Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jiggly Code

  This discussion is a little funny, an exchange on a Linux board in which Linus Torvalds writes: “This kind of “I broke things, so now I will jiggle things randomly until they unbreak” is not acceptable.” I’d hope that … Continue reading

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Better Than Batman

I’ve always been a fan of Bill Gates. He changed the way we look at personal computing and provided an environment in which software development was widely encouraged. He didn’t create a perfect environment, and Microsoft has made a few … Continue reading

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RECONFIGURE can flush the procedure cache

I ran across this KB article the other day, which lists a few ways in which performance is affected by various maintenance or administrative type operations. In KB article 917818, it notes that some operations cause a performance issue. Some … Continue reading

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BYOD

As laptop prices have plummeted over the last few years to the point where most technical people can afford to purchase their own machine for around $500. Unless you want an Apple machine, then you’ll be looking at something over … Continue reading

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Blackout

It’s anti-SOPA/PIPA day, and a number of sites have shut down for the day. O’Reilly closed their page, and of course, Wikipedia shut down. Google didn’t do the blackout I was hoping for, but they have hidden their logo: I … Continue reading

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SQLServerCentral Webinar #15

Once again, I’m the moderator for a webinar coming up at the end of the month, on Jan 31, 2012. It starts at 11am EST, and features Brad McGehee (blog | @BradMcGehee and Grant Fritchey (blog | @gfritchey)talking about DBA … Continue reading

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The Virtual Lab

Over a decade ago, when the startup company that I worked for went bankrupt, I received a few servers and some other hardware as a partial severance. At the time it seemed like a good idea, and it was nice … Continue reading

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Capacity Planning – Monitor and Extrapolate

I wrote a post recently on capacity planning, and then thought of one more thing. In addition to planning for the future for new systems, you also need to regularly monitor your existing ones. Planning for the future, IMHO, isn’t … Continue reading

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Ethics and Power

Power corrupts. A famous quote, and it’s one of the the most true quotes I’ve seen in my life. When someone has power, they develop a sense of importance, their decisions seem to be more “correct” and their arrogance grows. … Continue reading

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WWBOD

I’ve titled this for Brent Ozar (web |@brento), What Would Brent Ozar Do, since he was the one that turned me on to this post about calculating your FU money. A polite way of describing FU money would be the money that … Continue reading

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