Dec 2: UKOUG 2009 - Day 2
Well yesterday was much better, although not very successful in terms of number of achievements or educational experiences, but I cheered up a hell of a lot. (Some might suggest that would be a good idea in general.)
I woke up fairly late because of the previous night's activities and just had time to whip myself into shape for my second presentation - the 'How I Learned to Love Pictures' one in Hall 1. Tom Kyte had the good grace to finish early so I had lots of setup time, mainly worrying about my decision to be brave and go with 11gR2 on my laptop - which can crawl at times. Cue a quick chat about Laptops and 32-bit O/S and Tom's Thinkpad recommendation. I'm certainly in new laptop territory now. It's served me well for 2 years, but enough's enough.
Then when Andrew Bulloch who is a Product Manager for a number of products including the OEM stuff I was going to demo walked in, said hello and wished me luck running 11gR2 on my laptop, I had a bad feeling!
However, I don't know about anybody else but I really enjoyed the presentation, think it went fairly well and it made up for Monday afternoon. As always, there are a few things I wish I'd shown but didn't (I can talk about these screens and the instrumentation for *ages*) but it all felt pretty good to me. Much better. I think Andrew would have rather I didn't introduce him to the audience - he was trying to hide in a corner - but as I'd referred to him a couple of times for answers to questions in my head I wasn't sure about, I felt it better to acknowledge his presence properly at the end rather than run the risk of 'talking to my mates' to the exclusion of the audience.
So much happier, I then met Tony Davis for lunch. He's someone I've been aware of for a while after he asked me to write an article for the Simple Talk website and other probably know of him (without perhaps realising it) as the editor of a number of classic Apress books. Just check out any you have and you'll likely see his name there. Very productive, good company and hopefully it'll lead to some more writing and perhaps some help with the development of their schema comparision tool. Going to take a look at it today if I get a chance.
Then a quick beer with Marco and Kurt - always difficult to keep up with all my mates and if you want a definition of friendship check this out. It was also Koert's opportunity to present Marco with that rare status symbol in the Oracle community - an ORA-600 T-shirt.
Treasure it, Marco! Then I simply had to have a sleep. I'm glad I did because I was much fresher, although later, for the start of the next evening's festivities which were sprawling and interesting as usual but the chat was great and a brilliant way to round off a cool day.
I like that photo. Don't know whether we both just looked ****ed, but I think it looks like a couple of good mates having a good time. Still mates after he forced me to create a Twitter account! Alex telling me how things are, as usual. (He's the only one allowed to do that.)
Of course it meant I slept in and I have now missed yet-another-presentation but am going to do my damndest to attend a few today. It's all very well concentrating on presentations and mates, but I don't feel I've learnt much yet this week
Then again, it is Mads' birthday tomorrow, so I'd better keep my priorities straight!
Hotsos 2010 - Summary
Hotsos 2010 - Day 5 - Training Day with Tanel Poder
Hotsos 2010 - Monique
Hotsos 2010 - What's THAT?
Hotsos 2010 - Day 4
Hotsos 2010 - Day 3 - An excellent one (part 1)
Hotsos 2010 - Congratulations, Marco!
Hotsos 2010 - My Presentation
Hotsos 2010 - Day 2 - The conference begins
Hotsos 2010 - Day 1.79 - Friends show up
Glad it went well. There's still a place for the longer form blogging.
The Twitter equivalent might have read:
'Talk went well. AB in da house. Need new laptop. Met TD re. Simple Talk. Beer, sleep, overslept (again). Sigh.'
RT 'Talk went well. AB in da house. Need new laptop. Met TD re. Simple Talk. Beer, sleep, overslept (again). Sigh.'
Oops wrong fora
I really enjoyed the presentation that you did, and appreciated it being live not canned.
It's really nice to get good feedback and thanks for the mention in your blog post, too!
I missed your second presentation im afraid mate - dont beat yourself up about the demo in the first one though bud, it just shows that 'Stuff Happens' and i came away knowing more at the end of the presentation than at the start...plus I gained a slightly worrying image of you carrying cuddly toys, a camera and a tripod around with you.... Incedentally, I thought the rabbit was wearing swimming-pool arm bands. If people reading this have no idea what im talking about.....download the slides!
Slides just uploaded but, for the curious, the picture I used was taken from this blog post
Thanks for the reassuring words. I heard lots of subsequent comments that suggested it wasn't as bad as I first thought, but it wasn't what I wanted it to be, that's for sure.
Thank god for The Rabbit, though - at least he helped me out with a couple of minutes!
Great to see you, as always, but it's getting me down how little time I get to speak to people these days!
HILTLP is a refined (but thankfully unpolished) piece of work Doug. I mean this in the best possible sense, you're simply standing up on a stage and sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for a piece of tech. Takes guts and knowledge and it shows in the delivery.
See you in the new year !
Oh, thanks AB. I really appreciate that.
Hope you have a great Christmas and Hogmanay and we'll no doubt run into each other again soon. Eventually we might get enough time for like, a beer or, perish the thought, even two!