Monthly Archives: June 2013

SQL in the City 2013

Last week was the opening of a new SQL in the City season for Red Gate Software. Once again, for the third year in a row, we had our first event of the year in London. We had a new venue, and only … Continue reading

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Better Technical Interviews

Is the tech interview dead? An interesting case made in the article, and some links ideas on how to better interview and hire technical developers. I think some of the ideas are specific to developers, and while they can work, they don’t necessarily … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Desk?

I was wondering what this was when I saw it at the Microsoft Technology Center in Philadelphia at SQL Saturday #200. I sat in it, and thought it was pretty cool. Turns out it is an Emperor 1510. You can … Continue reading

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Great Engineering Culture

There are some nice quotes in this piece, and it’s an interesting talk to watch as well. The talk is aimed at people starting companies that are based on technology and how to build the culture from the beginning. However I’d argue these … Continue reading

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More Data Security Issues

Insiders and human frailty are still a big problem in data security, according to a new study from Symmatec. Along with system issues these account for two thirds of data breaches. I suspect system issues means misconfiguration and poorly written code … Continue reading

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When Is Work, Work?

This editorial was originally published on Sept 11, 2008. It is being re-run as Steve is out of the office. More and more people carry Blackberry phones for work, getting push email and a constant connection to the office, it … Continue reading

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Don’t Use MD5

“The hashing alone being MD5 tells me that they really don’t care about their passwords too much, so it’s probably some pre-generated site.” That was from this article on an Anatomy of a Hack. It’s an interesting quote, and it … Continue reading

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A Release from Data

This editorial was originally published on Aug 14, 2008. It is being republished as Steve is at SQL in the City 2013 – London today. Have you ever had that frustrating day where you can’t get your queries to work, … Continue reading

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Lost in Space

Today’s editorial was originally published on Sept 2, 2008. It is being re-run as Steve is traveling today and out of the office. Well perhaps not lost in space, but according to this article, a number of US airports report … Continue reading

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SQL Server Should Work for Us

I ran across a post the other day from someone that was trying to find out why their maintenance plan failed. This person had received a failure notice from SQL Agent, which is good. We should all be aware of … Continue reading

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