Book Review – Help! by Oliver Burkeman

Help! How To Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done I’ve long overcome that sheepish feeling when browsing the Self-help section at the bookstore. Sure, How to Make Friends and Influence People or the Seven Steps to World Domination in your bookcase aren’t exactly the sort of titles to suggest a deep intellect but …

iHeavy Newsletter 84 – Restaurant Scalability

Restaurant Scalability Could pro-waitering serve up some lessons on web scalability? Observing peak hour dining at a New York restaurant gave us some insight. I was dining at a restaurant the other day with friends. It was a warm and cozy place, nicely decorated with a long, narrow dining room.  The food was scrumptious, yet we were …

Oracle Announces Paid MySQL Add-ons

 Oracle starts charging for MySQL Add-ons Exciting news, Oracle just announced commercial MySQL extensions that they’ll be offering paid extensions to the core MySQL free product. To be sure, this has raised waves of concern among the community, but on the whole I suspect it will be a good thing for MySQL.  This brings more commercial …

Scale Quickly Like Birchbox – Startup Scalability 101

One of the great things about the Internet is how it has made it easier to put great ideas into practice. Whether the ideas are about improving people’s lives or a new way to sell and old-fashioned product, there’s nothing like a good little startup tale of creative disruption to deliver us from something old …