Tag: misc

Uber’s move to MySQL

I was reading a very interesting article on Uber’s move from Postgres to MySQL. I really like it when IT professionals and/or companies take the time to explain their technology decisions.  It’s a brave thing to do, because it’s easy for people to jump…

OpenWorld 2016 is not far away

OpenWorld is just around the corner, and the Ask Tom team will be involved in a number of panels where you can chat to us, ask questions, debate topics and basically have a relaxed 45mins during all the frenzied activity that is OpenWorld.  So…

OTN Yathra– scenes from Bangalore and Hyderbad

It’s sad that I could not capture in pictures the amazing sights and sounds from both inside the conference and outside in the streets of these amazing places. I was too busy just absorbing it myself and neglected to take enough pictures But again,…

OTN Yathra Chennai

Rather than try to convey in words the first couple of days in India, I thought I’d share some of the images from the first days here in India, covering the Chennai conference. Enjoy

Technology debates

As always happens from time to time, we had the following request on AskTom today: Could you list down 2 reasons why sql server is better than oracle? Then 2 counter reasons as to why why oracle is better than sql server   And…

A old story from the past

My own personal hell story was back in the late 1990’s, when moving database from one server to another.  We were recycling some of the hardware (disks and memory), so it was a unload-to-tape, reload-from-tape job. The servers were in Port Hedland (a rat-infested…

Certification exams

This is an update of a blog item I made nearly 15 years ago … but I think it still holds true Is doing the OCP exams worthwhile ? Yes, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. The OCP exams are a…