Tag Archives: Friday Poll

An Impressive SQL Server

This editorial was originally published on May 6, 2011. It is being re-run for the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Recently I heard about one SQL Server with 1TB of RAM and another one that was handling over … Continue reading

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Are We Suckers?

I written about learning to say no. I’ve noted that we must find a balance in life with work. I try to encourage you to work hard, get better at your job, and bring value to your employer. I certainly know there … Continue reading

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The Lost Laptop Crisis

I wrote about the dangers of travel awhile back, where I had concerns about information when crossing the borders of a country. However that’s a case that most of us encounter rarely. However many of us do move information around on a … Continue reading

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Positive or Negative

While watching a presentation recently on a SQL Server topic, I was surprised by a design technique that the speaker used. I hadn’t ever thought of the issue, but it caught my eye and made me rethink the way I … Continue reading

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ER Modeling

I saw someone recently note that an Entity-Relationship model is important for your database development project. That UML is important, and the model should be actively maintained. I agree. However, I’ve usually not seen this done. Typically when I’ve seen … Continue reading

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How many environments?

One of the things I’ve learned over time is that in order to develop software, you need multiple environments. I think that outside of school projects, I’ve always used at least two environments: development and production. At school there were … Continue reading

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Is Skynet Coming?

That’s the question this week: Is Skynet coming? I read a piece recently that noted Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have warned us about artificial intelligence. They have been quoted as this is potentially something that the human race … Continue reading

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Does It Count?

This editorial was originally published on Jan 28, 2011. It is being re-run as Steve is out of town. I wrote a blog recently about downtime and SLAs, and the need to have not only downtime SLAs, but also a … Continue reading

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Statistical Analysis

I ran across a book recently that is written to address some of the statistical issues the author has found in many scientific papers. It’s been released online for free, but if you like it and would like a more portable … Continue reading

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How Virtualized?

I went to a talk recently where I saw this statistic: “50% of all workloads were virtualized in 2009. That number is 72% today.” That’s a really big number, at least in my mind. That implies the vast majority of … Continue reading

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