1. MySQL progressing towards powerhouse

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 07:45 pm

    CNET has an article about the first ever users conference for MySQL. It highlighted the road plan for the future. Including version 5 which will be aimed towards the buisiness sector.

    The company also is promising a concerted push into the enterprise market with MySQL 5.0, which will build on some of the features in 4.1.

    This site is run on MySQL and I'm glad to see they're trying to take on the Oracle's of the world. I was also tickled by the reference to the projects mascot.

    And it wouldn't be an open-source gathering without a mascot. Sakila the dolphin was plastered on T-shirts, bags and notepads throughout the conference hall. MySQL's Axmark said the company chose the dolphin because it's fast, clever and good looking. "They also group up to kill sharks," he said.

    Posted in: Software

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  2. Opening the floodgates of Iraq related horror stories

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 06:07 pm found an article at The New York Times related by a CNN executive. The story gives some insights into trying to report on the state of Iraq over the last couple decades.

    Posted in: Politics

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  3. Adobe Acrobat 6

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 05:27 pm

    creativepro has a look at some of the new things in Adobe Acrobat 6. The article was written by Planet PDF. If your curious about it's significance...

    In our opinion, Adobe's new flagship product Acrobat 6 is the most significant release since version 1.0 came out almost 10 years ago. Whilst at the time of writing this piece there are still a few loose ends left to take care of, for the most part we view this release as being truly groundbreaking. Unlike the release of Acrobat 5.0, which in comparison with 6.0 was a fairly minor update, we are much more bullish about the benefits that Acrobat 6.0 is going to bring to its potential customers and users.

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  4. Worms getting randy

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 03:53 pm

    New Scientist has an article involving worms who reside near the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The worms have begun to use sexual reproduction more frequently than in the past relative to asexual reproduction. When compared to similar worms from a body of water further away.

    Polikarpov thinks the worms have switched to sexual reproduction in an attempt to protect themselves from the radiation. Sexual reproduction allows natural selection to promote genes that offer better protection from radiation damage, and "the resistance of populations as a whole will be increased", he suggests.

    The study is part of a movement to discover the effects of radiation on species other than our own.

    Posted in: Science

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  5. Babatunde Olatunji dies at 76

    jake on 2003.04.11
    at 03:34 pm

    For being a drummer I'm not up on a lot of various music styles, well at least not on the people involved in them. Brian would probably be a much better candidate to deliver this post. But he's at work right now, so I will be default. I would have seen it earlier but Boing Boing's RSS feed has errors in it...

    Boing Boing reports that Babatunde Olatunji, the Nigerian drummer, died of complications from diabetes. He basically started the "world music" revolution. Though I have to agree with Xeni (from Boing Boing) who said, "Olatunji didn't make "world music," he played Nigerian music."

    Boing Boing post. (links to other sources too)

    Posted in: Music

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