31 Essential Blogs for Startups & Scalability

So many blogs, so little time! Here’s our list of the best we’ve found. Currently our favorite reader is Pulse pictured left. Starting to play around with flipboard too. Nuts & Bolts Technical Slashdot One of the original tech blogs, that still covers lots of breaking news, and difficult topics. Very technical, with probing commentary. …

5 Things You Overlooked with MySQL Dumps

1. Point In Time Recovery If you’ve never done point in time recovery, it’s time to take a second look. With a standard mysqldump you restore your database to the time when the backup happened. Only do them once a day, then you can lose as much as 24 hours of data. Enter point-in-time recovery, …

Beware the sales wolf in sheep suits

Recently a colleague called me up to get my opinion. [quote]We’re in the process of standardizing our systems on Red Hat Linux, but management and higher ups are convinced we should deploy Oracle on Oracle’s own Linux distribution. Which is better?[/quote] Therein lies the eternal drama in organizations, the push & pull between dollars and …

Juggling apples & oranges in the datacenter

In which a few choice words become one serious accident… The Backstory More than five years ago now, I worked for a shop in the business of news & information around the legal and real estate sectors. It was a fairly large organization with a number of Oracle and MySQL backed applications. The whole place …