A Restore Tale

If you're reading this, you probably already know that while backup strategies are important, restore strategies are what really matter. If you aren't able to restore a database when a disaster has occurred and money's on the line, you may find yourself very quickly updating your resume and leaving town. Practicing restores will not only tell you that your backups work, it also gives you good practice for your restore process. (If you don't have a restore process, then it's an excellent opportunity to create one!) When the CEO is tapping you on the shoulder wondering when the database will…
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Four Reasons Not To Learn The Dvorak Keyboard

In my previous post I looked at 4 reasons to learn the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard (DSK).  I'll now take a look at the other side and give you 4 reasons why you might not want to. 1.  You're Already A Good Typist If you're reading this, chances are pretty good you're a DBA, developer, consultant, or someone else who makes their living in front of a keyboard.  Given that, chances are also pretty good that you're a solid typist, as you'd be getting work done very slowly using the hunt-and-peck method of typing.  You're probably not the world's fastest, but…
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Four Reasons To Learn The Dvorak Keyboard

For quite a while now I've been intrigued by the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard (DSK).  I was first introduced to it by my mentor at an internship during college, and after reading about how Dr. Dvorak's layout of the keys came to be, I thought it would be neat to learn given its advantages.  After giving it more thought, there some disadvantages as well, and I'm torn to the point that I can't figure out what to do.  In this and the following blog post, I'll take a look at both sides of the issue. 1.  It's Faster Believe it or…
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Why My Newest Laptop Is A Mac

I've never been a fan of Apple.  Despite making a living off SQL Server, I don't consider myself to be a Windows fanboy by any stretch of the imagination either, but I never imagined that I would buy a Mac. One of the easiest arguing points back in the day was the availability of software.  Games on a mac?  There was that sliding apple puzzle thing, that's about it.  (Ok, there were more than that, but if I couldn't play Doom II on it I wasn't interested!)  Then they switched to Intel processors and OSX got better and better.  The…
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