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The 2016 Home Lab

Everyone needs a home lab. At least, everyone that works in technology and wants to grow their career or get better at their craft. I’d hope that’s most of you, but if not, that’s fine. If you’re happy with just … Continue reading

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The Quiet Zone

I’ve been in a data center when most servers turned off. I’ve actually heard dozens of systems powered off quickly, and it’s a strange sound. You become so used to the white noise of numerous fans that having them turned … Continue reading

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The Desktop Rebuild–Part 3

This is the last part of this series, at least for now. If you haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, feel free to check them out. After I got through Part 2, I was working again. In fact, I … Continue reading

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The Desktop Rebuild–Part 2

You can read part 1, but that’s more about the (initial) hardware changes. This one looks at getting moving on the new desktop. Note, that since I changed the MB/CPU/Boot disk, I decided to reinstall Windows as well on a … Continue reading

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The Desktop Rebuild–Part 1

I’ve had an aging desktop for some time. I originally bought it from Glenn Berry (b | t), who I think gets a new machine every quarter or two. Seriously, I think there is a computer in every room of … Continue reading

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Back Home, Despite a Scare

I’ve spent the last 11 days traveling in Europe, returning home late yesterday. It wasn’t a holiday or even corporate boondoggle as this was 3 cities, 2 events at which I spoke, travel in planes, trains, and automobiles, a minor … Continue reading

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Stress Testing

Many of the DBAs that manage production systems will at some point determine what level of hardware is needed to support a workload. Whether this is a physical server purchase or a cloud “rental”, someone has to decide what hardware … Continue reading

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BYOD

This editorial was originally published on Jan 18, 2012. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation. Some minor edits were made As laptop prices have plummeted over the last few years to the point where most technical people … Continue reading

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High DPI Test

On my new machine, running at a high DPI, I have some DPI issues. One is that I can’t seem to change the font for Open Live Writer. I see this: Which isn’t what I want. This is a test … Continue reading

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Interesting Data Centers

I’ve spent a couple decades in technology working with lots of companies. As an employee, a consultant, or a sales engineer, I’ve had the chance to visit quite a few data centers over the years, some of which were quite … Continue reading

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