Category Archives: Editorial

The Worst Data Breech

I noticed this week that Australia passed a law that requires companies to hand over user information, even if encrypted. Quite a few articles that point out this might require backdoors to be created in communication systems to comply with the law. Companies are required to … Continue reading

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Automation at Work

I do worry about the future of work for large sections of people. When I read pieces like this one in the Atlantic on automation, there are two things that come to mind. First, we are mindlessly sticking with 19th century … Continue reading

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MoSQL

Google is doing more SQL, or at least shifting towards relational SQL databases as a way of storing data. At least, some of their engineers see this as a better way to store data for many problems. Since I’m a … Continue reading

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Lax Security is Harmful for Employment

Manure rolls downhill Since I live on a horse ranch with some slight hills, I can attest this to be true. At least, it’s true for horses and it’s true for short distances. Manure isn’t very friction free and often … Continue reading

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Revving the Error

I was pleased to see the fix for the string or binary data truncated error saw some development work in SQL Server 2019. If you haven’t read about this, the changes are described on MSDN and I thanked the development team. What’s even … Continue reading

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GitHub Downtime

I didn’t notice any issues with GitHub, but others did. The majority of my interaction is just through the git protocol, so things tend to work fast, and I don’t have any database access. I rarely use the Issues, and … Continue reading

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Understanding a Database

I ran across a post that asked a good question, one which I want to ask you today: how do you learn about a database? I’ve run into quite a few databases in my career. Some were third party systems, like Dynamics and JD … Continue reading

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Tougher Privacy Laws

I am all for tougher privacy laws, especially for companies that have not followed basic security practices for securing data. There is a proposal from US Senator Ron Wyden that would increase penalties and give more rights to consumers. Consumers could opt … Continue reading

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Mitigate Issues Early

This is a great postmortem from Basecamp with a detailed explanation of a problem and how they are hoping to avoid issues with their service. Basecamp is a Software as a Service tool from 37 Signals that had an outage recently. Actually, the service … Continue reading

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Building Better Training Opportunities

Recently I wrote a piece about some advice on quitting over training budgets, or the lack thereof. It had some interesting comments, but one stood out to me because it’s something I’ve heard and seen before. One of the readers noted that … Continue reading

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