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Word Hero sounds familiar doesn’t it? I had bumped into the title here and there. I finally picked up a copy when I realized it was by the same author as my recent favorite Thank You For Arguing – Jay Heinrichs. Turns out his title inspiration was Guitar Hero, and therein lies the secret to …

Opportunity a day – career risk at bay

Free Agent. Stress Test. Avoid Sameness As the globalization juggernaut rolls on, it continues to create more Detroits. Skills and perspectives quickly become obsolete. What to do in the face of such change? [quote]Small fires prevent the big burn[/quote] So there’s your quick answer. Get the book if you want more! Some related material: why …

Sometimes… let things break a little

Have you ever started a new project, just into it you realize that maybe there aren’t technical problems to solve? It starts to dawn on you the real crux of the problem boils down to people & processes? It’s happened to me on a number of occasions, but once in particular really stands out for …

Oracle DBAs… You Know You Want MySQL!

If you’re an Oracle DBA or developer and considering migrating an application over to MySQL you probably have a lot of questions. Here’s a five minute summary of what you should know. Looking to hire a top flight MySQL DBA? Check out our MySQL interview guide. What is truly delicious o a command line that’s …

Where’s my 80 million dollars?

Way back in the heydays of the dot-com boom, the year is 1999. Join 12,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I worked for a medium size internet startup called Method Five. When I came on board they were having a terrible time with their site performance. Website crashing When I first met …

You're Too Young To Be My Boss

About a year ago I engaged with a firm to do some operations work on their site. They provided services to colleges and universities. When they first reached out to me, they were rather quick to respond to my proposal. They seemed to think the quote was very reasonable. I also did some due diligence …

Why I Wrote the Book – Oracle and Open Source

Back in the late 90’s New York City was deep in the dot-com boom. Silicon Alley was being born, and a thousand internet startups were sprouting. Everyone was hiring, it was an exciting time to work in technology! Join 11,500 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Trend Spotting Circa 2000 As an independent …

A CTO Must Never Do This…

A couple years back I was contacted to look at a very strange problem. The firm ran flash sales. An email goes out at noon, the website traffic explodes for a couple of hours, then settles back down to a trickle. Of course you might imagine where this is going. During that peak, the MySQL …

Half of NYC Fastest Growing Firms In Tech

If there was ever any question about the exploding tech scene in New York City circa 2012, check out Crains recent 50 fastest growing firms. #3 Thrillist City guide & lifestyle site for men. #5 Usablenet Provides a powerful platform for content delivery to mobile & tablets as well as laptops. #8 Admarketplace A leader …