The following are some nice quotes I’ve got from fortune cookies or my mind: You can have, do or be whatever you want Good sense is the master of human life All decisions you make today will be most fortunate You will be fortunate in everything you put your hands to Today’s hardship leads to rewards in later life Make a wish, it might come true for my french readers, here they are:

Oracle XE & PHP

Have you ever tried to access an Oracle database from PHP? Well, if you are a newbie (like me) this is a great manual that will take you from PHP compilation to XML generated results: Download: The Underground PHP and Oracle Manual By Christopher Jones and Alison Holloway The book includes: PHP Oracle Extensions Installing Oracle Database 10g Express Edition Using Oracle Database 10g Installing Apache HTTP Server Installing PHP Connecting to Oracle Using OCI8 Executing SQL Statements with OCI8 Using PL/SQL with OCI8 and much more…


Connecting to a Local Oracle Database This is a small but useful example: <?php $c = oci_connect('hr', 'hr', '//localhost/XE'); $s = oci_parse($c, 'select city from locations'); oci_execute($s); while ($res = oci_fetch_array($s)) { echo $res['CITY'] . "<br>"; } oci_close($c); ?> Prior to use this example you must enable the hr user. To learn how to configure PHP to access Oracle databases check my Linux Console page. Source: http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/php/pdf/underground-php-oracle-manual.pdf

Ubuntu 7.10 Released

Among others, this new release of Ubuntu features: 3D Screen effects enabled by default: This is soooo cool! Plus, right click on your desktop, select Change Desktop Background, select Visual Effects and click on Extra, now go move a Window. Themes, backgrounds, fonts, toolbars and visual effects have all been consolidated into a single form. Desktop search: Quick search all your files, web, email, etc. Pidgin: New name for the Gaim Internet Messenger, it features more icons 😉 and MSN icons are now shown for all your contacts.

Got Web 2.0?

Ajax Hacks takes you step by step through an 80 tips journey going from the very basics – how to GET or POST – to advanced topics like performance tuning, caching and web services interaction. AJAX Hacks by Bruce Perry ISBN: 0-596-10169-4

Raise your hand!

Two days ago, while surfing a gov’s page, I got stuck at the very last step of a report generator. I right clicked the page, looked for a link and see the problem: an tag with a classid parameter. That object referenced a PDF file. And because the problem could be fixed by adding a simple link, I decided to give them a call. A lady answered the phone and listened carefully to my request.


How to Install Skype in Ubuntu I just downloaded it and have to tell you it works great. Download installer from Skype website Double click and install downloaded file (you will need admin privileges) Once installed you will find it under Applications -> Internet If you get a “Problem with Audio Playback” message when doing a Test Call: In Skype, go to Options -> Sound Devices and change “Sound Out” to something else than “Default device”, in my case I selected VIA 8237.

Interesting Facts

Lastname: Jaimes Did you know… Jaimes is patronymic from the spanish personal name Jaime? Most Jaimes in the U.S. live in Texas? Top five departure places to the U.S. are Germany, Sweden, Venezuela, Preussen and Ireland? Oldest immigration record dates from Aug 20, 1872 and belongs to Marie C. Jaimes, who was born in Germany and departed to the U.S. from Liverpool, England? Life expectancy for Jaimes is 50 years?

Linux Console

Update your computer You can update your computer from the console by executing the following commands: apt-get update apt-get upgrade Installing a PDF print server on Ubuntu 7 Server This document is too long to be here, so I moved it here: Installing a PDF print server on Ubuntu 7 Server ISO images How to create an iso image: mkisofs -r -l -o dvd.iso source-folder/ How to burn a dvd image: growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/hdc=dvd.

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) desktop

Sweet… Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 Controls: Clearlooks Window Border: Clearlooks Alternative Icons: Dropline Neu!