I Want an Apple Watch

A lot of people I talk to are unsure about the Apple Watch, and the category in general. Me, I’m counting down the days till I get my Apple Watch. In fact, at this point my impatience is so great, the prospect of having to wait another month to get one almost makes me want to go out and buy a Pebble. So, score one for the Apple marketing team, I guess.

Gmail Jira Decorator

As discussed in other posts, I spend a lot of time in email, and much of the email I get is related to MongoDB’s Jira. I’ve written before about my Jira summarizer, which maintains a single message in your inbox with a summary of recent activity in projects you watch. In my continuing quest to make Jira email easier to deal with, I wrote a tool to make it easier to quickly assess the email notifications about individual issues.

Dengue Fever

Last week I went to Las Vegas for MongoDB’s sales kickoff. The night before I left, Sunday, I came down with a decently high fever. I got a bit nervous, as it came on strong and fast, but I took some Advil, went to bed, and the next morning felt ok to get on a plane. That whole Monday was pretty good with the help of some more Advil. On Tuesday morning the Advil was giving ground, on Tuesday evening it was in full retreat, and Wednesday at 5am I found a helpful MongoDB employee in the hotel to take me to the ER.

MongoDB 3.0: Seizing Opportunities

MongoDB 3.0 has landed. The development cycle for 3.0 has been the most eventful of my entire career. As originally planned, it would have been great, but still incremental in nature. Instead, we wound up acquiring our first company, integrating their next-gen storage engine, and by capitalizing on that unlooked-for opportunity, delivering a release so beyond its original conception that we revved its version number. Renaming a release in-flight is out of the ordinary, so I wrote about our reasoning when we announced the change.

LiveScribe vs. Phone Camera Update: the NOOP edition

In my first post on this topic, I said I’d post an update in a week or so. Ok, so that was about 7 weeks ago. I abandoned the trial of both of these techniques because 2.8.0 is, frankly, more important than my experiments in productivity. I’m going to get back to it, but this is actually an opportunity to say something important about getting derailed from productivity projects by urgent items.

MongoDB 2.8.0-rc0

Today our team made public our first release candidate of MongoDB 2.8, rc0. Since June, beginning with MongoDB World 2014, I’ve been speaking publicly about MongoDB 2.8, and its headline features: document level locking and pluggable storage engines. What I haven’t said until now is just how related these two features are. We’ve been working on our storage API for roughly a year, and with MongoDB 2.8 rc0, we’re rolling out the first fully supported and working storage engine integration: WiredTiger.

MongoDB London 2014

On November 6th, I’ll be delivering the keynote address at MongoDB London 2014. I’ll be talking about the upcoming 2.8 release, the future of storage engines in MongoDB, and Automation. Since our last conference (MongoDB Boston 2014), the revamped MMS with Automation has gone from soft launch to wide release, and the response from the MongoDB community has been fantastic. We’re seeing tons of adoption and getting lots of great feedback.

The Road To MMS Automation

“MongoDB is as easy to operate at scale as it is to develop with.” From the very beginning of MongoDB, I’ve envisioned making that bold claim. Until today, it’s been a dream. We just brought it firmly into the realm of the realistic. Today we rolled out a completely revamped MMS built atop Automation, our cloud service for deploying and running MongoDB. Automation works with any infrastructure, from AWS to private cloud to bare metal.

LiveScribe vs. Phone Camera

I’ve been using this new toy. Well, it’s for work, but until the novelty wears off, it’s definitely also a toy. I like taking notes in meetings on paper as much as possible. It’s less distracting, and more friendly. I’ve tried various ways of doing this, but nothing has stuck yet. The closest has been a regular notebook. The biggest problem is that I don’t like carrying things to and from work, or to different places.

The Staff Meeting

Everyone with a staff knows they need a staff meeting on a recurring basis, often weekly. And those who don’t have staff are themselves in other people’s staff meetings, making it one of the most common meeting types for anyone to attend. Sadly, there is often ambiguity around what they are for, making them annoying and inefficient. What I Want out of Staff Meetings The purpose of these meetings is twofold: 1) status updates, and 2) key decision making or the precursor conversations for decision making.