Thinking Out Loud

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?

June 27, 2014

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 3:39 am

I came across an interesting article Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less and thought to share with you.

Let’s use the rule of 72 as an example.

Basically, the rule of 72 is a simple method of determining the number of years an investment will double by dividing 72 by the rate of return.

With a 4% annual salary increase, salary will double in 18 years (72/4).

With an average 6% annual salary increase, salary will double in 12 years (72/6).

What’s the likelihood of getting an average 6% annual increase for 12 years while remaining at the same company? Next to none!

It’s definitely possible to double salary in 12 years depending on the starting point.

For salary starting with $40k is easier to achieve versus starting salary of $100k, per se.




June 17, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:51 pm

Another wager lost to my daughter, this time an iPhone 5s.
Thank God she does not want the 6.

Learning the alphabets in school, A is for apple.
Earning straight A’s all the way through 8th grade.
Having dad pay for all the Apple toys – Priceless!

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 3:15 pm

So there I was, one Thanksgiving I came across Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture and wanted to share with you.

November 13, 2013

5 C’s for Career Change

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:39 am

I have shared this with a few friends and colleagues here and there and thought I would blog about them.

Challenge – bored to death is not a good way to die.

Commute – driving 2 hours to work in traffic kills a lot of time.

Compensation – total compensation package including benefits and vacations.

Colleagues – how long can you work with people who don’t respect you?

Culture – corporate culture and team culture. Are they a fit?

If you cannot satisfied 3 out of 5, then consider a career (job) change.

October 13, 2013

What Motivates Me

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:24 pm

5:18 a.m. in the morning, waken up by another CPU load at 39%. Why do I do this?

Previously, I did a post on motivation here

This is what motivates me!

Hello Michael,

It has been very short tenure working with you at (company). I would like to say thank you for all your help provided on couple of projects working with you. You have been always listening and being respectful of others, welcoming suggestions, opens for new ideas, admitting limitations, and maintaining composure by expressing disagreement calmly. Also you did find the ways to improve the critical issues with happy issue ending. This has been demonstrated during the data fix and flat file adaptor implementation for the WU Digital even though this was the transition period.

You puts thought process behind your words which I believe makes you respected individual at the workplace. Your knowledge of the technologies and its implementation to help the business makes you one of the best IT professional in the industry.

I would like to say thank you once again, wish you all the best for your new assignment.

Thank you,
Pravin (lastname)

August 3, 2013

Would this interest you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 9:50 am

My gothas for database 12c (single instance) using ASM (newbie and learning ASM) on OEL 6.4 with OGG and PDB running on  Virtual Box 4.2.16r86992

Here’s a glimpse of what I have running.

Oracle GoldenGate Command Interpreter for Oracle
Version 16934304 OGGCORE_11.
Linux, x64, 64bit (optimized), Oracle 11g on Jul 18 2013 07:04:28

Copyright (C) 1995, 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

GGSCI (san.localdomain) 1> dblogin userid ggs@pdb01, password ggs

Successfully logged into database.

GGSCI (san.localdomain) 2> versions
Operating System:
Version #1 SMP Fri Feb 22 18:16:18 PST 2013, Release 2.6.39-400.17.1.el6uek.x86_64
Node: san.localdomain
Machine: x86_64

Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition Release – 64bit Production
PL/SQL Release – Production
CORE Production
TNS for Linux: Version – Production
NLSRTL Version – Production

GGSCI (san.localdomain) 4> exit


June 21, 2013

Baby is “A” Player !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 2:55 am

Disneyland here we come.

April 21, 2013

New Features – Pages

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 3:07 pm

Please take a look at Menu (all the way to the right) and you will find:

Patches and Upgrades

Information is good, but how fast can you find it?

Changed from Pages to Menu.

April 5, 2013

Overclocking i7-3770k

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 1:42 pm


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