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Last week I was having dinner in NYC. We were a table of four, and the table next to us, in cramped eating conditions in Koreatown, were two girls whom were in their twenties. When it was time to get the cheque, we split the bill using cash and card. When…
Last week I was having dinner in NYC. We were a table of four, and the table next to us, in cramped eating conditions in Koreatown, were two girls whom were in their twenties. When it was time to get the cheque, we split the bill using cash and card. When it was time for…
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Austin ridesharing reminds me of China protectionism Its no secret that a lot of the Internet economy in China is fuelled by protectionism. A reddit user managed to post some service equivalents. In May 2016, I landed in Austin to see that there were no…
Austin ridesharing reminds me of China protectionism Its no secret that a lot of the Internet economy in China is fuelled by protectionism. A reddit user managed to post some service equivalents. In May 2016, I landed in Austin to see that there were no more pickups in Austin. I took exactly two cabs during…
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Texas LinuxFest – July 8-9 2016 – Austin, Texas – I’ve never spoken at this event before but have heard great things about it. I’ve got a morning talk about what’s in MariaDB Server 10.1, and what’s coming in 10.2. db tech showcase – July 13-15 2016 –…
Texas LinuxFest - July 8-9 2016 - Austin, Texas - I've never spoken at this event before but have heard great things about it. I've got a morning talk about what's in MariaDB Server 10.1, and what's coming in 10.2. db tech showcase - July 13-15 2016 - Tokyo, Japan - I've regularly spoken at…
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I have been an Evernote user since February 2009, and I believe I found it extremely valuable and useful that I have dutifully paid $45/year for probably that long. Sara practically lives in the application on her Mac, iPad and iPhone. As of this writing,…
I have been an Evernote user since February 2009, and I believe I found it extremely valuable and useful that I have dutifully paid $45/year for probably that long. Sara practically lives in the application on her Mac, iPad and iPhone. As of this writing, I have 18,198 notes. Today they have announced changes to…
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Its Sunday evening here in NYC, and it would seem that I have a huge amount of tabs open in my browser. On the flight here I just read Running Lean by Ash Maurya, tried to catch up on some past issues of The Economist and The New Yorker, and work at…
Its Sunday evening here in NYC, and it would seem that I have a huge amount of tabs open in my browser. On the flight here I just read Running Lean by Ash Maurya, tried to catch up on some past issues of The Economist and The New Yorker, and work at clearing out Instapaper.…
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Early today morning I decided to update my NUC to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It was a very easy upgrade and I am pleased to report I do not have to ensure nomodeset is set during boot. Dropbox, CrashPlan work just as designed. Its time to move this to the office…
Early today morning I decided to update my NUC to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It was a very easy upgrade and I am pleased to report I do not have to ensure nomodeset is set during boot. Dropbox, CrashPlan work just as designed. Its time to move this to the office and ensure that it has…
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I just read, Buy SAP again? 60% of customers say no, says Nucleus Research. SAP isn’t pleased but made clear that they don’t participate in this particular report (presumably they do for Gartner/Forrester/IDC). Besides the opportunity for others playing…
I just read, Buy SAP again? 60% of customers say no, says Nucleus Research. SAP isn't pleased but made clear that they don't participate in this particular report (presumably they do for Gartner/Forrester/IDC). Besides the opportunity for others playing in the space SAP plays in, I am reminded by how a humble research firm (Iceberg…
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As videos go, I enjoyed the short and sweet Panel on The Evolution of Bitcoin held at Goldman Sachs. Bitcoin selling points by Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc and Board Partner at a16z: packet based money protocol unified way of transferring value every…
As videos go, I enjoyed the short and sweet Panel on The Evolution of Bitcoin held at Goldman Sachs. Bitcoin selling points by Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc and Board Partner at a16z: packet based money protocol unified way of transferring value every entity can have a bitcoin wallet four-sided network: miners, developers, merchants,…
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Via Recode, Spotify says Apple won’t approve a new version of its app because it doesn’t want competition for Apple Music. Why is this surprising to Spotify? Amazon has a Kindle app on the App Store but doesn’t sell books inside said app. Its Apple’s App…
Via Recode, Spotify says Apple won't approve a new version of its app because it doesn’t want competition for Apple Music. Why is this surprising to Spotify? Amazon has a Kindle app on the App Store but doesn't sell books inside said app. Its Apple's App Store, you play by their rules, no? I read…
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I cannot imagine what it is like to be on a plane that has engine problems and catches fire upon landing. I’m glad everyone (222 passengers, 19 crew) are safe. I was just taking a long haul flight myself and wondering why they bother showing the safety…
I cannot imagine what it is like to be on a plane that has engine problems and catches fire upon landing. I'm glad everyone (222 passengers, 19 crew) are safe. I was just taking a long haul flight myself and wondering why they bother showing the safety video, since these days you don't really find…
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I downloaded Windows 10 as an ISO from Microsoft. To make a bootable USB disk, I followed the instructions in this article, basically using the Boot Camp Assistant. The installation went on without a hitch. I was never asked for any product key,…
I downloaded Windows 10 as an ISO from Microsoft. To make a bootable USB disk, I followed the instructions in this article, basically using the Boot Camp Assistant. The installation went on without a hitch. I was never asked for any product key, presumably because Windows 8 Pro did boot on my device once, before…
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Today I ran a quick brew update, and noticed the following: ==> Homebrew has enabled anonymous aggregate user behaviour analytics Read the analytics documentation (and how to opt-out) here: https://git.io/brew-analytics Updated Homebrew from to . Updated…
Today I ran a quick brew update, and noticed the following: ==> Homebrew has enabled anonymous aggregate user behaviour analytics Read the analytics documentation (and how to opt-out) here: https://git.io/brew-analytics Updated Homebrew from to . Updated 2 taps (caskroom/cask, homebrew/core). No changes to formulae. Its well worth reading the document: Homebrew's Anonymous Aggregate User Behaviour…
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Linux, MySQL, Open Source, MariaDB
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  • Grok
    Director, 2009 - present
  • Monty Program Ab
    Chief Evangelist, 2009 - present
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    Community Engineer, Community Relations Manager, 2005 - 2008
  • Sun Microsystems
    Specialist, 2008 - 2009
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Melbourne, Australia - Beijing, China
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"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mohandas Gandhi
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Businessperson, technical architect, consultant. Open source software developer, occasional photographer, world traveller, and occasional writer. 

Working on MariaDB at Monty Program (merge - SkySQL). Formerly at MySQL (exit - Sun Microsystems). I thrive on building communities - OpenOffice.org, Fedora, MySQL, MariaDB.
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  • Monash University
  • Sunway College
  • Fairview International School
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The rice bowl was ok. Don't forget to use the sauce for dipping. Service was pretty slow, took us about 45 minutes to get our food. There has to be better Korean nearby
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Be clear when ordering satay and its chicken. We asked for pork but he bought chicken. Returned it. He then said pork is not available and refunded us. Asked for BBQ chicken and he bought fried chicken. Took or reluctantly. Either a blur or dishonest hawker. Either way, be careful.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Have the creamy smoked haddock starter. It's really good. The beef is local and more or less fine. It's a bit pricey but there's quality here
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Fusion Chinese cuisine and I can say it's great. Order plenty. Leave full. Be surprised as to the reasonable pricing this place has during lunch. There are options for vegetarians too, but you'll want to try all the other goodies if you can
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
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Great gallery, lots of Thierry Noir artwork but they also represent John Dolan, Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Take a set menu, let the chef choose for you. Great value for a gastronomic feast.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Speakeasy. Love the decor. Drinks are also pretty good too. Extremely polite staff. Definitely a place to come back to.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago