Tag Archives: 2010

Let’s play spot the Sve…

I was just looking at a couple of photos from OpenWorld and I noticed a “not so little” Bulgarian hiding in the photo. Can you spot the Sve (Svetoslav Gyurov)? Other things to notice about the photo are: Richard Foote explaining exactly how much like David Bowie he really is. My original explanation of his […]

OpenWorld 2010: Day 4-5

Day 4 & 5 followed pretty much the same pattern for me. Lots of time in The Zone, a few presentations and lots of chatting. On Wednesday I met up with a former colleague from the UK, now based in Denmark. He’s an Aston Villa fan, but I try not to hold that against him. […]

OpenWorld Day 1-3…

This years OpenWorld has been a little unusual for a couple of reasons. First, in previous years the OTN Lounge (now The Zone) and the Unconference have been in Moscone West, which meant it was really easy to bounce between those and the database sessions in Moscone. This year The Zone and the Unconference venue […]

Frankfurt to San Francisco…

I posted yesterday about the start of my trip to OpenWorld. I arrived late, so I never got around to posting about the second half of my trip so here goes… Frankfurt to San Francisco I was in a pretty bad mood when it came to boarding. We were 4+ hours late and the boarding […]

Birmingham to Frankfurt…

Birmingham Airport Whilst people watching in Birmingham Airport I discovered a new category of traveller I had never noticed before, namely the “control freak”. The person in question was an older gentleman having a bit of a tizzy because he didn’t think the allocated 25 minutes boarding time was enough to get everyone on the […]

ODTUG: I’m back home…

I’ve just got back home from ODTUG. Unfortunately my bag didn’t make it. Continental have played a blinder on this trip. I had an 8 hour delay on the way there and they lost my bag on the way back. Fingers crossed it will turn up soon. My first happy birthday (I’m 41 today) message […]

ODTUG: Day 5…

Day 5 It was hard to get out of bed this morning. The timetable for the day was also pretty daunting. Most of the sessions were half-day, which at this late stage of the conference makes me wanna run off screaming. I chose to go with “Data Warehouse Performance Best Practices – Parts I – […]

ODTUG: Day 4…

Day 4 “Analytic Functions Revisited” by Alex Nuijten was a great presentation. I’m sure lots of people left the presentation thinking, “Where has this stuff been hiding all these years?” Incidently, Alex won the $500 prize in the PL/SQL Challenge last night. Well done dude. I caught the last couple of minutes of “Why Isn’t […]

ODTUG: Day 3…

Day 3 I made it through a panel session without talking constantly. I sat at the back of the “Database Development Panel” and kept my gob shut like a good boy. The next two talks, “Oracle Extended SQL Trace Data for Developers” by Cary Millsap and “Co-operating with the Database” by Jonathan Lewis, were more […]

ODTUG: Day 1 & 2…

I’m not going to write about everything, but just post a few select highlights. Day 1 There had been a timetable change that I had missed, so I arrived late for the “Messed up Apps: A Study of Performance Anti-patterns” talk by Cary Millsap. He knows his stuff, is a great presenter and he’s very […]