Posts Categorized: Non-Tech Articles
I have not said much about Drizzle here; that is because there is not much to say. It is premature, really, to say anything about it at this point. Some have said they will support Drizzle; as Pythian supports several database systems, it is very likely that we will support Drizzle as well. Particularly since there is in-house Drizzle expertise already. But I digress; my point is that it is premature to really say much about Drizzle.
Crisis has struck! This week’s Log Buffer editor had to beg off at the eleventh hour when his time vanished. It happens. But, in every crisis, an opportunity (well . . . maybe, maybe not). The opportunity — an open discussion of this week’s best database blog articles. Readers in control.
I tripped over an old oracle-l exchange (not that old, from March of this year) and I thought it would make good content for a blog post on the critical difference between outsourcing and offshoring. It started when Ethan Post posted a link to this fascinating story at the Ludwig von Mises Institute about how the U.S. dollar’s collapse affects the outsourcing industry. As many of these posts do, the idea of outsourcing gets conflated with that of offshoring. What the author really means to say is that the “downward dollar delivers a blow to offshoring”, not outsourcing. Let me explain further. I am now cribbing shamelessly from my oracle-l post and so if you read this already this spring, my apologies.
A few days ago I had a new idea for a blog post. A post about what it really takes to be a good database administrator. I began by researching what others had done on the topic. At the end of this post you will find links to six of the posts I found that provided some insight into this question. Even after uncovering this information, I thought I could add something to the mix from my own experiences. So here we go!
In two words: online operations. In a paragraph: Forget partitioning, row-based replication and events. The big reasons most people are going to salivate over 5.1, and probably start plans to upgrade now, are the online operations
It’s time again for another edition of the weekly review of database blogs, Log Buffer. Since it was a big week for SQL Server, let’s start there, shall we?
Proprietary products from Apple, such as the iPhone and Mac OS X operating system, work well enough that open source aficionados are having internal ethical dilemmas about owning them. I am not a developer, however I have modified some open source code in my time. I even have something to show for it — in the left-hand menu of Nagios, the text box where you can enter in a host name, hit “Enter” and go immediately to that host’s page was my patch. I often found myself wanting to go to a specific host as fast as possible. So, I patched my own version, then submitted it onward, thinking it might do some good.
Interesting results you can see from some low quality news aggregators Looking at this page you might think that I’m awarded with the Liberty Medal. I’ve got this link while browsing the search results for RAC Attack. I guess should ask my granddad to pass my best wishes to Mr. George H.W. Bush.
Last night, I left my presentation in a good state and verified the first batch of demos — all worked fine. This morning turned into a disaster as I found out that the rest of my demos stopped working. Well, I didn’t have any other choice but to add new slides with some demo results. Since I did it in a rush, there were some overlaps and I ended up with way too many slides. Good news that the first demo generated sufficiently enough interest about services automation and connection load balancing so we spent significant time there. All in all, today’s session wasn’t as good as yesterday but I managed to avoid a complete failure with the demos so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
I’m pleased to announce that there will be the formal launch of Pythian Europe at the premises of the Canadian Embassy in Prague on Wednesday the 6th of August from 17:00 to 18:30. This historic event will be announced by Mrs. Sameena Qureshi, Trade Counsellor, Embassy of Canada; and Paul Vallee, President and Founder, The Pythian Group. Present will be various members from the press (IT and Business), as well as representatives from Oracle and Sun Microsystems, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Prague, and many more. We will prepare some unusual and very tasty snacks and refreshments.