Thinking Out Loud

November 11, 2017

That’s How We’ve Always Done It Before

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 11:13 am

Thanksgiving is coming up and to this day, I still remembered anecdote from former manager.

Daughter is helping mother prepare for Thanksgiving dinner which they do together for many years.

This year, daughter decided to ask, “Why do we cut off the turkey legs and wings before putting it the oven?”

Mom responded, “That’s how we’ve always done it before. Let’s call grandma and find out.”

On the phone with grandma and grandma’s response was, “I can’t believe you’re still doing that! I cut off the legs and wings because my oven was too small.”

Happy Thanksgiving.




October 2, 2017

SQLcl comes default with all DB/Client installs 12.2

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 1:01 pm

I had tweeted, “Wouldn’t it be nice for SQL*Plus have auto size for columns vs having to manually configure each? Larry must have not used Excel before?”

I learned, SQL*Plus does not have this functionality but SQLcl does.

Nice video and demo from SQL Developer Command Line SQLcl 

Here are the tweets



September 17, 2017

Protection From Equifax Data Breach

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 8:00 pm

Place fraud alert – this only needs to be done from one credit bureau and it will be forwared to all others.

To be safe, I have sucessfully placed fraud alert for TransUnion and Equifax. Was not successful with Experian.

Place credit freeze for Equifax only. Freezing all 3 bureaus will be a pain in the arse for when establishing credit.

Should the business use Equifax exclusively, then there’s a choice to unfreze credit from Equifax or take the business elsewhere.

Preference would be take business elsewhere. At this moment, credit freeze at Equifax is planned to be for life.

After placing fraud alert, I got alerted from CreditWise, a free basic credit monitoring from Capital One credit card.

Heads up: there was some activity on your TransUnion credit report.

Visit the Alerts section of CreditWise® from Capital One® to review your recent TransUnion credit report change.
To protect your privacy, we aren’t including any confidential details here.
Sign in soon—staying on top of your credit can help you defend yourself against potential fraud or identity theft.

ProtectMyID Essential, Exclusively for AAA Members – covers credit monitoring from Experian
Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company.

Every 4 month, get free credit report from 1 credit reporting company.

It’s not fool proof, but better than nothing.

At this point, looks like all bases are covered.

Good Luck to you.

March 10, 2017

Deceptive Numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 9:09 pm

My portfolio increased $10,000 today. Original investment is $1,000,000.

I made 50% on my investment today. Original investment is $200.

There is more to than meets the eye.

July 9, 2016

Oracle Education Dissatisfaction

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 11:28 pm

Just like anything, there is good and bad.

Unfortunately for me, my experience with Oracle education has been predominately bad and former manager experienced the same where he was able to retake a course almost a year later since the original was unrealistic for real world scenarios.

With Oracle education, the most simplistic setup is used, e.g. no ASM, no Grid Infrastructure as it may add a little more complexity to set up?

A little advice, try to find out who will be the instructor before registering for the course. Call and ask.

Next, there is a large and great Oracle community where you may learn more about technology and new features.

Here are 2 features I came to know from twitter feed and blogs which were never covered in the 12c Data Guard Administration.




August 21, 2015

X-Window Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 8:43 pm

When ssh -X to another host, I am able to use X-Windows.

[dinh@ca01ts~]$ ssh -X dinh@
dinh@'s password:
Last login: Fri Aug 21 11:55:47 2015 from
/usr/bin/xauth: creating new authority file /home/dinh/.Xauthority
[dinh@arrow ~]$ xclock
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion

However, sudo to another user and X-Windows breaks.

[dinh@arrow ~]$ sudo su - oracle
[sudo] password for dinh:
[oracle@arrow ~]$ xclock
X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.
X connection to localhost:10.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
[oracle@arrow ~]$

Work Around:

Just list the xauth.

[dinh@arrow ~]$ xauth list
arrow/unix:10 MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 8dfb6c468329ff0d5f5d962b094a82d3

Magic is here.

[dinh@arrow ~]$ xauth list | grep unix`echo $DISPLAY | cut -c10-12` > /tmp/xauth
[dinh@arrow ~]$ sudo su - oracle
[sudo] password for dinh:
[oracle@arrow ~]$ xauth add `cat /tmp/xauth`
xauth: creating new authority file /home/oracle/.Xauthority
[oracle@arrow ~]$ xclock
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion


May 20, 2015

Part1 Configuration Evodesk

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 10:47 pm

Installation was not bad.

Evodesk is the 2nd company I am aware of for using recesss nuts for desktop installation.

This makes much more sense than using wood screws.

However, pondering if Evodeskk will be the first company to used recess nuts for all components and get rid of wood screws.

Don’t you think the legs make  great towel rack?



May 19, 2015

First Impression for Evodesk Desktop Unboxing

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:53 am

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by anyone to write positive or negative review.

Opinions are my own based on my limited engineering background.

First, packaging is somewhat poor and could be much better for a desk costing close to $1,000 ($886 for my configuration).

Tape coming off.


I hope my desktop is okay.


Taking a look inside. Is that a tiny scratch I see?


After opening the desktop, this is the torn location – not enough foam.


Look at how much love I give it.

Desktop should be shipped in bubble wrap to prevent damage and scratch.

Cable Pass Through is way too small for 30” x 72”.


Most standing desks I was looking at are 1 inch thick.

By no means is this best in class as Evodesk Desktop is 3/4 inch thin.

You won’t find this information anywhere at Evodesk technical specification.


This is the programmer controller.

Openned ziplock bag and was this a returned repackaged?


My picture does not look at good as Evodesk –

I do like th Posi-Loc and was the final selling point.

Hope this is secure and does not spin.



It looks like Evodesk has updated the information for desktop. Either that or I was blind as a bat the first go round.

Renew™ Desktops

  • 100% reclaimed/recycled wood composite desktop
  • EvoGuard™ durable & stylish non-VOC seamless coating
  • Soft comfort edges eliminate nerve compression and pressure fatigue
  • Corners are slightly rounded for improved safety and style
  • Oversized 3” x 6” Cable Pass Through
  • Pre-drilled for quick and easy setup
  • Available sizes: 48″ (30” x 48″ x .75”), 60″ (30” x 60” x .75”), 72″ (30” x 72” x .75”)
  • Meets California Air Resources Board’s (CARB 2) stringent emission standard
  • Backed by a no-nonsense 2-year no-nonsense limited warranty

April 29, 2015

In Search of Standing Desk

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 11:07 pm

I came across Evodesk Standing Desk Review

Could not resist the temptation but reach out to @TreadmillDesker
You bark loud but how is ThermoDesk ELITE better EVODESK other than motor? $477=1333-886 is a lot for a motor. Let’s see pic.

Here is the respond I got back.
Thanks for the question! lab test of the Evo’s base concluded: slower speed, louder motors, and instability at taller heights.

Notice the respond was very vague. Slower speed comparing to? Louder motors comparing to? Instability comparing to?

Keep in mind @TreadmillDesker recommends ThermoDesk ELITE which it has an affiliation with and wonder if there is a bias here.

In my opinion, if a website is to perform a review and critique other products it should provide sufficient data.

Videos and pictures would be great.

Here’s is another marketing gimmick from @TreadmillDesker
Did You Know Office Fitness Can Be Tax Deductible?

Looks like I pinched another nerve and responded.
@TreadmillDesker you need to be clear that tax deductible is not the same as tax deduction. please don’t use tax deductible to lure people.

An item that is tax deductible means it may be included in the expense for a possible tax deduction but does not necessitate a tax deduction.
First, the individual would need to itemized. Next, only expenses exceeding 2% of AGI qualifies.
The likelihood of one getting a tax deduction is less than 10% and it’s not a truly a full deduction.

You might ask, what qualifies me to make this assessment. I am a retired Tax Advisor after 19 yrs of experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I really like ThermoDesk ELITE and in all fairness, the review was “perhaps most entertaining”

If there were compatibilities between the 2 companies, I would buy components from both to build the desk.

Lastly, here is a price comparison for the two desks,
ThermoDesk ELITE has a 50+% price premium but is there a 50% increase in performance, product, or quality?

Desktop Size: 30×72
$99 (shipping)

ThermoDesk ELITE – Electric 3D-Adjustable Desk with 72″ Tabletop
$99.00 (shipping)

Disclaimer: I do not have any affiliation with either companies nor am I compensated by any means for this post.

October 31, 2014

Better Communication

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 1:09 am

Sometimes I get excited over simple things. Today, I learned something new, something about human behaviors.

Basically, there are 4 quadrants for human behaviors.

If one does not understand the other person’s behavior, then communication can be very difficult.

To find more about human behaviors, read The DISC Model of Human Behavior – A Quick Overview.

Which quadrant are you in, versus your manager?

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