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I work with Oracle databases doing DBA, Design and Development. I publish articles on my website and recently started writing books. My hobbies include Yoga, Karate and swimming.

Site Hosting Update : The Proxy Wars

This site hosting thing really is the gift that keeps giving. I wrote a little over a week ago about an outstanding issue with the website, which seemed to be related to people’s company proxy servers, rather than my web server. While I was staying at the Sofitel, I started to get the issue where the HTTP address for […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 : Wednesday

Another early start on Wednesday. I headed down to meet the Dbvisit gang for breakfast. FYI: I’m not paid to keep mentioning them and I don’t work for them. They are just a great group of people who I really like, so when I get a chance to meet up with them I do. From […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 : Tuesday

Tuesday started early with 5 hours in the hotel lobby. The plan was to catch up on my blogging using the free wifi. I hadn’t blogged for a couple of days, which prompted an email from my mom to see if I was OK. It took about 5 hours to complete two blog posts, because […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 : Monday

Monday started with the San Francisco bay swim. I was actually pretty scared about doing this. I like to swim, but I’m a child of the “Jaws” generation, so open water is not my thing! Added to that, the water is cold. The coldest my training pool ever gets is 25 degrees C, which feels […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 : User Group Sunday

Sunday started with the walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was meant to be a run, but a few of us lazy folk met up early and walked it instead. I did run about 5 paces, so I don’t feel quite so guilty about having a “I ran the bridge” type T-shirt. After getting back […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 : ACE Director Briefing – Day 2

Day 2 of the ACE Director Briefing followed a similar format to day 1. Lots of things we are not allowed to talk about and a few things we can. Of the things we can talk about: The release schedule for 12cR2 (12.2) was mentioned. It was published a few weeks ago. It’s tentatively listed as […]

An Interview with Kerry Osborne

Me : Great to get some time with you Kerry. Kerry : I’m wearing a baseball cap. Me : OK… Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you without one. Kerry : I never take it off. Me : Really? Isn’t that a bit inconvenient? Kerry : Not really. If the […]

An Interview with Jonathan Lewis

Me : Nice to meet you Jonathan. Jonathan : I find speaking English too inefficient, so I will be answering the questions using ASCII. Me : Oh. OK. That’s going to be kind-of confusing, but let’s try. Where do you get information about Oracle from? Jonathan : 68,101,102,105,110,105,116,101,108,121,32,110,111,116,32,121,111,117,114,32,119,101,98,115,105,116,101,32,121,111,117,32,105,100,105,111,116,33 Me : I’m not sure this is […]

An Interview with Doug Burns

Doug : Sorry I’m late. I was out drinking last night and I’ve got a bad case of “jet lag” this morning. Me : So, tell me something about yourself that you think the readers would like to know. Doug : Sorry, I’ve got to go. I need to do some slide polishing. Bye. Me […]

An Interview with Cary Millsap

Me: What functionality will most people in the Oracle community associate you with? Cary: Tracing. Me: What is your favourite non-Oracle pastime? Cary: I like to put see-through paper over a picture and draw around the outline. Me: Isn’t that called tracing? Cary: I guess! Me: What is your favourite fictional character? Cary: Dick Tracy. […]