Kris Buytaert's blog

Jan 12 2008

The Hiring Squad

Daniel tells us how he recognises a good programmer.
He is sooo right about all of what he wrote, As I have been sitting at the other side of the hiring table , I have to say I too look for passion,
I don't look for degrees, or certifications, personal experiences can be much more important than corporate experiences. But they have to be experience, not looking at.

Anyway . the article is a must read for every recruiter out there..

Jan 10 2008

Evolution Happens!

Back in 1998 one of the reasons my boss back then used for not doing something on a Linux box was
"We don't have enough people with the skills to support that"

Fast forward 10 years and the opposite is happening,
I had a chat with a coworker the other day and we were wondering how we ended up having a windows box from a 3rd party vendor in our platform since no one in our organization knows how to support it.

I imagine similar conversations in MySQL environments where people wonder who is going to support that one proprietary database that came a long with an oldskool vendor

Evolution and Adoption is happening, change happens !!

Jan 10 2008

Autsubscribe to Simplenews

Erik from Link3 dropped me a maile pointing me to his patch that does exactly what I wanted yesterday

The patch applied perfectly to the simplenews module I already had and after some menu digging I figured out that in the Newsletter Settings part a subsection Default Subscription options enabled or disabled the feature.

Thnx Erik !

Jan 09 2008

New User Autosubscribe to Simplenews

Dear ComputerMinds you seem to have had the same problem I`m encountering today, nameley wanting to have a subscribe/unsubscribe to mailinglist form upon user registration, you also seem to have solved it once. albeit for Drupal 4.7 and you were once even sharing the code with us.
Would you please consider sharing it again, or am I overlooking other alternatives to do the same ?

While I`m at it lets figure out how to change the page a first time user gets when he logs on :)

Jan 08 2008

I got Interviewed

Some people obviously think I`m still interresting enough to interview

Reminds me of my first interviews over a decade ago .. I`m still being remembered by one of my famous quotes back then rougly translated to "those toddlers steal my bandwith" , when being asked about how the growing userbase of the KULeuven PC rooms in the Dekenstraat influenced my network usage :) (Think 1994 ish :))

But the acutal news is that Profoss is coming closer and closer .. and you should now Register!
So all you Drupal and MySQL folks out there.. this is your chance to learn about virtualization !

Jan 07 2008

Matt Asay interviews Jim Whitehurst

Matt is interviewing RedHat's fresh CEO Jim Whitehurst

Only one answer into the interview and I already love this guy ..


Q:Tell me a little bit about yourself. What are the last three bands you listened to on your iPod?
A: I don't have an iPod (or a Zune). It won't play Ogg Vorbis files.

That's the spirit !

Jan 04 2008

Recent MySQL builds in CentOSPlus

Peter notes that you indeed can find pretty recent Enterprise level MySQL rebuilds over at the CentOSPlus repository.

Good things come to those who wait :)

Jan 04 2008

LinuxTag 2008 CFP

Whow thats only 7 days left !
Better hurry if you want to present something in Berlin this year.

Jan 04 2008

You guys need Fon

Philip points us to The ethics of stealing a wifi . I too love the sprinkler anlogy.

However Ploum in the comments is right about being afraid of the morons that are proud to say that they used the open wifi of their neighbor to download movies and they took away all of the monthly 15Go limit in a few days !

Thats why you should use Fon. it gives you both bandwith limitation,
security, logging and other things. You get to see who has been using your AP , for how long, how frequent etc .. You can Limit the bandwith someone uses. etc. And because off course you choose to be a Linus, you get to surf on other peoples connections when roaming around.
What else would you be running on a Linksys ?

Jan 02 2008

Kill the time travelers !

I think it's time someone stops the timetraveler
We need to get Innovation back on track :)