Day: January 16, 2008

Sun acquires MySQL AB

Ooooookaaay. Has the fork already happened or is that later today?

MySQL: After all the industry speculation about MySQL being a “hot 2008 IPO”, this probably takes most of us by surprise — users, community members, customers, partners, and employees. And for all of these stakeholders, it may take some time to digest what this means. Depending on one’s relationship to MySQL, the immediate reaction upon hearing the news may be a mixture of various feelings, including excitement, pride, disbelief and satisfaction, but also anxiety.

Being part of the group planning this announcement for the last few weeks, I have had the fortune to contemplate the consequences during several partially sleepless nights (I usually sleep like a log). And over the coming days and weeks, I’ll provide a series of blogs with various viewpoints of the deal.

(A series of posts Kaj. The whole thing is a blog — weblog, geddit? You’ve been blogging since September ’05, you really should know this stuff.

Oh, and shouldn’t you have included the ‘AB’ in the post title? We both know that Sun can’t actually acquire MySQL per se, but do you not think that the suggestion might just spark a little panic with the lesser informed out there? Like the Diggers that are already going spastic over it?)


Is my word of the day. Basically it’s a phrase in which the last bit makes you reframe the first bit. The examples on the Wikipedia page are brilliant, and of course feature the master of the genre, Groucho Marx:

  • Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
  • The car stopped on a dime, which unfortunately was in a pedestrian’s pocket.
  • “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.” — Henry J. Tillman
  • “Onward he came, and his feet were shod with his—chilblains.” — Aristotle
  • “I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.” — Will Rogers
  • “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” — Groucho Marx
  • “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” — Groucho Marx
  • “I want to die like my father, quietly, in his sleep—not screaming and terrified like his passengers.” — Bob Monkhouse
  • “A modest man, who has much to be modest about.” — Winston Churchill
  • “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  • “I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long.” — Mitch Hedberg
  • “I don’t have a girlfriend, I just know a girl who would get really mad if she heard me say that.” Mitch Hedberg
  • “Take my wife—please.” — Henny Youngman
  • “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried.” — Winston Churchill
  • “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” — Winston Churchill
  • “I weigh 135 pounds naked, if that scale at the train station is to be believed.” — Emo Phillips
  • “I’ve never seen him so sad, or ever before.” — Scruffy in Futurama
  • “If I could say a few words, I would be a better public speaker.” — Homer Simpson

2x U.S. Banks Duped By Phony Cash Couriers

ROFL. I wonder was it the same guy, on a roll. You’ll almost wish he’d get away with it. The banks certainly deserved a kick in the pants for something so ridiculous.

Washington Post: To the annals of creative bank heists add this: Two Washington area banks turned over more than $850,000 in less than 24 hours this week to someone who impersonated a cash courier and claimed to be filling in for the regular guys.

On Wednesday, a man dressed as an armored truck employee with the company AT Systems walked into a BB&T bank in Wheaton about 11 a.m., was handed more than $500,000 in cash and walked out, a source familiar with the case said.

It wasn’t until the actual AT Systems employees arrived at the bank, at 11501 Georgia Ave., the next day that bank officials realized they’d been had. “When the real security guards showed up is when it became known,” said Richard Wolf, a spokesman with the FBI’s Baltimore division.

Not five minutes later or even an hour later, the next day! Photos of the Year

Some brilliant photos, particularly towards the end. Picking a favourite was difficult, but this one got the best reaction from me: I smiled, and then wondered whether I should be. Photos of the Year