Monthly Archives: January 2013

A New Type of Colocation Facility

Many of us in the technology industry have worked with a data center of some sort. It might be a closet in our employer’s building, a dedicated room with separate power and cooling, or perhaps rented space at a data … Continue reading

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SQL and Skiing – SQL Saturday #183

This weekend of SQL Saturday #183 in Albuquerque, NM. It’s the first SQL Saturday in that state, and it’s a relatively short drive from Colorado. Six hours from my house, S of Denver, and a nice city. My brother used … Continue reading

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The Knowledge Graph

Google does some amazing things. In many ways I like the company and their emphasis on data. I’m not sure I’d want to work there or fit into the culture, but the company tackles some problems that could really change … Continue reading

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Acing an Audit

I’ve been through relatively few audits in my database career. I’ve worked in a few industries that didn’t require them, and avoided the stringent requirements of PCI and HIPAA. ISO 9000 was the first audit I encountered and I had been preparing for Sarbanes-Oxley (recently passed) when … Continue reading

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Granting Permission to Grant Permissions

I’ve never felt the need to allow this, but I saw someone ask the questions recently. Suppose you had a view and you wanted to allow a user to grant permissions to this view to other users. It’s not a … Continue reading

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Still 32

I was listening to a presentation recently and the presenter talked about some of the restrictions in working with 32 bit SQL Server on 64 bit Windows hosts. Another person joked that any companies still running 32 bit software were … Continue reading

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LinkedIn and Connections

I don’t use LinkedIn a lot,  but I do try to go over there once every week or two and update my status, add a link, and accept connections. I have a simple philosophy on connections: I accept them all. … Continue reading

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Serverless Software

I love the words “loosely coupled.” At times in my career, I’ve built software and have aimed to ensure that processes, workflows, and components worked well on their own. In the places where I had to work with data or … Continue reading

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Geeky Oscars

Last fall I heard an interview with one of the people who had worked on Skyfall. I can’t remember who it was, but this person mentioned the director had made the film with an eye towards the Best Picture award. It’s less … Continue reading

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If You Need To Fix Database Filename Extensions

In a recent post I showed how the file extension for a database doesn’t matter. It can be confusing, however, and you might wish to “fix” the filenames to conform to the proper extension. How can you do this? Well, … Continue reading

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