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Oracle is no Friend of Mine

Oracle does not make me happy. I am talking specifically about their 9i database. The database installer is slow and their empty databases are over a gigabyte in space. Doing a full database dump is simple but doing anything more complex is an enigma. Installing an Oracle client to access the database instead of just a driver is ridiculous. Oracle also lacks any sort of adequate graphical interface.

Most of all, I have never seen a product for the Enterprise that is so prone to failure and need to be recovered. Personally I choose to use SQL Server because everything is so much simpler. You have 1 data file and 1 transaction log (you can have more for more complex situations). In Oracle you have Rollback Segments, Control Files, Trace Files, Archive Logs and Database Files (which belong in table spaces which may be one or more files per tablespace).

You can argue that having all these seperate files provide a way to scale better. For example you could have one SAN dedicated to just one table space. However in practice, this is not the case. SQL 2005 is able to reach the same performance is Oracle with a much simpler architecture. Also My SQL is making huge in roads (although needs a lot more work to be as easy as SQL Server).

If you are running a Windows server then you can easily, and for free, use the free SQL Server called SQL Express (Previously called MSDE).

DISCLAIMER: Most of my posting here will be a lot easier to read than this one. I’ve had some major Oracle drama this past week. I will get off my soapbox and return to a better posting style after my Oracle drama has been concluded.

Untargetted Traffic 2

Here’s my stats from this morning from TrafficTaxi.net

I’m not sure when these hit came into the picture. My actual number of ads served from yesterday jumped about 200 from normal. However the click through rate on my ads plummeted while the actual number of clicks stayed the same. It definitely didn’t seem that I got 566 unique visitors and also the initial quality of visitor is extremely low. I’ll report on this again in a couple of days.

Tim Horton’s Stock

Tim Horton’s is a coffee/doughnut shop much like Dunkin Doughnuts. It basically IS a Canadian Dunkin Doughnuts with a name of an old school hockey player. Although this place is a franchise AND is owned by Wendy’s, they quite possibly have the best cup of coffee in the world. I think they secretly put a little crystal meth in their creamer ;)

Regardless, there is going to be an initial IPO or Tim Horton’s. They are slated to have the inital share price be about $20 and it is supposed to sell this month. However I don’t know where/when to get the actual date. I would like to sell all of my current stock (which I took a huge hit on) and buy THI (Tim Horton’s). However I’m afraid of missing the opening because of the date not being known.

Blogs that I like!

In no particular order here is a list of blogs and what they are…

Shawn Hogan
This is a nutsy guy who I’m guessing mad quite a bit of cashola from making a program for some sort of ISP billing. His main site is DigitalPoint.com which is fun just by itself.

Summer Hogan (Shawn’s Sister)
I first found this blog from Shawn’s. She runs an online Lingerie shop. Don’t let there be any confusion, she is a highly cool chick but she caught my attention by being a hot chick who sells womens underwear. Yeah I know SAAAAAWEET!

ShoeMoney
This is an interesting guy who I think has made quite a deal of marketing dollars. I respect any independent internet entrepreneur. While most of posts are good the main reason that I read his blog is because I want to steal his secrets and make a whole bunch of money while doing very little.

….more to follow….