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How to say goodbye

Mark Geerlings
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OK, this "question" is probably abusing the purpose of this site, but I plan to do this only once, and I can delete this in a few days.

After being active on this site for over 20 years, I don't plan to continue being active here from now on.  I retired from my DBA job last week and no longer have access to an Oracle database.  I also don't plan to spend much time on technical topics or sites like this in the future.  I've enjoyed the interaction here over the years, both in helping some people and in learning from many of you.  Now I plan to spend time in my garden, and hope to spend time with grandchildren, some volunteer work and some travel (after the corona virus restrictions are lifted).

My decision to retire now was made long ago, long before the corona virus pandemic caused many people to switch to working from home (or not be able to work at all!) lately.
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Kyle SantosQuality Assurance Engineer at Dassault Systemes
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Bye!  Enjoy retirement.
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Happy to hear about your new future.  Sorry to hear you are leaving us!

You will be missed!

Hopefully, we will still be here if and when boredom sets in and the call of Databases is too strong to resist!

>>and no longer have access to an Oracle database

Not buying that as an excuse:  There is XE!!!    ;)

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MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept Head
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Time to enjoy your life’s savings, use them wisely, Wish you a happy time ahead as you are starting a new chapter in your life.
EE will miss you for sure.
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Sean StuberDatabase Developer & Administrator
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I'll also miss seeing your posts here.  
As slightwv suggested there is always XE or the free cloud tier- you'll always be welcome back!

If this is truly goodbye though, I wish you well in your retirement and hope you get to enjoy travels soon.
Bill PrewTest your restores, not your backups...
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Congratulations, sounds like a great plan you have, enjoy!

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Gerwin JansenTopic Advisor
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Wishing you all the best Mark - enjoy your retirement!

I’ll be drinking a nice Belgian triple beer on you :)

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Scott FellDeveloper
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Congratulations on your retirement!  

Although you will be missed, I do hope boredom does not bring you back to databases or technical stuff.  Stay outside and enjoy life!
awking00Information Technology Specialist
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It's awfully kind of you to take the time to sat goodbye to EE. I wish you well in your retirement.
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Mark,

While our paths have not crossed as my exposure to Oracle is limited, perhaps you would consider sharing your new insight down the road on gardening with the rest of the tech.
Adding gardening tips here might be something that will add some greenery and ......

Best of luck
johnsoneSenior Oracle DBA
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Congratulations.  You will be missed.  Especially your Forms experience.

And you always have access to Oracle.  Very simple to build a virtual machine and install it on there, or XE.
PortletPaulEE Topic Advisor
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I tried to retire about 14 months ago - answered my phone one day - been crazy busy for yet another enterprise project ever since

So: Be careful which calls to answer & enjoy your retirement Mark

Not sure how much gardening you can do in your winter (I think mine is way milder than yours) so, just in case:
simple access to Oracle when answering questions...
https://dbfiddle.uk/ 
https://rextester.com/l/oracle_online_compiler 
http://sqlfiddle.com/ 


flow01IT-specialist
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Thanks Mark for the lessons learned.  Enjoy your retirement,
I have done the same, but for the moment I intend to drop by here at Experts Experts now and then,
I have the same problem with availability of an Oracle Database, I have XE but starting it takes a lot of time and I made a cloud instance, but I don't find it easy to use.
So even your last question maybe helps,  I will try the suggestions of PortletPaul.
Alex [***Alex140181***]Software Developer
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Enjoy your well deserved retirement!
We'll be missing your posts & knowledge ;-)

Cheers, Alex
johnsoneSenior Oracle DBA
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For those looking for personal Oracle playgrounds, there are a few options that are pretty easy to build.

You can download and install Virtualbox from here.  Simple to install.

Then you can go one of two routes.

Prebuilt virtual machines.  Just plug them in, from here.

Or install your own from here.  Need a free login, no support contract required.  You'll need to download Oracle Linux and whatever database version you want.  Covered by the standard single user license.

This way they only use resources when you want them to.  I find that startup time takes a couple minutes, but I believe it has to do with the drive I have it on, it is a slow drive.  Also, if you build your own, startup time is affected by a check for updates, you really should turn that off.
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