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Colin Charles Agenda

"Imagine. Create. Execute." Rough notes on technology, media, travel, business, work, and my other interests.

Last Build Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:37:32 +0000


Vertu no more

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:37:32 +0000

Vertu has wound up. Was this a case of a string of management failures? This company started at Nokia [sic] in 1998, then sold to a private equity firm EQT in 2012 for more than €200m, then to an obscure Chinese company called Godin Holdings in 2015, then in March 2017 to Murat Hakan Uzan, […]

Tab Sweep – 7 August 2017

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:53:13 +0000

Not quite a “tab sweep”, this is me dumping out my OmniFocus todos! QOTD: “Yesterday, you said tomorrow.” – Nike Do you think about using MariaDB ColumnStore? Back in January, there was an interesting Twitter thread. It is in French, and things have improved, but this is a colourful description. A PostgreSQL response to Uber […]

Tab Sweep – 5 August 2017

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:25:21 +0000

Amazon Drive no longer offers unlimited storage, with a thread on Hacker News. This affected me, since I run Arq Backup to Amazon Cloud Drive. What you really want to do is to ensure you’re now setting a budget, so that Arq prunes older files. I’m now using less than 1TB of storage, which is […]

Goodbye box at a data centre

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:45:38 +0000

August 1 2017 marks the day I stop colocating a box at a data centre. [byte@hogwarts ~]$ uptime 22:07:55 up 522 days, 19:40, 1 user, load average: 0.02, 0.01, 0.00 This particular box has been in the data centre from 2008. It survived one data centre bankruptcy (Jaring), moved along to another, and now I […]

Evernote + Instapaper search tip

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:04:50 +0000

I use Evernote a lot. And I also love the read-it-later service Instapaper. When I power through my Instapaper queue, I occasionally like articles (though I mostly archive articles). When I like articles, they get saved to Evernote automatically, in full-text, parsed via Instapaper (so its pretty text and images, no junk ads, etc.). What […]

When your Mac’s display out stops working

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:26:37 +0000

I landed in San Francisco at around 10pm, hit the hotel in Santa Clara by 11.30pm, crashed, and woke up to give my tutorial at 9am. By 8.45am, I couldn’t get my 12″ MacBook to display out via HDMI or VGA to the projector, so I ran back to the room to get my 15″ […]

CFP for Percona Live Europe Dublin 2017 closes July 17 2017!

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:27:45 +0000

I’ve always enjoyed the Percona Live Europe events, because I consider them to be a lot more intimate than the event in Santa Clara. It started in London, had a smashing success last year in Amsterdam (conference sold out), and by design the travelling conference is now in Dublin from September 25-27 2017. So what […]

The mytaxi experience

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:38:15 +0000

I believe in competition, and when in London, Dublin and Spain, I don’t only rely on the Uber app, but also the Hailo app. A while back I migrated to mytaxi because Hailo got consumed by them. mytaxi may be Europe’s largest taxi app, but it sure is weird compared to Uber or Grab. Setting […]

The Touch Bar can wow you over!

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 17:22:12 +0000

In the tech space, sometimes people can be notorious for bemoaning new technology. Case in point? The Touch Bar on the new retina MacBook Pro’s. I’ve been using a 15″ retina MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for about six months now. I am a vim user when I SSH to servers so I do use […]

Speaking in June 2017

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:46:14 +0000

I will be at several events in June 2017: db tech showcase 2017 – 16-17 June 2017 – Tokyo, Japan. I’m giving a talk about best practices around MySQL High Availability. O’Reilly Velocity 2017 – 19-22 June 2017 – San Jose, California, USA. I’m giving a tutorial about best practices around MySQL High Availability. Use […]