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Be the Change You Want to See

There is an incredible power with the simple act of doing.  People have a tendency to complain about the world, but there are only a few that refuse to simply accept it as it is and reach out to change it. The Gift, The Anarchy This video with the Red Pill Analytics guys, Stewart and […]



Oracle Open World and Oak Table World Schedule!

So I’ll be heading out for Oracle Open World 2015 in just over another week.  This is the first year in a while that I won’t be speaking, (my own fault, as dummy here hasn’t figured out how to submit sessions internally yet, duh!)   but I’m still going to support the demo grounds, meet […]


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Indianapolis, ECO, IOUG and Oracle Education Foundation, Ohm My!

I’ve been a bit busy traveling and speaking, but I wanted to discuss the great events I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the last couple weeks. Indianapolis Oracle User Group I spoke at the INOUG back on September 17th.  The user group in Indiana is incredibly welcoming and I had a great time […]


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Submit an Abstract to RMOUG Training Days 2016!

As the Training Days Director for Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group, one of my tasks is not just running the conference for RMOUG, but also promoting it. RMOUG Training Days was the first conference I ever attended, (2004) and the first one I ever presented at, (2009.)  Its one of the reasons my career is […]


Upcoming Raspberry Pi Family Coding Day Project

I’ve had a lot of people email and message me asking me what I’m doing with the Raspberry Pi and I wanted to share before the actual RMOUG Quarterly Education Workshop, (QEW) this Friday at Elitches. So a little history-  When I was a kid, I was a real handful.  My mother used to come […]


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Community and Regional Oracle User Groups

Back in 2002, as a Junior DBA, I was informed by the senior DBAs I worked with that I MUST become part of my regional user group, (RMOUG).  This was considered a requirement for any educated Database Administrator or Developer of the time and as those who I respected instructed, I became a member and […]



Upcoming Conference Sessions

I’m glad to be home after a couple weeks in Europe, speaking at both the Harmony 15 conference in beautiful Tallinn, Estonia and then as a keynote speaker at AOUG in lovely Vienna, Austria the week after.  I get to pretty much stay close to home for the next two months, traveling only a bit, […]


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DBAKevlar at Collaborate 2015

Here’s a quick guide to my schedule of sessions at IOUG Collaborate 2015 for this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next week, (I’ll be arriving on Saturday, so I really should say in a couple days) and have no doubt we’re up for another phenomenal conference at Las Vegas, this year at the […]



One Year With Oracle

Just over a year ago, it became public that I was leaving Enkitec for Oracle.  Most folks had similar questions surrounding my decision, including my logic in giving up my ACE Director, an assumption that I would just disappear into the Oracle “machine”, considering the sheer size of the company and with my prominent company work […]


RMOUG 2015 Training Days Review

I’m at HotSos Symposium 2015 speaking this week, so thought I would blog about the results of the conference I’m the director of and that finished up just two weeks ago.  I’m not admitting to being overwhelmed by OEM questions here, as I’m rather enjoying it.  I love seeing folks so into Enterprise Manager and […]


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RMOUG’s First WIT Scholarship Winner

I’ve been running the Women in Technology, (WIT) at RMOUG, which I first started planning out in 2011, which has grown to include other user groups and even countries as its grown.  The last couple years, I’ve worked to try to add a WIT scholarship to RMOUG’s, but it wasn’t always easy to convince others […]


SIOUG and HROUG Fall Conferences, 2014!

I’ve just returned from my honeymoon in Venice with the wonderful Tim Gorman, but before we enjoyed our week in this picturesque city, we spent a week doing joint keynotes and two sessions each on our own tech topics at these two incredible conferences in neighboring countries. SIOUG, (Slovenia Oracle User Group) in Ljubljana, Slovenia […]


Building a Great Conference Agenda

We are deep into RMOUG’s abstract submissions and reviews, preparing for the following: Oct. 2nd-  Close of Abstract Submissions Oct. 6th-  Close of Abstract Reviews Oct. 10th-  Schedule up for 2015 Training Days With this weighing so heavily on my mind, I felt it might be a good time to put down on paper why […]


Dealing with Wi-Fi Problems the DBA Kevlar Way

As much as KSCOPE 14 fixed any and all Low-T levels, it couldn’t do anything for our the WiFi problems we were experiencing back in May. I’ve been a telecommuter for almost 4 straight years now and was quite frustrated when our WiFi service became dismal back then. We called Comcast service and worked through […]


Why Go To Oracle?

I’m still asked this question, as I’ve worked for some really fantastic companies in the past and the idea that I “gave up” my Oracle ACE Director and my voting board position at RMOUG seems a high price to pay when I could have gone anywhere.  I do appreciate it, as many just want what’s […]


Supporting Your Virtual VMs, Post II, PC and VM/Image Settings

I’m in the midst of transferring over to my travel laptop to run all my VMs on and retiring my previous ASUS work laptop to my youngest son.  I was surprised to find out that not ALL laptops are set up to run virtual environments these days. 1.  Virtualization may not be enabled in the […]


Oracle Open World- Sunday!

The ACE Director briefings are done and now we are onto Sunday sessions.  I’ve already had a couple meetings with folks today and wondering why I didn’t wear flats at 2pm in the afternoon, but there are the important necessities that must be taken care of, like when am I speaking this week, so here’s […]


KSCOPE 2013 Review

I returned home last night after a week in the great city of New Orleans for ODTUG’s KSCOPE 2013.  We arrived last Thursday, Tim is a director on the board, so were picked up from the airport in grand fashion and were delivered to our lovely suite at the hotel-  ODTUG making sure we were […]


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