This time it was a short Orlov‘s piece : “Living on a stolen time”  … maybe Orlov’s style is sometimes too prissy for my taste … but he’s very competent and his words can inspire and enlighten readers (including myself).

This is the source : Orlov’s Blog


Here  is my latest translation for CDC  :  The Money Masters: Behind the Global Debt Crisis

here  is the original.

It’s a “viral” meme spreding around (here is a cartoon, here  is an illustration … and I’m sure I found it somewhere else  more than one time in the latest week).

I hope it will lead to an evolution for human society … “You see: money doesn’t exist in the 24th century”  (J.L. Picard)  (extended ver. with an intresting comment  … in case you did not see “Star Trek, First Contact” ) .

Let’s imagine you are a wise DBA , and you have a brand new shiny SQL Server 2008 R2 DB on a Win server 2008 R2 , 64 bit OS platform … and for some INSANE reason you have to move A LOT ( we talk about some millions of rows ) of data from an Oracle server to this DB … what would you do ?

Before today my answer would have been “Install the appropriate (64bit) Oracle client with  OLE Db provider for Oracle and use it as data source in the MSSQL Import (AKA DTS)” …

But, of course, the fight between Oracle and Microsoft will not make things so easy … so this solution will not work : Microsoft OleDB provider for Oracle will return error when initializing and Oracle OLE DB Provider for Oracle will not show up in the list of the data sources; so you will not be able to use DTS …  unless… here comes the magic: you install ALSO the  32bit Oracle client !

I found this solution in an article from Jorg Klein where he suggested this   for a similar problem.

I also adjusted the registry keys  as indicated in the article … and right now my DTS import is copying rows at decent speed between the two bitter enemies RDBMS ‘s.

But I just PASSED exam 1Z0-050 … and I am very happy about it.

and now … now what ?

For the 2nd half of this translation I have to thank a good friend of mine…


And here is my translation … someone still thinks Climate Change was a hoax and the review commission was not independent at all … easy justification : nothing is really independent ( you know everything is Anatta ) … I can live with that … as long as it’s not used to pollute  and conscioulsy cause suffering to others …  contemporaries or future generations.

It seems that the old mountaineers were not too wrong when stating that the glaciers are withdrawing, after all …

Soon italian translations for chapter 1.3 of the latest review…. in the neanwhile a spooky picture from IPCC AR4:

(check here for caption)

1 Soldier or 20 schools ?

Original (Thank you Mr. Kristof)


Yet another american president …  keeps doing the world the same things that predecessors did … some says he can’t just stop at once and withdraw all the troops…  can’t he ? … Actually I fear he can not.

I guess aliens are watching us, disgusted, considering what sort of nasty animals we are: fighting and killing each other and distroying our enviroment to satisfy our endless personal desires …  probably they are waiting for some evolution before allowing a first contact …

I don’t know what to trust more:  their patience or  mankind’s ability to evolve …

“La via del dubbio” by Stephen Batchelor  … I guess original title is “The Way of Korean Zen” ( many thanks to Luciano for taking care of my Zen readings and borrowing me the book) … and, of course, 1Z0-050 exam guide :-/

Just found a reason to open  a new wordpress blog  :