MySQL included in GSA Schedule

MySQL gets a push for government adaptation and use. Carahsoft Technology Corp was awarded a GSA Schedule that enables the company to provide MySQL's products and services. The five year GSA contract, GS-35F-0131R Schedule 70, enables the government "the ability to conveniently purchase and deploy MySQL database solutions."

Full Power Coming Capt'n

When I got home around 7:30 this evening, only half the house had power. You may not know this, but there are two legs coming into your home, each energrized with 120 volts. Even though my 79 year old father had already checked the circuit breakers, I did so again. None were tripped, so I reset them all. Still half power.

I had been through this 20 years before, when I lived one town North in Montara with Dan and Jill. That time, one of the connectors coming into the house had rusted out.

I phoned PG&E, and after a 20 minute wait (out of an estimated 11 - 20 minutes), spoke with Joan. An half-hour later, a service fellow came out, pulled the meter and confirmed that one leg was dead. So, he had to refer it to the line group. That was at 8:30 p.m.

All the line folk were out at Digg Canyon, as a tree came down and ripped out the power lines. Sounds familiar.

The lineman just left. No rusted out connectors this time. The wires going through the tree next to the fallen Holy Cypress, were burned out - fully on one leg and partially on the other. He had to go back to the yard to get wire. When he comes back, he'll cut the power, splice the lines, and then Full Power Will Be Restored. He thinks the young cypress was burning for most of the day, making it the new Holy Cypress.

As you can guess, my office including the DSL router, is on the energized leg. B)

Once again, PG&E is working through the night to keep the electrons flowing. I'm shutting down before the power is cut. Good night, all.

Open Source Communities Mudblood or Pureblood

Growing a great community is the hallmark of success for any open source project. The community needn't be large, but does need to have a core group (or individual) of developers, a dedicated group willing to test, fix bugs, and participate in the forums, and users who are willing to document bugs, problems, use cases and desired enhancements - also most likely, within the forums.

And so, the question: does community matter? Or, rather, does the pureblood development community matter?end quotation
-- Mudblood open source | January 31, 2006 08:22 AM | By Matt Asay

It doesn't matter whether or not the open source project is "pure" or commercialized in some fashion. What does matter is how the community is treated, and how potential community members perceive the project.

There are several ways in which an open source project can be commercialized.

  1. Dual licensing, one "commercial" and one "open source"
  2. "Up-sell" commercially licensed components, features or add-ons
  3. Support outside of the forums
  4. Implementation, customization and integration services
  5. Instructor-led, CBT or On-line Training
  6. Testing and certification of the project with other software and on various platforms to form "stacks"

There are thousands of successful pure-play open source projects, that have stayed "pure" and built great technologies and wonderful communities. There are many examples of successful "commercialized" open source projects that have wisely used business models and marketing to build good products, dedicated communities and profitable companies. The commercialized projects, while fewer in number, are generally better known with more deployments than their rivals; think of MySQL vs PostgreSQL. There are many tens of thousands of open source projects that never went beyond the planning stage, never built a community.

The key to a successful open source project, commercailized or not, is building a community. One does this through communication, transparency of intent, and putting the community at the center of the business/project.

Update 20060201 10h49: There is a post at NanoBlog that is somewhat related to this discussion: The Problem with Commercial Open Source Software

Chinese New Year Events Around the Bay Area

Happy Chinese New Year! Gung hay fat choy!

Here are some of the SF Bay Area events:

There may be more. If you know other events, drop a comment ...

Finally, the blog about my holiday ...

Since 2006 rolled in, it seems that all my creativity has evaded me. One can say it is a writer's block. Although there is a lot to write about including requests to write about my great vacation in Australia, I face a blank wall. Words don't flow; sentences don't complete to be paragraphs.

Today, I endeavor to blog. It is a cloudy day outside. It feels damp though there is no rain and it is a perfect day to crawl under a warm blanket to read a book. But as I promised while I was in Princeton, I will write something about my holidays. Yeah, it is long overdue and people who have requested may have forgotten :>> ... But a promise is a promise. I don't like broken promises. So here is the abbreviated version of my holidays.

My holiday started with a long plane trip to Melbourne. What was suppose to be a 16 hour flight (San Francisco-Sydney-Melbourne) turned out to a 24 hour flight. My straight flight from SFO to SYD had to make a detour. After passing Hawaii, the plane had to turn around due to a medical emergency in the plane. So I got to watch the fire engines and paramedics await the arrival of our plane - the flashing lights, and all. Yup, it is like a scene from the movies. We were asked to stay in our seats but since I was in the aisle I got to watch them deplane the poor sick passenger in a stretcher.

Of course the detour made me miss my connecting flight. So, I had to go to the Qantas counter to get a new flight to MEL. From Sydney, I sent a text message to my brother-in-law so they know what flight I finally got on. While waiting in the plane in Honolulu, I sent my family a text message but I had no idea what time or what flight I can get when I reach Sydney.

Reaching Melbourne airport was great. I was tired from the long flight but I was so happy to see my sister, Louie and my brother-in-law, Joey by the gate. Yes, people can wait for passengers by the gate, unlike in the US where we are not allowed beyond the security check-in. My other sister, Ellen and brother-in-law, Pablo (who arrived weeks before from San Diego) and the kids stayed at home to wait for me there.

The welcome was great. I had a welcome sign in Athena's room where I have been designated to stay. Sophia made this heart-warming sign:

Welcome Sign
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Having been to Melbourne a few times, I did not go to see the city. We went to see Williamstown, Frankston Waterfront, Geelong and other places. It was nice to see the kids play in sand, build sand castles and enjoy the care-free days of being a non-adult.

Beach1
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Beach2
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We also rode the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry.

Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry
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We did the breathtaking drive through the Great Ocean Road. We rented a house in Torquay. Drove to see the famous Twelve Apostles.

Twelve Apostles1
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Twelve Apostles2
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Of course there is Christmas - the joy of seeing everyone open their gifts, share special moments and private jokes. There is New Year's eve too - partying and welcoming the New Year with sparklers and lots of noise.

Days went very fast and soon enough it was time to take my plane back. It is always hard to say goodbye. At the Melbourne airport, we shed tears and wished we can just all be together.

For reasons I don't remember, my plane to Sydney did not take off right away. Hence by the time I arrived in Sydney and went to checkin at United, the gate was closed! The United Airlines ground crew were very helpful and made everything possible for me so I don't miss my flight. A ground crew member ran with me from the check-in counter through immigrations and customs all the way to the gate. Yes in 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit) Sydney heat!

It was a great holiday. I wish my brothers and their families who were not able to join us were with us. The vacation was made even more special because of the love from the family and the sweetness of Athena, Sophia, Aletheia and Federico. Athena and Sophia composed and sang their song for us. The night before I left, Aletheia played her guitar with Federico singing. There are so many special moments that no words can describe. Thanks to my brother-in-law, Joey, who made DVDs of our vacation, I can try to recapture some special moments back here at home.

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