November 15th, 2008

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At OpenSQLCamp, Day Zero

I'm at OpenSQLCamp this weekend.

Just like every traveller eventually has to do ORD at a dead run (BTDT), every traveller has to deal with DC commuter exodus traffic. And that's what I did last night. I got out of the gig at the Intelset Building Complex in DC at 5, and started the drive to Charlottesville VA. Google Maps said it would take 1.5 hours. The Nuvi in my rental car started out saying 2 hours. But it kept adding more time, and in the end, it took 3, plus 20 minutes of trying to find a place to park. The traffic avoidance in the Nuvi kept me off the freeway, and put me on the Lee Highway, so that was nearly 80 miles of hitting a stoplight every few miles.

Let's say I really needed the glasses of wine I enjoyed when I arrived.


The who's who crew of MySQL is here. Sheeri met me at the door. After hobnobbing at a reception, about half of us went out to a pub, and the other half to a Indian place. We started with 4 people, then 6, then 8, and finally took over most of the restaurant and kept them open late. The waiter was actually Swedish, so MontyW was able to make his order in that language. The guy sitting across the table from me had been involved in the Intelipedia project, a Wikipedia for the classified US intel community, which I thought was pretty cool.

The conversation was geeky, and MySQL centered all night, and then at the end of the night, myself, BrianA, RonaldB, and SherriC stumbled off to our hotel and into our rooms.

That was day zero. Let's find out what day one brings!
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Sun's Restructuring, personal impact, still employeed

Sun announced a significant layoff and restructuring yesterday, shedding between 5K and 6K staff, out of 30K. 20% is significant.

Lots of people, including friends and family, have asked what effect it has had on me.

Not much. What I have been doing at Sun is unaffected, and what I plan on doing at Sun is unaffected. The database groups (e.g. MySQL) aren't getting reduced beyond normal post-aquisition attrition, and in fact, the database groups are still hiring. Not hiring as easily, since instead of our older system where a PM decides he needs someone, gets permission, looks at some candidates, and then just hires someone anywhere in the world and puts them to work, here at Sun we have to work thru a byzantine and slow "hiring process" that much more painful and not nearly as smoothly international. But, we are still hiring.

If you want to be a developer on MySQL, or provide support, or do remote DBA work, or even do my job, and travel around the world being a MySQL expert, do apply. (And let me know if you do, so I can get the hiring bonus.)


My sympathies to my newly former Sun coworkers. For most of them, that's got to suck. But they are smart people, and there is always interesting work to be done, it's just a matter of finding it and monetizing it. As I tell everyone, one of the best things to have ever have happened to my career and my life was getting laid off from Digeo.
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Tweets for Today

  • 17:01 I'm at Charlottesville Design Center (100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA) - bkite.com/02p2c #
  • 17:14 there is no Budget car place in Charlottesville! crud! #
  • 17:26 listening to @PeterZ talk about Sphinx full text search at #OpenSQLCamp #
  • 19:43 watching Giuseppe show an interesting self-monitoring replication hack #
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