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June 28, 2010

Stress Test

Filed under: humour — Jonathan Lewis @ 5:45 pm BST Jun 28,2010

Here’s something you probably don’t want to say at the start of a public presentation: “Does anyone have a laptop I could borrow for the next 90 minutes.”

I’ve just done my first ODTUG presentation – and everything I do runs under VMWare, which simply refused to start. I’m in my room now trying to fix it before tomorrow’s session. (Many thanks to James Haslam from UKOUG who happened to be in the room at the time and offered up his laptop.)

Update: Inevitably it’s now running perfectly with no intervention at all – so I have to go back downstairs and see if it breaks again.


  1. ’tis the curse of Doug :(.

    Or an argument for DBA 2.0 – understanding the entire tech stack and what might go wrong can help immeasurably in diagnosing errors outside your immediate control.

    Or thirdly – I’d bet it was network related. If I bet.

    Comment by Niall Litchfield — June 28, 2010 @ 7:16 pm BST Jun 28,2010 | Reply

    • I’d stick with one, I reckon Doug somehow had something to do with it. Jonathan, have you EVER been in the same room as Doug with that laptop?

      Comment by mwidlake — June 28, 2010 @ 8:23 pm BST Jun 28,2010 | Reply

  2. Of course it’s not me. If it had been me, it wouldn’t have started working again *before* the presentation

    Comment by Doug Burns — July 14, 2010 @ 3:08 pm BST Jul 14,2010 | Reply

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