Virgin Beta Experience

beta0.jpgThe other weekend I flew back from Las Vegas to San Francisco on Virgin America, there has been no end of hype about their new planes and the software so I was interested to what it was all about. It all runs on a linux box hidden in the belly of the plane, I know this to be true because I got to watch it boot on my screen while we were backing away from the gate- that didn’t feel right somehow. They call it “Red(beta):An interactive environment” and invite you to touch anywhere to begin; an offer I couldn’t refuse. Continue reading “Virgin Beta Experience”

Is Oracle Cool Again?

designer2000I joined Oracle UK in 1997 when Oracle 8 was just out to a lot of buzz. I had written a College paper on Designer 2000, which in 1995 sounded futuristic; automatic code generation and reverse engineering of code was a hot topic around then. All in all it felt pretty good to be joining Oracle and many of my college friends were impressed, especially as I was joining product development. Things went well, I learned a lot, 8i came out, I was involved in building 11i which was on the latest tools and then I moved out to the US in 2000 at the height of the dot com boom.49 Zoe Continue reading “Is Oracle Cool Again?”

Mixed Messages

 The open social network Oracle Mix was launched at Oracle Open World and I’ll be watching closely to see what level of uptake it has from within and without Oracle. It could change the way we interact with our user community and how we both get input for product direction and disseminate product features, best practice etc.

I enjoy events like Open World, even if there are many tough questions, it’s a way to understand more about the user community and how they use (or why they can’t use) our products.  I always give out my business card to people I talk to and people tend to be surprised as they think developers ‘don’t want to be pestered by customers’.  The number of people from product development registered on Oracle Mix demonstrates we do want to mix it up in the user community.  I set up an Intercompany Group on Oracle Mix so please feel free to join and toss your ideas and thoughts into the mix.

Enough mix puns?