Category Archives: Editorial

What Helps You Learn?

There was a post recently asking how to train a junior DBA. What tasks do you give them, how to get them productive, etc. The responses were interesting, but I was struck by one note from a person that is … Continue reading

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Capture the Flag

I’ve read a lot of science fiction in my life. Quite a few books talk about cyberspace and the interactions of humans and software. In Snowcrash there are AI systems defending systems. The Unincorporated Man series has AI systems that … Continue reading

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Analyzing Data in Real Time

A few years ago I was listening to a presentation from Microsoft where they touted a customer that had real time analytics with Analysis Services. Since my exposure had been that cubes needed to be processed, a resource intensive process, … Continue reading

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Are You a Tech Company?

Are you a tech company. That’s an interesting question. I’m sure some of you might not think so, working for a commercial organization that has some physical product you sell or some service you provide. You might not consider yourself … Continue reading

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The 10X Programmer

Is there such a thing as a 10x programmer? It’s an interesting idea, and one that is discussed from a few perspectives in this Q&A. There’s some talk about how to define “x” as well as the idea that the … Continue reading

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Why We Need Backups First

One of the things I show when I talk about TDE is that the backup of the certificate is very important. When you create a certificate, SQL Server warns you right away that a backup of the certificate is needed. … Continue reading

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The Danger of xp_cmdshell

Securing a computer is a challenge. There are all sorts of potential issues in every platform, and ensuring safety for your data can be less a reflection of your ability and more the good fortune there isn’t a focused effort … Continue reading

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Data Science Education

One of the good skills to have for a data professional is how to analyze data. Most of us could learn more about data science and data analysis for some aspect of our jobs. We are data professionals, so we … Continue reading

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Down Tools Week 2016

Last week I went to the Redgate Software office in Cambridge, UK. I travel there a few times a year to meet with product groups and touch base with the other people in marketing. However, this trip was planned around … Continue reading

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Encryption Keys Matter

Perhaps the importance of protecting encryption keys is even greater than we realize. It appears that the NSA and the US Government have been able to read encrypted traffic for some time on the Internet, perhapsĀ for most of the last … Continue reading

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