If you’re an Oracle DBA like me you are probably wondering how 11g, Oracle’s most recent release, will affect you. Don Burleson who points out some great new features of 11g:

The new Oracle data compression utility promises to save on disk storage up to three times over storing data in an uncompressed format, with relatively small overhead.

SPA [SQL Performance Analyzer] is one of the most exciting features. It’s a holistic tuning tool that allows you to define and replay a representative workload on your database.

And some appropriate warnings:

Oracle has created artificial intelligence to advise on self-healing operations, and these are often misunderstood and misapplied by people without the requisite background.

Check out the whole article, and if you have a chance be sure to catch Don’s 11g New Features presentation! I was lucky enough to see it before my presentation at the North Carolina Oracle User Group meeting a few weeks ago and learned a lot!

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We all get email forwards and, love them or hate them, many of them are damned funny! If you’re like me you hate the interruption that a constant flow of forwards bring along with the foolish chain letters and other garbage that typically come along with it.

Enter DeesInBox.com. Dee handpicks the best forwards to post on DeesInBox.com including jokes, stories, funny videos and pictures.

The site is great! You can go to the site anytime you need a little distraction (instead of being distracted when others send you forwards,) follow along through RSS, leave comments, and if you really must send something to all your friends, you can send a link instead of forwarding bunches of pictures.

Check out DeesInBox.com any time you need a good laugh or to catch up on the latest jokes, forwards and viral videos.

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I make no secret of the point that I love the webcomic xkcd and if I blogged every strip I like I would basically end up mirroring the entire comic here.

With that in mind, there is no way I could pass up posting this commic:

xkcd - Exploits of a Mom


Next time someone asks you what a SQL injection is you can point them at this, then explain nicely.

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I find myself on the road again with another example of something you don’t really want to hear when you’re boarding an aircraft:

From a pilot clearly hurrying out of the plane: “Excuse me, I need to make sure this thing will fly.”

After my previous post of things you don’t want to hear on an airplane a couple people posted good comments, but I think this one is my favorite:

Kees posted: “Please fasten your seatbelts. We’re going to try to land.”

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Last Sunday I took another great drive up over New Hampshire’s scenic Kancamagus Highway. Joining Kirsten and I were Alan, Dee, Jeffrey, Zach, Sara and the now 1 year old Xander.

While the foliage was surprisingly bland we did stumble upon a field of wildflowers on route 302 near Crawford Notch which was full of hundreds of butterflies! Sadly I forgot my camera, but Dee got several great shots.

Butterfly

Despite uninteresting foliage, New Hampshire is always beautiful.

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