Category Archives: Editorial

The Right Connection

Travis-CI had some staffers connect to the wrong database and truncate production tables. Needless to say this caused an outage and disrupted their business. Hopefully they didn’t lose too many customers, but they certainly did not help their reputation. I’m sure there are … Continue reading

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Good Security Needs Layers

How many of you have wanted to know who started or stopped a SQL instance? Probably a few of you, as disruption to the service can affect customers. Most of us are concerned with the changes made inside SQL Server … Continue reading

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Machine Learning Challenges

If you know someone well, you may think that you can predict what they’ll do in a situation. Those that know me might think that if I go to New York, I’ll make time to run in Central Park. That’s … Continue reading

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In Depth Learning at the PASS Summit

This past week the pre-conference sessions for the 2018 PASS Summit were released. There’s a good list of topics and speakers, returning and new presenters, that you can choose from. If you’re planning on attending the Summit, I would review the options … Continue reading

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Believing the Data

This is interesting to me. Let’s leave aside the moral, ethical, or political sides of this. Let’s just look at the data. A cop gave a ticket to a self driving car. Apparently the officer thought the car was within 10 … Continue reading

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Considering Other Views

I love my Pebble 2 watch. It’s simple, the charge lasts for days, and it does what I want out of a device. However, it’s a device that isn’t made anymore, and after a fall, I have a crack in … Continue reading

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IoT Success

After quite a bit of press the last few years, the IoT crazy has slowed a bit. I suspect this is because many of the consumer type IoT devices, such as refrigerators and washing machines, haven’t proven to be as useful or … Continue reading

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The Best Ever

Every few years, or every year now, we see a new version of SQL Server proclaimed as the best ever. A few weeks ago, I saw a number of people leaving hte MVP Summit, rating it as the best ever … Continue reading

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What’s Downtime?

There was a time when I worked for a company that sold products on-line  Since our wares could be purchased at any time of the day or night, we wanted to ensure that our systems were running all the time. This … Continue reading

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In Memory of Robert

I was returning from a trip yesterday when I got an email from a friend that Robert Davis (@sqlsoldier) had passed away. Unfortunately, this happens more and more to me as I age. Family and friends are getting older and … Continue reading

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