Wednesday, March 28, 2007


I've been really shocked to hear what has been happening to Kathy Sierra.

Nobody should have to put up with that kind of abuse or bullying, but to think that this has possibly been directed at Kathy simply because she is a woman with an opinion, absolutely horrifies me.

It is inevitable, that by keeping a blog and putting your opinion out there that there will always be people who disagree with you. There will also always be people who may not like you, or you them.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but it is just that, an opinion.

If I was to put something on here that somebody believed to be factually incorrect, then I would expect it to be questioned/challenged/debated - in an adult fashion.

If somebody had a negative opinion about me or the blog because they didn't like me, or my opinion, or the fact that I'm female, or the fact that I have blonde hair (or any other thing from a list of which I'm sure there are many) then quite simply don't read my blog.
Go and find somewhere else to vent your negative energy.

To think that this kind of bullying behaviour has been carried out by an adult, and not some primary school kid, is disgusting.
In fact that makes it worse as the threats are of a violent and sexual nature, and not just having your hair pulled in the playground.

I hope that Kathy has the strength and support to overcome this, and that they find out who was behind it.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Log Buffer #36: a Carnival of the Vanities for DBA’s

Welcome to this weeks edition of Log Buffer!

First up, on the IT toolbox, we have Willie asking ‘Did you survive the daylight savings time change?’ He seems to have come out of it unscathed, so I hope everybody else did too!

Next we have a couple of reviews as Doug Burns provides an excellent ‘Hotsos Wrap Up’ giving his highs and lows of attending the event.

Over on RadioFreeTooting, Andrew Clarke gives us a review of the recent UKOUG combined SIG, with a summary of the presentations he attended.

To move away from looking back at events, it’s time to look forward and welcome a couple of new additions.
Firstly, we have RittmanMead Consulting, the new link for Mark Rittman’s blog.

Secondly, I see via Kevin Closson that Greg Rahn has started a new blog – Structured Data.

Kevin has also posted a good article on Multiple Buffer Pools.

For MySql users, over on Robin’s Blog there is a DBA’s guide to the MySQL Users Conference. It’s there to help DBA’s maximise their time at the conference and make sure they attend the presentations that are most relevant to them.

Back to the Oracle word now, where Dan Fink wants to know What do you want to see on a Statspack report’. Leave a comment on his OptimalDBA blog where he will be collating the results.

In DBAZine, Chris Foot has updated his Oracle 10g Blog with the latest instalment of Oracle Access Path Scientific Analysis. It’s a good read and includes many links to his previous post on SQL performance.

Next up we have some fellow female bloggers.
Beth Breidenbach, aka DataGeekGal with a Spring Audit Reminder.

On to SQL Server now, and Kathi Kellenberger has posted on her sqlserver central blog about a couple of upcoming learning opportunities for SQL Server DBA’s.

In keeping with the learning theme, Susan Visser has posted on the IBM DeveloperWorks blog and provided links to some really useful resources for DBA’s needing to work with multiple database products.

Moving onto a ‘size’ issue, we now have Pete Scott asking ‘So what do you call large databases?’ Answers on a postcard please.

One article that really caught my eye this morning, (and nothing to do with me hosting this weeks Log buffer!), is Julien Lamarche’s entry on the Pythian Blog where he shares his Tips for the new DBA.

Sadly, no songs this week, but one post that made me smile, even if it shouldn’t, was Eddie Awad’s ’10 things about Computer Programming you may not agree with’.

As Eddie himself points out, if you’re not happy with these statements, then maybe you should become a DBA, as Tim at Eye on Oracle reports that Database Administration is one of the fastest growing jobs.

I’ll leave you with some nice imagery now as you move to Antoni Wolski’s blog and picture ‘The Little Tree Inside’ – a small ‘Bonsai Tree’ that will grow in your computer’s memory, courtesy of Solid’s storage engine for MySql.

Happy reading!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Bits and Bobs

Well work has certainly been keeping me busy lately!

I have managed to fit in some 'me time' too, and enjoyed a fabulous, but extremely cold week in New York.
I've uploaded some pics here.

The beginning of the week was nice and sunny, despite the cold, but we did get some snow on the last day which resulted in my flight home being delayed by about 6 hours.

I'd never been to NYC before, so I had great fun visiting the tourist spots and the shops.I was quite well behaved though and only bought one pair of shoes, which is very good for me!
I have a bit of an obsession with shoes, so managing to limit myself to just one pair showed remarkable levels of will power!

A big thank you has to be said to Rachel for agreeing to have her home invaded for a few days!

In addition to NYC, I've also been over to Dublin a couple of times.
I did some work with BI Publisher for a client out there, and this week I gave a presentation on BI Publisher at the OUG Ireland Conference and exhibition.
My presentation was quite well attended and I managed to run through my first 'live' demo in a presentAtion without any mistakes, despite the fact my laptop was a bit poorly and blue-screened on me the day before!
I didn't manage to get to any of the other presentation as I'd spent the morning checking mine, and SolStonePlus had a stand in the exhibition hall so I was on stand duty for the rest of the day.

I've done quite a bit of work with BI Publisher lately and have given a few demos to clients.
I'll be building up some of the demos and looking to submit a few more presentations.

In other work stuff, it's been just over a week since Mark left and set up as an independant consultant.
Although I'm sure our paths will continue to cross at various events, I just want to wish him all the best in his new venture.

Good Luck Mark!