Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm not a DBA anymore...

After nine years and nine months of running the database that hosts asktom, I've retired.

Not from answering questions, but rather from being the DBA and semi-SA for the machine that was is now synonymous with - Joel Kallman facilitated the move (here is the story on that). So, I'm now running in a database with thousands of other applications. And - it seems a bit faster than my old hardware (which was held together with some glue and duct-tape - the drives were failing left and right...).

For some stories on APEX and the ability to handle a pretty large load - I suggest you glance at:

But now, for the first time in years, I won't be afraid to check asktom when I land and get off of the plane. If something goes wrong - the data center guys will fix it :)

And yes, the intermittent "some IE users get an error on asktom" issue was found and fixed.


Blogger Girl Next Door (gnd) said....

mixed feelings?

Fri Sep 18, 10:58:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


Not at all, been looking to do this for a while. I spend a lot more of my time (50%) entirely on the road - keeping tabs on the machine during that time was hard.

I'll still be hands on - don't worry, I just won't have to worry about the status of the asktom database from day to day.

Fri Sep 18, 11:14:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Girl Next Door (gnd) said....

That's terrific, Tom!
Best of both worlds, and the Best "for" both worlds (us and yours)

Fri Sep 18, 11:21:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Thank you for all the time and effort.

Thank you for NOT going to Flex/FLASH

Fri Sep 18, 11:55:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Shawon, ASM Omar Faruq said....

I will miss the "Ask Tom" series! You have been my favorite author all the time and I enjoyed your "Expert one-on-One" since the beginning.

Thanks for your contributions in Oracle world!

Fri Sep 18, 11:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

@Shawon: You didn't read the OP did you ;-)

Fri Sep 18, 12:09:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


just to clarify -

After nine years and nine months of running the database that hosts asktom, I've retired.

Not from answering questions,
but rather from being the DBA and semi-SA for the machine that was

Fri Sep 18, 12:12:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Shawon, ASM Omar Faruq said....

That's great! Thanks for the clarification :-)

Fri Sep 18, 12:17:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Boneist said....

*fans self* Blimey Tom, you nearly gave me a heart attack!!


PS. I'm really looking forward to seeing you present at UKOUG *{:-)

Fri Sep 18, 12:39:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Kelloggsville said....

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Fri Sep 18, 01:22:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Kelloggsville said....

Blimey Tom, your heading had me sweating! Thank you so much for your effort to keep it going all this time. If you hadn't, it wouldn't be a staple part of a DBAs life and so important that it is now going to a new home. But I am so pleased you will be still doing the input!!!!

I too can't wait to see you at the UKOUG. :0)

Fri Sep 18, 01:23:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Fahd Mirza said....

Now you are with one less excuse to not to write more books.

Happy Productivity and its a great example of Letting Go.

Sun Sep 20, 02:08:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Scott Wesley said....

So who do we call for these old scripts and references?

ie - This old chestnut is no longer an active URL:

I'm not sure many of your embedded URLs in your answers are relevant any more either.

Excuse me if I'm raising an issue you're already on top of!

Mon Sep 21, 02:31:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


good point, I forgot about that ~tkyte file system stuff.

I'll have to work on putting a page together in APEX to link to files I'll upload into my "files" stuff.

It'll take a few days, but I'll put it back up there. The URL will be different (not using the file system at all with the new stuff), but the content will remain the same.

Mon Sep 21, 07:01:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....


Retired, eh? Somehow I don't see you "retired".

And I thought you have been a "database technologist" for a long time now, not a DBA.

Seriously, it's good to see you reclaim some of your life. Congrats!

Mon Sep 21, 08:31:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Martin said....

Just wondering if you are still working on a new book?

Mon Sep 21, 10:00:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Brian Tkatch said....


good move.

Hmm.. Are you going to sell the "Original Ask Tom computer" computer on eBay or something? It's like a piece of Oracle history. :P

Tue Sep 22, 09:12:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Log Buffer said....

"First, the ghastly news—Tom Kyte said 'I’m not a DBA anymore.' Say it ain’t so, Tom! [...]"

Log Buffer #163

Fri Sep 25, 04:43:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Hoek said....

Hi Tom,

Since you've 'moved/retired':
Some threads I'd like to share/refer to/fresh up on/point out to others aren't found anymore?
the 'classic' (imo):
"(not) in vs. (not) exists"
is gone?
The 'search' seems to behave differently?

Wed Sep 30, 12:22:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David G said....

Broken links make me sad.

Until things on the shiny but broken APEX server settle down try

Thu Oct 01, 03:36:00 AM EDT  

Blogger iOracleUOnlineOraDBA said....

Hi Tom,

This is Peter Hsu - managing director for iOracle Consulting LLC. I've been an admirer and follower for asktom for years. Now I launched the recently, and hope to become YOU - to answer all the Oracle DBA questions.

So would you like review my new site, and advise how I can grow it from your guru experience?

Thanks so much!

Look forward to having your support!

Peter Hsu
Managing Director, iOracle Consulting LLC

Wed Oct 07, 11:08:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


good luck with your endeavor!

Wed Oct 07, 11:51:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Bug in Asktom ? Please read

Wed Aug 31, 02:37:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

it is being looked at, thanks!

Wed Aug 31, 02:37:00 PM EDT  


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