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Old Geek · I’m one. We’re not ex­act­ly com­mon on the ground; my pro­fes­sion, ap­par­ent­ly not con­tent with hav­ing ex­clud­ed a whole gen­der, is most­ly do­ing with­out the ser­vices of a cou­ple of gen­er­a­tions ...
Measure the Pain · Learn­ing isn’t free; re-learning is pay­ing the price twice. Many of the peo­ple who use what we geeks make would like to re-learn less ...
Doing It Wrong · En­ter­prise Sys­tem­s, I mean. And not just a lit­tle bit, ei­ther. Orders of mag­ni­tude wrong. Bil­lions and bil­lions of dol­lars worth of wrong. Hang-our-heads-in-shame wrong. It’s time to stop the mad­ness ...
Database Pricing · This mar­ket­ing move is why the Sun/MySQL deal made sense; it’s all about mar­ket­ing and sell­ing. Frankly, in most re­spect­s, a tech­nol­o­gy com­par­i­son of MySQL and any old com­mer­cial database pack­age is kind of bor­ing; which makes pric­ing and de­liv­ery re­al­ly im­por­tan­t. John Clin­gan high­lights this nice­ly in Save big bucks with GlassFish & MySQL Un­lim­it­ed. He in­cludes an ob­vi­ous link to the Or­a­cle pric­ing news, but I think Bryan Cantrill’s four-year-old The Eco­nomics of Soft­ware is rel­e­van­t, too.
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