First Day at Pythian Tomorrow!

After a very tearful goodbye at my previous company, (even received a big ol’ hug from the “lone wolf”- after working with the guy for four years, never thought I’d see that! :))  After they had a great time at my expense- two or three days of throwing paper airplanes over the cubicle walls at …

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The Superman Conundrum

I used to collect comic books when I was a kid, so superheroes are close and dear to my heart, but just not as crazy about the expectation that technical support experts be held to the expecation of infallible like Superman. I’ve both experienced and have discussed with other technical folks regarding this situation that, as of late and in all common …

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Building Right or Build Twice- That is the Question…

This question seems to pop into my mind consistently over the years as a DBA.  I’m a “build it right or don’t build it at all” kind of DBA, but due to my gift for finding problems and fixing them, I find myself more and more often performing the second build on processes/procedures/designs, which I often would like …

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Link to RMOUG Presentation/Papers

Oblivious as I am at times, just realized how difficult it might be for anyone looking for my RMOUG presentation and white paper! Here’s the links to my uploaded docs, instead of just having them in comments in a post! 🙂 http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B8JpTBjeGkOsMzk1NzBjYjAtOWE5ZS00ZGMzLWFkMDMtMDExNDI4ZjgzZWI5&hl=en http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B8JpTBjeGkOsN2RmYTcyNWMtMjkzZi00MTQ2LTk1NWUtMzg0MDAzZjgyMjRk&hl=en Thanks, Kellyn

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To Patch or Not to Patch, that is the Question…

I’ve found myself “whining” in the middle of an Oracle Freelist email conversations in regards to patching-  or the actual need to patch. As a DBA, I have a love/hate relationship with patching.  I love that if there is a bug in a version of Oracle, I can simply log into Metalink, (or My Oracle Support …

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The Blogger Newbie Quest

I’ve decided it’s probably a good thing that blogspot doesn’t show the *exact* time I publish my posts… 🙂  I rarely write or publish anything before 10pm at night and have been saddened as I’ve become aware, (as I am a perfectionist at heart…) that I’ve made a couple mistakes in my blog.  My ADD brain …

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The Makings of a Great DBA Team

As I’ve spent two “tours of duty” as a Lead DBA in my career, I often keep in mind what makes a great DBA team, noting both when companies realize what it takes and when they don’t. I’ve watched great DBA’s walk out the door because during the interview process someone decided the candidate didn’t …

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Presenting at RMOUG 2010!!

So I’ve been accepted to present at the 2010 RMOUG Conference and I am understandably nervous. This is my first large presentation I’ve given and I’m thrilled to be doing it. My topic is the power of parallel processing, something I’ve been working heavily in as of late and I feel I have a lot …

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