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How to Stop Hating MySQL

At LISA 2008, I gave a presentation entitled "How to Stop Hating MySQL: Fixing Common Mistakes and Myths".

The presentation slides can be downloaded as a PDF at:

View the video online at (or watch it at the bottom of this page).

Here are some notes and links I referred to:

Technocation, Inc containing free videos, a MySQL podcast (currently on hiatus) and blog posts about MySQL.

OSCon 2008 Video: Open Voices (Legal Panel)

"Open Voices" was a legal panel consisting of Jim Zemlin of The Linux Foundation, Keith Bergelt of the Open Invention Network, Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Law Center and Phil Robb of Hewlett Packard (FOSS Bazaar project).

OSCon 2008 Video: history.forward()

Sam Ramji, Senior Director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft presents a keynote entitled "history.forward()". From the official conference description:

Over the past ten years, open source has fundamentally changed the way developers learn, communicate and code together. Over the past three years, Microsoft has made significant strides towards more fully participating in open source communities. This talk will discuss community participation and new ways in which Microsoft is architecting to contribute over the next ten years of open source development.

OSCon 2008 Video: State of ... Lightning Talks

"The State of" Lightning talks, moderated by Josh Berkus, is always a great highlight.
OSCon 2008's speakers and projects included:

  • Alan Kasindorf: Memcached
  • Glynn Foster: OpenSolaris
  • OSI: Danese Cooper
  • MySQL: Monty Widenius
  • PostgreSQL: Bruce Momjian
  • GNOME: Dave Neary
  • Gentoo: Donnie Berkholz
  • Louis Suarez-Potts
  • Jabber: Peter Saint-Andre
  • Mozdev: Brian King
  • OpenID: Scott Kveton
  • Open Scrum: James Dixon
  • Talking Book Project: Cliff Schmidt

OSCon 2008 Video: Cloud Computing with Persistent Data

Jean-Paul Bauer of KnowledgeTree presents "Cloud Computing with Persistent Data: Pushing the Envelope of Amazon Web Services" at OSCon 2008. From the official conference description:

KnowledgeTreeLive is a novel SaaS document management application built using the Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service and rPath’s Virtual Appliance technologies. KnowledgeTreeLive leverages the popular open source KnowledgeTree application. The combination of cloud computing, virtual appliances, and other open source technologies allowed for the speedy implementation of the on-demand offering, without requiring significant changes to the KnowledgeTree architecture and in a very cost and resource effective manner.

2008 OSCon Video: Annual Frank Willison Award

The Python Foundation presents the Frank Willison Award annually at OSCON, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Python community. Watch the video of the award given away during OSCon 2008.

Video: Portable Scale-out Benchmarks for MySQL

Robert Hodges of Continuent presents "Portabe Scaleout Benchmarks for MySQL" at the 2008 MySQL User Conference and Expo. (video is embedded at the bottom of this post).

Slides are at

Database scale-out architectures promise tremendous capacity increases simply by adding hardware. There are, however, significant differences depending on the scale-out approach you choose. This talk presents a new set of open source benchmarking tools called Bristlecone ( that allow any user with access to Java to set up and start to run performance benchmarks in a few minutes.

Jonathan Schwartz's Keynote at the 2008 MySQL Conference

Jonathan Schwartz's Keynote at the 2008 MySQL Conference can be played from the embedded video at the bottom of this post or directly at YouTube at

I finally realized who Jonathan Schwartz reminds me of:

That's right, comedian and magician Penn Jillette.

Slides for Shmoocon 2008 Database Security Talk

The slides for today's presentation at Shmoocon are here:

Just a note so folks at the conference can download them whenever they want. Folks not at the conference can, too but the slides don't give away the whole talk so I don't know how useful they're going to be.....

Replication Presentation at the November 2007 Boston MySQL User Group

Patrick Galbraith, former MySQL employee who helped write replication, came to the November 2007 Boston MySQL User Group and did a fantastic presentation on replication, including showing how to set up replication and walking us through the steps in real-time, setting up an example server.

References mentioned in the video:
Brian Aker's DBIx::Password

Giuseppe Maxia's article about federated tables -- I think that's the right one, feel free to comment if it's not.

Technocation Grants a Free Shmoocon Membership!

ShmooCon is an annual East coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software & hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues. Technocation has started the year off right by granting a FREE Shmoocon membership to a lucky high school student.

Garrett is a Junior at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio. His avid fascination with technology began at an early age, starting with an amateur radio license at 12 which was followed by a self-built computer shortly after. He has also always been interested in electronics and the like, and has the soldering iron burns to prove it. Garrett's enthrallment with computer security started in late 2005 when he became interested with wireless security practices, which spawned an unhealthy love for Linux.

MySQL Proxy Presentation at the September 2007 Boston MySQL User Group

I have finally managed to watch and slightly edit the September 2007 Boston MySQL User Group presentation I did on the MySQL Proxy.

It's geared towards beginners, and has lots of examples, including explaining some of the examples that come bundled with the MySQL Proxy.

Video on YouTube.


Some resources:
Presentation Slides PowerPoint (ppt) or PDF or Flash (swf)