Social Scoring with Klout, Kred & PeerIndex

Klout, Kred or PeerIndex… What’s with all these new social scoring sites? I wanted to know the answer, so I picked up a copy of Return on Influence. Schaefer’s book is not intimidating, it’s a short 180 pages plus a short appendix with a primer on all things social media. Upon first opening the book, …

Accidental DBA's Guide to MySQL Management

So you’ve been tasked with managing the MySQL databases in your environment, but you’re not sure where to start.  Here’s the quick & dirty guide. Oh yeah, and for those who love our stuff, take a look to your right. See that subscribe button? Grab our newsletter! 1. Installation The “yum” tool is your friend.  …

The Art of Resistance

Sometimes, you have to be the bad guy. Be resistant to change. Here’s a story about how stubbornness pays off. As we’ve written about before A 4 letter word divides Dev & Ops. I had one experience working as the primary MySQL DBA for an internet startup. Turns out they had Oracle for some applications …

The four-letter-word dividing Dev and Ops

What’s that word?  RISK Operations teams are tasked with stability and uptime. That means working against change, limiting or slowing it down where possible. Developers are tasked with features and delivering business solutions. For that an ORM layer seems appealing for example. It speeds up & simplifies coding. At the same time it eliminates database drudgery. For …

Road War Story – Hacking Inflight Solutions

  The 2am phone call Last summer I got my call from the president at 2am.  Actually it was my former boss at Hollywood Reporter.  I had worked there three months previous, and they had since hired an outsourced DBA solution.  Big outsource, big chops.  And big fail.     12 hours to liftoff I …

RDS or MySQL – Ten Use Cases

Amazon’s Relational Database Service is based on MySQL under the hood.  So many colleagues and clients ask me – should I go with RDS or MySQL? As with every technology question, the answer is – it depends. Here are some scenarios to help you decide. I’m replicating into Amazon from a physical datacenter A: This …

What Recession? – New York Tech Hiring Frenzy

According to Crains, New York is digital jobs central.  ZocDoc, Thrillist, Foursquare and 10gen are just a few of the hot shots located at 568 Broadway, a tech hub in Soho.  Each of these firms is looking to double their headcount in the coming year.  Not bad considering the rough shape much of the economy …

Ask Me Questions – Scalability, Performance, Cloud Computing

    I blog a lot about various topics near and dear to me.  So I thought I’d turn the tables a bit, and offer the microphone up to readers.  Do you have questions on any of these topics?  Feel free to drop a note in the comments.   Business & Consulting Are you a …

Business lessons from brokering a half million dollar deal

I’ve had my Manhattan loft in the market for some six months now. After dropping the asking price a couple of times, buyers are finally circling, and I’m close to finalizing a deal.  In that time however, I’ve learned some big lessons.  Real Estate, is the epitome of cutthroat capitalism and as such has some very …