Monday Mar 08, 2010

ACE Program for Admins and Solaris Developers





No, not that kind of ace.



Unfortunately.



But the plane, piloted by Sean Tucker, is wicked cool.



The boat is pretty cool, too.




You know how all the ACE programs are always for Java developers? Java. Java. Java. Well, I spoke to Victoria Lira, who runs the Oracle ACE program for the Oracle Technology Network, and she is welcoming admins and Solaris developers with open arms.

(By the way, Oracle shortens "sysadmin" to "admin," and uses it to encompass application management, database, system, network, and storage administrators.)

Don't have an autographed poster of James Gosling on your wall? I don't, either. If you know your Solaris (or Linux), your development environments, your systems management tools, your Oracle Sun hardware, or your storage, step up and nominate yourself. Or tell a buddy you'll nominate her if she nominates you. Buy somebody a cheap lunch. Whatever works.

How to Get Nominated

Getting nominated is kinda like asking out Sandra Bullock. It doesn't guarantee results. To be accepted, you have to be strong in a few of these areas:

  • Technical proficiency
  • Oracle-related blog
  • Oracle discussion forum activity
  • Published white paper(s) and/or article(s)
  • Presentation experience
  • Beta program participant
  • Oracle user group member
  • Oracle certification

If you have published any content on BigAdmin or SDN, be sure to mention it. If you want to publish any content on BigAdmin or the Solaris Developer Hub of SDN, use this link:

How to Publish Content on BigAdmin or SDN (Solaris Developer)

We're still running a little slow, but we'll get to it.

Why Would An Oracle Admin Want to Become an Oracle ACE?

Because you get special treatment from Oracle. For instance, check out this list of presentations at Oracle events made by Oracle Aces:

Presentations made by Oracle ACES

And if you become an Oracle ACE Director, the relationship gets a lot more interesting. If you're interested, be sure to read the entire FAQ

Bonus for BigAdmin Fans

I explained to Victoria that the Solaris community has some pretty diverse talents, so I got special dispensation for you. If you can shake your tail feathers to Ray Charles like this bird (clearly a BigAdmin fan) can, you'll get bonus points:

(Thank you, Rich Brown)

If the embedded video doesn't work for you, you can find it on YouTube.

- Rick

Thursday Apr 02, 2009

How to Greet An Englishman

I do email in Mozilla Thunderbird . Its spellchecker (version 2.0.0.21) is wicked smaht. When I type "BigAdmin" it suggests "goldmine." And we didn't even have to pay for the privilege!

Truth is, it's getting that way. In fact, BigAdmin has so many resources for sysadmins that we've got a bit of a navigation problem.

To help find what you're looking for, we created different "entry points" to the content on BigAdmin. You can get to them from the tabs beside the Message of the Day tab:

They are:

Each tab gives you an easier entry point into its respective content on BigAdmin. It's not a complete solution, but it's a start. Check it out and let me know what you think.

By the way, if you use both Linux and Sun, remember that you can submit your favorite Linux-related links and content to BigAdmin right here:

Submit Link or Content to BigAdmin\\

Just tag it with the right selection and category, then check the "Linux" collection. Our Linux collection is right here:

BigAdmin Linux collection

About the Englishman....I was looking for a cartoon of an Englishman saying "We have a bit of a navigation problem," but I found this picture, instead (from www.Kouya.net):
















You gotta love soccer fans.

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