Sometimes there are these days that I need to remember why…
There is a lot of new stuff out there nowadays, regarding products and/or functionality or others. This is also true for Oracle and in short it’s not easy to follow all those innovations and/or new products. So from time to time I have a watch on stuff that interests me on the YouTube Oracle E-Learning Channel. That said, there is just too much out there, which is great, but not so practical to follow via YouTube. Via YouTube you could of course, as I did, create you on channels for specific topics or interests, like my “Oracle – Data Centre Transformation Master Class“, but it can become an annoying bit of doing it especially concerning a topic like “Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control”.
Today, finally also paying attention to the last slide on almost all presentations, I had a look at: http://www.oracle.com/goto/oll . This is the entry page of the Oracle E-Learning group. This link will re-direct you to the central, by Oracle APEX serviced, pages that contain an overview of all the Oracle topics out there, provided via the E-Learning team and believe me, those are great, also one of the reasons I subscribed on their YouTube Channel anyway. I really wished I had done it sooner though. It not also provides with a great overview, it also has a link to the mobile device link (up in the left corner) that can be used with your mobile phone or iPad/Android alternative to read and see those resources. Probably the most coolest thing, and really thanks for that, is the “Bookmark” bit. If you click it, you will be asked to authenticate yourself via your Oracle OTN account, which gives you a central place to tag the bookmarks you find useful, search in all available topics. If, like AMIS, you participate (and are allowed access to) in a lot of Oracle beta testing of different products, there will also a beta button that guides you to the latest demo’s on those features and products.
In all, a great service from Oracle to those who want to accelerate their knowledge or look-up a demo after having read about it in the Oracle manuals.
HTH with the links provided in this post
I needed to update my Flipshare software and get some of the movies made from my Flip when I noticed that current owner Cisco will close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers and partners. Probably it was never a good idea of Cisco to go in “the movie” business anyway… It’s a shame for the Flip though it will stop “to exist” as is on 31/12/2013 when also support will close down.
For gadget hunters this could be a time to make a final move to get the last stock, as is mentioned on this Cisco/Flip link:
Cisco closes its Flip Video Business to focus on extending network-centric platforms and services to create a connected experience from businesses to home. Cisco will no longer be manufacturing any new Flip video cameras for this product line.
However, Cisco is currently working with its partners to offer existing stocks of third generation Flip video cameras at an affordable price.
All new Flip video cameras will still come with the same manufacturer’s warranty. Cisco will maintain the necessary support mechanisms to provide world-class customer service within the warranty period.
Cisco will also continue to provide technical support for both Flip video cameras and FlipShare until December 31, 2013. To learn more about the future of Flip, click here
So in short, my conclusion: “Flip is dead, Long live Flip”.
It had a remarkable impact on the market regarding design and simplicity, something this “camera” really excels in. That simplicity is not that easy to achieve while still doing some remarkable smart things within the product, can only be admired by, I guess, all that try to achieve this in one way or another. The Flip, as a concept, has already been copied by many manufactures…
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The Flip was a robust and easy to use movie camera, which also could be used by my mother or daughter. Every one got the simplicity of “push the red button to make a movie and push it again to stop. Voila! Your first HD movie… I use it still during conferences because its small, robust and actually all I need to tape something…
It think it is a shame that Flip closes down.
Regarding functionality, simplicity and smartness it could rival with an Apple designed gadget…
Its almost Christmas and the end of this 2010 year and I keep wondering what will happen, Oracle wise, in 2011. I have, had, my idea’s about what might happen, will happen, if I would be Mr. Larry Ellison. Being “in the trade”, a Oracle geek, since 1993, I have seen some movements like, “the raw iron project”, Mr. Ellison buying nCube, Oracle Powerbrowser, the Oracle network computer, the arrival of InterOffice, Collaboration Suite, Beehive, buying data connector and security service and product companies, building Oracle Fusion from scratch. Most impressive are those fully optimized hardware machines like Exadata and ExaLogic, and the supporting OS Oracle Linux. But hold your horses wasn’t Oracle the “data company”…
Does Oracle still fit in the internet age? Stuff is going fast. ROI, Time to Market are most important. If you miss the change, the new trend, it can kill your company almost instantly (iPhone, Android, Oops: Symbian…). Whatever you think of Oracle, Mr. Ellison’s strategies, IMHO I think that he has vision but sometimes is to fast regarding its implementation. Just like “Google Wave”, you can have a hell of a app/idea, but if it is too early, no one will jump after you in the water, to get it on shore… The nerds will like it, but if it doesn’t sell, you’re betting on a dead horse. So what makes Oracle tick, money wise? I think that its mostly licenses regarding their main products like the database and Oracle E-Business Suite, but the “old arena” for those products don’t show that much growth. The solution to this, IMHO, is the internet and this much buzzed hype called “Cloud” (in all its variations). The internet has the ability to reach everyone at any time and everywhere…
So if I where Mr. Ellison, why wouldn’t I make use of this enormous huge market out there that is internet enabled?
Okay, okay, I admit it, I was one of those guys that bought himself an iPad during OOW and I thought maybe it’s cool to share some thoughts on those iPad apps that are currently on my iPad, after things have settled down a bit regarding the downloading, install, try-outs and deleting (zillion of times) most of those apps again and again and… Which of those apps are still on my pad and worth maybe a tryout…? Some I have bought, some are for free. Let’s have a look and I hope you enjoy the line up…
Currently I have setup my screens in multiple sections:
- Main Screen
- Social apps
- Music and …
- iWorks and alike
You could discuss if they are really belonging in those sections but currently those screens feel okay for me and that’s what counts.
Not that much exciting stuff here. Worth mentioning is the WordPress app that I can use to update, write and check my wordpress blog sites I post to. Twitterrific is a twitter app that I installed because my default one, the one that I like most, Tweetdeck, crashed initially to many times. Nowadays Tweetdeck is stable but lacks some functionality that I have on my desktop machines. Mentioning “lack”; The WordPress app doesn’t have the statistics tab, that his alternatives have for Windows or Android, because this page makes use of flash and being on a Apple environment, that kind of stuff doesn’t work anymore…
“Timezones” isn’t actually a app, but a HTML5 site saved on the “desktop”, which is very useful site really to quickly check timezones and avoids me calling people in the States while they just went to sleep.
WeatherProHD is a very extensive weather app. If I really need it, I don’t know, but it is really beatifully crafted, but you will have to pay for it.