Open Insights 34 – Hindsight Is Always 20/20

Issue 34 – Hindsight Is Always 20/20
August 1, 2007

by Sean Hull

Founder and Senior Consultant
Heavyweight Internet Group

It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of our third year publishing the Open Insights newsletter. We have a lot of new topics coming up, and plenty planned for the new year, so stay tuned.

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In This Issue:

1. Feature:Hindsight Is Always 20/20

2. Upcoming Speaking Engagements

3. New Articles
4. Audio Interviews
5. Current Reading
6. Lightweight Humor

7. Miscellaneous

8. Past Issues
9. Technical Articles
10. About Heavyweight Internet Group

1. Feature: Hindsight Is Always 20/20
I love listening to people talk about the stock markets. It always amuses me. Even otherwise intelligent people, PhDs, MBAs, deli owners, and taxi drivers, endless streams of people will tell you what they know about the stock market. Buy low, sell high, or some other such ancient wisdom.
Personally I always retell the story I remember of the dot-coms, of how making money had changed, and how all the rules had changed, and so on and so forth.
The only thing I think I’ve learned in that time is that you can’t predict the future, things change and things get messy. So be prudent, expect it, anticipate things getting bigger than you imagine up front.
The saying “hindsight is always 20/20” is apt in so many scenarios, it’s hard to count. From stock market wisdom, to project management and scope creep and from planning your weekend full of events, to getting to dinner on time. Plan for things to get mixed up, leave yourself extra time, leave in some extra money for your budget, or more hours for your project. Because if I’ve learned nothing else in life and in business it is that simple maxim… hindsight is always 20/20.

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2. Speaking Engagements

Last April was the

Collaborate 2007 conference in Las Vegas Nevada. I ended up giving two talks, one on Monday, and one on Tuesday. I’ve uploaded video of both of them.

3. New Articles

Oracle 10g RAC versus DataGuard for High Availability

4. Audio Interviews

In our most recent interview we had the opportunity to talk with Norman Yamada CTO of Millburn Corporation.

Norman shares with us his experiences providing world-class computing solutions, and the pros and cons of doing it with open source.

We’ve also moved our podcast to Odeo for Audio Podcast hosting. It is a great service, and provides all the RSS and subscribe links automatically. So please subscribe if you haven’t already!

5. Current Reading
The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters by Diane Coyle

Economics is so interesting, because it stands at the interesting corner between math + statistics, those sciences we can understand well, and that of the ever illusive human behavior. Being interested in a lot of different topics, books like this one may interest me more than others. But if you’re looking for another contemporary discussion about economics, this book of interviews may fit the bill.
The 33 Strategies of War – by Robert Greene

I have yet to pickup this title, though I plan to shortly. Greene’s books, I’ve found, triumph at laying out human nature in all it’s painful, nefarious detail. From his “Art of Seduction”, to the famous “48 Laws of Power”, he underlines with endless literary and historical examples how human behavior works. Use these books as guides for avoiding being overpowered or seduced by the wrong people, or to your own advantage as you choose. But whatever you do, be sure to read them.

6. Lightweight Humor

More onion this month…

Apple New iPhone

7. Miscellaneous

I’ve turned up some interesting podcasts this month to share with readers. Enjoy!
SpikeSource is an interesting company that specializes in packaging, supporting, and in a sense certifying reliable combinations of those projects for the enterprise customer. I found that they have an excellent podcast series, which I’ve been listening too. Definitely worth your time:

The Business of Open-source Podcast
NPR – Technology Podcast

If you enjoy NPR, you might like their technology show. It comes out every Wednesday.
This Week In Tech

This series has been around for a while, and interviews some of the heavies in the technology space.

8. Past Issues

Issue 33: Market For Experts

Issue 32: Different Heritages

Issue 31: Auto or Traffic Engineer

Issue 30: Crowdsourcing

Issue 29: Mainroads or Sidestreets

Issue 28: High Availability

Issue 27: Fragile Foundations

Issue 26: Logistical Fitness

Issue 25: Which Red Button
Issue 24: Consulting Conflicts of Interest
Issue 23: Devil In The Details
Issue 22: Beware of Software Fashion
Issue 21: Open Season, Open Sesame?
Issue 20: Better Web Better Business
Archive: Past Issues

9. Technical Articles

Oracle DBA Interview: click here
Tools for the Intrepid DBA: click here
Oracle9i + RAC on Linux/Firewire: click here
Migrating MySQL to Oracle: click here
MySQL Disaster Recovery: click here

10. About Heavyweight Internet Group

In a nutshell, Oracle. Everything related to and surrounding the database technology we specialize in, but specifically setup, admin and tuning of Oracle technology. I have 10 years experience with Oracle, wrote a book on the technology, and write and lecture frequently. I’m founder and senior consultant of the company. In capacities where your company might hire Deloitte, AIG, or Oracle Consulting we can bring the same level of service and experience, at about half the price. Simple equation.

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