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Moscow [Dec. 4th, 2006|11:58 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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In Moscow again.

whitaker and I have been here for about a week now, but he's leaving this morning. He should be in a cab to SVO now.

I have 3 more days here.

Last time I was in Moscow I didn't get a chance to really see the city or find my way around. This time's completely the opposite... been walking all over, taking the Metro a bunch, building my mental map of the city. Lot more comfortable of a trip than last time, for better or worse.

I'm enjoying the general adventure of trying to figure stuff out. (which generally boils down to the language problem, but that's one of my favorite problems...)

And yes, I'm here to work with Sup. It's good. I wish they'd start blogging more about what they're doing so people could start to not fear/distrust them. Trust takes time to build and I wish they'd "release early, release often", rather than waiting for big/perfect announcements, but I think they're still trying to figure out some details first. It looks like they'll start being more public and blogging about what's up pretty soon here. (I don't feel comfortable writing about what's up, not sure what's public and what's not......)

More later probably. Need coffee...
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[User Picture]From: mininita
2006-12-05 08:03 am (UTC)

Welcome!

Welcome to Moscow.. :)
We'll be glad to see you here... :)
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[User Picture]From: enno_elfinit
2006-12-05 10:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Welcome!

In St.-Petersbug, we'll be glad too =) You realy should see our North Capital too ;)
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From: 4elove4eg
2006-12-05 08:45 am (UTC)
language problem
very big problem
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-05 08:51 am (UTC)
But what would we do without problems? :-)
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From: 4elove4eg
2006-12-05 09:16 am (UTC)
find new problem)
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[User Picture]From: vadda
2006-12-05 08:54 am (UTC)
This winter in Moscow is unusually mild (or so I've heard). The upside is that you get to spend more time outside without getting really cold and there is not much muck on the streets (they use some chemical stuff in order to help snow to thaw quicker - it really works, but your shoes start to dissolve too, pretty fast). The downside is ... well, there is no downside, unless you get a chance to visit countryside which looks marvelous covered by snow.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-05 09:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's like 0-5ºC instead of the expected -10 or worse.
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[User Picture]From: forgers
2006-12-05 09:39 am (UTC)

tell us more

about SUP! Why is it the dreaded database unavailable errors are so much more frequent now? Multiple errors when posting comments, etc.

Also -- SUP is measuring people's traffic via counting static files access. Someone should tell them to make it optional as well. Users already posted ways to rewire DNS to a static IP away from sup, but not many folks are agile enough to do it... Especially on Windoze, 99.99% in .ru...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-05 10:15 am (UTC)

Re: tell us more

Why is it the dreaded database unavailable errors are so much more frequent now? Multiple errors when posting comments, etc.

Nothing related to SUP... one of our older database clusters is getting overloaded and we're waiting for replacement parts. (replacing the servers, keeping the disk arrays, because we're CPU bound on that cluster...)
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From: jamesd
2006-12-05 03:12 pm (UTC)

Re: tell us more

Being CPU-bound is good but do peek at http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=15815 in case it's a candidate cause. You'll need a support contract or to download the Enterprise (5.0.30) source from ftp to get the bug fix. Don't think we have a 4.0 verson in BK yet if that's what you'd need.

If you're interested in meeting one or two locals unconnected with SUP, you might try victoria@mysql.com or sveta@mysql.com , MySQL two female employees in Moscow (both on the Support side like me).
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[User Picture]From: kuschilop
2006-12-05 10:24 am (UTC)
hope you'll have time to visit St-Petersburg, it's not far and really worth seeing. There are people to meet you here too ;)
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[User Picture]From: ellisha
2006-12-05 03:59 pm (UTC)
yep!estonia is not far to from St-Petersburg)))))))
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[User Picture]From: trajedenoche
2006-12-05 04:25 pm (UTC)
glad to know that you're in Moscow. You are really lucky to see here such a beautiful weather in December. When I moved to Moscow (from the South) for me the first winter was just a nightmare . ))
If you have a chance to visit St. Pertersburg, go there. Marvellous city.
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[User Picture]From: k48
2006-12-05 09:35 pm (UTC)
Brad! We were promised to be able to opt out of sup service.

So, will there be a big red button "TURN OFF SUP" in the settings? When?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 04:52 am (UTC)
The SUP company doesn't want anybody to have to worry about this, so it's looking like there may actually be a "TURN ON SUP" option instead. We're still discussing it. But the service is staying hosted in the United States, and you only have to use SUP if you want to.
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[User Picture]From: gorynych
2006-12-06 12:02 pm (UTC)
Dear Brad!

We can't use SUP only if we want to. It's impossible, until we haven't "OFF" option :-) We by force get services of this company. We already run into troubles delays of e-mail notifications and... time of loading the pages become big! Yes, I understand, that it very strange.

p.s. some words about "language problem". Are You know/understand meaning of nickname "dolboeb"? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 02:00 pm (UTC)
What I'm saying is: It would be OFF by default. You would have to turn it ON if you want it.

Yes, I know what doldoeb means, but I think it's funny. :-)
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[User Picture]From: gorynych
2006-12-06 02:28 pm (UTC)
I think it never be OFF by default. It's ON already and will not changing. It's business.

I think it may be "funny" for ordinary user, but inadmissible and incorrect for top-manager of company which will provide Terms of Service.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 02:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry, you have wrong information.
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[User Picture]From: dimrub
2006-12-06 03:13 pm (UTC)
It's good. I wish they'd start blogging more about what they're doing so people could start to not fear/distrust them. Trust takes time to build and I wish they'd "release early, release often", rather than waiting for big/perfect announcements

There, you hit it on the head. They just don't get it, it seems.

As an aside: is there some sort of explanation anywhere to the fact that people as far afield as California US see their static content served from SUP, Moscow?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-12-06 04:25 pm (UTC)
The static content going to SUP when it shouldn't is my bug, not SUP's... I just can't figure out where. There's some codepath that doesn't reset some stuff at the beginning I'm thinking. I'll figure it out soon enough, because it's bugging SUP too.
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