• February 27, 2019

    Oracle Losing Large Customers

    Larry Ellison’s Oracle has been feeling the pinch as of late with the recent loss of some huge contracts. Oracle who has always been known for its database application and has centered its business around big data buying companies like Sun, Micros, MySQL, and Virtualbox. While Oracle has always competed with Microsoft and IBM lately they have been feeling the pinch losing customers to cloud-based services despite offering their own cloud services. Oracle offers services like Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS with their latest autonomous database and NoSQL database but the services have not gotten much traction for the company outside of existing users. Many people including myself cannot understand why Oracle can’t get traction in a market they created. Oracle took a big hit when Amazon made the announcement that they plan to move off Oracle completely by 2020. Not too long after that Salesforce made an announcement that they had a long term goal to move off of Oracle. Oracle this week took a hit when Warren Buffett sold off Berkshire’s 2.1 billion dollar stake in the Oracle. Most recently Oracle lost a 10 billion dollar contract to AWS Amazon Web Services from the Pentagon. Microsoft just has landed a huge $1.76 billion cloud computing contract from the U.S. Department of Defense under which it will provide an array of services to several agencies over the next five years. Oracle using purchases, contracts and application compatibility has managed to keep many customers on their platform but I am not sure for how long. Just like IBM they have their existing users and can use acquisitions to get more customers but their core business will not see much growth unless they can get a cloud product that can attract new customers instead just moving over existing ones which is not a...
  • Slack has been moving ahead very quickly and gaining a lot of ground in the communication and collaboration space which has been a growing market. Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams last week at Ignite and an updated Skype interface. Google is very much into the chat space with multiple messengers and Gsuite. Facebook put their hand into the mix as well with Facebook for Work another competitor for collaboration software market. Oracle is a large user of slack with almost 30,000 workers who actively use Slack for work. Oracle who does offer Oracle Communications Messaging Server has never really taken off like Skype, Lync, Google Hangouts and others over the years. It makes a lot of sense for Oracle to partner with Slack as Oracle has never managed to get into the message space and Slack has an already large user base Oracle can help leverage, grow and integrate with their products. The plan is to integrate Oracle enterprise software into the messaging tools. Oracle is currently developing chatbots that will roll out to Slack and Oracle users in the coming months. Oracle and Slack plan for the bots to deliver great features. You can use the chatbots to ask “how many vacation days do I have left this year?” and instantaneously receive a response from an Oracle chatbot, said Suhas Uliyar, Oracle vice president of bots, artificial intelligence, and mobile. Oracle will be working integrate Slack with their sales, human resources, and business software. Oracle is realizing the business world is changing and younger workers want to use message platforms to get work done. Companies like Snapchat and Facebook have put lots of money into their message platforms because users are going that route. This has even been the case in the telco world as many users are making calls...
  • July 31, 2016

    Not Around For Consultation

    Not Around For Consultation Today we open the show by talking about The Technology Geek’s new cat that he came home to the other day. We get into the Electronic Media Collective Podcast Network and everything going on with the website. We talk about the elections and influence of Wikileaks. We talk about the Snowden movie and the trailer. We dive in the tech headlines and discuss other topics and more…… Join me today as we discuss… Clinton Campaign Breached By Hackers SwiftKey Bug Leaked Email Addresses, Phone Numbers To Strangers Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Becomes World’s Third Richest Person Amazon Reaches New High Of 268,900 Employees — Skyrocketing 47% In Just One Year WhatsApp Isn’t Fully Deleting Its ‘Deleted’ Chats Facebook Offering Refunds For Kids’ In-App Purchases Microsoft To Lay Off Another 2,850 People In the Next 12 Months Samsung Beat Apple In Smartphone Shipments, Profit Surges To 2-Year High WikiLeaks Releases Hacked Voicemails From DNC Officials Google Launches Docs and Sheets Add-ons For Android Oracle To Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite For $9.3 Billion Tumblr To Introduce Ads Across All Blogs Amazon Debuts a Dedicated Shop For Kickstarter Products Comcast Excited To Have Lost 4,000 TV Subscribers This Spring Peter Jackson and JJ Abrams ‘Back’ Sean Parker’s Screening Room Google Play Rolls Out Family Sharing LastPass Accounts Can Be ‘Completely Compromised’ When Users Visit Sites
  • August 28, 2013

    Unix Sales Declining

    Unix, the core server operating system in enterprise networks for decades, now finds itself in a slow, inexorable decline. IDC predicts that Unix server revenue will slide from $10.2 billion in 2012 to $8.7 billion in 2017, and Gartner sees Unix market share slipping from 16% in 2012 to 9% in 2017. The decline is due to competition from Linux and Microsoft which can handle more efficient hardware with more powerful processor cores with less expensive and requires less maintenance. Unix has taken hits from hardware and software venders with lack of support and application development slowdowns. Within the Unix ecosystem, IBM has taken advantage of the turmoil at HP, as well as the uncertainty that resulted from Oracle’s purchase of Sun. Despite Oracles sun purchase Oracle has continued to see declining hardware revenues. Part of this decline is due to recent ecosystem changes in line with IT modernization, migration, or consolidation strategies and the huge push for mobile computing and cloud based infrastructure systems. This is an area where Unix is not a strong competitor Unix systems have always be known for stability in mission-critical environments. While Unix is still held in high regard for stability enterprises are seek to divest their reliance on the platform due compatibly with other cloud based application. Although the Unix market is declining, there is still considerable competition and churn in the segment. HP-UX has lost considerable market share to IBM, which, as far as I can see, has posted net gain in revenues and market share. IBM 56% market share, based on 2012 worldwide Unix server revenue. Oracle is a distant second at 19.2%, followed by HP at 18.6%. While Unix revenues are in a long, slow descent, nobody is predicting that Unix will go away completely Unix still has its strength...
  • February 4, 2013

    Oracle Pushes Out New Java Update

      Oracle has rushed out a new Java security patch designed to plug up a range of holes in the software.  Released Friday, the latest critical patch update contains fixes for 50 different security flaws, 44 of which affect the use of Java as a plug-in for Web browsers. Friday’s fix was original scheduled for release on February 19. But Oracle said it decided to ramp up the schedule after finding that one of the flaws affecting the Java Runtime Environment was actively being exploited. The new update addresses that specific flaw and includes all of the fixes from January’s update.  Oracle has also been criticized in the past for not keeping Java properly protected or updated to guard against security exploits. Following a recent addition of Java to its plug-in blacklist, Apple has issued an update to its supported Java versions.  Apple issued an update that added the latest versions to the system’s browser plug-in blacklist to protect users from any potential threats; however, in doing so it silently blocked a number of people from accessing required Java content, such as banking and financial Web sites. Unfortunately the Java 7 runtime is not available for those using Snow Leopard, for which the latest version is Java 6. However, Apple has issued its own separate update to Java 6 for Snow Leopard to address the vulnerabilities in this version. The update, which should be available through its Software Update service, should run automatically or can be invoked by going to the Apple menu. Now that Java is all buttoned up with security which has been an issue for several weeks.  It will be interesting to see if any new exploits are brought to the service last time it only took 24 hours.  We will have to wait and see how...
  • January 18, 2013

    New Java Exploit

      On Sunday January 13th Oracle released two patches for Java Security Alert CVE-2013-0422 which included two vulnerabilities.  Oracle confirmed that the flaws were only present in Java 7 versions and did not impact Java on servers, Java desktop applications, or embedded Java.  Java is used in 3 billion machines, about 2 billion of which are desktop or laptop computers. In August of last year, Oracle issued an urgent fix to seal a dangerous security flaw within its Java software that’s left thousands of computers wide open to malicious attacks from hackers.  Now on the heels of Sundays patch there is again a new Java exploit. The new exploit is how ever selling on the Black market for $5000.  The vulnerability was found less than 24 hours after Oracle released its Sunday patch. The zero day exploit was sold to two people threw an underground forum.  The media and internet attention Oracle has received over Java will assure users that we can expect a patch very soon.  I recommend users disable Java in there web browsers until this Java exploit has been once again patched.
  • Oracle Zero Day Vulnerability Still Not Patched after April’s patch release with had 88 patches.  The vulnerability allows an attacker to perform a man in the middle attack and capture information exchanged between clients and databases.  The vulnerability was reported in 2008 and has believed to been around since 1999 when the TNS Listener feature was added to Oracles product line.  Oracle has workarounds for the zero-day flaw which was found in there database server products.  Oracle has gone as far to release a security alert: Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2012-1675 The vulnerability is in the TNS listener which has been recently disclosed as “TNS Listener Poison Attack” affecting the Oracle Database Server.  The products affected are Oracle Database 11g Release 2, versions,, Oracle Database 11g Release 1, version, Oracle Database 10g Release 2, versions,,, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager and E-Business Suite.  Oracle has released work arounds which can be found at My Oracle Support Note 1340831.1 and My Oracle Support Note 1453883.1.
  • September 9, 2010

    Setup VirtualBox with Fedora 12

    To Setup Virtual Box with Fedora 12. This little tweek is needed 1. su to root 2. Then run the following command yum install binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers kernel-devel 3. After that is installed successfully run the next command /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup