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Things I Learned in April

May 3, 2012 Leave a comment
  1. Learned how Radiocarbon dating works. Only reliable up to ~11,460 years (5,730 x 2).
  2. GRANT CREATE TABLE TO SCHEMA;  Is needed to create tables from inside a procedure using execute immediate.
    1. AUTHID CURRENT_USER or AUTHID DEFINER can be used in a CREATE PROCEDURE statement.
  3. select * from session_roles; to see what your user has priviledges to
  4. Learned about Windows XP Mode and Virtual Machine with Windows 7.
  5. Oracle tables can have system generated hidden columns.  select * from user_tab_cols where table_name = ‘NAME’ and HIDDEN_COLUMN = ‘YES’;
  6. Windows Key + Pause opens Control Panel -> System and Security -> System window in Windows XP, 7
  7. Apgar Score
    1. Backronym
  8. Maven: A Yiddish word meaning accumulator of knowledge.
  9. http://www.kickstarter.com/ via http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pickman/we-grew-up-here
  10. Learned how to make Egg Custard and Sweet Pastry Crust
  11. Scant – Barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate
  12. Create a mailable patch file of the most recent commit:  git format-patch -1
  13. http://getcomposer.org/ and http://packagist.org/
    1. I had read about these a little while ago but finally installed it and put it to use today.
    2. Learned about the PHP finfo_* functions.
  14. Learned how to make Yat’s Chili Cheese Etouffee
  15. Learned about 3 brain chemicals: Oxytocine (Female), Dopamine, and Vasopressin (Male).
  16. https://github.com/composer/satis
  17. Shot a Glock 17 and learned about a few tactical shotguns.
  18. cd /d %~dp0
    1. Changes to local file directory using Windows .bat file.
  19. Always check result.COUNT when using Oracle’s BULK COLLECT. If you try to access result.FIRST it will raise ORA-06502: PL/SQL: numeric or value error.
  20. http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/
    1. Phar API
  21. Attended my first Gun Show and learned about shot gun chokes and automatic knives that are only legal for law enforcement to carry.
    1. Also learned about a Federal Firearms License
  22. Enlisted military personnel always have to salute Officers, regardless of age or years of service.
  23. PHP: interface A extends InterfaceB, InterfaceC
    1. http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_find_broken_symbolic_links
  24. MooTools Form Validators
    1. Doctrine Common Annotation API
  25. https://developers.google.com/speed/spdy/mod_spdy/
    1. http://mbostock.github.com/d3/
  26. Function based virtual columns in Oracle 11g
  27. http://code.google.com/p/ganeti/
    1. PHP’s sys_get_temp_dir()
  28. Mississippi State’s 12th Man kickoff return team (started with Texas A&M) is made up of entirely walk ons.
    1. All West Point students are athletes.
  29. Omnitemporal
    1. Diet Coke isn’t sticky because it doesn’t contain real sugar. A friend told me this, I don’t drink diet.
  30. WebKit Remote Debugging Protocol