Friday, September 29, 2006

Random Stuff

Just a few random odds and ends on this post, as I'm getting ready to head out for a week at sea on this little dinghy.

A group of us from my local dive club are flying out to Egypt, then joining the boat and going out to dive the wrecks of the Northern Red Sea.

It should be good fun, and I'm really looking forward to it as I have never dived in the Red Sea before and it is supposed to be spectacular.

Jonathan Lewis Seminar
I've managed to get a place on the Explain Plan seminar Jonathan Lewis is running.
It's at the Oracle city office on 18th October.
I've attended quite a few of Jonathan's presentations at various UKOUG events so I'm in no doubt that this seminar will be excellent, and that there will be a lot to learn!

I Came across this blog, from a link on Tom Kyte's blog. It has lots of interesting bits and pieces which are very useful.

Windows SIG
I've just received the dates for next years UKOUG Oracle on Windows SIG meetings. As co-chair of this event I'd like to ask that if anybody is interested in giving a presentation or short talk on something they have done, or have something they would like to share - then please let me know.

*Shameless Plug*
While I am relaxing on my little dinghy next week, Lee Robertson, a friend of mine and fellow DBA, will be heading off to Peru to take part in the Inca Trail Trek.
Lee is doing this to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity he feels very strongly about as he was previously identified as a match for a bone marrow donation, however, the recipient became to ill to go ahead with the procedure.
If you would like to know more, or to help Lee out, then vist his web page.

I'm off to get sorted now - I have an awful lot of dive gear to try and pack into a small suitcase!

Friday, September 22, 2006

UKOUG Conference 2006

As Peter Scott has already hinted, I've received confirmation that my paper has been accepted for the UKOUG conference this year.

When I prepared the original abstract back in April, the title I decided upon was 'A DBA's Guide to Oracle 10g Data Warehousing'.

The idea behind this was that I had recently made a career move, from being a production DBA, to working with Data Warehouses and BI Tools.
In the 6 months between starting the new job and the conference, I would have learned a lot of new things about Data Warehousing.

However, following on from this little rant, I'm tempted to change the title to:

'Data Warehousing: Science or Witchcraft?'

What do you think?

I'm hoping that Jeff Moss may loan me his cauldron to use as a prop, it would make a change from the sippy cup I had last year!

Anyway, joking aside (was I?), I've got the 16:50 slot on Tuesday, right before Pete Scott, and at the same time as some other interesting presentations.

I'm sure to be talking to Doug, Pete, Mark, and Jeff, amongst others ,to get some input so be prepared guys!