Life as a consultant: my crooked arm for a pillow

Sometimes there are funny communication styles between people who are geographically distributed and working together all the time. Recently one of our team members echoed back to me some answers I gave over a chat session:

Q: Is it OK for me to buy quad-core servers?
A: The old man walks slow but carries much, whilst the young boy runs without a care.

Okay, okay maybe I wasn’t very clear in my message, and maybe it was just a little bit Confucian. Here’s what I actually said:

Xaprb: 8 cores may be OK for some workloads
Xaprb: high-concurrency, not so good
Xaprb: discounts, yes

But I assure you, I would never write to a client this way. Only my colleagues.

I'm Baron Schwartz, the founder and CEO of VividCortex. I am the author of High Performance MySQL and lots of open-source software for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. I contribute to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB. More about me.