Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Lots going on!! Part Deux!!

In an earlier blog post I quietly mentioned that I bought a new airplane.... Wooo Hooo!! Well, the one last thing I needed to complete was the BFR. It's a flight check that is required for private pilots every two years. Since I've been out of it a while, I was wondering how long it would take me to pick up things.

Well, I went up today for the first time in a long time.... it was GREAT!! The weather was almost perfect, perhaps a bit more hazy then I would have liked, but so be it. It was cloudy, but thats actually kind of nice because you don't have the sun getting in your eyes. The ceiling was very high (about 6500 feet or so) so we had lots of room for airwork.

I did several landings (and was quite proud of them!) and the normal airwork, stalls, steep turns, slow flight, etc.... Even did a 14 knot crosswind landing (at one time I was a crosswind landing expert, having learned to fly in Oklahoma, crosswind capital of the world!).

I am going to go flying tomorrow one more time..... work on X-Country stuff and the like, and then there is an Oral that we will need to do Thursday. Once thats all done, this kid is legal again!

It was great to see the plane down in Florida last weekend, and I'm excited to go pick it up and fly her home. Thats going to happen sometime next month.... more on that when it happens. Also, look for a final decision on comments soon....

Hope you all have a great day!

Lots going on!! Part One 10gR2!!

Wow.... it's just busy busy.... so much fun stuff going on...

First of all 10gR2 has finally been released! In future blog entries I intend on introducing you to some of these new features so keep an eye out. I plan on installing 10gR2 tomorrow, so my first report will be on the install of the database product itself. We will see how it goes!! Wooo Hooo!! If you have Linux RH 3 you can install it too! otn.oracle.com is the place to go!

The first very cool new feature I plan on covering is DML Error Logging. Oracle has added the Error Logging Clause to speed up bulk data loading using Oracle DML statements (Insert, Update, Merge and Delete). When you use the Error Logging Clause, Oracle will record any row level errors related to the DML statement in an error table, rather than failing the entire statement. You can then review the errors listed in the error table after the load, to determine which rows failed loading. Once you have determined which rows failed, and the cause of the failure, you can load just those rows rather than having to reload the entire data set. This makes the data load process potentially much easier and makes errors less time consuming. Look for examples and so on very shortly!

Again, comments to robertgfreeman@yahoo.com....


Monday, July 04, 2005

Stupid stupid airports!!

What is wrong with airports? Are they just totally clueless. Now, you might think that I'm going to talk about some TSA debacle or somebody at the airline counter that just totally didn't have a clue. Not so. It's all about electricity!!

I've lost count of how many airports that I've been to with my laptop. Almost without exception it's a race to find a power outlet, if one is to be had. They wire the airport for wireless anywhere (I'm at an airport now on wireless), but are there any power outlets, noooooo. If there are, some other savy laptop traveler has found it and is using it to watch a DVD or play solitaire (they don't even have the decency to play a good game!)

So, my new charge to airports is, GET SOME POWER DUDES!!

On another note.... I feel so badly that I can't take comments right now. There has been some talk about liability issues and blogs and it just seems so risky. Feel free to shoot me any comments to robertgfreeman@yahoo.com if you have any thoughts about this or any other blog post I leave!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Removal of comments...

Pending a review with my lawyer on current libel law, I have removed the ability to post comments at all from this Blog. If after a careful review, he feels that comments can be made here without any type of libel risk to myself, then I will re-enable comments. I will update the blog once I have further information.

It's a shame that I have to do this, but the risk seems to great to do otherwise. In fact, pending the review, I may just shelve this blog all together.
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