Our newly retooled analytics group encourages all of us to become more involved our online communities, so a lot of new faces will show up in the coming weeks.
Rather than addressing weightier matters in my inaugural blog post, I thought I’d test the waters with a small diversion describing an Aster Egg and how I found it. My later blog posts should be more substantive.
In 2012, while a member of the Teradata Retail Analytics team, I was also interested in developments in the Aster organization. I saw people I worked with in Teradata joining Aster’s consulting group and thought I’d like to work with them again. To prepare for exploring that possibility in person at the America’s Kick-off in January, in Dec 2012, I began reading the 5.10 Aster User Guide from page 1 – a very normal thing to do. As I read, I took notes on the differences and similarities between the Aster and Teradata platforms.
And as I read, I began to have some suspicions about the examples presented in the guide. For instance, the user example was as follows: CREATE USER theadon PASSWORD '5t4g0l33';
The user name seemed vaguely familiar and, with substitutions, the password, Stagolee, seemed to have additional meaning beyond just an example. The command line example given was:
$ act -d emea_sales -h 10.48.58.100 -U mjones
Again, it seemed like I should know the name mjones .
Then another create example sealed the deal: CREATE USER jstrummer PASSWORD 'm4gn1f1c3nc3';
User jstrummer had to be Joe Strummer, and at least someone writing the guide was a fan of The Clash.