Archive | August 31, 2005

Coming to grips with the catastrophe

Glad to hear Ernie the Attorney made it out of Nola safe and has been reunited with his kids:

But they don’t fully grasp the enormity of this catastrophe. Probably they don’t want to. This is not the sort of thing that the human mind can assimilate in just a few hours, or even a few days.

Ernie The Attorney

MySQL Web Seminars online

Yesterday, I “attended” a web seminar put on by the MySQL folks titled “MySQL for DBAs:
How to be Successful as a Scale-Out MySQL DBA” It was an excellent overview of the many ways in which MySQL can be configured with different data engines, settings, configurations, replication or clusters for various High Availability (HA) situations using OnLine Transaction Processing (OLTP) or Data Warehousing scenarios. The web seminar was put on using WebEx, which gave the presenters the opportunity to maintain a Q&A and Chat off to the side during the presentation. WebEx supports Java clients in most browsers: I used Safari on my iMac. Audio, though, isn’t streamed, but rather delivered via a toll-free telephone connection. Overall, it was a good use of an hour of my time, getting me some good information and pointers on where to learn more. Sort of like a vendor presentation at a user group, but without the hours of driving on either end.

MySQL archives these presentations and makes them available at

Farewell view to a pretty blue planet…

The Mercury MESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) satellite took some spectacular pictures through the rear view window on the way to Mercury. On the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory site:

The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft captured several stunning images of Earth during a gravity assist swingby of its home planet on Aug. 2, 2005. Several hundred images, taken with the wide-angle camera in MESSENGER‰s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), were sequenced into a movie documenting the view from MESSENGER as it departed Earth.

Check out the movies here [Updated link, Ed.]

Windows Server 2003 Release 2 Release Candidate Zero

InfoWorld: Top News notes Microsoft offers preview of next Windows Server release. “(InfoWorld) – Microsoftæon Tuesday made available yet another in a seemingly endless stream of interim product updates with the release of Windows Server 2003 Release Candidate Zero (RC0).”

Love the snarky “seemingly endless” – how is it the press can complain when Microsoft ships something and complain when they don’t? Even worse, this isn’t really *shipping* anything – it’s just a beta.

It’s a beta of an “R2” product – Windows 2003 Server Release 2, apparently not deserving of it’s own year moniker (hey, how about Server 2005?) because Microsoft doesn’t want to take heat from the folks who don’t want to upgrade their servers every two years, but they still have features to ship, especially with Longwait, er, Vista Server, scheduled for 2007. Maybe.

R2? What’s the client going to be named? C3P0?

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