Author Archives: Jeremy Zawodny

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly Glastar N97BM, Just AirCraft SuperSTOL N119AM, Bonanza N200TE, and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.

Coursera on-line classes and the future of learning…

Ten years from now a “college education” is going to look radically different from when I went to school. And I think that’s a good thing, especially when you consider the skyrocketing costs of “higher education” and the miserable job … Continue reading

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iPad Annoyance: File Uploads in Safari

A few weeks ago I got a new iPad and have generally been quite happy with it. When paired with a wireless keyboard, I can even do some basic (lightweight) “work” on it as a remote terminal. But there’s a … Continue reading

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iPad and Wireless Keyboard

In the last year or so, I’ve been working to reduce my computer inventory so that I spend less time administering things and more time actually using them. As part of that, Kathleen and I recently got new iPads (the … Continue reading

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Speaking at Percona MySQL Conference and Sphinx Search Day

I’m happy to see that the vacuum created by O’Reilly Media dropping the annual MySQL Conference has been filled by the good people at Percona in the form of the Percona MySQL Conference, which is in Santa Clara from April 10-12th. I’ll … Continue reading

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Money vs. Interesting Work

From the comments of Never Make Counter Offers on Bram Cohen’s weblog, …Money is really like a chronic disease, my financial situation is something that intrudes on what I want to do, and prevents me from doing it unless I … Continue reading

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magit makes git awesome in emacs

I recently came across the Meet Magit video which is an excellent introduction to the magit emacs mode for git. I use both Emacs and Git a lot at work and at home, so having something a bit more comprehensive … Continue reading

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craigslist Charitable Fund Donates to the Perl Foundation

I’m very happy to see the announcement on the Perl Foundations’s home page this morning. According to craigslist CEO and former Perl Hacker Jim Buckmaster, “craigslist has gloried in and relied upon Perl for most of its software development for more than … Continue reading

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Visiting Frozen Tenaya Lake

Yesterday Kathleen and I visited Tenaya Lake in the Tioga Pass area of Yosemite National Park. The weather has been odd this season. While it’s been quite cold at the higher elevations, there’s been virtually no precipitation yet, so the … Continue reading

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Renewed Weight Loss, Health, and a new blog…

Back in mid-2006, I documented my fairly dramatic weight loss in a series of blog postings. Some of you may even remember that. It was on boingboing and all that. I went from a high of 224 pounds to a … Continue reading

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On Good Enough Code

Reading There’s no shame in code that is simply “good enough” (and the discussion on hacker news), I find myself strongly agreeing. I have this system I built about 3 years ago at craigslist. Since then it has been extended … Continue reading

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