iMAP the iPhone

I may be a bit slow, but I catch up eventually.

Given that I am reading my emails on the iPhone I did not want to read them again in Outlook. Turns out that instead of using POP you can use IMAP, which keeps all the mail readers up to date with any change may in any other reader. So using webmail, outlook, and iPhone is now a breeze.

Thoroughly recommend it.

– @drian

Rittman Mead and Majendi Join Forces

I am pleased to announce today that Majendi is Joining forces with Rittman Mead.

All my technical bogging will now be on the Rittman Mead blog, but watch out for some personal stuff on here.

We finalised the deal over lunch in Zurich, a very civilised part of the world.

From Drop Box

– @drian

The day after April Fools

I hope you all got fooled yesterday. I fell for one, hook line and sinker!

Anyway, to continue with happy thoughts for a day or two longer…

A man flying in a hot air balloon suddenly realizes he’s lost. He reduces height and spots a woman down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts to get directions, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

The woman below says: “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”

“You must work in Information Technology,” says the balloonist.

“I do” replies the woman. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but It’s of no use to anyone.”

The woman below replies, “You must work in management.”

“I do” replies the balloonist, “But how’d you know?”

“Well”, says the woman, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

New iPhone

I finally took delivery of my iPhone today. Although it 16Gb, which is more than enough for my music collection, I know it will be out of date by tomorrow. So can someone tell me what the iPhone replacement will be please!

Of course on it I will be able to run my OBIEE dashboards. Next week I’ll show you how to connect to the Majendi sample/development site with iPhone, PC or simple imagination!

On the subject of new features, whilst reading about the iPhone dashboard features, and the database development it reminded me to test out the integration of the Oracle DB fone with OBIEE.
Developed intially so that the Oracle development teams around the globe (particularly between US and India) could communicate cheaply, this little known Db feature is basically like Skype or MSN, but built into the Database. Larry insisted on the development when it became obvious that offshoring his operations had increased costs and damaged the communication process.
The system uses a Db to Db network and is usually done behind your company firewall. see the Oracle documentation for details on how to enable it (from version 10g).
As yet there are no in-built features in OBIEE you can use, so you have to rely on javascript (make sure HardenXSS is false) to embed/run a thin client.
You will need a microphone (there is no video as yet, but should be in 11g). In my net post I’ll show the screen shots and code on how to do this.

– @drian

April 1.