On november 21st, Daniel Fink, my US partner and fellow Oaktable member, will be giving a presentation about his data recovery experiences at the RMOUG Quarterly Educational Workshop.
Dan has helped out several US based companies in some very complex recovery scenarios, where a data unloader like DUDE was the only option left.
Never a DUL Moment: How to Avoid Costly Data Recovery
One of the worst situations is when you have a database in need of recovery...and find that you don't have a usable backup. One option is to use a Data Unloader (DUL), a costly tool/service that is able to extract data from a down and unusable database. However, the best option is to avoid this situation completely through recovery testing, database refreshes, and proper security. This presentation focuses on common reasons for data recovery (worst practices) and how to avoid them (best practices).
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I, were driving on the E314 when suddenly we had a tyre blowout.
This is never a pleasant experience - especially in the middle of the night while driving to the airport to catch a flight !
I know now I'm ready to work the formula one pits, as me and the wife exchanged that wheel in a record time and 10minutes later we were driving again !
(ok - my hands were bleeding and my jacket looked like I came out of a coal mine)
That reminds of the next video made for the 2008 Miracle Oracle Open World (moow2008) by Carel-Jan Engel :
Ps - this does not apply to Alfa Romeo's - it's *OK* for an Alfa to have - several - warning lights flashing and still continue driving ...
In the spirit of Halloween - here are some other scary movies
I know, I know - many will consider the launch of HP Oracle Exadata storage server as the highlight of OOW2008.
I agree - it looks pretty exiting if you are running a datawarehouse firing a gazillion pq slaves at it. It put a smile
on my face to see that one of the beta testers was the ABSA bank in South Africa as I had worked on their datawarehouse 8years ago.
My buddy Kugendran was one of the lead DBA's.
Anyway - *the* highlight for me was the fact that Oracle had gotten their cool back.
For years now - I think, it started around the last OOW in Europe - it was Paris in 2003 - Oracle have produced lame white T-shirts and polo shirts.
I don't know who's in charge of their clothing line (if you can call it that) - but wake up and smell the coffee... no self-respecting DBA dares showing up at work with a white and red t-shirt with a massive bulls-eye logo to top it off.
Clearly, from a marketing perspective, the goal of giving away (who would buy them?) such shirts, is that people would wear them and thus, promote your product.
It got even worse when they thought - 'hey - this fleece is so white and bright, let's make it completely red!'.
Now - unless there's an Alfa Romeo logo on that fleece ... who would wear it?
As an experiment, Doug Burns, tried on one of these Alfa red fleeces at OOW2007.
Clearly, as shown on the picture below, some people were utterly shocked.
The girl's reaction - on the right - tells it all (and no - she is not dancing ... she's is starting a sprint)
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