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Open Source – The Foundation of Civilization

In interesting news, at last night’s Boston Sun/MySQL event (more on that in another post), the question was asked if the panel thought that Microsoft was really serious about open sourcing their software(s) and what that would mean for open source software. If Microsoft opened all of their code tomorrow, how big of a *developer* community would they have? By that I mean, how many people would say “yeah, all right! I’m going to make this code better!” and how many would take a look at the internals and feel like they’d just been on a roller coaster? Open source is the foundation of civilization. The title of this post mentions that, and now I will explain why.

Oracle Open World 2008 Sessions — Vote on Oracle Mix

I just wanted to make a quick note that Oracle Mix organized an interesting hybrid between call for papers and abstract judging. Anyone registered at Oracle Mix can propose a session abstract to present themselves or as an idea for others. Everyone can give their votes to the proposed sessions. At the end of the voting deadline (25th of June) Oracle will select the top sessions to be included in the Oracle Open World schedule.

Emacs Keybindings in Bash

With Bash, or any other shell that uses the GNU readline library, you can use the following Emacs-like key-chords to make your life better. The point of this (as with so many things sysadmins and programmers do) is to save you effort, viz. typing. These aren’t all of them; they’re the ones I use…

BigTable Thoughts

So, Paul’s blog post pointing to Todd’s blog post got me thinking. The main point Paul summarized was that duplicating data was a great way to scale, and used Todd’s reference to Flickr and how in their partition-by-user scheme, they put a comment in the commenter’s shard as well as in the commentee’s shard.

Twitter Should Get Back to Basics

Twitter has had many outages recently. A real “awesome lesson learned” is “do not tweak production without testing first.” In every job I have had I have first learned and then taught the concept of “test everything possible.” Which Twitter has not learned yet.

Stabilize Oracle Bind Peeking Behaviour with Range-Based Predicates

In my previous post, I described the most common cause for unstable plans due to bind peeking — histograms. It is now time to move forward and take a look at another case, namely range-based predicates. Strictly speaking, the cases I’m going to describe can appear without range-based predicates as well, you just need to remember that a range-based operation doesn’t necessarily imply a range-based predicate.

When Your Hard Drive Comes Knocking… A Cautionary Tale

magine yourself, happily computing when all of a sudden you hear a rather alien sound eminating from your hard drive. Something that sounds, perhaps, like some combination of a roofer banging in a nail, and a miner’s pick as he works on releasing a stubborn piece of ore from a cave wall. Certainly not a good sound to hear coming from the general region of your hard drive on a nice, sunny day. Especially when you have not taken a backup in over two years…Please, learn from my mistake, and next time you hear an odd clicking sound, don’t try to outsmart your already-broken hardware.

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