The new year has started and one of the most important Oracle performance conferences is about to start. The Hotsos 2008 Symposium will be held again, almost traditionally now, in Las Colinas, Dallas, Texas. This year 3 AMIS colleagues, Gerwin, Patrick and I, will be attending this performance dedicated hotspot, from the second until the sixt of March. This years keynote speaker is Cary Millsap himself and I guess that I will really enjoy Thomas Kyte’s training day.
I don’t look that often at the Oracle OTN XMLDB homepage (it isn’t updated frequently), so I didn’t notice that Oracle was so kind to place its Oracle Open World 2007 whitepapers and presentations on the XMLDB homepage. It is definitely worth while to have a look at those new entries. It’s a shame though that the hand-on lab manual and scripts URL doesn’t work.
Yesterday I got the strangest feeling. I scrawled the internet and then the name nCube pupped up in my mind. “In the old days” this was really a machine on which I wanted to have the privileges to work on (Oracle database wise). In those days I had the luck to work on a Oracle Parallel Server, Oracle version 7.x – I forgot the specs, implementation for dutch banking cooperation.
The machine we used was a 12 node (RS6000) IBM SP2 machine. I got the chance to work for 1 1/2 months with it, I guess this was in 1995, until they decided that the concepts of working on such a machine were to complex, so they decommissioned the hardware. The 12 RS6000 machines were dismantled and dedicated to different project teams working on the same paying chip card project.
The SP series are probably best remembered by “Deep Blue“, the chess program that challenged and defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997.
I don’t do spam or chain letter stuff, but I think Howard’s reaction is extreme. What interest me more is what thinks Eddie about this. The OraNa Oracle info aggregator is his baby. In all I think this is a good performance aggragator test. A half year ago there was a lot of rumble going on about how big the Oracle “blogosphere” was. Look upon the positive part as well Howard / what could you do with the site info gathered, positively speaking (the other stuff, I already read)…
I get a little bit cranky about some statements posted on the (Oracle maintained?) blog “Oracle VM Blog”. Not because they are not true, but more about people tend to use them out of context. A lot of people I know state afterwards, after reading those pointers, OK, so “Oracle VM is 3 times faster than other virtualization products”. They do not read what it actually says (also now on the Oracle VM Blog). It states: “Greater efficienciesóThree times more efficient than the other, leading server virtualization product.” (aka VMware?) or “Three times greater efficiency than current x86 based server virtualization products”.
Here we go (again). It depends…
I tried using my new Wii last night on the internet. The Wii console uses the Opera browser. From one came the other, so after setting some favourites (this site, orana.info, amis, etc.) and trying stuff like “posting comments” and “reading email” via the Wii console; I started browsing YouTube.
Here I really enjoyed Radiohead’s latest free movie on YouTube. This film with Radiohead in it, made for New Year’s Eve, 2007. As said there: Features every song on their new album “In Rainbows”, the “physical manifestation” out now in stores. So along the “free” download off the new “In Rainbows” music. You also can now see Radiohead’s movie “Scotch Mist” via YouTube.
What really made my evening though were those great “Rayman Raving Rabbids” movies for the new (Wii?) game “Rayman Raving Rabbids II”. The comic content is apparently more extreme, because I saw that it is now rated in the USA with a solid “10+” rating… (great that the Wii has parental controls – but who controls the controler, aka “me”… ).
Today, I got my evaluation results for my presentation during UKOUG last year. Overall, I am not unhappy.† I am a little bit perfectionist minded, but for a first conference presentation, my overall feeling matched the scores given.
The score range the attendees had to / could use where:
Main scores are:
- Below Average,
- Very Good,
The Length of Session scores are:
- Too short,†
- Just right,
- Too long.