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Apex is a great tool for rapid web applications based on Oracle Database. It’s free, and if you’re happy with Oracle XE’s limitations, then it’s perfect, you have the database free as well. I’ve been following APEX for long time ago, since it was called HTML DB, and wrote 2+ years ago a guide how to install APEX on XE.

Now APEX 4.0.1 is GA and most of the people would like to upgrade. It’s very simple.

1. Download APEX from OTN
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Approx. 4 months after the Linux release, the Windows version of 11gR2 arrived on OTN silently.

Just 64bit version for the moment, but I’m sure the 32bit version will follow soon. Considering the fact there is nothing on corporate blogs or on eDelivery, I’m sure they will make it public after both version will be available, most probably after Easter.

Regarding the version itself, I used the beta versions and will definitely recommend it.

LATER UPDATE (6th of April): 32bit version has just arrived on OTN here.



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I’ve been tasked to add some features (subversion is one of them) under a Virtual Private Server (cPanel WHM) on a Hosting site.


First I downloaded and unarchived subversion:

mkdir -p /usr/local/src/subverison
cd /usr/local/src/subversion
tar xfj subversion-1.6.6.tar.bz2

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Hey, Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is out of beta and is now available for download here.

To see what’s new just check the release notes. From my feeling after testing the beta, It’s pretty similar to 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) but with some package updates and improvements.

Don’t wait, go and take it.

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Yes, it finally arrived! Check this out!

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xe_logoBest way to have a easy to access XE database and APEX on top of it is to put them on a Ubuntu Server virtual machine that I start just when I need.

Installation of 10g Express Edition should not take more than 10 minutes and the steps are below:

1. Prepare the swap space
If you have less than 1GB memory run the following commands to create swap space:

$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swpfs1 bs=1M count=1000
$ sudo mkswap /swpfs1
$ sudo swapon /swpfs1

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Total Commander – File Manager – I am using it since version 3, ~10 year ago. Simply not replaceable.

Pidgin – Instant Messaging – Single client for all protocols, including Oracle internal one.

Launchy – Application Launcher – just press ALT+Space and write a few letters from app name to start it

MPlayer – Movie Player – no GUI, just console, very quick, no need to install codecs. Some issues with external monitor.

Firefox – of course, user since version 0.9 Beta

Dropbox – File Sync – simple sync of some folders between laptops or laptop and desktop. As a bonus files are stored online and you get revisions history

Google Mail – Personal Email – lot of space, even bought extra. Can also use it to read other POP3 accounts, all in a single interface.

Google Reader – RSS reader – the best RSS reader

Google Calendar – Calendar – simple to use, simple to share, to sync. Can also use it to read other calendars.

TripIt – Booking Manager – just forward all the travel plans to Tripit and you’ll have your itinerary ready, published as a web calendar, links to online check-in and other usefull stuff.

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Trying to connect to SQL Server 2000 or 2005 from Oracle SQL Developer having Windows Authentication enabled on SQL Server will fail with:
“I/O Error: SSO Failed: Native SSPI Library not loaded. Check the java.library.path system property.”

The solution is simple: place a dll called NTLMAUTH.DLL (NT authentication) in your system path and restart SQL Developer. Windows/System32 is always a wise choice.

Where to get this DLL? It is shipped with JTDS here.

Is there another option? Yes, enable SQL Server authentication.

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No, it’s not yet another PHP thumbnail generation tutorial! I recently needed a function to:

  • create square thumbnails
  • don’t crop the initial image, but scale it and fill with white background
  • center the thumbnail in the square
  • call the function in a loop to process an entire folder

I found no suitable example and I decided that instead of digging too much it’s better to create my own function and a class for it.

Let’s start with a photo that we need to create a thumbnail for:

Nice kid, huh?

Nice kid, huh?

… and what we want to achieve:

First step would be the thumbnail generation snippet:
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Most software companies are not offering anymore the old versions on their websites in order to promote their last release and get rid of support issues with old versions. But what if I don’t like the last version or it has something that is not working for me?

Well… seems that somebody thought about this and managed to collect all old versions of 182 programs (so far) and made them public. All licensing terms remain the same.

The link is


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