Cannot Log Into ArcGIS Server

When attempting to access my Esri ArcGIS 10.0 Server Manager I received the error message “Your login attempt was not successful. Please try again.”

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There are several solutions offered to this problem on Esri’s GeoNet Community, but there is one other potential solution. If someone fat-fingered the ArcGISWebServices password a few times, Windows may have locked the account (depending on your configuration). Simply unlock the account and you will be back in business.

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Oracle CPU Kills Esri

Just applied the October 2014 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) to some Esri geodatabases and the results were not good.

After applying patch 19618575 patch 34 to several ArcGIS 10.0 geodatabases (11.2.0.3) all Esri products ceased to function properly. You may receive an error message stating “ArcMap has encountered a problem and needs to close.” In addition, ArcGIS for Server map services will stop and return the error “Unable to Start service Server Object instance… creation failed on machine” if you attempt to start them.

The only way we found to fix this issue is to perform a rollback of the patch, taking the databases back to their default state, then apply the Oracle CPU released in July 2014. The instructions for performing the rollback can be found in the patch’s readme file.

UPDATE #1: It took them over a week to respond, but Esri has finally acknowledged there is a problem with the latest Oracle patch. The details can be found in Knowledge Base Article ID 43293.

Update #2: Instead of granting the select privilege on v_$parameter to each database user we created a new default role, granted the select privilege on v_$parameter to the role, and assigned the default role to each user via Oracle Enterprise Manager. This provides admins with a quick method for adding other privileges in the future.

Really CompTIA?

I just learned the hard way that CompTIA CEU’s do not roll over from one cycle to another. I will withold my opinion on this matter, but I wanted to share this info in the hopes of helping others. Here it is straight from the horse’s mouth:

If too many units are submitted within a CE cycle will those extra units carry over into the next CE program cycle?
No. Nothing, including overpayments and excessive units, will carry over from one CE renewal period to another. Each time a new CE cycle is started the participant starts over.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Backup Failure

Following a server reboot, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c automated backups fail with the message:

ERROR: Failed to create command process Error while streaming JobReader:java.io.IOException: The pipe is being closed

C:oracleproduct12.1.0agentcore12.1.0.2.0perlbin/perl execution failed: The system cannot find the file specified.

For an unknown reason, the backslashes in the agent monitoring configuration are being removed. To correct the problem in the short-term navigate to the agent’s home page, select Agent > Target Setup > Monitoring Configuration, and reinsert the backslashes. I am still searching for a permanent solution to this problem.

While your paths may differ slightly, they should resemble the following:

ADRBase
C:\oracle\product\12.1.0\agent\agent_inst

ADRHome
C:\oracle\product\12.1.0\agent\agent_inst\diag\ofm\emagent\emagent

Agent EMDRoot
C:\oracle\product\12.1.0\agent\core\12.1.0.2.0

Agent Oracle Home
C:\oracle\product\12.1.0\agent\core\12.1.0.2.0

Oracle Home
C:\oracle\product\12.1.0\agent\core\12.1.0.2.0

Perl bin directory
C:\oracle\product\12.1.0\agent\core\12.1.0.2.0\perl\bin

Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) Magnetic Charger Issue

After only one month of use the magnetic charging port on my Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) separated from the body of the phone. Put another way, it fell out. I am not the only consumer who is experiencing this problem. I found others on the XDA Developers forum and some others on Reddit. This page chronicles all of the steps that were taken to get my phone repaired.

The warranty that came with the phone states:

Limited Warranty
Subject to the conditions of this Limited Warranty, Sony Mobile Communications AB, 221 88 Lund, Sweden, (“Sony Mobile”) or its relevant local affiliate warrants this product to be free from defects in design, material and workmanship at the time of its original purchase by a consumer, and for a subsequent period of one (1) year (“Warranty Period”). Should your Product need warranty service, please return it to the dealer from whom it was purchased or contact your local Sony Mobile Contact Center (national rates may apply) or visit http://www.sonymobile.com to get further information.

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2014-05-23 Received Phone

eBay came through.

2014-06-29 – Contacted Sony Xperia care

I browsed over to http://www.sonymobile.com/us/support/contact-us and submitted the following e-mail.

My message:
Unfortunately, after only one month of ownership the magnetic charging port on my Sony Xperia Z2 has separated from the body of the phone. The first time it happened I simply placed the piece back into the phone and it continued to work. However, when I remove the phone from its DK36 Magnetic Charging Cradle the piece remains stuck to the cradle. I have shared a photograph of the phone to better illustrate what I am experiencing. I love my Z2, but how do I get this resolved? I must assume that this has compromised the water resistance of the phone.

2014-07-01 – Sony Responded

Sony’s response:
I am sorry to hear what happened to your device. The model of your phone is not release in the USA, so unfortunately we can not have it repair. I would recommend you to contact the vendor or contact Sony Xperia in Greece since your phone was released for sale in Greece. I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Regards,
Eddie
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Unfortunately, the Xperia Z2 is not listed on the Sony Greece support site and I bought the phone via eBay. It’s not the eBay seller’s fault that the phone fell apart.

2014-07-02 – Contacted eBay seller

The eBay seller was good enough to respond to me and suggested the following:
We recommend buyers to get 3rd party warranty in case something happen. eBay offers 3rd party warranty with SquareTrade (see below the item price). You can also buy CPS central extended warranty.

2014-07- Posted to Sony Xperia care support forum

http://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z2/Magnetic-Charger-Issue/m-p/747663?sl=y&sso_no_log=y#U747663

Only one lame reply.

2014-07-10 – Turned to Twitter

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2014-07-14 – Called Xperia care

I spent 10 minutes on the phone with Xperia care this afternoon. I recorded the call for quality assurance purposes and I’m still working on transcribing the ridiculous conversation I had.

2014-07-23 – Called Xperia care (again)

I spent 32 minutes on the phone with Xperia care this evening. I got an RMA number.

2014-08-07 – Voicemail From Sony

I received a lengthy voicemail from Israle or Israel (sp?) at Sony’s Logistics Center in Laredo Texas. He explained that the phone seemed to be working properly and he would like to know more information about the problem.

2014-08-07 – Called Israle

This would prove easier said than done. Oddly, the 239-245-6245 phone number that appeared on my phone originates in Fort Myers Florida. I placed a call to this number and spoke to Jerry(?) at Sony Xperia Support. He informed me that there were no updates to my RMA and made no attempt to put me in contact with Israle.

2014-08-08 – Call Israle Directly

I jumped online and found the direct number to the Sony Laredo Logistics Center is 1-866-357-6230. I spoke to Jeff(?) who asked for my work order number, Event ID, phone number, serial number, tracking number, RMA number, and name, but could not find record of my existence in his IT system. After 11 minutes of haggling Jeff suggested I call back with the FedEx tracking number.

2014-08-08 – Israle Calls

Ten minutes after hanging up with Jeff, Israle called back. He suggested that the charging dock might be defective. I explained that the dock was not the problem. He called back 5 minutes later and acknowledged that he saw the problem with the charging port.

2014-08-13 – Received Repaired Phone

Ran it under water, submerged it, and it seems like the phone is repaired.

2014-08-14 – Visited AT&T

I stopped by my local AT&T store and found that Sony failed to include the SIM tray with phone when they returned it.

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2014-08-14 – Contacted Sony Xperia care

I browsed over to http://www.sonymobile.com/us/support/contact-us and submitted the following e-mail.

My message:
I just received my repaired Xperia Z2 back from the Laredo Logistics Center, but the tray for the SIM card was not included with the phone. Please send a replacement tray as the phone cannot be used without it. The RMA number was 72314319821.

Thank you,
Craig Booth

2014-08-15 Ordered SIM Tray via eBay

I had a bad feeling Sony was going to royally fuck up again so I spent $14.41 to purchase a SIM try from an eBay vendor in Wickford, United Kingdom.

2014-08-18 Sony Responded

Sony’s response:

We apologize for the delay in our response. In regards to your inquiry, we are sorry to hear you are missing the SIM card holder of your Xperia™ Z2 but I will be glad to assist you. Please keep in mind that it would be normal for the repair center to not include any removable content of the device as these are advised to be removed before sending the device for a repair.

In this case, we will be glad to send you a replacement SIM card holder, however, that requires that you call in for continued support on placing a repair order. Please contact 1-866-766-9374 and provide the Interaction number #-########## to the Support Agent you speak to.

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2014-08-18 Called Xperia care

This shit is getting old.

2014-08-22 Received Order Confirmation

It took 96 hours, but I received confirmation that Sony was sending me a replacement SIM try… in the next 14 business days.

A fully functioning accessory should be mailed to you within 14 business days from the date the order was created. Please note that this time estimate is only an estimate and any shortages in exchange stock may increase the time for your item to be delivered.

2014-08-25 Received SIM Tray via eBay

eBay saves the day again.

2014-08-29 Received SIM Try from Sony

This insane adventure in shitty customer service is officially done.

IIS 7 (7.5) Requring a Client Certificate

After spending a week trying to figure out why IIS 7 was spitting a 403.7 error back at me, I stumbled upon a blog post that was so random and simple it seemed impossible that it was the solution to my problem. If you can’t get a virtual directory or application to require client certificates you need to click the link below. Thanks Saur212! Whoever you are.

Avoid this confusion around Client certificate mapping in IIS 6.0/7.0

Walt Disney World Marathon 2013 Review

The 2013 Walt Disney Marathon was my first marathon and I feel that it was a poor choice.

There were approximately 27,000 participants in the full marathon. This is an insane number of people. The runners were divided into eight corrals which, mathematically speaking, means there were about 3,375 people in each corral. To be placed in a corral, runners were asked to submit a time from a previous race. In my case, I submitted a half marathon time of 1:45:08 (8:01 per mile pace) and I was placed in the “C” corral (A being the fastest group, H being the slowest). Each corral’s start time was six minutes apart. For example, corral A started at 5:36 am, corral B started at 5:42 am, and corral C started at 5:48 am.

Before my group took off I worked my way to the front of the corral. My goal was 3:45:00, which required a 8:35 pace. I used a Nike+ GPS watch to keep pace and I maintained a 8:25 pace out of the gate. The race was proceeding perfectly the first half mile or so, but things quickly fell apart.

Even though my corral started six minutes after the previous one, I caught the tail end of corral B within the first mile of the race. Surprisingly, people in corral B were walking. Worse, the 3-lane road at the start of the race quickly became a single lane. To maintain my target pace I was forced to worm my way through thousands of “runners.” At many points I was forced to run in the grass, which was extrememly dangerous given it was still dark out. I was approximately 10 miles into the race before I felt like I could run comfortably.

After a miserable 4:04:00 finish, I learned that approximately 8,600 of the participants were taking place in the “Goofy Challenge,” which is the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. In other words, almost 1/3 of the runners had finished a half marathon the previous day and their legs were already fried. Conversely, those of us who were only running the full marathon had fresh legs and were ready to fly. The Goofy Challenge racers should not maintain their corral going into Sunday. Instead, they should be moved further back in the queue.

In my opinion, this is not a marathon for a runner who is seeking to set a personal best.

Some other random thoughts:

  • The signage leading into the park was totally insufficient. If I were not somewhat familiar with the area I would have gotten lost.
  • The course went “offroad” around the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Running through dirt and tree roots is no fun 18 miles into a marathon.
  • If you are walking within the first mile of a marathon you don’t belong there.
  • If you are stopping for water at the mile 1 water station you probably don’t belong there.
  • If you must walk during a marathon get to the far right.
  • 27,000 people started the marathon and only 20,679 finished so I’m not being harsh, I’m being honest.

Nike+ and treadmill [solved]

I started plugging my iPod Nano into the treadmill at the gym, but when I uploaded my workouts to the Nike+ site there were gaps in my activities. I tried to sync my workouts again, but the treadmill runs simply weren’t showing up. After some trial and error I figured out the problem.

When you open iTunes and go to the Nike + iPod tab you will probably see your shoe sensor listed as displayed below.

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If you click the sensor drop-down menu there should be a new profile that the treadmill created to record your workouts. Mine was named “Gym User 1”. Just pick it from the list, check “Automatically send workout data to nikeplus.com” and then click “Visit nikeplus.com”. You must visit the Nike+ website to sync things up. One you do this your treadmill workouts will show up in your activities.

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Warrior Dash 2012 Copper Mountain Colorado

I made a map of the Warrior Dash 2012 course at Copper Mountain Colorado. You can view it over at arcgis.com. I also uploaded it to mapmyrun.

Emogrifier

I refuse to purchase support for CSS in WordPress, so I found a workaround. The guys at Pelago have a really quick and easy way to make CSS tags inline, thus making your tweaks visible in WordPress. It’s intended for use with e-mail, but a it’s a cool WP hack for those of us who refuse to pony up.

Check it out: http://www.pelagodesign.com/sidecar/emogrifier