21 Days to go: Between Toronto and Detroit

Well, I'm somewhere between Toronto and Detroit on a VIA train speeding along soggy and grey Ontario which is trying to wake up from the doldrums of winter. It's not a pretty sight.

Friday night I was shocked and amazed to have 20 students show up to the presentation at McMaster, after all, Friday night I thought would have been a death knell for any boring tech talk from yours truly. I suspect that the copious amounts of pizza provided by Sun might have had something to do with it.

Like London, the talk in Hamilton was a success due in no small part to the organizational abilities of the McMaster Sun Campus Ambassador, Bhavin Mehta (who I later discovered was given an award for being outstanding as a Sun CA, and had organized this to be right after his graduation ceremony - now \*that\* is dedication!).

Topics for the evening, again how MySQL could possibly make money by being open source, the difficulties in convincing professors to cover MySQL in university and the problems of companies, governments etc. not wanting to move away from legacy databases to more modern systems.

Thanks again to McMaster and students for hosting me so handily in Hamilton!

Now for the upcoming California leg of the tour, I'd like to formally announce to the world that Farhan "Frank" Mashraqi will be joining Colin and I at Berkeley and Colin at Stanford. Thanks!!

Do you have topics for us to talk about at the California legs of the tour? Please tell us.

Here's a short bio of Frank just in case you don't know who he is...

Frank Mashraqi, Vice President of Technology, NetEdge: Mr. Mashraqi is a frequent speaker at web 2.0 industry conferences and is an advisor on database scalability and open source to several startups. He comes to NetEdge with nearly a decade of scalability, engineering management and monetization experience. Prior to NetEdge, Mr. Mashraqi was Director of Business Operations and Technical Strategy for Fotolog where he played a pivotal role in helping Fotolog scale to become the 13th largest website on the Internet (based on traffic). Mr. Mashraqi holds a BBA in Accounting and a BS in Computer Information Systems from North Georgia State University, the military university of Georgia.

Monday afternoon, I'm presenting at Wayne State University in Detroit.  Location: College on Engineering, Room 2507 (PACE Lab), 4 - 6pm.

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