Tag: MySQL

Sun Buying MySQL For $1 Billion

I had a debate a few weeks back with a Microsoft value-added reseller. We were discussing the merits (or the lack thereof) of open source software in the business world. The general consensus on one side was that businesses need Microsoft and the VARs because open source software is undependable, and businesses need the support. My contention was a number of OS products are in fact quite dependable, and support is readily available. “What is a company going to do if their data processing system crashes?” was met with “If a company has a complicated system, won’t they have a sys admin and a DBA?”.

I’ve always been a fan of open source – I don’t buy into the FUD. And I’m glad others see value in the excellent projects that have come out of the concept. The latest “others” means Sun, who is now buying MySQL for a cool billion.

I use MySQL on the server which powers this blog. I also use it right on my OS X-powered notebook, for the purpose of performing data crunching/analysis tasks that a spreadsheet just can’t handle. A small pile of MySQL and third-party tools make working with it a snap. Neither are particularly good representation of scalable, reliable use in business, but then again I’m no DBA either. Hence, I’d love to hear of some super-sized applications the MySQL database is being used in, and would be particularly interested if anyone is using it in process intensive application like ERP.

I’m also hoping for another thing – that Sun keeps MySQL free.

UPDATE: Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, has more.

607 posts, MySQL, Excel, and some patience

There were 607 posts in this blog with broken links, due to the migration of Spamroll and Thoughtmarket posts over here. I didn’t have existing, running blog platforms with which to apply custom export scripts, so I tooled with raw databases…

  • 517 posts were repaired by extracting their contents using MySQL, and matching link titles with the titles from this WordPress install. The matches were imported into Excel, where concatenation was used to create a long list of UPDATE/REPLACE sql statements. The updates were then run against the database.
  • Of the remaining 90 posts, 75 were modified by hand to replace links that were lost in migration, including links to site search strings and uploaded documents.
  • 13 posts were deleted because broken/missing links were so relevant to the post that not having them made the post useless – most of these were cross links between blogs.
  • Two posts were deleted for personal reasons, having provided me with such extraordinary lessons in human behavior that I no longer wished to share them.

Total time spent on this endeavor was approximately four hours, done mostly in the wee morning when fresh caffeine was still in the bloodstream. All should now be well with internal links here.

PS: All link targets to new windows were also permanently removed (as I know having new windows pop up when clicking web page links has to aggravate more than just myself).

A Shift Back to the Core?

Or a desperate grasp?

VentureWire said:

“Even as rumors swirl about the fate and future independence of a number of open-source software start-ups, an acknowledged leader in the latest wave of open-source development, MySQL AB, has raised $18.5 million in its latest round of funding.”

I thought Oracle best watch out for the little guys closing in on their core business while they were distracted. They certainly aren’t listening to me, but maybe Oracle is just getting the hint themselves.
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Being fastest is good in more than just “time to market”

I have been wondering about what Oracle is up to for a while now. Despite admiring Mr. Ellison for his gumption, I was trying to figure out why one would push their core product line aside in favor of applications built on top of them. Then again, Mr. Ellison has done pretty well for himself – a hell of a lot better than I have. But, I have also warned that open source competitors are closing in fast. And this time, it is fast in more than just market share gains.

Maybe the folks at Oracle knew this was going to happen. I can’t imagine anyone thinking the market for relational databases is dead, but those applications aren’t going to be worth near as much if someone else is providing the foundation on which they run.

Blood lust, or loving the underdog?

Call it bad blood if you want, but anytime a company is going through CFOs like I go through caddis flies, I have to wonder what kind of mess might be brewing at the company. Some are speculating that Larry Ellison is just too hard to work with – frankly I love the guy for his salesmanship (or just plain big balls, whichever you prefer). Yes, he may take his cockiness to extremes, but why the hell should he care. Got billions, do whatever the hell you want. I’d take the job if I wasn’t so fricken unqualified!
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Is VC overhang a product of low startup costs?

About a week ago I was pondering the issue of VC overhang, and how a few interesting companies have been able to do without venture capital and still find ways to partner and/or exit. I attibuted more of the present course to deal saavy entrpreneurs than anything else, and now I am beginning to rethink that notion a bit more.
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