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PSOUG / Ellison mocks cloud computing, sells it anyway
« on: March 30, 2009, 09:36:30 AM »
Full Article:

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has had a tough year. The man who was once dubbed the "Muhammad Ali of software" is helplessly watching as the competitive landscape shifts and his personal wealth takes a hammering.

And don't get Larry started on nansy-pansy buzzwords taking over the industry. The term that really rubs him the wrong way is "cloud computing," as an audience of analysts discovered last October during a Q&A session:

    "The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?"

Unfortunately for Ellison, not any time soon. This morning's Wall Street Journal notes that there is some confusion over the definition of cloud computing. Still, that hasn't stopped practically every major IT vendor from jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon with products that promote the potential of Internet-based storage, processing, and software services.

Full Article:

PSOUG / Best. Oracle. Error. Message. Ever.
« on: March 27, 2009, 08:23:40 AM »
Lol, from another forum:

"Got this little gem while running sqlldr:

SQL*Loader-926: OCI error while uldlfca: unexpected cvtret with ldret of no_data for table xxyyzz

Thanks Oracle."

PSOUG / Oracle Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities
« on: March 26, 2009, 03:06:43 PM »
May be old news for some, but if not, better start patching.

Oracle Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities
Original release date: January 15, 2009
Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected

    * Oracle Database 11g, version
    * Oracle Database 10g Release 2, versions,, and
    * Oracle Database 10g, version
    * Oracle Database 9i Release 2, versions and
    * Oracle Secure Backup, versions,,,, and
    * Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, versions,,, and
    * Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3 (10.1.3), version
    * Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2), versions and
    * Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g, version 10.1.2
    * Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, version 12.0.6
    * Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, version
    * Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g Release 4, version
    * PeopleSoft Enterprise HRMS, versions 8.9 and 9.0
    * JD Edwards Tools, version 8.97
    * Oracle WebLogic Server (formerly BEA WebLogic Server) 10.0 released through MP1, 10.3 GA
    * Oracle WebLogic Server (formerly BEA WebLogic Server) 9.0 GA, 9.1 GA, 9.2 released through MP3
    * Oracle WebLogic Server (formerly BEA WebLogic Server) 8.1 released through SP6
    * Oracle WebLogic Server (formerly BEA WebLogic Server) 7.0 released through SP7
    * Oracle WebLogic Portal (formerly BEA WebLogic Portal) 10.0 released through MP1, 10.2 GA, 10.3 GA
    * Oracle WebLogic Portal (formerly BEA WebLogic Portal) 9.2 released through MP3
    * Oracle WebLogic Portal (formerly BEA WebLogic Portal) 8.1 released through SP6

For more information regarding affected product versions, please see the Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2009.

Oracle products and components are affected by multiple vulnerabilities. The impacts of these vulnerabilities include remote execution of arbitrary code, information disclosure, and denial of service.

I. Description

The Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2009 addresses 41 vulnerabilities in different Oracle products and components. The document provides information about affected components, access and authorization required, and the impact from the vulnerabilities on data confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Oracle has associated CVE identifiers with the vulnerabilities addressed in this Critical Patch Update. If significant additional details about vulnerabilities and remediation techniques become available, we will update the Vulnerability Notes Database.

II. Impact

The impact of these vulnerabilities varies depending on the product, component, and configuration of the system. Potential consequences include the execution of arbitrary code or commands, information disclosure, and denial of service. Vulnerable components may be available to unauthenticated, remote attackers. An attacker who compromises an Oracle database may be able to access sensitive information.

III. Solution

Apply the appropriate patches or upgrade as specified in the Oracle Critical Patch Update - January 2009. Note that this document only lists newly corrected issues. Updates to patches for previously known issues are not listed.

IV. References

    * Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2009 - <>
    * Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts - <>
    * Map of Public Vulnerability to Advisory/Alert - <>

PSOUG / Scott McNealy bashes Oracle as "heroin"
« on: March 26, 2009, 02:52:07 PM »
Full Article:,289142,sid80_gci1351994,00.html

By Alex Barrett, News Director - 26 Mar 2009

BOSTON -- With rumors of a takeover by IBM swirling around him, Sun Microsytems' chairman Scott McNealy tried to pitch a room of customers this week on the idea that Sun is a wily innovator whose software and hardware are far less costly than proprietary solutions from Oracle and IBM. But McNealy had little to offer loyal customers with Sun's legacy Sparc hardware.

Open source gets a plug
Like the man who succeeded him at the job of CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, McNealy also loudly beat the open source drum, but in his own inimitable style. Open source code is less buggy and more stable than proprietary code and insulates companies from the "shelf-life-of-a-banana problem" in which technology becomes obsolete 18 months after it was released.

And because the code is available for all to see, open source software such as Sun's MySQL offers a "low barrier to exit." Compare that with Oracle's database and applications. "We all know the first hit of heroin is free -- in fact, Oracle will probably pay you to roll up your sleeve," McNealy said. But sooner rather than later, your data is trapped in proprietary Oracle databases, and "contract negotiations become contract explanations."

Full Article:,289142,sid80_gci1351994,00.html

PSOUG / Oracle buying drug-safety software maker Relsys
« on: March 26, 2009, 02:48:30 PM »
Full article

Oracle said Monday it is purchasing Relsys International, a maker of drug safety and risk management software, a move that ties into its ongoing strategy to tap verticals.

The deal is expected to close in the first half of this year. Terms were not disclosed.

Many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies use Relsys' software, which pharmaceuticals, biotech companies and other organizations use to track and analyze safety-related data.

The Irvine, California, company will "bring significant domain knowledge and experience" to Oracle's health sciences global business unit, Oracle said in a statement.

Oracle's move "makes a lot of sense" given the political climate in the U.S., said Redmonk analyst James Governor.

Full article

PSOUG / 2009 Puget Sound Regional Contracting Forum
« on: March 26, 2009, 07:12:53 AM »
** 2009 Regional Contracting Forum is next week **

The 2009 Regional Contracting Forum is hosted by the largest government entities in the Puget Sound Region, to include the Washington State Department of Transportation, Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises, Sound Transit, Port of Seattle, King County, City of Seattle and the University of Washington.  These entities, in collaboration with several other public agencies, will come together to share information on upcoming contracting opportunities, procurement processes, and resources with contractors, consultants, and suppliers.

2009 Regional Contracting Forum
Tuesday March 31, 2009
8:00am - 3:30pm
Sound Transit Union Station
401 South Jackson Street
Seattle, Washington

To learn more details and register online visit:

Pre-registration is recommended

The Forum provides an opportunity to build your business networks, participate in one-on-one conversations with procurement representatives, and access information about resources that can help in reaching your business goals.   

    * Learn about current and upcoming contracting opportunities.
    * Meet the people who facilitate the contracting process within agencies.
    * Meet with industry peers and others to initiate business relationships.
    * Learn how the government contracting process works.
    * Learn about technical assistance and resources for your company.
    * Learn about programs and how they can benefit you.
    * Learn how to sign up for the various rosters.

The Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises, Sound Transit, Port of Seattle, King County, City of Seattle, and the University of Washington sponsor the Regional Contracting Forum.

Small businesses, including minority, women, and disadvantaged businesses, are encouraged to attend this forum.

PSOUG / Are YOU the Smartest Database Professional in the World? :)
« on: March 26, 2009, 06:48:06 AM »
Are YOU the Smartest Database Professional in the World? Play this game and find out.

From the March 2009 edition of the Oracle ACE Newsletter:

Thanks to some of our ACEs who were the masterminds behind the questions, DB-Quest - the online game to test database knowledge - is now Live!
Become a database superhero and prove that you are the smartest database professional in the world. The top 10 scorers will be able to submit their own database question for inclusion in the game. Take the challenge.

PSOUG / Latest Northwest Oracle Users Group (NWOUG) News
« on: March 25, 2009, 07:54:06 AM »
Several exciting changes have happened at NWOUG since you have last heard from us! The NWOUG board has two new members, we have updated our website, and we have some new opportunities for vendors to be involved with our membership base.

* New Board Members *
Kamesh Naidoo has joined the NWOUG board in the capacity of content coordinator. Most recently she finished coordinating a full-house Lunch & Learn, and is ramping up for the next one. She will also be responsible for coordinating presentations for our conference this fall.

I am replacing Ann Miller in the capacity of vendor relations. You have worked with Ann for many years, and I hope to provide you with excellent service and opportunities as well.

* New Website *
We are excited about our newly revised website If you haven’t checked on it in awhile, you will find that the new website is more intuitive, and offers some great features to our members. This is an excellent opportunity to provide additional information that you would find beneficial as a vendor. So any suggestions you have for content in our corner, please e-mail me at

* Lunch & Learn *
As a board, we continually strive to find ways to educate members, and one of our best tools is the Lunch & Learn (L&L). Based in either Portland or Seattle, they provide our members with new skills and/or ideas.

We believe this is an excellent opportunity for our vendors and members to share time outside of the annual conference. By sponsoring an L&L you have the opportunity to provide our members with a value added functional or technical presentation and a meal. Attendance is limited only by the space you are able to provide.

Please contact me if you are interested in hosting an L&L in either Portland or Seattle.

* Fall 2009 Conference *
The planning phase of the Fall 2009 conference is well underway, and while I can’t give away any of the thunder here, you will soon be receiving detailed information. I will say that we are excited by our Keynote speaker, and believe that our members will be as well.

I want to express our sincere apology to those of you with us last year. The hotel’s decision to separate our vendors from the rest of the conference was disappointing, and diminished an important relationship.

Your inclusion was our highest concern when selecting a new location for this year’s conference. Thank you for being there with us, you are very important to us and we value your contribution to our community.

Nate Paul
Vendor Relations

PSOUG / Oracle Sues SAP - March 22nd
« on: March 24, 2009, 10:11:54 AM »
Full article: Oracle Sues SAP

On March 22, 2007, Oracle filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court in the Northern District of California against SAP. Among the claims made against SAP are violations of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, Unfair Competition, Intentional and Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage and Civil Conspiracy.

On July 3, 2007, Oracle issued the following statement in response to SAP's legal filing:

"SAP CEO Henning Kagermann has now admitted to the repeated and illegal downloading of Oracle's intellectual property. Oracle filed suit to discover the magnitude of the illegal downloads and fully understands how SAP used Oracle's intellectual property in its business. To the extent requested, Oracle will cooperate with the Department of Justice investigation of SAP announced by the company in its press release," said Geoff Howard, Counsel for Oracle Corporation, Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Full article: Oracle Sues SAP

PSOUG / Enterprise Pack for Eclipse Release 11g Now Available
« on: March 24, 2009, 10:08:22 AM »
Full article: Oracle® Enterprise Pack for Eclipse Release 11g Now Available

Continuing to deliver on its commitment to provide Java developers productivity with choice, Oracle today announced Oracle® Enterprise Pack for Eclipse Release 11g. This is a free component of Oracle Fusion Middleware designed to help developers leverage their expertise in Eclipse with the comprehensive capabilities of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Key enhancements in this release include Object-Relational Mapping (ORM), Spring and Web Service tools to help reduce development complexity for Java and database developers targeting Oracle platforms.

The Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse is designed to help organizations where Eclipse is the preferred Integrated Development Environment (IDE) by providing a set of Eclipse plug-ins to help develop, deploy and debug Java SE, Java EE, Spring, ORM and Web Service applications for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database.

Full article: Oracle® Enterprise Pack for Eclipse Release 11g Now Available

PSOUG / Fuzzing tool helps Oracle DBAs defend against SQL injection
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:25:04 AM »
Full Article: Fuzzing tool helps Oracle DBAs defend against SQL injection

Database security software vendor Sentrigo Inc. released a new open source fuzzing tool, FuzzOr, designed to identify vulnerabilities found in Oracle database software applications.

With FuzzOr, Sentrigo aimed to create a tool that would allow database administrators and programmers to test PL/SQL applications for security vulnerabilities, said Slavik Markovich, co-founder and chief technology officer of Sentrigo.

While other tools for vulnerability assessment typically fix a list of errors, the FuzzOr is dynamic because it does not have a preconfigured checklist, Markovich said.

"[FuzzOr] is different because I don't think there is any other tool that does fuzzing on the PL/SQL program," Markovich said. "FuzzOr tries to scan a particular code and analyze [the code] for vulnerabilities."

Oracle security expert Pete Finnigan, director for, an Oracle security site, said FuzzOr is a useful tool because it is one of the only practical tools that is free and analyzes PL/SQL for vulnerabilities.

"FuzzOr has the advantage because with FuzzOr you're not looking at soft code and analyzing it, instead you're trying to break it and make it do something different," Finnigan said.

Full Article: Fuzzing tool helps Oracle DBAs defend against SQL injection

PSOUG / Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:22:08 AM »
Full Article: Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1

Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1

This article provides an overview of the main Data Pump enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, including:

    * Encryption Parameters
          o XML_CLOBS
    * Miscellaneous Enhancements

The COMPRESSION parameter allows you to decide what, if anything, you wish to compress in your export. The syntax is shown below.


The available options are:

    * ALL: Both metadata and data are compressed.
    * DATA_ONLY: Only data is compressed.
    * METADATA_ONLY: Only metadata is compressed. This is the default setting.
    * NONE: Nothing is compressed.

Here is an example of the COMPRESSION parameter being used.

    expdp test/test schemas=TEST directory=TEST_DIR dumpfile=TEST.dmp logfile=expdpTEST.log

The COMPATIBLE initialization parameter should be set to "11.0.0" or higher to use these options, except for the METADATA_ONLY option, which is available with a COMPATIBLE setting of "10.2".

Encryption Parameters
Data pump encryption is an Enterprise Edition feature, so the parameters described below are only relevant for Enterprise Edition installations. In addition, the COMPATIBLE initialisation parameter must be set to "11.0.0" or higher to use these features.

Full Article: Data Pump Enhancements in Oracle Database 11g Release 1

PSOUG / Oracle-Base: Basic Enterprise Manager Troubleshooting
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:20:27 AM »
Full Article: Basic Enterprise Manager Troubleshooting

The web-based Enterprise Manager tool was introduced in Oracle 10g and has significant functionality improvements over previous versions. Even so, it seems there is not a day goes by without someone asking how to solve an Enterprise Manager configuration issue, so this article explains the first things you should look at. It's not meant to be an all encompassing guide. Just a first shot.

First, check the listener is running correctly.

    lsnrctl status

If you get something like the following, your listener is not running and you need to start it using the "lsnrctl start" command.

    $ lsnrctl status

    LSNRCTL for Linux: Version - Production on 13-MAR-2009 13:32:49

    Copyright (c) 1991, 2008, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

    TNS-12541: TNS:no listener
     TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
      TNS-00511: No listener
       Linux Error: 2: No such file or directory
    Connecting to (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=oel5-11g.localdomain)(PORT=1521)))
    TNS-12541: TNS:no listener
     TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
      TNS-00511: No listener
       Linux Error: 111: Connection refused

Full Article: Basic Enterprise Manager Troubleshooting

PSOUG / Oracle close to acquiring Virtual Iron
« on: March 22, 2009, 09:28:15 AM »
With little to no success in pushing its own virtualization product, Oracle is in talks to acquire Virtual Iron, according to insiders at the startup.

Oracle Corp. has signed a letter of intent to acquire Virtual Iron Software Inc. and is said to be at the "checking-into-how-things-are-run stage," according to a source, who requested anonymity.

The terms of the deal were not available, but industry analysts believe it's likely to be a fire sale. In a fifth round of funding in January 2008, Lowell, Mass.-based Virtual Iron clinched $20 million bringing its total funding to date to $65 million.

Virtual Iron claims to have around 2,000 small and medium-sized business customers, but it's "very much an also-ran in this market," according to Gordon Haff, principal analyst at Illuminata Inc. "They might be the fifth largest virtualization player, but that's like being a fourth-string quarterback," he said. They'll pay "whatever Larry Ellison has lying around in his sock drawer," he added.

Full Story: Oracle close to acquiring Virtual Iron

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