Thursday, April 27, 2006

Advice for Ladies.

Well I'm back home now after attending the UKOUG Server Tech Day in Manchester.

The day was a resounding success with some excellent presentations and once again I got to meet up with some great people.

I've got some notes that I'll use to put together a proper post in the morning, but as it's currently late, and I'm tired, I'll just point you in the direction of Doug's blog , and share my advice.

1) When selecting an establishment in which to eat, make sure you incorporate the needs of the 5 year old who wants to eat fish fingers and watch football.

2) When out having a few bevvies with a group of people that include a tough Scotsman, never assume he will be able to keep pace with everybody else, nor should you assume that just because he is from Scotland that he doesn't feel the cold.

3) If in the company of a serial blogger, be very careful about what you say and how you act. It may just come back to haunt you.

4) ALWAYS make a point of never forgetting if a man offers to model fine ladies lingerie for you. More importantly, make a point of making sure that you don't allow him to forget it either.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Checking In

Well, here I am, back in the land of the living.
Sort of.

I've just noticed today's date, and that of my last post, and realised I have until tomorrow to prove I'm still here, before I get another mail from an unnamed individual telling me that I have once again taken a month off.

Hi Tom ;-)

Anyway, as I'm sure you can appreciate, this last month has been pretty hectic.
I had to finish up a project with my last employer which went live 2 days before I left.

Despite the various problems we came across, which I blogged about here , here and here , the end result was very successful.
In fact, on Go-live day, the users were unaware there was anything different.
Which is exactly the way it should have been, but I have to admit it felt like a bit of an anti-climax after 6 months of tearing my hair out!

Since then, I've managed to survive my first week with SolstonePlus and have been doing various UKOUG stuff.

My first week went very well, I know it was the right move to make, I'm hoping they have the same opinion!

I've been spending time at home lately getting to grips with the 10gR2 database and the DW and BI tools, something I plan to blog about in the next week or so.

On top of all that I'm also working on an abstract to submit to UKOUG 2006. It's likely to be based around the DW side of things, possibly a DBA's guide to DataWarehousing. I have a few ideas so we'll wait and see.

There is also the UKOUG Northern Server Technology Day next week.

I've been helping to organise it and it's going to be a fantastic event - the agenda can be found here.

Oh, and I managed to fit in my first dive of the season on Sunday.
Water temperature off the coast of North East England was 7 degrees celcius, therefore the dive was cold, dark and wet - tremendous fun!

So to summarise, I'm still here, still checking up on other blogs and seeing what people are up to.

It's just taken me a while to come up for air.