tnsping & sqlplus On Ubuntu 13.10

I need oracle tools to diagnose and troubleshoot.  This is the easiest, and least intrusive method I’ve found:

  1. Download and extract the “u01″ folder from the Oracle XE RPM installation to /.
  2. Update your *.ora files here: /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/xe/network/admin/
  3. Export environment variables:

    export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/xe
    export ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle
    export PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/bin:$PATH

  4. Test it out. Seems to work just fine without having to install the full XE.

Moved Book Over to GitHub

Since my “Space Captain Rowan” book is open source made with the open source software, Inkscape, I decided to move it over to github.  This actually makes it easier for me so I can work on it from my laptop remotely, or my desktop at home. Plus I get all the goodies (history/versions) that come with git.

I’ve added a few cells of artwork, and have cleaned up the directory structure.


Hurt Hand image from Space Captain Rowan by Ben Francom

Hurt Hand

TMUX, mutt, and Vim Colors

Just some notes on setting up mutt in tmux and using vim for the default editor.

I wanted to get a clear background in mutt without the background text highlighted.

In order to make that happen, I started mutt with an alias in ~/.bashrc:

alias mutt=’TERM=vt100 mutt’

…but then using vim as the default mutt editor wouldn’t edit in color.

So in ~/.vimrc I have this, and it works like I expect:

set term=xterm-256color

So now it looks like so (sorry it’s chopped to protect the innocent):


Space Captain Rowan: My Open Book Project

From my page here:

I was a graphic designer in a previous life, and still love to get the creative juices flowing. After reading many a bedtime story to my kids, I realized how morbidly lame most of them were. I thought I could come up with my own book that sucked a little less. One of my other passions in life is open source software. I thought I’d mix the two here, and come up with an open book project utilizing various open source tools that I’ve used, and maybe some that I haven’t.

The working title of my book is Space Captain Rowan which follows a young space cadet on his zany adventures!  This will be my little side hobby to keep my sanity in check.  I’ll post concept art, and my progress, so stay tuned, and check out my blog section for updates!