Ghetto Profiling for MySQL

Posted July 29, 2008

MySQL is generally an all-around kickass piece of software, and like any good open source application, there are a host of tools you can use to squeeze every last drop of goodness out of it. Nearly all of them, however, are geared towards the operational DBA, leaving the wayward developer out in the cold.

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Concert roundup

Posted June 01, 2008

I’ve been to a bunch of shows lately and even though they were all really good I haven’t been moved to write anything about them. Well, here they are… recorded more for my poor memory than anything else.

  • March 25 – Crystal Castles with Health (Studio B)
  • April 8 – Explosions in the Sky (Terminal 5)
  • May 5 – The Teenagers (Bowery Ballroom)
  • May 18 – Black Kids (Bowery Ballroom)

“Made by India”

Posted March 17, 2008

Indians are everywhere in the software world — from engineers to CEO’s — but they all share one thing in common: the products they’ve helped build are all for companies based outside of India and for the most part in the US. I had this very conversation with one of our developers in Chennai on my last trip to India. He’s also spent time abroad, in the UK, but had not noticed it until I pointed it out to him. My guess is that there’s just no domestic market for many of the products being developed abroad. Especially with regards to the Internet, with access at home out of reach for most people, it’s not hard to see why most entrepreneurs might end up in California instead of Bangalore.

Fortunately, that all appears to be changing. I was glad to learn that the recently announced Live Documents is made entirely by an Indian company based out of Bangalore (though it was founded by Sabeer Bahtia of Hotmail fame). I’d be curious how their product does in the Indian market, as opposed to the rest of the world, for which it seems to be primarily targeted.

Suits suck

Posted February 21, 2008

I still intend to finish the series of posts I started earlier, but this quote pretty much sums it up:

In this regard management is also to blame, especially when it comes to dysfunctional schedules, wrong incentives, poor hiring, and demoralizing policies.

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention

Posted February 14, 2008

Is just getting the job done always enough? One of my personal philosophies is that if you’re not learning, you’re not improving. If you’re not improving, then what have you really accomplished? In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve even gotten worse, if only because everyone else has gotten better. It’s like a television or movie series that comes back year after with the same old, tired formula. No better than previous iterations, and doesn’t even meet the expectations set by its predecessors. Think Bond, James Bond.

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Go to sleep

Posted February 12, 2008

“Commitment means being prepared to do extra things, going the extra mile”

Without a commitment from all the concerned parties, how can one expect any enterprise to be successful? Be it business, government, military or otherwise.

My group has shown it’s commitment time and again, but we haven’t seen the same from others. How do you find the motivation to stay committed in a situation like that?

I think I’ll just go to sleep instead.

A giant among men

Posted February 08, 2008

Saw some cool sneaks today, but, alas, they only carry up to UK12 and I’m a UK12.5.

The signal to noise ratio

Posted February 01, 2008

The traffic here is out of control, and, with the introduction of the 1 lakh car (which I think is fantastic, btw) it’s bound to get a lot worse, at least in the near term. For a while I thought a big part of the problem was the lack of traffic signals at most intersections and a complete lack of order on the road. The heterogeneous traffic mixed with the all out war mentality creates an extremely hostile environment.

It wasn’t until they put a signal at the [fairly minor] intersection near the office that I realized just how well “organized” this particular brand of chaos can work. Right away, about five minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening were added to my commute, just sitting in traffic. The very next day, the light changed to a flashing yellow (go slow!) with a traffic cop directing traffic. In the evening it seemed to be working normally but traffic was much more fluid. Ten minutes sitting still became roughly 5 minutes. Either people took a different route tonight or they just got used to the fact that, sometimes, you need to stop at an intersection.

Strange bacons?

Posted February 01, 2008

Is it weird that I don’t think any of the items on this list are strange? hrm…

Strange Things with Bacon

Re: Amazon Kindle

Posted January 18, 2008

I bought one last night. Curious to see just how sold out it really is.