Starting a Batch (DOS) file minimized

In my article How to backup your Evernote notes regularly I supplied a windows batch file that could be used with the Windows Scheduler to automatically backup your Evernote Notes. In use, however, it soon becomes annoying that the scheduler launches a DOS window to run the script right in the middle of the screen. This article documents the technique for running a batch file minimized to the taskbar.

ORA-1089 reported by a database link

Recently, we encountered a strange problem whereby trying to issue a select over a database link caused an ORA-1089 "immediate shutdown in progress - no operations are permitted" error even though the source databases was up and fully operational.

MS Word: F3 != Find Next

I don't know about anyone else, but I find it incredibly annoying that the Microsoft Word doesn't use F3 as the shortcut key for finding the next occurrence of something that you have previously searched for. Here's the correct (i.e. out of the box) shortcut for finding the next occurrence and how to change it to F3 in Word 2007 and above.

RMAN: Displaying current backup progress

When performing a backup of a large database using RMAN, you often get asked "how is the backup progressing?" and "when it will complete?". Although the log produced by RMAN is detailed in almost every other aspect, there isn't any information recorded that will allow you to give a simple and straightforward answer to these questions However, the information is available within the data dictionary.

Logging PuTTY sessions

As a DBA, it is generally a good idea to log all your activity when working on Unix/Linux servers. Logging provides an audit of changes that you have made to a system as well as being a valuable resource for notes and documentation. This article describes how to log all PuTTY sessions and how to automtically maintain the resulting logfiles in a logical directory structure.

How to backup your Evernote notes regularly

So you've saved a lot of notes into Evernote and you're wondering how to back them up in case something goes horribly wrong. Some might call you paranoid, but a glitch in a client update could wipe out your notes (and because Evernote syncs to the cloud it would wipe out all your notes in the cloud too). So how can you backup your data?

SurfacePro – Enabling F-keys by default on touch/type keyboards

If you use a lot of keyboard shortcuts then will have already discovered that, by default, the F-keys on the touch/type keyboards are mapped to "helpful" shortcuts such as volume up/down and search. Rejoice however, as there is a simple solution to make the keys act as proper F-keys again without the need to hold down the Fn key.

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