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June 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon…

Transformers: Dark of the Moon rocks! The previous two films were good, although the second didn’t even prompt a review from me. :)

The first few minutes did not bode well. I dislike those child-friendly stupid little robots. Think Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks. Maybe that lowered my expectations sufficiently to make me enjoy the rest of the film.

It certainly felt like Michael Bay had been watching Battle: Los Angeles and Skyline while this was being made. As you would expect from a Michael Bay film the destruction was of epic proportions. Sometimes this descends into disaster porn, but it felt a little more personal in this film. Maybe I’m talking rubbish and it was just the mood I was in that made me feel that.

Anyway, it’s full of awesome robots doing superhero posturing. I love the way they transform and move. Very cool. Shia LaBeouf is obviously part robot because he manages to survive some situations that would mangle a block of steel. On top of the crazy action there are some genuinely funny bits.

At the end of the film a large proportion of the crowd started to clap, which I’ve not heard in a while. I’m a bit to old and jaded for that, but I did enjoy it.

Like all these Hollywood action blockbusters, you need to go in with your suspension of disbelief primed, but if you do you will have a good time. :)

Cheers

Tim…




WordPress 3.1.4 Released…

WordPress 3.1.4 maintenance release is here. Happy upgrading.

Cheers

Tim…




Dynamic Sampling - Public Synonyms and 11.2.0.2

This is just a short heads-up note regarding a bug that obviously has been introduced with 11.2.0.2: If you happen to have a public synonym for a table that is called differently than the original object then dynamic sampling will not work in 11.2.0.2.

The reason is that the generated query used for the dynamic sampling does not resolve the synonym name properly - it resolves the object owner but uses the synonym name instead of the actual table name. The same issue happens by the way when using a private synonym, however the query is then still valid and works even when using the synonym name.

The bug can only be reproduced in 11.2.0.2, in all previous versions including 11.2.0.1 the synonym resolution seems to work as expected for the dynamic sampling query, so it seems to be a problem introduced in that patch set.

Tech Reviewer, Tech Reviewer! ;-)

I just noticed that Jonathan Lewis has announced that he’s writing a new Oracle (fundamental) internals book, due to be out in November.
So, I’m happy to add to Jonathan’s announcement, that I’m the tech reviewer of that book!
After all the hard work on the Exadata book, I didn’t want to hear about working on any book again (even if it’s just tech reviewing work), but as this is Jonathan’s book, about exactly these topics I love and focus on, I had no choice but to make an exception and become a reviewer ;-)

Tech Reviewer, Tech Reviewer! ;-)

I just noticed that Jonathan Lewis has announced that he’s writing a new Oracle (fundamental) internals book, due to be out in November.

So, I’m happy to add to Jonathan’s announcement, that I’m the tech reviewer of that book!

After all the hard work on the Exadata book, I didn’t want to hear about working on any book again (even if it’s just tech reviewing work), but as this is Jonathan’s book, about exactly these topics I love and focus on, I had no choice but to make an exception and become a reviewer ;-)

I’ve already reviewed a couple of chapters and this book is going to be awesome!

 

Tech Reviewer, Tech Reviewer! ;-)

I just noticed that Jonathan Lewis has announced that he’s writing a new Oracle (fundamental) internals book, due to be out in November.
So, I’m happy to add to Jonathan’s announcement, that I’m the tech reviewer of that book!
After all the hard work on the Exadata book, I didn’t want to hear about working on any book again (even if it’s just tech reviewing work), but as this is Jonathan’s book, about exactly these topics I love and focus on, I had no choice but to make an exception and become a reviewer ;-)

Tech Reviewer, Tech Reviewer! ;-)

I just noticed that Jonathan Lewis has announced that he’s writing a new Oracle (fundamental) internals book, due to be out in November.
So, I’m happy to add to Jonathan’s announcement, that I’m the tech reviewer of that book!
After all the hard work on the Exadata book, I didn’t want to hear about working on any book again (even if it’s just tech reviewing work), but as this is Jonathan’s book, about exactly these topics I love and focus on, I had no choice but to make an exception and become a reviewer ;-)

Tech Reviewer, Tech Reviewer! ;-)

I just noticed that Jonathan Lewis has announced that he’s writing a new Oracle (fundamental) internals book, due to be out in November.
So, I’m happy to add to Jonathan’s announcement, that I’m the tech reviewer of that book!
After all the hard work on the Exadata book, I didn’t want to hear about working on any book again (even if it’s just tech reviewing work), but as this is Jonathan’s book, about exactly these topics I love and focus on, I had no choice but to make an exception and become a reviewer ;-)

IOUG Select Journal Editor’s Choice Award 2011

In May I received the IOUG Select Journal Editor’s Choice Award for my Systematic Oracle Latch Contention Troubleshooting article where I introduced my LatchProfX tool for advanced drilldown into complex latch contention problems (thanks IOUG and John Kanagaraj!).
As the relevant IOUG webpage hasn’t been updated yet, I thought to delay this announcement until the update was done – but I just found an official enough announcement (press release) by accident from Reuters site:

IOUG Select Journal Editor’s Choice Award 2011

In May I received the IOUG Select Journal Editor’s Choice Award for my Systematic Oracle Latch Contention Troubleshooting article where I introduced my LatchProfX tool for advanced drilldown into complex latch contention problems (thanks IOUG and John Kanagaraj!).
As the relevant IOUG webpage hasn’t been updated yet, I thought to delay this announcement until the update was done – but I just found an official enough announcement (press release) by accident from Reuters site: