Of Interest To Database Geeks

Tuesday, 28 March 2006, 11:19 | Category : Geek Stuff
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Janus Software has an open-source SQL database product which can be run in what they call “Oracle mode”, essentially (according to Janus) replacing Oracle. The database product is called Firebird; the Oracle-mode version is called Fyracle. Since it’s open source, it’s free, or at least has no licensing costs, and apparently is supported on Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, and Windows at least. They even claim to be PL/SQL compatible:

I won’t be suggesting this as a replacement for my Oracle production databases anytime soon, but it might be worth looking at for some applications.

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Pictures For A Friday Afternoon

Friday, 24 March 2006, 16:10 | Category : Gardening
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This red and yellow tulip (variety unknown) asked to have its picture taken:

And in case you’ve never seen a picture of hyacinth taken from above…

And last, some young plants that may be larkspur, or maybe just a weed. I planted some larkspur seed early last fall, but forgot where I planted it. Now I have two clumps of these plants growing, but since I’ve never planted larkspur, I don’t know what to look for…

Monday Night Continuum Of The Friday Night Truck Rant

Monday, 20 March 2006, 19:37 | Category : Autos, RangerRants
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In my Friday night Ranger Rant, I said I had emailed Ford with the question:

“When, when, when is Ford going to give us a new Ranger? When
will we get a true crewcab Ranger? I see crewcab Rangers on Ford websites
from other countries, why isn’t it sold in the United States? I’ve owned
2 Rangers, I’d love to own a third, but you’re not making what I need now”

Ford’s response came today, and it, I think, hints at why Ford sales are dropping:

Thank you for contacting the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center regarding your interest in the new Ford Ranger.

Ford Motor Company appreciates hearing from our customers, especially when customers provide us with valuable ideas and insight. Information of this nature is collected and used in the decision making process by all departments of Ford. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to write to us with your suggestion.

The Sales Department of your local dealership is in the best position to advise you of vehicle pricing or availability. Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships are independently owned and operated and as such, set their own prices for vehicle sales.

To locate a Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealership, please visit www.genuineservice.com.

You may also obtain Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP) for the model and option configuration you are seeking through our Brand web sites. Simply select the site for the model you are interested in, and you will be able to configure and price the vehicle of your choice:


If you would like to request a complimentary sales brochure, please use the following phone numbers:

Ford: 1-800-301-7430
Lincoln: 1-800-688-8898
Mercury: 1-888-566-8888

Customer Relationship Center
Ford Motor Company

I don’t think any human actually read my question. If they did, it’s more evidence that Ford isn’t paying much attention to what the market wants. And referring me to my local dealer? They weren’t aware that Ford had begun putting 4-cylinder engines in the Supercab Ranger again.

Friday Night Truck Rant

Friday, 17 March 2006, 21:04 | Category : Autos, RangerRants
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Guess what this is:

It’s a new Ford Ranger, being introduced to Thailand, and later in the year, Britain. Will we get it in the US? Nope – Ford plans on selling the current Ranger (which debuted in 1993) until 2010 at least. Obviously they’ve not read my Rant The First and my Rant The Second. So I have now asked FoMoCo the question: “When are you going to introduce a new Ranger to the US market?”

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The Lesson Count

Thursday, 16 March 2006, 21:28 | Category : Poetry
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What is it
about us?
That we never learn
what we learn?

Wear your seat belt
Don’t do drugs
The count
goes higher

What we know
we tell
to those who
will one day tell.

Don’t play
with sharp things
Stay away
from strangers.

The count
goes higher.
What is it
about us?

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