Month: June 2006

California Business trip, day 1

  • My baggage finally arrived. It has been delivered last night as promised, so I got it this morning.

  • At the early morning, we had a slight earthquake. I was shaken awake, and at first did not know if it was a dream or not, but later others said that it was a real earthquake, approx. of strength 4,7.
  • After a long meetingday, we decided to visit a Sequoia Park nearby. It was quite amazing to see these large and old trees; some of them are as old as 2000 years. On the drive back to our hotel, we drove through forrests over serpentines which made us almost feel like being in the black forrest 😉
  • Since it was already quite late, we decided to only have a fast dinner at “Jack In The Box” which is across from our hotel.

California Business trip, day 0

Some random thoughts on my business trip to San Jose, California, which started today:

  • The flights were quite nice, some turbulences here and there, but nothing serious.
  • Catching the connecting flight in Portland was kind of a challenge, because we had only one hour between arrival and departure. We arrived at the gate exactly when boarding started 🙂
  • Unfortunately this might also be the root cause why I am still sitting here with no baggage. They told me that it will come with the next flight and will be delivered to the hotel at about 6.30 pm, but no baggage arrived until now (10 pm). So I called the baggage service again, and they now told me that the baggage is at the airport and will be delivered at about 2.30 am. Lets see if I am still up then due to jetlag 🙂 (No, I don’t think so…)
  • At least the hotel has WLAN access, so that I have email and blog access.

Shooting yourself in the foot …

  • … when installing an Oracle 10 database: When the Oracle Database Configuration Assistent asks for the database system passwords, enter something like “abc%123”. Later, when the Assistent launches the instance, spend two hours to find out why the instance shuts down again almost immediately. Finally, find this in a log file: ORA-00604: error occurred at recursive SQL level 1 ORA-00911: invalid character Offending statement at line 2254 create user sys identified by abc%123

  • … when creating a Debian package: Spend two hours to find out why your package does not display a configuration message during installation. Finally recognice that the debconf database was messed up. Then simply fix it with # debconf-communicate PURGE