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Meet Ron Farrer: Command Prompt's Lifelong Tinkerer

Welcome to our blog series: Meet the Team, where we will introduce you to the minds behind Command Prompt. This month we are talking with Ron Farrer, one of Command Prompt's System Administrators and JR DBA. 

Where are you based?

I’m from Bellingham, Washington. I currently reside 20 minutes north, but in a few weeks I’ll be moving back to Bellingham.

How long have you been with Command Prompt?

I’ve been with Command Prompt for five years. JD posted in the Bellingham Linux Users Group and I didn’t know it at the time, but JD was also located in Bellingham. All I knew was that Command Prompt did open source work and a lot of stuff with Linux ...

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How to Achieve Success When Working From Home

In today’s world it is important to know that you have a team to back you up. From all of us at Command Prompt, we are here to help. It is our goal to help our clients, partners, and community succeed.

As a pioneer in building a successful employment from home culture we have moved through the trial and test phases of what does and doesn’t work when working without a central office. In an effort to help you transition with ease, we have put together a list of important things to take into consideration. 

  How to achieve success when working from home: 

Set a routine and stick to it. 

  • Your work schedule shouldn’t change much ...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Letter From Our Founder

As the global spread of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) hits home, disrupting lives and communities, our Command Prompt team has been working diligently to ensure that our clients receive the quality and excellence in experience we've promised them. As Command Prompt is a strategically globally distributed company, our staff continue to do their best work – all in a safe, remote, and productive environment.

Please be aware that we are committed to supporting your company and team needs during this time of uncertainty. We have and will continue to deliver high-quality and reliable professional Postgres support and service as we’ve done for over two decades.

Our technical support, education, and project management teams are standing by to help you in this ...

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Meet Ivan Lezhnjov: Command Prompt's Open Source Detective

Welcome to our new blog series: Meet the Team, where we will introduce you to the minds behind Command Prompt. First up is Ivan Lezhnjov, Lead Systems Administrator.

Longform Questions

How long have you been with Command Prompt?

Since the fall of 2012, so around 7+ years.

What’s your background and expertise?

I’m a Lead Systems Administrator / DevOps Administrator. I'm self-taught and have been fascinated with Linux and the free software movement since the early days. When I was in highschool, and throughout university, I was really fascinated with Linux as a hobbyist. Somehow that transformed into a career. 

What’s your favorite project of all time?

It’s so difficult, because there’s so many great open source projects and ...

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Recognizing and Developing Emotional Intelligence

There are many ways to define intelligence, and the most commonly accepted definition being in relation to facts, figures, and reasoning. This leaves out the emotional, interpersonal, or social aspects of intelligence, known as the Emotional Intelligence Quotient, or EQ. According to Merriam-Webster, intelligence is defined as:

  • (1): the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : REASON also: the skilled use of reason
  • (2): the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (such as tests)

Per Google, Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EQ is ruled by ...

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Keys to Moving Forward In Your Life and Career - Making the Leap to Uncomfortable


Finding the right path when trying to move forward with your career can be challenging. From the difficult subject of compensation increases, to knowing when you are ready to move up in a role, to refining the skill set you have; there are many stepping stones that have to be put in place in order to successfully move forward in your career. In this article series I provide tips as Senior Management for what I look for and what has been expected of me over the years to help you reach your professional and personal goals. 

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Making the Leap to Uncomfortable

In the last article I discussed the importance of getting out of your own way and becoming uncomfortable ...

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Keys to Moving Forward In Your Life and Career - Get Out of Your Own Way

Finding the right path when trying to move forward with your career can be challenging. From the difficult subject of compensation increases, to knowing when you are ready to move up in a role, to refining the skill set you have, to truly understanding what your boss expects of you; there are many stepping stones that have to be put in place and in the right sequence in order to successfully move forward in your career. In this article series I provide tips as Senior Management for what I look for and what has been expected of me over the years to help you reach your professional and personal goals. 

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Get out of your own way

There are many ...

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Command Prompt Inc. Invites You to Attend InnoTech Houston

One of my favorite annual technology events takes place each October in my hometown of Austin, Texas -- Innotech Austin. I've attended for several years in support of local nonprofit groups including Chick Tech Austin and Austin Women in Technology, as well as for Command Prompt Inc. I thoroughly enjoy the networking opportunities and the professional yet relaxed atmosphere of this event. While attending and exhibiting at Innotech Austin earlier this month, I met several potential partners in supporting PostgreSQL not only for users, but also for students aspiring to a career in full stack and open source development.

This year Innotech has expanded to three other major metroplexes and tech hubs in Texas -- San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston ...

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December 2017 Update and News

PostgreSQL V10: An Amplified Version Of PostgreSQL

For more than a decade, the Postgres community has released new major versions almost annually to meet the evolving needs of the Database Industry. The first great release of Postgres was 8.3 in 2008, with a clean and evolutionary release of 8.4 eighteen months later.
The 2017 v10 release of Postgres is the first version that Command Prompt Inc. founder and lead consultant Joshua D. Drake would consider truly, “Enterprise Ready.” Read more


Command Prompt Inc. Joins the AWS Partner Network

With the recent advancements of AWS PostgreSQL instances and their Database Freedom initiative alluded to in Andy Jassy’s AWS re:Invent 2017 Keynote, more and more AWS customers are ...

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Why Postgres? (How did I get here?)

You may ask yourself, how did I get here?

The journey to this place in my professional career as the newly hired Director of Business Development for Command Prompt, Inc. is a long and winding one, and so i'd like to share a couple of stories to enlighten curious folks:

“Why Postgres?!”

Last September the fledgling consulting firm that I was handling sales and business development for was shuttering, and my best bud and business colleague Jim Nasby and I were on the market for job opportunities. Word had gotten out, and I had an introductory call with a potential employer. An advantage of my former position at Blue Treble was the ability to engage regularly in the ...

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Indirect Advocacy

Last week I spoke at the Bellingham Young Professional Group on starting and running a business. It was a well attended presentation. I was nervous at first because although I do a lot of public speaking, I usually speak to technical people. This was a wholly different crowd and I was pulling from a different set of expertise. The crowd was largely under 30 and wanting to start a business of some sort. The presentation went over well and by far the most common feedback was, "I didn't even consider that, thank you". It is a good feeling to know you are helping people.

Indirect Advocacy: not directly caused by a recommendation of a particular cause

By stepping out ...

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Do not buy the closed source lie of free videos

There is a nice lie out there. A lot of people want to believe it. They think by believing this lie it will somehow increase something for them. In some ways that is true. If you want what you are doing to be about you. If you are a believer in Open Source, it isn't about you. It is about the community and bettering that community as a whole.

If we provide the videos of our sessions for free, you won't attend the conference.

The PgConf US conference grows every year and guess what, they provide their videos for free.

If you pay for the conference, we will provide the videos for free.

LinuxFest Northwest which is larger ...

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Rich in the Jungle: A AWS to Softlayer comparison for PostgreSQL

I have updated my Rich in the Jungle presentation with new pricing for AWS vs. Softlayer. Things haven't changed much, in terms of raw performance per dollar (which is not the only qualifier). Softlayer is clearly the winner.

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What is good for the community is good for the company (profit is the reward)

As the PostgreSQL community continues down its path of world domination I can't help but wonder whether the various PostgreSQL companies are going to survive the changes. Once upon a time there was an undercurrent of understanding that what was good for the community was good for the company. Whatever company that may be. However, over the last few years it seems that has changed. It seems there is more prevalance toward: What is good for the company is good for the community, or in other words, "The goal is profit."

That is a flawed discipline to follow in the Open Source world. A truly beneficial, strong and diverse community has to eliminate that thought entirely. The goal is ...

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