Tag: Non-Tech Articles

Pythian at HOPE Volleyball Summerfest – Highlights

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest (Helping Other People Everywhere, Ottawa-Carleton Inc.) celebrated 30 years of fun for a cause this year. The charity has donated more than $3.5 million to over 110 charities since it began. Here are a few highlights from Team Pythian at HOPE on July 14th. It was a great day!

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First MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Latin American Conference

My impressions: Considering that this conference was the first one of its kind in Argentina, I have to say it was great. Small, but great. Not many people knew about the event, but the response was still pretty good. It was a 3-day event with plenty of technical discussions and sessions, and some other sessions came from companies who wanted to share experiences and impressions on what is coming for MySQL technologies.

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How Do You Moderate LinkedIn Discussion Forums?

These are my personal rules to moderate the public forums on LinkedIn. I’ve posted on that topic in the discussion on the IOUG Exadata SIG forum. As I’m passing RAC SIG group to the next folks on the board (I’m the RAC SIG president until end of August), I needed to hand over my forum management duties too. I decided that it might be useful to the wider audience, so why don’t I just publish this on the blog?

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What a Difference a Space Makes

I had a very interesting experience in my “RACing up the Miles” session this morning. There were about 70 people in the room, and I hope they enjoyed the session as much as I did. I discussed a wee bit of architecture about RAC and concentrated on a very basic beginner’s primer to management activities with srvctl and crsctl.

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In ‘Movember’, Mo Bros stand together to fight Prostate Cancer

The 60s are NOT back but during the month of November , some gents , including myself, will grow a stache to raise the awareness of prostate cancer, an insidious disease that afflicts one in seven males.

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Trends and Data – Notes from Strata NYC 2011

I’ve attended the Strata conference in NYC last week. Its been many years since I’ve last attended a conference without presenting in it. I decided to attend the conference since it is considered the foremost data science conference. And I was very much interested in what those data scientists are up to. I share some of it here.

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Incident Notification – Pythian internal – Jul 29th 3PM EDT

We have incident reporting procedures at Pythian. This incident report was sent just recently internally at Pythian. We learned some good lessons from it so I hope it would be useful to the community as well – As part of our incident management process, you will find below a summary of the details from the incident that occurred on July 29th at 3PM EDT. Overview: Pythian employees were de-motivated by the lack of refreshments on Friday afternoon

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OpenWord Suggest-a-Sessions @ Oracle Mix

There has been quite a bit written about Oracle Mix Voting (let me refer to it as OMV for short) this year and I don’t think I should waste your time restating any of this. What I wanted to do is to take a step back and try to list “stakeholders” of OMV.

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PgEast 2011 Day The Second

Well day two here at PgEast has drawn to a close and it was another very informative day.Today I concentrated on the more common tasks of a Pg DBA so I attended three talks (four if you count mine) that where rather heavy on the technical side of being a Pg DBA. Keep reading.

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Congrats to Fahd Mirza on Becoming an Oracle ACE

Last week brought great news to Pythian – one of our DBAs in Pakistan, Fahd Mirza, has become an Oracle ACE. Fahd joined Pythian in September 2010 as the very first Pythian employee in Pakistan and thanks to his skills and ambitions ended up on the team supporting Exadata environments. I should also mention that another Oracle ACE DBA joined us recently – Jared Still. Jared is a well respected member of Oracle community, member of the OakTable Network and a veteran of the Oracle-L mailing list

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