Articles and stuff…



I think I’m finally getting myself back on track. It’s been an unusual few weeks though.

I spent quite some time complaining that I couldn’t think of anything to write about and hoping 11g would inspire me. Since the release of 11g and the inevitable installation articles, I’ve felt rather lethargic again. Getting into a new version of the database is always a bit odd. For me it’s a combination of excitement and denial… 🙂

Well, I’ve finally updated the VMware RAC article for 11g, which was dependent on a RAM upgrade. It works fine, but very slow. Unless you want the ASM experience, I think the NFS RAC method is a lot cleaner and easier.

I’ve also started to plug through the DB new features. The first thing I played around with was Partitioning. I’m hoping I can keep up the momentum for a while. I wanted to sit the 11g beta OCP exam, but I know so little about 11g at the moment it seems really unlikely I’ll get to grips with it before the beta exam closes. It’s a shame really because it’s nice to be involved in the process.


I finished reading Vittorio the Vampire. Of all the Anne Rice books I’ve read I think it’s the weakest. It’s all a bit flowery and “mills and boon”. Not my cup of tea.

On a more serious note, my 5 year old nephew was in A&E last night with pneumonia. I was with him all day yesterday and although he wasn’t well, we didn’t suspect something so serious. A bit of Calpol and he was up attacking a balloon octopus with a plastic sword… Things got worse through the night which resulted in the A&E visit and the diagnosis. The doctor was surprised he was so active and chirpy considering. Tough as old boots! 🙂 He’s back at home now and all looks good, but it’s very unnerving. I suspect within a couple of days he will be back in full effect.



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

4 thoughts on “Articles and stuff…”

  1. Hi sir,
    I shall be waiting for the 11g exam preparation notes of yours.I am going to upgrade my laptop RAM from 1gig to 2gig soon.Hope that would make me suitable for 11g :).
    I hpe and wish your nephew would be fine asap.I guess its the weather change which is causing these sort of things.

  2. hi sir,
    I thought to post the same on the forum as a new question but than decided its not technical so posting here.Sir how do you proceed with testing/playng with new features? I mean how is it that out of so many new features you pick some handful and than start playing around with them?Just curious to know to make me also pick somewhat same path with the new releases.
    I guess a new blog post would be the best to answer this :).Just kidding!

  3. Hi.

    I Look through the New Features manual and start checking out ny new feature that catches my eye. Sometimes I pick things because of work I’m currently doing. Sometimes it’s because it’s an area I’m interested in. Sometimes it’s just because the feature sounds cool. There’s no real method to it. I just go with the flow.



  4. Hi sir,
    I got it.I just thought one more thing that you might also look in the new feature exam content list and start picking those at the first place.But New Features guide is the best place to find ne features :).
    Thanks and best regards,

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