Probably I forget people, but Gwen Shapiro isn’t on this picture or Graham Wood, therefore the mentioning by me of “partial” lineup. As you can see, although there is still a half day to go, this was an impressive gathering of experienced speakers… If you weren’t. Yep. You have missed out.
So actually enjoying now some presentations of my own. Riyaj Shamsudeen did good on his “Advanced RAC Troubleshooting” presentation and now I am enjoying Jeremy Wilton’s “Database Deathmatch: Oracle vs SQL Server”.
A presentation about “breaking things”, mainly as Jeremy explained, because he was asked, more then once, to please go back to presentations that demo stuff more (and/or break it). Jeremy (biased regarding Oracle) wanted to do some more SQL Server stuff, just so he knew more about this SQL Server database and because he hates “not knowing” things. So this presentation was born. He is/was demo-ing stuff (Oracle and SQL Server) straight from the Amazon Cloud, trying to simulate both environments to be strain under load, the same amount (or at least hoping to do a honest comparison).
It was indeed a funny presentation (and insight full), were Jeremy explained the internal workings of SQL Server and Oracle regarding transaction logging, explicitly corrupting blocks/logs, for fun of course, switching those corrupted logs/blocks from Oracle to SQL Server and vice versa, see what happens, how those databases cope with such corrupted blocks and demonstrating both databases under strain. I really like it. Its a fun way to discover things and learn about them. But then again, its always fun to just break things right?
The “disadvantage” of presenting is that you can’t relax until the last presentation has been done. As some one once said to me, you will have to do your best because those people attending have paid top dollar to be there were they maybe should be working on customer issues getting things along. I try to keep doing my best in this perspective, so (Doug!) no party for me last night because my last presentation (that is today) was already on 09.00 AM so…
I picked up my so needed coffee infusion at 08:00 AM and to my surprise I was the first one in the hallway, in front of the conference rooms, were also a nice table was put up with drinks, coffee and breakfast.
Anyway, got three enthusiasts, brave guys attending at my presentation, although it was so early. Chapeau (“hat off”/”I salute you”)!
I ran overtime (again – damn me), as said before, nowadays I have more to tell than would fit in a 1 hour presentation. I really have to work on this. I think, hope, I did my best, and those (early up) people enjoyed it. Now I can relax and enjoy some presentations until next Wednesday when I have the 3rd presentation within a week on Oracle Open World, San Francisco. If you read this and are interested in seeing some demo’s and are attending OOW, then maybe you want to attend to my presentation. There is still some room.
Its time to listen in on Riyaj Shamsudeen‘s “Advanced RAC Troubleshooting” presentation.
So after this fun “Moans The Magnificent” special guest appearance, straight off to my hotel room to prepare my demo session about interfacing via XMLDB functionality. I wasn’t happy with those “old” demo’s so started to fiddle around, dropped half of them and created 2 more complete one’s which made a bit more sense regarding being a coherent “use-case” instead of the old demo “just a SQL statement”. Maybe not the smartest to do, being only 2 hours before my session. I got really bit stressed when I pressed on “shutdown” instead of “hibernate”, while finishing up, 30 minutes before my presentation started. Of course at that moment those brilliant Windows wizards kicked in an showed a desktop with the remark “Installing 1 of 7 updates”. It felled like those updates took ages… With only 10 minutes to go, I rushed down, but luckily for me Joze Senegacnik was busy with a great presentation and hadn’t finished in time, plus there were a lot of questions from his audience.
Despite Riyaj Shamsudeen and Cary Millsap, with his great presentation “Thinking Clearly About Performance” (part 1 of 2), I had after a minute of 5 in my presentation slot, even some 10 up to 15 people in the audience, which honestly, wouldn’t have expected to attend, at least not in those numbers. I had already settled in my mind with a “explain me your problem and I will demonstrate” kind of alternative (also cool) presentation / demo’s. Having around 15 people in the room I had to follow some of the lines I had set out for this presentation. I will give this presentation as well during OOW on Wednesday and although I had cut those demo’s in half; I again run out of time. I guess I have nowadays to much to tell plus I got some good questions from the audience on which I elaborated with some extra info.
Dinner was great last evening, I had a huuuuuuge steak (although Carol Dacko’s was bigger). Moans got his annual birthday gift, A great Arabian Nights kind of hat, and the 25+ people that attended the dinner had a good meal with great service at the “Chop House” restaurant.
MOTS is about to start. After a good nights sleep (me: no extra alcohol infusion but straight to bed), I am now looking outside and really feel at home. Its cosy, its rainy and it will be fun despite, or probably because, the amount of attendees are approximately roundabout 50+ (Oakies not included). So this gives us the advantage to pinpoint on peoples work related, technical questions. If doable I will switch my demo session today with examples/demo’s explaining peoples the questions at hand.
Moans will open this years MOTS symposium. I am looking forward to it, if not only, because I already had some almost Dutch strong coffee in the lobby with a nice cone.
Almost all speakers have arrived and it looks it will be a great gathering off techies and in-depth Oracle presentations. I think, guess, allthough it starts tomorrow, it will be cosy, special, and a great entree towards OOW.
Tomorrow I don’t have the same timeslot as Tanel. Thank god. This time is only a guy called Cary Millsap. Sounds doable.
Now its time for a steak…
Is it a blog, plog, phlog, I don’t know but hereby trying out the WordPress Android app. to see if this works regarding more lasting fast tweet-like updates. The start to this “conference series” for MOTS and OOW was wet; really horrible weather above Holland and me, making a mistake interpreting 12.45 pm, didn’t make it any better. But he, no stress, right?
My flight with delta airlines boarded almost 2 hours before departure which wasn’t also fun at all, but you learn to get by. One big coffee, sandwiches and a “Nicotinel” gum makes life easier. Would they also have a gum for Whiskey addictives…
Anyway. Ann Arbor here I come.
I have plenty of things that are keeping me busy for OOW 2010 and you’ll all get to see the results at the event (if you’re there), but I only have one traditional technical session where I’ll be on stage. I’m presenting the following session jointly with an Oracle Database Machine customer:
Session ID: S316824
Title: Top 10 Lessons Learned in Deploying the Oracle Exadata
Tuesday, September 21, 12:30PM
Location: Moscone South, Rm 307
Check the OOW 2010 content catalog for updated room assignments and times.
Bit sad that I don’t have the time to post some of the cool internal tracing stuff that I have done lately and that gave me a far better insight in the inner workings of Oracle XMLDB, but there is a reason for it…
As you have maybe have noticed, there is besides the day-to-day database administration and consulting work, a lot of presenting going on in my “free” time. Sharing is fun, but also needs a lot of preparing. So besides attending and presenting on Oracle Open World and OPP2000 in Brussels, I also sneaky arranged – LOL – some slots in that great Michigan OakTable Symposium line-up, in which I feel myself very humbled…so if you can’t read it maybe you should get hold of me somewhere on one of those conferences and just ask…
Anyway, need to know why you should attend…? Have a sneak peek…