Here’s my bookmarked links for October 26th through October 30th:
SQL Server Links
- Windows Azure Platform Launch Update – The blog notes that “a number of new features in Windows Azure will be made available for the first time” – but it’s at PDC, not the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit. This should be your clue that cloud-based SQL Server isn’t targeted at DBAs, folks – it’s targeted at developers.
- Don’t be a DBA – Be a Data Professional – Buck Woody explains that your real job isn’t tied to the exact version/edition/brand you’re using – it’s tied to the value you provide.
- SQL University: Diving into Authorization – Do you understand the differences between GRANT, REVOKE and DENY? K. Brian Kelley dives in for SQL University.
- SQL Server with NetApp SAN – Collection of best practices documents from NetApp.
- Checklist for installing SQL Server 2005 as a clustered instance – Your first cluster is painful – get help from Cindy Gross’s simplified checklist.
- How People Abuse Their SQL Server Transaction Log – Things NOT to Do – A laundry list of SQL Server abuses.
- Merrill Aldrich : Using Historical Perf Counter Data For Storage Planning – Dives into some of the cool metrics you can get from the Quest Spotlight repositories.
- Suggested Max Memory Settings for SQL Server 2005/2008 – I like hard-coding the maximum memory size for SQL Server whenever it’s not being shared with multiple applications. Glenn shows you some guidelines for the right numbers.
- SQL University: Authentication and Authorization – K. Brian Kelly talks about his specialty – making sure your data stays yours.
- Amazon EC2 – Now an Even Better Value – Amazon’s prices are lower now for SQL Server in the cloud.
- SSMS Tools Pack 1.7 is out! New feature: SQL Snippets – Great free tool.
- Deterministic Functions – Steve Jones talks about how to determine whether something’s deterministic – it affects caching of execution plans, too.
- Developing Data-tier Applications Using Visual Studio 2010 – Video showing off what’s coming for DBAs long term.
- Templates for New Query Window – Buck Woody shows how to force yourself into commenting your code better.
- High Availability Improvements in SharePoint 2010 – Woohoo! It’ll support SQL Server database mirroring out of the box.
- Introducing Amazon RDS – The Amazon Relational Database Service – MySQL in the cloud, cheap.
- Starting the Travel Tips Meme – Great tips from Kevin Kline for the upcoming PASS summit.
- What Should PASS Strive To Be? – Jack Corbett’s thoughts on #SQLPASS’s directions.
- A Rendezvous With Destiny: PASS 2009 (#sqlpass) – If you’re going to the PASS Summit, you need to watch Jimmy May speak.
- Losing Net Neutrality: The Worst Case Scenario [Net Neutrality] – If you don’t understand the talk around “net neutrality”, this post will illustrate how the net will look like if we don’t have net neutrality.
- VCE-101 Thin Provisioning Part 1 – The Basics – Thin provisioning involves creating storage arrays without actually having as much storage as you think. Doing it right requires some awareness at the OS level.
- ScreenFlow 2.0: top Mac screen recording app gets even better – This is the tool I use for my podcasts and screencasts.
- Motorola DROID review – Engadget’s review of the highly awaited Android headset. Comes out with more cons than I’d have expected.
- Free Public Careers CVs – This is going to change the way geeks get hired.
- Announcing Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 – Free turn-by-turn navigation for Android phones. Interesting because Google is basically competing against the iPhone on price now – rather than paying for turn-by-turn nav, you can get an Android phone and get that for free.
- Dunbar’s Number isn’t just a number, it’s the law – Humans can’t handle having more than 150 friends.
- Now Available: The Virtual Storage Console vSphere Plug-in – If you manage VMware and you have a NetApp SAN, this lets you get better insight into your virtual server storage from inside VMware tools.
The Junk Drawer
- Newspaper circulation chart over the last 20 years – What a cliff. Scroll down.
- I Got Nowhere To Go – Tom LaRock questions why people are starting up all kinds of new sites that do the same thing as ones that are already popular & successful.
- Best Buy drops the price on the Netflix-streaming, Blu-ray playing Insignia Blu-ray player – $100 for a Blu-ray player is one heck of a breakthrough price.
- Book Review: Twitter Wit – Tom LaRock reviews a book with tweets.
- The Power of Being Personal on Your Blog – Wanna know why you should be personal? Ask a blogger who’s already been wildly successful.
- Which Religion Should I Follow? – Flowchart to pick your Jeebus.
- Caffeine & Edibles : Baconnaise – Man, if only there was some way I could get both bacon and mayo on my sandwich faster….ah-ha!