Wednesday, July 16, 2014

have fun anyone heading out to OOW 2014

For anyone who has never attended a San Francisco Oracle Open World you really should go at some point.  The city is beautiful and the event well organized if a little on the chaotic side.

I have been lucky enough to attend quite a few of them over the last 10 years but missed out last year and also will be missing out this year.

It has been just once that one of my presentation abstracts was accepted out there.  I applied this year with two of what I think are quite good presentations but well no dice.

I have a free pass for the conference ( thanks Oracle Ace program ) but work is not willing to give me time off to attend this year and also not willing therefore to help pay for it.  I could take vacation off to attend but well it is very expensive and I need the time off that I do have for other things.

Have fun anyone that does make it out there!  Maybe I will make it to OOW 2015?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

long project nearing completion at work and a good book available

For any long time fans of the grumpy old dba blog, you may remember I changed jobs in June of 2013.  Sometimes changing jobs allows you to slowly come up to speed in a new environment but the last change involved me jumping right into a project that was already kind of rolling.

It has been a long year on the same project and a lot of time involved.  Not exactly what I was expecting in this change but hey I am old and grumpy right?  I shoulda known eh?

Anyhow just as our project was about to be implemented this weekend it has now been put temporarily on delay ( long story cannot go into details ).  One gets kind of ready for something to finally go live ... and then Charlie Brown the football gets yanked away from you?  ( Sorry apologies this will mean more to people who have watched the Peanuts based television specials ).

On the good side ... I just received Christian Antognini's ( new 2nd edition ) Troubleshooting Oracle Performance book and I have started wading into that.

I recommend this book very much!

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Well dang sessions got rejected ( yes again ) at Open World 2014 ... makes me grumpy

Two volleyed in for Open World and two shot down in flames.

Not that I had high expectations after so many tries.  I did get one accepted "once" ... ha ha!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

so who is using oracle result caching? ( makes me grumpy )

Not giving out too many details ... but some people trying to use this feature ( cough cough ) have had issues.

Getting an oracle 600 and having to restart a database instance is not necessarily good right?

Some things sound so good "in theory" and maybe in some distant release the ( oracle code issues ) will be all worked out.

Now staying away from using it ... ( cough cough ) ...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

no oracle for you this weekend ... does not make me grumpy

Taking a long three day weekend and going to ( try anyhow ) to not even log into work network and not read email or ... anything.  Wow that's some bold action eh?

Tomorrow going to be competing in the Cleveland feis ( Irish step dancing competition ) with both daughters.  We are competing in parent child with a three hand reel for the Leneghan Academy of Irish dance.  Probably may the be last time we compete together ( but hey who knows ) it has been like 6 years probably since our last one.

At one point in our families Irish dancing career we were very busy over the summers with travel to various different events competing.  Yes even me eventually doing solo's etc.  At one point I impressed a judge in Louisville with my treble jig ( hard shoe dance ) that even though I was the ONLY competitor in that event ... she awarded me second place.  Lots of old stories etc from that phase in our lives!

Wish us luck tomorrow we are going to need it ha ha!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

last post on GLOC 2014 conference ... new technical stuff coming soon

One of the presentations I am going to work on next will be in the SQL Plan Management interaction/intersection area with AWR information.  At GLOC 2014 Craig Martin had a very nice one that kind of is kick starting my interest in coming up with some relevant / worthwhile.

For the conference itself it was an epic "best ever" kind of event that made one feel both valued/valuable for despite all the hard work and there was plenty of that ... it was above and beyond what we were hoping for.  All that achieved through a combination of top speakers and greath workshops.

Somehow even the conference did well when at the last moment our keynote speaker for the final day of the event scratched on us.  Through a set of bad luck and problems in Chicago Steven Feuerstein was unable to fly into Cleveland.  After 15 years of doing events this was our first time when a keynote speaker did not make it.  Yeah I know we shoulda had a contingency plan in place.

Ric Van Dyke from Hotsos stepped up to the plate and delivered an exceptional keynote in Steven's place.  Thank you Ric!

A special thanks to all of our NEOOUG officers and our conference planning committee which also included several people outside of NEOOUG ... you know who you are and we could not have done this without you!

Finally my appreciation for our conference chair Rumpi Gravenstein!  He is the guy the visionary that started this whole journey for us.  His energy and enthusiasm and dedication is inspiring to see!