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Category: Personal Tech

I Know What I Did This Summer: Put Down Trex Decking

If you’re wondering why I would bore everyone with my pictures and frequent status updates/tweets from the past week – it’s so I could document the process of refurbishing my deck, or what some would call a porch. When we go to take a vacation, buy a car, do anything – we also read personal […]

Off Topic: Some Advice on Submitting Conference Abstracts

I like to experiment and play with new shiny objects. LinkedIn recently added a blogging platform to their site. I’ve decided to publish a little thing on how to do a better job on writing abstracts for conferences. A few disclaimers: I’m no expert, but I write and review a TON of these Many people […]

Connecting to Oracle from Your Host to a VirtualBox OEL Guest

This isn’t a SQL Developer post per-se, however if you are using the Oracle Developer Day VirtualBox 12c image, you will find this useful. A few of you have noticed that it’s difficult to connect to your Oracle Database from your computer if it’s running on this image. One Twitter friend asked just yesterday… Need […]

How Do You Make Your Animated GIFs?

I get this question a lot. The question tells me a few things: you LIKE the animated GIFs here on thatjeffsmith – cool, I’ll keep doing more you want to make your own – awesome, I’m helping make the world a more animated place that’s pretty much it, I should have said a couple of […]

From Bluehost to WP Engine, My WordPress Story

This is probably the longest blog post I’ve written in a LONG time. And if you’re used to coming here for the Oracle stuff, this post is not about that. It’s about my blog, and the stuff under the hood that makes it run, AKA WordPress. If you want to skip to the juicy stuff, […]

Does the LinkWithin Widget ‘Work?’

Updated: July 29, 2012 Defining what success means to you and your blog is something you have to do before you can answer questions like ‘Is this working?’ If you’re using your website or blog to sell widgets, it’s pretty easy to measure. Are we selling more widgets or do customers on average spend more […]

WP Image Alignment Example

Image Left, Text Right It starts out OK, even fine really. Text here, should be up top and from the left, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, […]

Klout Lists: How to Make Friends and Influence Others

If you’re here to read another pro or con Klout rant, then please go somewhere else. I consider Mark Schaefer’s blog series to be the definitive take on the whole Klout business. I like Klout, and I use Klout. If you fall into this camp, please continue. Did you know that Klout has lists? You […]

A New Tadpole!

Yes, a post about something other than Toad or Oracle! I hope you folks don’t mind, but I need to brag a little bit My wife and I welcomed our son to this world on Tuesday night! My wife was extremely brave and did the whole thing without any sort of pain medication. Not that […]

Stereo Geek Stuff

We moved a few years ago, to a wonderful home in the heart of Cary, NC. Lots of things to love about the house, but the geek in me has been eyeing these sets of in-ceiling speakers littered throughout the house. The previous owner was a huge fan of classical music and NPR, and wanted […]

A Year on Twitter

After a year of tweeting my brains out for the past year, I have some data I could talk about Boring stuff, even meaningless one could argue. Number of followers, number of Re-Tweets, number of lists, my Klout (link) score – ALL BORING. When I try to convince someone to join Twitter, I never reference […]

Must Have Scripts

My former boss, and current friend, bought an Android phone for himself and his wife last week and asked me for a list of my must-have apps. I’ll list them here for the morbidly curious, but that got me thinking – what are my must-have scripts for managing my Oracle database? I know we’re supposed […]