Tuesday, February 06, 2007

OTN Single sign-on is forever

I've recently given up an old email address which I no longer used, except as my contact point for OTN. This meant that I also had to give up my OTN account because the security software for OTN does not let you change your email address. It doesn't matter that much, but it means I have lost all my brownie points and my little gold medal for being an active user.

It is very annoying however. The forum software they use allows email addresses to be changed out of the box but they have modified it to disable this. I thought at first it was part of the move to a single sign-on approach to bring it in to line with metalink where your email address is your userid. But no, metalink allows you to change your email address even though it your userid.

And don't get me started on the fact that you can't change your password either.

The "Editor-in-Chief" of OTN says it is out of his hands.

Fear of 11i

I'm not looking forward to 11i.

I'm sure there will be all sorts of exciting new features designed to make me redundant, but the main reason is that I'll have to upgrade my lab machines.

Each new version has increased the minumum hardware requirements, but it is usually possible to run Oracle below the minimum requirements if all you are doing is single user experimentation. There are exceptions though. I tried to run Grid Control on a machine with 512MB of RAM (the recommended minimum is 1024MB) and I spent more time dealing with OC4J crashes than tring out grid control.

Most of my lab machines are so old that they are not worth upgrading - either they are at the maximum RAM or the RAM is no longer readily available.

When I finally bite the bullet, I will probably invest in something big and state of the art which can support at least 2 VMWare virtual machines concurrently.