September 23, 2018
Forums: Trolls, Speculators, Snobs, Team Players
Sometimes, when I’m working on software issues, I’ll post a question on a forum. This I usually do only after a few hours of struggle. If you read my blog, you’ll find many tech struggles that I’ve had.
Occasionally, I’ll have to register with a website first, and then wait for approval. Login again. Document my long struggle concisely. Then ask the question on a complex subject that I’m only just becoming familiar with, to elicit a good answer.
And so often, I’ll have an awful experience with the online characters. I’ve categorized them in a quadrant, with the two axis: Helpful vs Knowledgeable/Competent
Too many times, I’ll get the trolls. They are NOT helpful, nor are they knowledgeable or competent. Read the rest of this entry »
January 1, 2013
Watch NextGenHacker101 explain what the command tracert does.
On Windows, he runs the command:
He pronounces the command: “tracer T”, calls the colon a “dot dot”. Incredibly, he concludes that there are (only) 10 people looking at the Google.com website at the moment, and that he can see their IP addresses!
This of course, is not what the command, trace route does.
He is so confident of himself. But so incredibly wrong! It’s another example of the Dunning Kruger Effect.
Do you know anyone like this? How would you evaluate the quality of the systems that they produce?
January 15, 2012
As the joke goes, how many people does it take to install an Oracle product (RAC, Oracle Apps, OBIEE, etc)?
One tech writer to write an online book with over a dozen chapters, or a 150 page install document
And 1000 techs, DBAs, Unix admins, network admins, project managers, Oracle support staff, forum participants, and bloggers worldwide to decipher the documents and get them to to work.
May 4, 2011
Try It Now!
Here is a funny Kids In The Hall episode from the 90s. Trying to start their car.
Guessing. Trial and error. Testing ridiculous things clearly unrelated to the problem. Funny!
Does it remind you of any tech people that you work with?!
September 15, 2010
In SQL databases there is no such thing as a “relationship”.
There are only foreign key constraints. 🙂