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Don’t Assume Anything

I’ll preface this post with a note that the story itself is not really work- or DBA-related, but the lessons learned certainly are. I consider myself fairly conscientious when it comes to internet security and backing up my most important files (pictures of kids, music, etc), and I am diligent about taking at least a weekly backup of those files so that if (when) something catastrophic happens, I am ready. Once again, as my short life as a DBA has proven, theory and practicality rarely meet.

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A Question from OTN Forum

Here is the question that was posted on OTN Forum Grid Control Extensibility. My first reaction was — how stupid one should be to post such absolutely irrelevant question in that forum? I was even more surprised that someone actually tried to provide a sensible response…

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Is Summer Canceled in Ottawa This Year?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I was at the Hotsos Symposium 2008 this year. You might not know that I also had a chance to take few days off and spend 1+ week vacation in Texas after the symposium — enjoyed the sun and warm weather. My family liked that even more than I did. Unfortunately, when I was back home last weekend, I discovered pretty unpleasant view from my windows…

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Hi, I need help on simplyfying this Update query!

I would not wish this task on my worst enemy. My friend, good luck and best wishes but I’m afraid I just can’t help you, because that much suffering is way too much for me.

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Working from Oracle HQ

What I’ll be doing in the next five days is kind of a secret. Unfortunately, that’s all I’m allowed to tell you, except maybe that I know many people who would love to be in my shoes this week.

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From Down Under to Denver (RMOUG)

It is hard to believe that I leave here tomorrow to fly to Denver for RMOUG. I have been very fortunate to get selected give two presentations, one on Data Pump and the other on Oracle Application Server and LDAP. I am really looking forward to catching up with “my mates” in the Oracle community. I will send regular updates when I get to RMOUG.

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On Top, Down Under

As you may or may not know, I have been spending time in the Pythian Office in Sydney, Australia. In this post I share my experiences of what it is like to be from Ottawa, Canada but live and work in Australia (for at least a few weeks).

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Apartment Hunt in Dubai

As I mentioned earlier, the Pythian Dubai office is now open. I mentioned it only took me 5 days to find an apartment here, so I would like to share my experience with you.

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Oracle, Sun, MySQL: A Grand Conspiracy?

At the risk of making it seem like this is all we’re talking about here at Pythian, here we go again. Paul Vallee pointed me towards this article by John Dvorak that more or less echoes a blog post I wrote in French the day previous for my personal blog that you can read here. So, first things first, Dvorak’s article leads me to think my theory is indeed wrong: if Dvorak says I’m right ; I’m afraid I’m wrong.

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I’ve been blog tagged – you might be next.

I was blog-tagged by Doug Burns – in his post, I *hate* chain letters ….I hate them too, I literally never pass them on no matter what vile fate that condemns me to. But this one includes a chance to talk about myself without seeming too self-involved, and there wasn’t even a threat of eternal damnation if I don’t do it. So let’s proceed then! 8 things about me that aren’t common knowledge…

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