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October 2012

Another Tim Hall (again)…

Followers of the blog may recall a post I wrote a couple of years ago about an Oracle employee called Tim Hall. Yuri from Pythian posted a YouTube link to a guy called Tim Hall talking about Ksplice. I’m guessing he’s now part of Oracle as part of the Ksplice acquisition.

Just to clear thing up:

Repairman Jack : The Dark at The End…

The Dark at The End is the fifteenth book in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson.

The Lady is a beacon signalling that sentient life exists on this planet. If she dies The Ally will turn its attention to other worlds and other dimensions, leaving the The Otherness to turn the planet into something resembling Hell. Twice The Adversary has tried to kill The Lady. Twice he has failed. Third time lucky?

Jet-Lag Blues…

It’s 4:10 AM and I’m still wide away. :(

I got back to the UK on Saturday morning and I’m still messed up. I’ve been at work every day and I’ve been going to the gym but I just can’t seem to kick back into gear. I didn’t sleep at all Sunday night to Monday morning, so my first day back at work was preceded by zero sleep. I had a bit of broken sleep on the following two nights, but tonight I’ve got nothing, so it’s going to get real ugly tomorrow (today really I guess)…

I think maybe a visit to the doctors to get my flu jab and some sleeping pills may be in order… :(



Exadata Storage Indexes Part II – Differences With Database Indexes (Space Dementia)

Let’s explore some of the key differences between Storage Indexes (SI) and Database Indexes (DI). In no particular order, they include: SIs are structures that exist only within the storage servers of an Exadata box, while DIs logically exist and can be accessed within the database servers. SIs are purely memory only structures while DIs are […]

Trivadis CBO Days 2012

Trivadis CBO Days 2012
Event date: 
Tue, 2012-12-11 - Wed, 2012-12-12

Openworld Summary

It was long but seemed to pass me by somehow.

My presentation didn't go as well as it has in the past.

Oak Table World was great fun and impressively organised.

It was great seeing so many friends again but I'd need a month-long conference to accommodate all the time I want to spend with them.

The hospitality from people like the folks at Pythian, The Oracle TechNet ACE team, Moans Longballs Nogood and too many others to mention was much appreciated.

I need to not drink for a while!

The Hives were amazing.

That's all. I'd rather write some technical posts. So thanks to Tim Hall for doing my job for me ...


Looper is not, “This years The Matrix”, or whatever crap they put on those posters. It’s easy to be blasé now, but The Matrix was totally amazing when it came out, before they could ruin its legacy with the sequels…

So now I’ve managed your expectations, it’s worth saying that Looper is a pretty decent film. Unlike most time-travel related films, it doesn’t try to get too intellectual, which is good because on the way out I listened to some guy trying to explain the plot to his uninterested girlfriend and he got it all wrong. Time travel is a mind-f*ck for regular folk, so stupid people should steer clear of the concept…

Resident Evil : Retribution…

What do I really want out of a Resident Evil movie?

  • Milla Jovovich running around kicking ass.
  • Lots of Zombies.
  • It should be virtually indistinguishable from the other movies.

With Resident Evil: Retribution, I guess 2/3 ain’t bad. I like the fact the previous 4 films are virtually interchangeable. My biggest criticism of this film is it does things a little differently.

On the positive side, most of the cool characters from the previous films are brought back for this one, including the dead ones. As usual, the films leaves itself primed for a sequel. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one.

If, like me, you like mindless and incoherent trash zombie films, then you are in for a treat. :)

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 : Summary (Oracle Invented The Cloud)…

Here’s a quick summary of my Oracle OpenWorld 2012 experience. First of all, a list of the posts I made during my stay: