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Hong Kong (OpenStack Summit)
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I’ll be in Hong Kong for the upcoming OpenStack Summit Nov 5-8. I’d be thrilled to talk database things with others present, especially around Trove DBaaS (DataBase as a Service) and high availability MySQL for OpenStack deployments.

I was last in Hong Kong in 2010 when I worked for Rackspace. The closest office to me was in Hong Kong so that’s where I did my HR onboarding training. I remember telling friends on the Sunday night before leaving for Hong Kong that I may be able to make dinner later in the week purely depending on if somebody got back to me on if I was going to Hong Kong that week. I was, and I went. I took some photos while there.

Walking from the hotel where we were staying to the Rackspace office could be

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Pictures of Auckland (where OSDC 2013 is!)
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It’s getting close to time to head to Auckland for OSDC and a few days ago I blogged about how I’m speaking there). I’ll be speaking on MySQL In the Cloud, As A Service and all of the challenges that can entail as well as on The Agony and Ecstasy of Continuous Integration. Both of these talks draw heavily on the experience of Percona (my employer) and with experience from helping customers with all sorts of MySQL deployments and in our experience in producing our own high quality software.

I was in Auckland earlier this year, so thought I’d share

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Rackspace Rookie-O (in Hong Kong!)
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I’d meant to finish writing this way back in July… but I failed at that. Now is a good time to talk about Rookie-O as my again new colleague Andrew Hutchings (Buy his and Sergei’s book on MySQL 5.1 Plugin Development!) just went through the same thing (but in London instead of Hong Kong) given by the same trainer (Hi Eddie!).

Rackspace is the second employer I’ve had that has some kind of new hire training (the first being Sun). I am, of course, not quite counting Salmiakki as new-hire training for MySQL (although I probably should). To quote from the

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SmugMug and Animoto, sitting in a tree…
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One of my all-time favorite services, Animoto, has teamed up with SmugMug to make truly epic professional quality videos from both your stills and your video clips.  I’ve wanted this partnership since 2007, but Animoto’s had their hands full dealing with explosive growth, so it took us a little longer to sit in that tree together than we thought.

We had my good friend, Robert Scoble, over last night to demo for him, and you can see the video below (or click here to view it on blip.tv):

The really great thing about this is that it’s totally full-circle and tightly integrated.  Find your favorite photos on SmugMug, send them over to Animoto right from SmugMug’s interface (look

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Drizzle Meeting Photos
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I didn’t take many photos at the Drizzle Meeting, although I did take a couple at the end at the Hopvine (just down the road from Brian’s place).

A good read is Brian’s wrap up of the meeting.

But we have (courtesy of Brian):

and a couple I took at the Hopvine:

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Yesterday, the ebox and warp staff went to Alagon (25km from Zaragoza) to have a very nice BBQ, or should I say WBQ?

We had delicious food, drinks, music, a swimming pool and weather couldn’t be more perfect.

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Don McAskill - People I met at MySQL Conference
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"The two metrics that are most important to me are first customer satisfaction and second growth." - Don McAskill

Today, I noticed Don is featured on Sun's customer success stories page:

Don McAskill is the CEO and Chief Geek of Smugmug, a photo and now hi-def video (using H.264) sharing site with a successful business model behind it.

I initially met Don last year at the MySQL Conference when my then boss told me that he is interested in meeting him. That was my introduction to Smugmug. I was impressed by SmugMug's presentation of photos and the care they took to make your photos and galleries look awesome.

This year, as a member of Smugmug, me and my wife got to interact with Don on a personal level.

We had

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A MySQL Wedding!
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Sheeri & Tony Wedding

Diary: Saturday 16th June 2007

Today, Miss She-BA Sheeri Kritzer married partner Tony in Boston. For those that remember, Sheeri was the 2007 Community Advocate of the Year at the MySQL Conference.

The official photos and videos are already up, so I’ve add my snaps online now. This was an excellent day, it had some the best planning I’ve seen in a wedding. I’ll leave you with

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MySQL Conference: Day 3 (with photos)
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Day 3 Photos

Okay - so it’s the morning - and the battel of the database egos session has just finished. Some photos up already!

Bdale is just about to start now… maybe some photos soon :)

MySQL Conference: Day 2
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Day 2 Photos

I gave my Intro to Cluster talk and then a Design and Internals of MySQL Cluster.

Also some photos from the DRBD BoF in the evening (which was really good). So was the BLOB streaming BoF earlier (but I didn’t take my camera out).

Currently in Eben’s keynote on Wednesday morning. As always, insightful and thought provoking.

World of awesome.

MySQL Conference: Day 1
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Day 1 Photos

This is the day of the MySQL Cluster Tutorial that I gave… which seemed to go down rather well.

(btw, those photos are served out of a gallery instance running on top of MySQL Cluster) .

The MySQL Joust
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At our MySQL Camp Jay and Brian pitted off in the Umbrella Joust. Not sure if there was a winner, or a looser, but in the end no blood was split (except Leslie, but that’s another story).

See these and more camp photos at Flickr.

Aussies at Google
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My new Google family since I’ve now moved to the US. Ronald, James, Michael, Shona and Kynan (front). James has literally been here in the US only a few days more then me, and he has an amazing Day 1 story.

Apparently there are a reasonable number of Australians now working for Google. Another interesting fact is the male/female ratio is 6:1 which is extremely high in comparison to the IT industry and IT related university studies.

weekly builds
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Saturn’s autoweb

I’ve hacked my scripts that generate doxygen docs to also build MySQL 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1 for AMD64 (the box that it’s running on) with Cluster. This is to help my idea of running Gallery at home with NDB disk data tables in very recent MySQL builds.

How’s it going so far? Well… I’ve found some bugs and some seemingly strange behaviour here and there. However, bug reports will come, and I’m currently running a bit of an older build.

I’ll make the URL of the Gallery public at some point too

Flickr: macplusg3?s photos tagged with beijing
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Flickr: macplusg3’s photos tagged with beijing

There’s some photos I’ve taken around Beijing up there. Will be posting more over the next few days (and until I leave - on the 16th). Enjoy.

More Shwag at The Swag Report
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The Swag Report

I’ve posted more there, check it out. Some from the recent MySQL UC, some from linux.conf.au, some from wherever.

About a third of the keynote room at MySQL UC
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It should be also noted that showing up can win you stuff. Mikal did a survey thing ore something and his name has been flashing up on the screen saying he’s won stuff. Don’t know if he knows yet :)

2 More Photos from last night
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that is not beer

Piano singing
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wall Of Photos
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we love our work
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Lunch in Sorrento
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A picture I just found on my phone of my laptop on the table at lunch in Sorrento at the MySQL DevCon.

I find it humorous that my laptop isn’t an apple (first non-apple laptop I’ve owned) but is much healthier and is even trying to impress the teacher.

final prep on UC presentation (and new toy)
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I bought a new toy yesterday (and about time I did). A Logitech presentation clicker thingy:

It has the laser pointer, the forward and backwards slide buttons and, arguably most interestingly, a built-in timer with vibrate alert.

What’s annoying is that the forward/back is done by page up and page down - and this doesn’t work for the “appear on click” thing for OO.org. Luckily for me, I just about never use that “feature” as the in version of OOo that Ubuntu ships in their stable release (5.04) is just too darn buggy in that area. I do sometimes wonder if people use the stable release of their

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Photo out of the hotel room window
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At the recent MySQL DevConf in Sorrento, Italy, I decided to take a photo out the window of my hotel room. Here it is. I’ve stayed at worse places, just :)

It also looked really similar to this from the breakfast and lunch room.

Pity we were then stuck in the basement working for most of the day. But it rocked. Got through lots of stuff, which is good.

In Stockholm again
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This plane:

took me to London. Then a BA 757 took me to Stockholm.

It’s cold here -  

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