One week to go! Then we'll have MySQL ABÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest internal meeting ever, with some 400 MySQLers being shipped to Orlando, Florida.
Almost four years ago in 2004, the company met in CancÃƒÂºn, Mexico. A year before that in 2003, we met in Budapest, Hungary. In 2002, we met in St Petersburg, Russia. In 2001, we met in Helsinki, Finland. In 2000, they (I wasn't on board at that time) met in Monterey, USA. As we met last time in CancÃƒÂºn, we were fewer people in the whole company than last September at the Developer Mtg in Heidelberg, Germany.
I'm looking forward to meeting with all my fellow MySQLers. Besides all the working and catching-up, I expect to do some running with fellow MySQLers, share some photographs, and just enjoy spending face-to-face time.
Right now, I'm preparing for this by looking through and setting the agendas for various meetings with other teams, as well as 1on1 mtgs with my team. And I even plan to create a check-list for random beer encounters and store it in my phone. Few things would disturb me more than sitting on my flight back across the Atlantic, only to realise that I forgot to talk to somebody special, and will need to wait forever to get the next opportunity.