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I work with Oracle databases doing DBA, Design and Development. I publish articles on my website and recently started writing books. My hobbies include Yoga, Karate and swimming.

OUGN : Day 2

Day 2 started really early. Having got to bed about 02:00, I was up at 05:30 and thinking about my 08:30 session. The previous evening’s conversation with Brynn was playing on my mind a little (in a good way), thinking how that conversation should/would affect my session. The session itself seemed to go well. I [...]




OUGN : Day 1

The journey to Norway was pretty straight forward, but during the second flight, from Amsterdam to OSLO, my nose and eyes started to stream. I didn’t feel ill, but I was starting to worry I might be getting ill right before a conference. I landed in Norway, got the train to the centre of OSLO [...]




Oracle Midlands : Event #3 – Registration Open

Registration is now open for Oracle Midlands Event #3 on Tuesday 20th May.. As I mentioned in a previous post, Christian Antognini will be the speaker for both the sessions this time. He’ll be covering “12c Adaptive Query Optimization” and “Row Chaining and Row Migration Internals”. Red Gate Software have kindly offered to sponsor the event again, so registration [...]




300 : Rise of an Empire

I went to see 300 : Rise of an Empire yesterday. My feelings on this were a bit of a mixed bag. I was not the biggest fan of the original 300 movie at the cinema, but I have subsequently warmed to it. This film adds a bit more story about the lead up to [...]




UKOUG Operating System and Storage Event – 28th May

Just a quick note to say the call for papers is open for the UKOUG Operating System and Storage Event in Birmingham on the 28th May. To quote the website, “This event will cover Linux and Solaris Administration, Storage and Network Administration, Virtualisation and Engineered Systems. UKOUG Operating Systems & Storage Event takes place in Birmingham on [...]




Oracle Midlands : Event #2 Summary

The second Oracle Midlands event took place last night. The most important part of the evening was the opportunity to win an Oracle Press teddy bear. Oh yeah, there were a couple of talks too… I was planning to arrive early and go for a quick drink with my dad, but the Birmingham traffic put [...]




VirtualBox 4.3.10

VirtualBox 4.3.10 has been released. The downloads and changelog are in the usual places. At the time of writing, the link to the Windows version seems to be broken, but the Mac, Oracle Linux and Fedora versions are there. Happy upgrading! Cheers Tim… Update: Probably best to wait a while before downloading this new version. [...]




The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles)

The Wolves of Midwinter is the second book in The Wolf Gift Chronicles by Anne Rice. After my enthusiasm for The Wolf Gift, I jumped straight into The Wolves of Midwinter, then kind-of got distracted and took about 3 months to finish it. The long breaks during reading this book made it feel more disjointed [...]




Facebook Groups and Lists

For quite some time I’ve had a specific policy on how I use social networks. Google+ : I a have regular G+ profile which is public. I post whatever takes my fancy here, including Oracle and technology stuff. Anything posted on this profile is bounced across to Twitter using ManageFlitter. Google+ (ORACLE-BASE.com) : I have a G+ [...]




Oracle Scene Magazine Article

While I was in OUG Ireland I was given a copy of the latest Oracle Scene Magazine, which includes a little column about my Public Speaking Tips. You can see the write-up here. Oracle Scene are always on the lookout for contributors. If you have something you think they might be interested in, go to the [...]