Wednesday, November 02, 2005

My first blogging

After some very useful help from Doug Burns, I'm now also a blogger.

I haven't had any beers yet today at the UKOUG, so I can't be creative right now, but I shall be back...


Blogger Doug Burns said...

I know I'm probably going to regret letting the Dane out of the bag!



1:45 PM  
Blogger Thomas Kyte said...

Who exactly is the "we" in your title?

Great, another blog to add to the list.

At least Anjo never posts, so that helps :)

1:59 PM  
Blogger thierry said...

we do not use comments.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Doug Burns said...

Let's hope that Mogens can work out how to post comments. I'm not sure I covered that ....

3:04 PM  
Blogger Robert Vollman said...

Welcome to the mix, I look forward to your blogs!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I can see this Blog being a lot of fun!

1:29 AM  
Blogger Rjamya said...

I think the correct title you want is You probably don't need Blog.

4:09 AM  
Blogger shrek said...

and since when did lack of beer hinder your creativity?;-)

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

To Tom, the "we do not use" comes from

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Roderick said...

Hiya Mogens,
Look forward to following your blog
(hopefully in English). I imagine it will be full of useful information and good humor.

[Now, with all the Oracle expertise already out there, I have hope that someday I will create my own blog and NOT mention Oracle once. But who would read it? Though to paraphrase Andy Warhol, "With blogging, everyone will be world-famous for 15MB."]

Bunden i vejret eller resten i håret

9:16 AM  
Blogger Moans Nogood said...

Thank you all for the welcome. Good to see people like Roderick on this blog planet. For those of you who doesn't understand Roderick's last (Danish) comment, it means "Bottoms up or the rest in the hair", ie empty your glass, or you will have to pour the rest over your own head. Oh yes, we have many ways of making the long winters bearable here.

Apart from that, it was a fine UKOUG conference last week, again making it one of the finest Oracle things you can go to. The UKOUG staff was doing it even better than last year, and especially Rachel deserves a promotion to Army Chief of Staff or something.

After UKOUG in Birmingham I went to Edinburgh for the Chris Date event there and finally managed to meet up with my wife Anette and our two months old son Viktor. After all the travelling I've done, I either had to buy her something made out of gold or spend time and money on a nice stay somewhere. We chose Edinburgh, famous for castles, whiskies, beer and rain. What more could Anette ask for?

Tuomas Pystynen, an OakTable member and an old-timer from Kernel Development in Oracle, was with us, too, and he's a guy who knows stuff. His company is called Deepbase, and I think that is a pretty good name for what he can. He also knows his middleware and much more.

Chris Date presented the 6th normal form (oh yes), which basically means that ALL your tables consist of two columns: A meaning-less key (joke, Lex, joke!) and a column with data.

Next: The 7th normal form, where all tables only consist of a meaning-less key (joke, Chris and Lex and Fabian, joke!!).

More later :-)

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Ram said...

Moans Nogood? How do we really say your name? I wish it was just as simple as Gajakrishna Vaidhyanatha. (That name, to me is very simple).

On a serious note, I would have missed your blog if I had come here through a different link other than Doug Burns' blog.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Moans Nogood said...

I'll try :)....

'Mogens' is pronounced with a silent g, so it becomes 'Moens' which in Danish sounds just like 'Moans'.

'Nørgaard' is impossible, but Nor-gaard is good enough for me. Nogood is shorter, easier and a bit funnier, though.

My middlename 'Langballe' means 'long cheek' in Danish, and so the jokes about are not too far off the mark.

So these days I tend to register myself at conferences as Moans Longballs Nogood. Much easier.

Speaking of strange names, ever heard about Tapio Lahdenmäki? Me neither. He's written a book together with Michael Leach called "Relational Database Index Design and the Optimizers" which is not too bad a book at all, to put it mildly. They cover optimizeres and indexes, and that's about what matters. They are focused on response times, which is what matters. They kill myths. They have ideas. Hence, according to Tuomas, they call Tapio The Fat Index Guy...

This book can seriously focus/simplify your thinking about indexes. More info on

3:17 PM  
Blogger Moans Nogood said...

GCC - the Global Communist Conspiracy

Thanks to David Kurtz for these pictures:

They were taken in Holland recently (week 42, of course) during the Steve Adams seminar arranged by Lex de Haan.

During the evening dinner event I presented my GCC theory.

To make it short, Bill Gates, Sam Palmisano and Larry Ellison are really sleeping Russian agents trying to:

1) de-stabilise all our important IT-systems and

2) turn men into non-men through bureaucracies worse than anything seen in the old Eastern Europe days.

You see, when men can't work, their testosterone-producing thingies fall off, and they can no longer defend their countries.

There's nothing we can do. The Sarbanes-Oxley's of the World are taking over.

I just thought you should know...

12:35 AM  
Blogger DaPi said...

Chris Date presented the 6th normal form (oh yes), which basically means that ALL your tables consist of two columns: A meaning-less key (joke, Lex, joke!) and a column with data.

I'm starting to work with a (vendor supplied) DB like that. At first glance there are 2GB of real data, 3GB of synthetic keys, 12GB of tables relating some arbitarary number of syntheic keys (6NF and that) and about 60GB of indexes . . . . ;-)

8:11 AM  
Blogger Noons said...

Doug, will you tell Longballs he's supposed to post new subjects in the blog and comments here?


10:22 PM  
Blogger Doug Burns said...


Great minds think alike - I'd already mentioned it to him ;-)


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