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"Making bank" at MySQL (AB/INC)
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Just because this topic came up more than once at MySQL Connect... Apparently, some alumni have been awarded bonuses for certain pieces of work during their time at MySQL and I guess that there was an expectation from some that the same applied to the work I did. Now, I don't want anyone to get the impression that I am experiencing "sour grapes" over the past - I actually enjoyed much of my time
I want to contribute,
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Over at David Stoke's Open Source DBA blog, the following was posted: http://opensourcedba.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/mysql-is-looking-for-external-contributions My reply: Allow me to contribute code with a BSD (3-clause) license without having to sign anything new and then we can talk. Don’t tell me that it can’t be done: Oracle already has some code of mine in another product which was
How does MySQL hide the command line password in ps?
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I saw this question asked today, and thought I’d write a quick post about it.
Giving passwords on the command line isn’t necessarily a fantastic idea – but you can sort of see where they’re coming from. Configuration files and environment variables are better, but just slightly. Security is a night mare!

But if you do decide to write an application which takes a password (or any other sensitive information) on the command line, you can prevent other users on the system from easily seeing it like this:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <sys/types.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[]){

int i = 0;
pid_t mypid = getpid();
if (argc == 1)
return 1;
printf("argc = %d and arguments are:\n", argc);
for (i








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Fake O'Reilly Covers
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Here are some of the fake O'Reilly book covers I mentioned in a prior post.  These have been optimized for use as black & white Kindle screensaver wallpaper images.  If you haven't done so already, you can install a Kindle screensaver hack with a couple of downloads. 

Update: I've embedded a slideshow from PicasaWeb, but it requires Flash.  If you don't see it you can click on the links below to go directly to



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Help Bring Zork and the FyrevM to Android, Kindle et al
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David Cornelson of TextFyre has embarked on an ambitious plan to create a new open source virtual machine, FyreVM.  This new VM will run Interactive Fiction games (e.g. Zork and newer works written in Inform) on a dozen different mobile platforms such as Android, WinPhone 7, Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry.  The goal of FireVM is to take advantage of specific user interface capabilities on each platform, whether it's the touch screen of Android tablets or the 5 way button on the Kindle.

To help with this project, TextFyre has started  a fundraising effort on


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iPhone 4: First Impressions
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I managed to get an "early upgrade" of my iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4 despite AT&T's best efforts.  I've had a couple of days using the new iOS 4 operating system on my 3GS and a couple of hours with the iPhone 4.  So here are a few highlights of the initial hands-on experience with more updates on the weekend.

Updated with additional information, video & photos.

Low-res video (VGA resolution):


Here's a gallery of additional photos from the iPhone 4:
(Double click to see larger versions.)



Upgrade Process

Other than AT&T's longstanding inability to deal with demand, the upgrade process is pretty simple.   I chased the UPS driver home to get my iPhone today and just plugged into the USB cable to restore my





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Dennis On the Road to Recovery
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Dennis Wolf, former MySQL CFO (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/generate-article.php?id=2005_34" target="_blank), has been undergoing Plasmapheresis treatment in the last week and despite a mild setback due to an infection, he will be checking out of the hospital today to continue rehab as an outpatient.  Dennis reports that he has increased mobility in his leg and that the test for Devic's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis has come

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Dennis Wolf Undergoing Treatment for Devic's Disease
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Dennis Wolf, former CFO of MySQL (http://www.mysql.com/news-and-events/generate-article.php?id=2005_34" target="_blank), is in the hospital undergoing treatment for neuromyelitis optica (NMO) also known as Devic's Disease.  This is a spinal cord inflammation with similarities to Multiple Sclerosis.  Dennis is a very special guy to get such a rare disease. He's also a tough son-of-a-gun, so I have no doubt that he will put this behind him with a full recovery just as he did 18 years ago.  But it will take some time, attention and


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Whatever Happened to "Do No Evil?"
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A buddy of mine, Doug Marks, recently opened my eyes to some sites that are putting out misleading product reviews fueled by Google Ad Words.  I wrote about this on my InfoWorld blog with a story entitled "FTC and Google need to crack down on scam review

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Eraser ...
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I let a couple of these pass by but just thought I'd mention it (just in case any other ex-MySQLer is experiencing anything similar...Why does the MySQL bugs system remove former employees from the historical record?Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 20:26:35 +0200From: Bug Database Subject: #29838 [Csd]: myisam corruption using concurrent select ... and updateIn-reply-to: X-Originating-IP: [140.98.193.23]To
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