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Spectacular front cover picture (and articles) in the NoCOUG Journal‏

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The front cover of the November issue of the NoCOUG Journal features a spectacular picture of a Bigleaf Maple in blue and purple fall colors taken by NoCOUG member Dave Abercrombie. Who knew that fall colors could be blue and purple? Dave swears that he did not Photoshop this picture.

But the inside of the Journal is just as spectacular as the outside. A very special treat is a reprint of the first chapter (Overview and Architecture) of Mark Rittman’s best-selling book on Oracle Business Intelligence published by McGraw Hill. Mark started writing the book in 2006 so it’s only taken him seven years to finish it. But it’s been well worth the wait as you’ll definitely agree after this excerpt.

Another very special treat is the results of the Third International NoCOUG Challenge. This time master sorcerer Lukasz Pluta (Poland) wows us with a wonderful Es-Cue-El spell to help the Wicked Witch of the West decide whom to invite to the Third Annual Witching and Wizarding Ball at Pythian Academy of Es-Cue-El and No-Es-Cue-El. Lukasz Pluta becomes the fifth knight of the August Order of the Wooden Pretzel, following in the footsteps of Alberto Dell’Era (Italy), Andre Araujo (Australia), Rob van Wijk (Netherlands), and Ilya Chuhnakov (Russia).

But I’m keeping you from reading the November issue. Click here to download it.

Categories: Announcements, NoCOUG, Oracle, SQL

Hardware Eye for the Database Guy (Episodes 2–4 at NoCOUG Conference #102 on May 31)

If you missed the opening episode of Hardware Eye for the Database Guy at NoCOUG Conference #101 in February, you’re in luck because we have three more episodes for you at NoCOUG Conference #102 on Thursday, May 31 at the CarrAmerica Conference Center in Pleasanton.

Episode 2: Sohan DeMel will bring out a real live Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) and invite members of the audience onstage to pull out power cords, network cords, server trays, and disks, all while the database continues to process SwingBench transactions. You heard that right; you’re invited onstage to pull out power cords, network cords, server trays, and disks. When your CIO asks you what ODA is all about, you will be able to tell him what you saw in Episode 2 of Hardware Eye for the Database Guy. Click here for a detailed synopsis of Episode 2.

Episode 3: Kevin Closson is only the one guy who knows more about database hardware than anybody else on the third rock from the sun and he will appear in person at Conference #102 to star in Episode 3 of Hardware Eye for the Database Guy. He’ll go into I/O, data flow, NUMA, SMT, “core packing,” Turbo Boost, why CPU SKUs matter, and much more. If database hardware is as much a mystery to you as it is to us, you won’t want to miss this episode of Hardware Eye for the Database Guy. Click here for a detailed synopsis of Episode 3.

Episode 4: Episode 4 of Hardware Eye for the Database Guy plays out on two separate stages; the stage at CarrAmerica Conference Center where Dave Rubin will explain to you what Big Data is all about and in the test kitchen of the NoCOUG Journal where our very own Gwen Shapira puts the Big Data Appliance (BDA) through its paces and comes to a surprising conclusion. When your CIO asks you what the BDA is all about you won’t have to say something silly like “BDA is like ODA but badder.” Click here for a detailed synopsis of Episode 4.

NoCOUG Conference #102 is now only a few days away. We waste $$$$ on catering if we don’t have an accurate attendance count, so please click here to register if you’re planning to attend. We’ll see you next Thursday.

Your good friends at NoCOUG,

Alan Williams (Membership Director)
David Crawford (Marketing Director)
Eric Hutchinson (Webmaster)
Eric Jenkinson (Volunteer Coordinator)
Gwen Shapira (Conference Director)
Hanan Hit (Vice President)
Iggy Fernandez (President)
Kyle Hailey (IOUG Liaison)
Naren Nagtode (Treasurer)
Omar Anwar (Vendor Coordinator)
Randy Samberg (Education Director)

Categories: Announcements, NoCOUG, Oracle

Conference 100 Report: Pictures at an Exhibition

November 12, 2011 1 comment

Babbage Difference Engine

Static electricity crackles as a museum volunteer cranks the Babbage Difference Engine. The engine can compute mathematical formulas with more accuracy than Microsoft Excel.

Conference #100 was a real blast; we smashed all attendance records. The sweetest accolade came from conference attendee Philip Rice of UC Santa Cruz who insisted on giving us his membership check for 2012! Thank you Philip and please join me for a beer summit at Conference #200 in 2026! Another sweet accolade came from performance maven Craig Shallahamer who wrote “I love speaking at NoCOUG; there are lots of really smart and inquisitive and full-of-energy attendees.” Please send us your pictures of Conference 100.

Click here to download the conference presentations. The presentation on Oracle Database Appliance is especially important. I am fully convinced that the ODA is in all our futures and that ODA usage will be the best predictor of database performance and availability in the years to come. Let us know if you would like us to repeat the ODA presentation at future conferences.

Thanks to everybody who made Conference 100 possible. Special thanks go to Quest Software whose sponsorship dollars made it possible to hold Conference 100 at Computer History Museum and Hanan Hit, the star closer on the NoCOUG team who competently handled logistics and catering and secured the win for NoCOUG. Click here to replay the Toad video that was played during the lunch break. Ribbit!

Click here to download the 100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal. It includes the 1970 paper on relational theory by Dr. Edgar Codd, a fascinating essay by Guy Harrison titled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Oracle,” a thought-provoking interview with the high-priest of relational databases Professor Michael Stonebraker titled “Words as Hard as Cannon-Balls,” and the results of the Second International NoCOUG SQL Challenge.

Conference 100 created a lot of positive energy for the years to come. Please mark your calendars for Conference #101 on Thursday, February 23 at the Oracle conference center at 350 Oracle Parkway in Redwood City. My dearest wish is that Conference 101 have even more attendees than Conference 100. Please send us your comments and suggestions.

NoCOUG Board Members

Past and present board members reunite including six NoCOUG presidents. Longest-serving board member Joel Rosingana models the Conference 100 commemorative tote while journal editor Dave Abercrombie waves the 100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal.

Petit Fours

Close-up of one of the dessert trays provided by Extravaganza Catering. Can you say “petit fours?”

The raffle lady guards her stash of books and bears from O’Reilly, Oracle Press, and Apress

IBM 1401

Working IBM 1401 computer with 4 KB (!) of main memory modeled by debonair registration volunteer Kamran Rassouli

Quest Software booth

Toad 11 is simply the best say the signs at the Quest Software booth in the Hall of Fellows

Categories: Announcements, NoCOUG

Join the Occupy movement. Occupy the Computer History Museum next Wednesday.

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the last and final call to be a part of the NoCOUG 25th anniversary celebration at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Wednesday, November 9. Please RSVP today at http://www.nocoug.org/next.html if you haven’t already. Please also invite your friends and colleagues to join the celebration.

  • Hundreds of attendees. You wanna go where people know, people are all the same. You want to go where everybody knows your name.
  • Three Oracle ACE Directors. Steven Feuerstein, Craig Shallahamer, and Alex Gorbachev will be there. Learn from the very best.
  • Three Oracle product announcements. Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Public Cloud, and Oracle NoSQL Database are the featured presentations. Stay abreast with the latest Oracle technology.
  • Hundreds of raffle prizes. We have book, e-books, teddy bears, and lots more. Nobody leaves empty-handed.
  • Amazing computing artifacts. Prepare to be amazed.
  • Five-star food. Nothing but the very best for Conference 100.

It will be our biggest, baddest conference ever. Please join us for the celebration.

Download the 100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal

Download the conference flyer

Categories: Announcements, NoCOUG

Halloween Special: Bring a guest for free to the Computer History Museum on November 9

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

On Halloween Day only, you can get a free guest pass for a friend or colleague for NoCOUG Conference #100. Here are the rules.

  1. You must either be an individual or corporate member or a paying attendee. Conference #100 is absolutely free for members and $50 for non-members.
  2. If you haven’t already done so, you must RSVP for the conference by 23:59 PM PST on Halloween Day.
  3. Your guest must RSVP for the conference by 23:59 PM PST on Halloween Day and select “Halloween Promo” as the Attendee Type.
  4. Your guest must specify your name in the “Invited By” field.
  5. You must attend the conference.
  6. You must accompany your guest to the registration desk on conference day.
  7. The promotion will end at 23:59 PM PST on Halloween Day or when 25 free guest passes have been distributed.

Here is the conference flyer to show to your friends, colleagues, and management.

Happy Halloween!

The fun-loving board members of NoCOUG wearing Halloween costumes

The fun-loving board members of NoCOUG wearing Halloween costumes

Categories: Announcements, NoCOUG, Oracle

Download the AWESOME 100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal

October 26, 2011 1 comment

From the story of the little pony engine that could, to “words as hard as cannon-balls” from the high priest of databases Professor Michael Stonebraker, to Guy Harrison’s extremely eloquent explanation why you can stop worrying and love Oracle, to a reprint of the original 1970 paper on relational database theory by Dr Edgar Codd, to the results of the Second International NoCOUG Challenge, there’s a lot that you will enjoy in the 100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal.

100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal

100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal

 

Categories: Announcements, DBA, NoCOUG, Oracle

Results of the Second International NoCOUG SQL Challenge

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The Second International NoCOUG SQL Challenge was published on 2/13/11 in the February 2011 issue of the NoCOUG Journal (http://bit.ly/gVNZsW). SQL commands to create the data were provided at http://bit.ly/g58WVn. The challenge was to find the secret message hidden in a seemingly random collection of words. The winners are Andre Araujo (Australia), Rob van Wijk (Netherlands), and Ilya Chuhnakov (Russia.) Each winner will receive an Amazon Kindle from contest sponsor Pythian and the August Order of the Wooden Pretzel in keeping with the pronouncement of Steven Feuerstein that“some people can perform seeming miracles with straight Es-Cue-El, but the statements end up looking like pretzels created by somebody who is experimenting with hallucinogens.”
 
The full announcement can be read in the 100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal (http://bit.ly/rC2gRA).

100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal

100th issue of the NoCOUG Journal

Categories: Announcements, NoCOUG, Oracle, SQL
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