to convince the IT marketplace constitutes a serious competitor to a
tried-and-tested tech stack: It isn't. It may work perfectly well for some applications such as web and application servers,
maybe even stand-alone databases, but when it comes to enterprise databases running enterprise level applications, with Oracle RAC
it is out of its league.
Yes I know Cisco UCS is certified. If that impresses anyone they might consider what else has been, and currently is, certified. If
you are doing serious enterprise computing you may be certifiable if you think certified has any quantifiable value.
In the future, as time is available, I am going to post more and more on this subject and explain why Cisco UCS can not complete with Oracle
ODA, OVN or OVCA much less with Oracle Exadata or IBM P and Z Series servers.
So if you want to follow the drama you might want to read up on UCS so you are familiar with what I am going to throw under the
16 January, 2014
|Even though the contents of this blog entry contained no company names, no division
names, no possible way for anyone to determine about who I wrote it I have been asked to censor it so I have.
4 January, 2014
|The blog is going to turn a bit political, or perhaps more political, here in 2014
because it is time to return to a bit of my roots. Get over it!
The following is addressed to a theoretical person, named Anne, who is, for purposes of this missive hypothetically approaching her
30th birthday this year.
No one will ever accuse my generation of being "the greatest generation:" That was your grandmother's generation. My generation has
taken all of multitude of cards handed to it, peace, education, antibiotics, a verdant planet, and diligently worked to squander
them. The very same people I went to high school with, those "sons and daughters of American democracy" the very people that
thought it was cool to go out Friday night and get drunk while it was uncool to study math and science in school are now all of
voting age and voting their life-long wilfull ignorance. What I wonder is for how long you are going to sit back, watching TV and
playing video games, before you consider what we are doing to your legacy and that of your children?
|Friday 3 January, 2014
|Today one of my customers succeeded in taking down an entire data center ... and they
did so without benefit of earthquake, tsunami, fire, hurricane or thermonuclear war. How you might ask? ... A single core firewall
through which all traffic passes ... no redundancy ... no written configuration management, and no alarming or monitoring to
indicate a problem existed until the customers started complaining.
Welcome to how a Tier 1 enterprise does everything wrong. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan ... "Network engineers trust but verify."
In other news the Library continues to be updated with 12cR1 as well as new pages on legacy functionality. Since the first of the
year new pages have been added for the ORDSYS packages ORDERROR, ORDIMAGEEXCEPTIONS, and ORDUTIL_PRV.
|Thursday 2 January, 2014
|My Christmas present this year ... a few heavenly days with Helen in Napa
|Wednesday 1 January, 2014
"Happy New Year ... Best wishes for the new year and beyond."
January 1 of 2013 I wrote the above sentence.
I'm not impressed by what the year delivered to me or the planet.
I am, however, cautiously optimistic that 2014 will do a better job of meeting expectations.
And if, by April, the year is failing I'm heading to Bangkok for Songkran 2014.
Also a little note to some of you in the United States of America because it is about time someone told you this:
"There are other people living on this planet, they live differently than you do,
and many of them are really happy that way.
In fact many of them are a hell of a lot happier than you are.
They live in countries that are more democratic,
they have more personal freedom,
they will, on average, live longer healthier lives than you will,
and they have good reasons to be optimistic about their future.
If you are in hell or Texas and feel some compelling need to carry a gun they don't mind
because they aren't planning to steal your angst.
Neither am I.