Posts by Paul Vallee

Oracle’s Tom Kyte on MySQL Error Messages and Sorting Rules

Those of you who, like we do here at Pythian, have the pleasure of supporting both MySQL and Oracle environments (among others) will definitely know who Tom Kyte is. In any event, reading his blog today I noticed that over the weekend he posted on an error message blurted out of a wordpress environment… something about how the “[MySQL server has gone away]“

Why Encryption didn’t Save TJX

I’m sure everyone has heard about TJX’s recent data security “problems”, if that’s what you can call “the largest known customer record theft of all time”. This eWeek article adds valuable details and analysis on how TJX had a data encryption.

“DBA Worst Practices”, or, pity poor Jeff Smith

I tripped across this blog post by Jeff Smith and I have to say, this man has been scarred by what has to be the worst experience interacting with a DBA I have ever heard of. And Jeff, if this is not fiction, if this is real and you have really suffered this much – give us a call won’t you?

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10GR3 to be launched March 13

Sorry if everyone else already knows this, but I just got some Oracle spam inviting me to EM 10GR3 launch party, and it’s scheduled as a “live online launch” on March 13, at 9:30. So those of you who are waiting with bated breath for the DST projects to be over now have something else to look forward to a couple days later!

Scaling MySpace: Treading Water in a Tsunami

Those of you that that enjoyed my post on Stability, Agility, Scalability and Cost: The eBay example are sure to like this technical interview of the desperate efforts to stay only a bit behind the traffic demands at MySpace, written by David Carr at Baseline Magazine. A worthy read for those of you interested in the lofty heights of database scaling, where we pack oxygen and have to make some choices and compromises along the way.

The Fine Art of Baloney Detection: In honour of Dr. Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan is a personal hero of mine. Ten years ago today this gifted communicator died of cancer. And so today the community of bloggers that loved and admired Carl Sagan is having a spontaneous blogathon in his memory. You might ask, what does Carl Sagan have to do with being a good DBA? Believe it or not, a lot. Yes, really.

Page 6 of 22« First...45678...20...Last »