It took 10,5 hours for me to arrive my hotel Hyatt Regency which is near the seminar place ICC at Birningham. 4 hours I waited for the second flight at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, and after all that hours UK customs told me that my first name, last name and birth date exactly matches someone they are looking for so I had to wait another hour. This welcome surprise was little too much for me, thanks to my middle name’s selectivity, they apoligised and let me go after an hour sitting at midnight. After 5-6 hours sleep at most I enjoyed my breakfast, a full English breakfast they say, of course without beans and all that fatty meat. I can not believe someone eating this type of a breakfast and drinking that much for years still keep healthy :) Anyway between my hotel and ICC there was a tunel bridge so it took a 2 minutes walk to the registration place. I like to be early every time, so another surprise was waiting for me, they told me they couldn’t recieve the money for registration, after a little chat they were able to charge and I took a deep breathe again :) There I saw John Scott, an Ace Apex blogger and active Otn forums member, we had a little chat and left for the first timers briefing. So here are my first day notes as I promised, I hope you enjoy them;

Openning and Keynotes by Ian Smith and Tom Kyte

Oracle Spatial, An Introduction by Dominic Giles

Playing Russion Roulette with Silver Bullets by Jonathan Lewis

TimesTen: Anatomy of an In-Memory Database by Chris Jenkins

Partitioning from start to database 11g by Ian Abramson

This was my best presentation of the day. Not because of the topics mentioned, but especially Mr.Goodman’s presentation skills. Oracle 10g RAC Tuning Tips by Joel Goodman

Flashback Logging by Julian Dyke

11g New Features for DBAs by Thomas Kyte

After Tom Kyte‘s presentation I joined to the Oracle Bloggers Meetup organized by Mark Rittman, it was not so cold outside, but after my first drink and eatings I felt completely out of service and left early for a good sleep. Thank you Mark for the organization :)

So see you tomorrow, show just started and more is coming :)