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It’s not about ego … it’s about knowledge

Take a quick look at this blog post by Jonathan Lewis

Anyone that has been working with Oracle for any length of time probably knows that Jonathan has a great depth of knowledge in the Oracle database, and is a regular blogger.  But this post is a good example to inspire anyone that is working with Oracle (or any technology for that matter) to start blogging and sharing their experiences with the community, no matter what their level of experience is.

If you read the post, you’ll see that Jonathan presented a well-crafted test case, and presented a hypothesis about NVARCHAR2 and potential side effects of adding columns of this data type to an existing table.

The ACE Scorecard

howto: github – talks branch

A couple of months ago I did a presentation and decided to put the files up in github ( just because I wanted to move away from dropbox for my scripts and resources. Well, that was very convenient because the audience can just download the master zip file and that’s it! But then I figured I don’t want to have the next presentation on another repo and it would look pretty messy on my git account. Ultimately I’d like all the presentations to be on one repo and only separated by folders but then by default if you just put it that way then the “download zip” will download all of the conference folders.

Twitter : Is it a valuable community contribution?

During a conversation with Zahid Anwar at OOW15, the question was asked, is Twitter content a valuable contribution to the community?

The following is *my opinion* on the matter. Other opinions are valid.

The sort of tweets I see fall into the following basic categories:

Internet Communities Are Selfish. Deal with it!

The Community?

I was reading Heli‘s blog post called The Oracle Community this morning, which directed me to posts by Jari Laine and Denes Kubicek. I think everyone that is involved in any type of community hits this issue at some point. For internet communities, it’s probably a much quicker realisation.

my Time/Task/Goal/Habit (TTGH) management

There was a post last night on oracle-l on the topic of task/project/time management, and I’m a big fan of productivity
hacks and the whole GTD idea or method The reason for adopting this method is I’ve been on consulting business my entire career and I always get swamped with a lot of work from multiple
customers or research stuff and it’s really difficult to prioritize and focus without a system. The same thing I learned how to speed read (see tony buzan book) because there’s just not enough time and you want to learn as much as you can. The bottom line is you want to be efficient.

So I thought of sharing my way of dealing with this in general…

Changing my focus? (Update)

The day before I left for OpenWorld 2014 I wrote a post called “Chaning my focus?” where talked about the possibility of dropping out of the forum scene and focusing more on writing. It’s now nearly 3 weeks later, so I thought I would follow it up to let people know what is going on…

Pretty soon after I left for OOW14 I locked the forums on my site. I had a touch of guilt, but also felt a massive sense of relief. At that point I was working on the basis I would leave them locked for OOW, then reassess when I got back.

OOW and OakTable World 2013

Today is the 1st day of OOW for me, and there are a lot of cool stuff going on.


Later I’ll be doing an IOUG session at Moscone West talking about CPU on how to monitor and do capacity planning and
sizing. This is a pretty interesting topic and I will give you enough foundation to be able to consolidate a bunch of databases on one server or a cluster. There’s a method to this and you can be pretty accurate about it. Remember 12c is geared towards consolidation but it doesn’t really change the fundamentals when monitoring and sizing CPUs.. I’ll just talk more about that later.

Session ID: UGF9790
Session Title: Where Did My CPU Go?
Venue / Room: Moscone West – 3014
Date and Time: 9/22/13, 15:30 – 16:30

RMOUG, IOUG Collaborate, KSCOPE, and E4 2013

I’ve been really busy lately doing a lot of stuff, and most of the time if I’m doing some intensive research on a topic
I would just put them all in my braindump (wiki) so if you’ve been following this blog might as well subscribe on my wiki RSS because there are just a bunch of bits of research going-on (see this mindmap) and what usually happens is I put them all together to make an awesome presentation/white paper.