Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Newbie Awareness

It would seem that 'Newbie Awareness' has really taken off lately.

Tom Kyte pointed out this link about Newbies.

I came across this one on Andy C's blog.

Andy has taken a slightly different approach to my 'Newbie Hints and Tips' post and has looked at how to be a good 'Guru'.

An interesting slant with some sound advice.

Has anybody else found any 'Newbie' blogs?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Web Hosting

I'm looking for some help and and advice on web site hosting.

I have my own domain name, but this is all new to me and I need some help on getting a site up and running.

I've noticed that there are a lot of free services out there, and the others range from pretty cheap to very expensive.

What are the sort of things I should be looking for?

Can anybody recommend anything?

Thursday, November 03, 2005


During the month of October, I averaged about 75 unique visitors to this blog every day.

Today, the day after UKOUG when everybody is back at work, I have so far had over 200 unique visitors, more than 130 of which are considered first-time visitors.

I guess I got more publicity in Birmingham than I thought!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

UKOUG - Review

I'd intended doing a 'Day 2' post, but got a bit distracted, plus I had to leave yesterday to travel home. :-(

Day 1 ended with the Blogger's Dinner, organised by Mark Rittman. You can check out his blog to see the photographic evidence of how it went!

Day 2 started with a rude awakening for the first presentation, as Mogens was escorted to the stage in Hall 1 by a Scottish Piper. (Bagpipes at 9am can really hurt an already delicate head!)
Mogens then proceeded to deliver his presentation in full Scottish dress, including the kilt!
A photo can be seen on Tom Kyte's blog.

Then there was my presentation.

I had been teased the previous night as to who would be introducing me, and what format the introduction would take. I was definitely more nervous about the intro than the presentation itself! It seemed that Connor, Mogens and Tom all wanted to do it, with the possibility of a team effort.

I had been told that David Kurtz would be doing the intro, so when the time came, he stood at the front and said "It gives me great pleasure to introduce.....Tom Kyte, who will be introducing the speaker."

Now I was scared!

Thankfully, Tom did a great intro and said some nice things about me, which is, of course, exactly what you would expect from him.

The presentation went really well, and I got some really positive comments and feedback, including some great constructive advice on things to improve - thanks for that Connor.

I found out after the presentation that one of the suggestions for the intro was for Connor and Mogens to do it, but to make the intro last 40 minutes, leaving me five minutes in which to give the talk. I'm really glad they decided against that!

I think one of the highlights to come out of Day 2 was meeting Niki Tragen.
Niki is a Newbie DBA and attended my presentation. She came over at the end of the talk to tell me she had found it really useful and had learned quite a bit from it. To me, that made it all worthwhile.

The downside of Day 2 was having to go home before the end of it, missing Tom's Keynote speech. I really would have liked to have seen that.

All in all, I had a fantastic time at UKOUG. I got to meet some of the other Blogger's for the first time, and got to catch up with a lot of great people that I hadn't seen since last year.

I can't wait for UKOUG 06!