Thursday, May 12, 2005


Travel is tiring sometimes. Left work tuesday evening after a full day to fly to St. Paul MN. Got there, did a seminar for 1.5 hours on Wednesday morning – and get to the airport again, to fly to Chicago IL. Well, Chicago being Chicago and the weather being the weather – the 12:30 flight was scheduled to leave at 2pm. Of course – totally full (and no economy plus seating left!). We get on the plane and the pilot says “Well, this never happens” (uh-oh). Turns out we are now scheduled to leave at 3:50pm – but we are already jammed on the plane. Sit and sit and sit.

We did finally take off about 3:30 – so far, 1.5 hours in the airport, 2 hours sitting on the plane, 1 hour in the air. So, in only the time it takes to go coast to coast I was able to go 400 miles!

At least this time I’m traveling with people – I normally go “solo”. Didn’t have to eat dinner by myself. That is always nice (nothing worse than a dinner by yourself in a restaurant).

Just finished another seminar this morning, waiting to go to the airport where I’ll undoubtedly have to wait again (rain in Chicago). Fortunately this time it is headed home. Sometimes wish I could travel somewhere for a week – or 2 or 3 days in the same place more often. Those trips seem not half as bad on the travel side, but then again – they are almost always “solo” trips.

Good thing I have an air card, always (mostly) have a network where ever I go – but stuck in the back of a plane with my laptop wasn’t working yesterday. I have this laptop and it barely fits from armrest to armrest (17” screen – very nice, highly recommended if you are going for a desktop replacement) let alone with the lid open on a plane (except in business class).

On the plane, I tend to read mostly, never pull out the laptop. I consider that “my time”.


Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

If I saw you on stage with that monster laptop, I would instinctively look around for the drummer, the guitar guy and the vocalist(s) ...

Thu May 12, 12:17:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Wouldn't it be nice if 'beaming' techology was already here?

Thu May 12, 12:20:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

If I saw you on stage

having a full size keyboard on the road is a very nice thing indeed. that is why I got this, it is my desktop at home and work and on the road.


I would not enjoy it, but would probably use it if it existed :)

Thu May 12, 12:27:00 PM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

"nothing worse than a dinner by yourself in a restaurant"

I'll second that. Usually your company tries to make it some kind of compensation. But I find eating alone, in a good resaurant, in a 4-star hotel, surounded by people just as unhappy, just rubs it in - I'd rather be eating sandwiches, in a tent, with the one I love. "better a dish of herbs where love is . . ."

Thu May 12, 12:33:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I have this laptop and it barely fits from armrest to armrest (17” screen – very nice, highly recommended if you are going for a desktop replacement) let along with the lid open on a plane (except in business class).

Tom ,
High time oracle should start sending you by business class on tours :)

Thu May 12, 12:48:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Dan Kefford said....

The HP zd8000 series rocks.. now if I could get my boss to get one for me...

How much battery life do you get out it? The zd7000 series was supposed to get anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours.

Thu May 12, 12:51:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

The HP zd8000 series rocks..

I actually do have the zd7000 - that was the closest picture I could find and they are viturally identical in the look.

I get about 2+ hours on the battery. It eats external batteries for lunch and spits them out (don't even think about n-charge or anything like that, i found them useless with this). So, I traded battery life for power - and so far, I haven't looked back. I can usually find a plug.

You do need a backpack for this puppy, carrying it by a handle or on a single shoulder is not going to happen - not for me anyway.

Thu May 12, 12:58:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Patty C said....

I wondered where you were yesterday. I'm sure for a lot of us 'readers' it has become a workday ritual to read your blog. Travelling for work definitely is not glamourous. I travelled for a couple of years and the worst part for me was getting back across the border to Canada. A tired person who has travelled miles to try to get home has very little patience for immigration power rangers. I can't imagine what it would be like these days with all of the new security rules.

Thu May 12, 12:59:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

sir were you not using Toshiba laptop?was a bit amazed when the link took me to HP Shopping...just curious:-)
Aman Sharma

Thu May 12, 01:07:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

getting back across the border to Canada.

I've crossed many borders and as a guy from the US, the hardest border to cross is ----- the canadian border!

the only time I've been pulled out of line and "questioned" in the back room, going to Ottawa.

Brought in 2 of my books to give away, they tried to tax me on them, fortunately my face was on the cover and I convinced them they were "free", of no monetary value whatsoever to me.

Never figured out why that crossing is so hard....

Thu May 12, 01:09:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

were you not using Toshiba laptop

This HP Pavilion was my Christmas Present to myself. I researched them for a couple of weeks, asked around - then ordered it.

I got it the week of Oracle Open World. I was not fully cut over so that week I travelled with my toshiba M1 and this beast (security just loved me at the airport).

Since then, it's been all about the pavilion. It is not Oracle issue, my own private piece of hardware. Nice having 2gig of ram and plenty of disk space and a screen to rival any desktop setup.

Thu May 12, 01:12:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Totally off-topic, but thought you might find this amusing (I did):

Thanks once again to our British friends for bringing us more humour!

Thu May 12, 02:22:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Pratap said....

And needless to say that redhat is the only OS on your laptop. Are you not worried about the durability of your laptop. Just have some doubt that carrying a huge one constantly would reduce the durability. Not an expert so may be wrong on this.

Thu May 12, 02:57:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....


Do you have any experience with Oracle RDBMS running on a Mac?

Thu May 12, 03:12:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

And needless to say that redhat

actually..... it is running xp. I use vmware to boot up linux. with the dvd burner, specialized wide screen, etc etc etc -- I did not feel like configuring the red had stuff (yet). I can see it coming though.

I spend most of my time in VNC at home/work and just use windows for browser/email and running vmware/vnc

as for the durability, the case is much more durable than most laptops, includes quite a bit of metal -- no sway or bending at all. And the backpack is built for it - nicely padded.

running on a Mac

yes, I've worked that platform, not too much different from any other unix.

Thu May 12, 03:27:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tom Best said....

This just reminded me that I actually was running Oracle on a Mac back when it was really a Mac - MacOS, in 92 or 93!

Thu May 12, 04:06:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"nothing worse than a dinner by yourself in a restaurant"

vending machine offerings while working in the server room followed by missing last call at the bar.

done that waaaaay too many times.

Thu May 12, 06:33:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"nothing worse than a dinner by yourself in a restaurant"

I am sure there are tons of dbas at whatever conference you are attending, wanting to have dinner with you! But of course, you won't be able to eat because will be explaining/talking during the whole time!
But of course, not sure if that's the type of company you want.... =)

Thu May 12, 07:45:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Marc-Andre Larochelle said....

Never figured out why that crossing is so hard...

Well you do look suspicious! Next time, just try Montreal's airport, it's more friendly, give a few conferences while you're there and I'll join you for dinner after!

Thu May 12, 10:28:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Doug c said....

Actually... you don't look suspicious - but you do look somewhat intense on the cover of One on One. I think it's because they cut the top of your head off. In the second edition, insist they include your entire head.

Thu May 12, 11:14:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Doug C said....

Then again.. maybe it was a marketing thing - look really intense on computer book.

Thu May 12, 11:22:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Martin said....

In the second edition, insist they include your entire head.

Tom looks nice and relaxed on the photo on this site, maybe they can put that on the cover. That way his daughter could earn some royalties to ;-)

Fri May 13, 04:19:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Connor McDonald said....

"nothing worse than a dinner by yourself in a restaurant"

start reading a book at the table... its amazing how they will quickly get your meal to you when that happens :-)

or back in '01 at ukoug in birmingham, i was there alone and tried to do the right thing - a young girl was on the pavement begging outside Pizza Express so I said "why not come inside with me and I'll treat you to dinner"

She tell's me to f..k off, she doesn't want food, she just wants the money...


Fri May 13, 06:02:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Rachel said....

I've seen that laptop... it's almost as big as you are!

Dinner alone is the pits, but I'll bring a book when I'm in that situation, at least that way I can enjoy the experience. And when the alternative is room service or vending machines....

Fri May 13, 07:44:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Connor - Sounds like you were looking for your own "Pretty Woman" hehe

Fri May 13, 11:02:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Daniel Fink said....

I agree on Canadian border crossings. This is the only place I have seen travellers reduced to tears (have to be very careful what you say...even the most innocent statement can be cause for abuse). England acts tough, but are really very easy on you. Same goes for the United States (as a citizen at least).

The eating out alone is really a pain. From a restaurant perspective, they can get you in/out quick for better revenue. You can always spot the business traveller...reading the USA Today (does anyone actually buy this paper?). I know of several restaurants where they have a 'community' table of 12 (or more) places. Great way to kill time if you are dining 'alone' and don't want to be by yourself.

Wed May 25, 06:13:00 PM EDT  

Blogger John Baughman said....

Being a consultant at HP... Thanks for keeping me a consultant at HP!!

Travel alone does suck, but with that piece of hardware at least you wouldn't be too bored...

Wed May 25, 07:07:00 PM EDT  

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Anonymous Nikolay said....

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