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got Percona some consulting

Yesterday, I got Percona some consulting. Feels good to give back to a company that has certainly helped me out without ever interacting with me.

One of my students asked for references on improving a MySQL setup that had rolled over for his job. While I did recommend some local resources, I also recommended Percona. We had just talked about performance tuning, so the question was even on-topic :).

FUDcon:Tempe 2011

At FUDcon today. The largest FUDcon turnout ever. Lot's of good conversation in the hallway track.

Really enjoyed Curtis Zinzilieta's performance tuning basics presentation, Can't be here tomorrow, so I'll miss his second presentation if he makes it (he also has obligations and wasn't planning on being here tomorrow). Luckily he made a similar proposal for ABLEconf :).

ABLEconf CfP deadline this Saturday, 2011Jan22

Update: The Call for Presentations deadline was extended to Saturday, 2010Feb05, in order to take advantage of FUDcon being in town with lots of great potential speakers in the crowd.

LocalMotors auctioning a Rally Fighter for charity

Local Motors, creators of small production cars using Creative Commons licensing for car and part designs, is auctioning a Rally Fighter at the Barrett-Jackson car auction. The Rally Fighter is a really cool street legal off-road machine built for the desert of the southwest.

Added list of orgs to contact for ABLEconf

At tonight's PLUG meeting I asked everyone there to help promote ABLEconf. To that end, it was requested that I post a list of organizations to contact, so I pulled the list out of last year's wiki and created a blog entry.

If you are interested in helping us, please choose appropriate organizations for the Call for Presentations as that closes soon and we still need to reach more people.

Stammtisch pages updated

Finally got around to some page updates. Some general updates on the Stammtische page and added information for the new East Valley Free Software Stammtisch.

The East Valley Free Software Stammtisch moved to Iguana Macks a couple of months ago. After having met in Tempe for over a decade, we moved a few miles east to Mesa. It's a good location and we've mostly had a good turnout. Sorry about December Brian :).

Presentation accepted for SCaLE 9x

Apparently my Tunneling with SSH presentation was accepted for SCaLE 9x as I'm on the schedule. No email confirmation yet. I presume that'll come through soon.

This presentation is an expansion and update of my Linux Journal article on how to Use SSH to Cross a Suspect Host Securely from last year.

Tech Evangelist job @ Mozilla

Be a tech evangelist for Mozilla. "Part hacker, part evangelist, part project manager, you're all about making sure developers have the knowledge they need to turn out really cool, cutting edge apps." Sounds pretty cool. Let me know if you get the gig :).

Technical Evangelist

Job Type: Full-Time

ABLEconf call for presentations open

ABLEconf has opened it's call for presentations. Proposals are due by January 22nd.

Want to tell others about how your business uses Free Software? Does Free Software save your business money or otherwise make it more capable? Working with Android, Maemo, OpenMoko, MeeGo or other Free Software mobile platforms? Are you using Free Software in government or education? Submit a proposal to let us know how.

Baby Choking Devices

Why do baby products come packaged with so many baby choking devices? I'm talking about the little plastic fasteners that we normally associate with attaching a cardboard tag to products in stores. The ones that you rip in two and invariably lose one half before you can get it in the trash. Those things.

Aren't they obviously a baby choking hazard? Small enough for a baby to pick up. If a baby can pick it up, it will go in the baby's mouth. That's fairly automatic.

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