Thursday, April 30, 2009

Back from Down Under

Australia is a great country. I was mostly in Sydney this go around so I didn't see much of the country really. But what I did see and the folks I did meet were all good. Cary the restaurant you recommended is gone, so couldn't try it. We were able to find many other splendid places to eat. An Italian place close to Curricular Quay was very good.

Went to Manly (of course!) and hand lunch at the Manly Grill (arr-arr-arr!) right on the beach. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy, it is fall there right now after all. Only a few brave souls were out surfing, and I was not one of them.

The presentation at the Sydney Meetup went very well. Tanel and I had a great time. Alex runs a great group, here is Alex and I just before I started. (Note to self, remember NO beer with Alex until AFTER the presentation next time.)

I hope to make it back soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ric Down Under

I'll be in beautiful Sydney Australia (is there another Sydney in the world?) next Friday (17 April) at the Sydney Meetup doing a presentation on using Oracle Trace data to tune SQL.

Tanel Põder will be there as well doing his "No Slides" gig. I saw this at the Hotsos Symposium this year, and it's a presentation not to be missed. I'm glad that I'll be able to see it twice; hopefully, I can fill in the gaps in my notes from the first go.

Stop by and have some great Oracle training and some beer and Pizza with other Oracle geeks!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ta, Da! Hotsos Symposium 2010

We have been busy getting the website updated for Hotsos Symposium 2010 and have some great announcements for you:

  • Mark your calendars! Hotsos Symposium 2010 will be held March 7 — 11, 2010 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, TX.

  • Tom Kyte will be the keynote speaker!

  • Tanel Põder is doing the Training Day!

  • We're holding registration prices the same! We've even added a really early bird registration option. If you register before September 30, 2009, you'll pay only $995 for the Symposium. The optional Training Day is an extra $500, but it's worth it to get a whole day with Tanel. To register, click here.

  • Want a free registration? Submit a presentation idea, and if you're chosen as a speaker, you get in free for Symposium and Training Day. However, this doesn't include travel and hotel. The call for presentations opens May 5, 2009.

  • Registration is capped at 500 attendees to ensure that you have plenty of networking opportunities with the speakers and other attendees.

See our website for more information. We hope to see you there.