6 Days to the MySQL UC: Survived Amtrak over the Rockies!
By Duleepa Wijayawardhana on Apr 13, 2009
Now, I must admit, I happen to like trains. I can now also strongly recommend taking the train from Denver to San Francisco to anyone who has a couple days to spare and a lot of patience. There's nothing like rocking to sleep on a train and certainly nothing like doing a bit of python programming while you watch the mountains and desert just fly past you (yes the rooms come with plug outlets for your computer). Do remember however that the room barely fits me and my backpack!
I'm adding a couple of photos, but first a MySQL Campus Tour update.
I'm in San Francisco, I have ten universities under my belt. I've crossed the nation to discover that we need to do more with students and databases, I've met wonderful people and now I am not alone!
As of tomorrow, Colin Charles will join me, as will Frank Mashraqi for Berkeley (April 15) and Stanford (April 16 -- actually at Stanford you will get Colin and Frank, while I go to San Jose State). In the meantime Giuseppe and Sheeri are in Southern California.
Now from most frequent to least, here is what I answer and discuss at these tour events:
1. How do you make money on Open Source?
2. How much data can MySQL handle?
3. Reliability and Fault Tolerance?
4. Backup Strategies?
5. What's better about MySQL compared to (Oracle/SQL/Postgres/DB2)
6. Security in MySQL?
So here are some photos to show you a bit of my journey across by train. Next time, I might get an RV and paint MySQL on the side... what do you think?
The train at Glenwood Springs, CO
Going through a gorge in the Rockies
The train in some cool light
Watching the Sierras go by...