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I am Brian's tag-along [Apr. 14th, 2004|07:57 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Much love to Brian Aker (krow) for introducing me to dozens of people, perhaps every MySQL developer that's here, or damn near. Also for inviting me out to dinner with a bunch of them. Brian gives me lots of credibility by introducing me to his coworkers with something like, "this guy will break your code, figure out what he wants, he'll use it and test it, and if it works for him, it's good". His other favorite one is "this guys has the most complicated replication setup I've ever seen", but that was more in the past. I think we've tamed our replication quite a bit. And while it might be too much credibility, if it's my free ticket into a hard-core discussion of some innards of MySQL with its main developer(s), it works for me. Plus at that point they're receptive to listening to my complaints/needs. :-)

I've had some great conversations with the MySQL Cluster developers (damn I can't wait for that to mature), Heiiki (InnoDB), Peter Zeitcev (performance/benchmarking), David Axmark (following my talk), and a bunch other people: Scott Johnson from Feedster (whom I'd only corresponded with over email previously), the new Friendster DBAs, and a bunch of people who introduced themselves after my talk... I now have their cards, but I can't match names to faces at this point.

I forgot to bring my business cards. I forget every conference.

I got introduced to one lady who heard from somebody else that my talk would make a good book ("Scaling Websites" or something), so she got the URL to the slides from me to go check out. I do think it should be a book (I wish it would've been years ago!), but it seems like a big task... not sure I could get it done on my own.

Time to read tomorrow's session notes and see what I'm going to....
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[User Picture]From: euqsam
2004-04-14 08:27 pm (UTC)
Heh. I have business cards from my last two jobs packed into my powerbook bag for precisely that reason. The downside, of course, is that I pack in advance and then forget they're there. This is why they're still around, in fact.

Hmm, that reminds me...time to order some for this job....
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-04-14 08:52 pm (UTC)
hmmm yeah- caching has long been the key to scalability- it just seems like nobody bothered or something
too much horsepower and too much money created and aire of apathy-
the way i see it, divisibility is the key- every app has portions of it that are cachable (even for short durations), and other parts which simply are not-
the main challenges i see today are in orchestrating the division of the two-
componentized architecures that modularize things (like EJBs) provide a good measure of division, but only if followed rigidly-
theres too much hackery about...
anyway- you know who I work for :)
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[User Picture]From: taral
2004-04-14 09:21 pm (UTC)
I keep my business cards (now that I have them) in my wallet.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2004-04-15 04:01 am (UTC)
That works really well except:
  1. You can't keep very many, so you run out quickly. I want to see the wallet that would hold enough business cards for all the people asking questions of a speaker at a tech conference. I don't, however, have any interest in keeping such a wallet in my own personal pocket.
  2. Business cards come back out of a wallet looking significantly the worse for wear.
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[User Picture]From: taral
2004-04-15 12:18 pm (UTC)
I have about 20 in my wallet, and they don't bend or get dirty. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-04-14 09:33 pm (UTC)

err Zaitsev

It's Peter Zaitsev :)

but close enough!
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