August 2008

Interview with Richard Hulse of Radio New Zealand, on the decision to offer Ogg Vorbis

The title of this article is taken from Groklaw where the interview actually took place.

I have long admired Richard's achievements at RNZ and also the positive way he has responded to requests to make life easier for those of us who chose not to use Windows. So the news that RNZ was now streaming content in the Free Ogg Vorbis codec was more icing on a well iced cake and the fact that this decision was timed to match Richard Stallman's visit to New Zealand was perfect.

Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day is a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the virtues and availability of Free and Open Source Software. Over 330 teams took part in SFD 2007, celebrating Free Software at schools, universities, parks, and many other public places. SFD worldwide is held on the third Saturday in September.

Software Freedom Day 2008 is Saturday 20th September.

MySQL Developer Training

There is quite a bit of interest in this so here are the specific details of Arjen Lentz's courses...

Open Query has scheduled course days in Auckland for MySQL Developers and DBAs. Open Query develops its own training materials, delivered in one day modules. While the modules are scheduled in groups of three, you can sign up for just one or two if that's what you need right now!

Open Query is run by Arjen Lentz, formerly employee#25 at MySQL (2001-2007) and co-author of the recently published 2nd edition of O'Reilly's "High Performance MySQL" book.