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Erika’s view of the internet

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Upon viewing The Sheep Market, Erika remarked: “People on the internet will work for nothing, and they buy everything.” I got a good laugh out of that. It’s pretty much true, and The Sheep Market is a great piece of evidence. Aaron Koblin used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to get 10,000 drawings of sheep at a…
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Projects are like startups: they need active communities

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Tara Hunt posted her BayCHI presentation notes, and she touches just a bit on why startup companies (heck, any companies) need to focus on building active user communities and listening closely to them. The community phenomenon is something that everyday project planners need to recognize and acknowledge. Internal IT projects benefit by building this kind…
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Why I laugh in the morning

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You wonder why I’m so damn chipper on the mornings of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? Blame Penny Arcade, my favorite web comic. It’s chock full of in-crowd jokes, but the commentary by the authors is almost – but not quite – accessible to everybody. Take a line from today’s commentary where Tycho is talking about…
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Amazon’s new virtual computing system

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Amazon just announced EC2, their rent-a-datacenter plan. You build a custom virtual machine using their tools, and upload it to them. Then you can turn on that virtual machine anytime you want for a whopping ten cents per hour. It gets even better – if you have scalability needs, like if your site suddenly becomes…
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How would you like your datacenter? Scrambled, or over easy?

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I’ve had so many hilarious things going on lately, I don’t even know where to begin. Last weekend, IBM Director started emailing us that a couple of servers were overheating. In a matter of minutes, the heat problems were spreading across different racks, and the IT crew all started driving into the office simultaneously. Our…
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Macbook in the driver’s seat

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Macbook in the driver’s seat, originally uploaded by BrentOzar. My coworkers were a little surprised yesterday when I alreay had my Macbook Pro as my primary machine, and my Dell had already been relegated to riding shotgun. The only reason I even still have it on my desk is because I have to get our…
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Coding Horror t-shirts now available

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I try not to wear too many computer-related t-shirts because they emphasize my fashion ineptitude, but when Jeff Atwood’s Coding Horror blog came out with their logo t-shirts, I could not resist. The logo is great, the blog is funny and spot-on, and let’s face it, every geek should have at least one good inside…
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I’m getting a Macbook Pro!

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YES! YES! YES! Or as they say in the World Cup, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! My boss knows about my lust after the grooviness known as the Apple Macbook Pro, and he just scored me the coolest project. I get to be the pilot guy for supporting Macs internally. I’m way psyched. Now for the wild part –…
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Ernie goes to the vet

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Ernie and I took a trip this morning to Animal General Hospital, and Dr. Campbell says she’s got a rash. Might be scabies, but probably not, and he didn’t want to do the required skin scrape test on her right now with the skin being so sensitive. She got a shot in the bottom to…
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Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Review

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I spent some time yesterday going through an evaluation of the upcoming release of Microsoft Operations Manager 2007, and figured I’d share my evaluation notes with you, dear reader.  I’ve used MOM before, and I wanted to see what was new. I’m looking at SCOM 2007 because I’d run into a showstopper with UniCenter: it…
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Ernie goes to church

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Ernie goes to church, originally uploaded by BrentOzar. On Lincoln Road, no less.
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IBM UpdateXpress Server worthless

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This past week, we had an IBM guy come in for a quick-start session on implementing IBM Director. Maintaining dozens or hundreds of servers can be a chore, and Director is supposed to make it easier by automating hardware checks, firmware updates, and even phoning home when there’s a problem. Part of this package is…
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Lusting after the new Apple Macbook

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Oh yeah, I gotta have me one of these. Here’s the deal: as of about a year ago, Apple started moving their entire lineup over to Intel processors instead of Motorola ones, which means Apple computers can run Windows. During the boot process, the user can pick which operating system they’d like to run –…
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End ofa long, hard day

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End ofa long, hard day, originally uploaded by BrentOzar. I spent the second half of the day building and installing a couple of pizza boxes from IBM. We’re cleaning up our network test lab, mounting flat panels on the walls for easier builds, and just generally making it a nicer place to spend time.
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BarCamp coming to South Beach

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Yeah, it’s been a while since my last blog post, sorry about that. Life is a blast here, having a ton of fun with things at work, but I’m going to try to catch up on the blog over the weekend. First things first: BarCamp South Beach! Woohoo! I can’t believe it. My first kinda-Valley-ish…
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Reverse-engineering databases

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I’m a big fan of the relatively inexpensive Case Studio as an alternative to the big database design tools. Case Studio does a very competent job at reverse engineering databases, modeling, UML, etc. The reverse engineering just got a whole lot better with the recent InferRI add-in that can infer relationships between tables even when…
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SQL performance tuning for VPN users

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The latest newsletter from the excellent SQL-Server-Performance.com had a tip about doing performance tuning on high-powered machines. If you need to test large queries running inside the server room (meaning, the app or web server runs a big query against the db server), you may not get the speed results you’re expecting if you try…
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Raising the dead…servers

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Raising the dead…servers, originally uploaded by BrentOzar. I’ve blogged about more of the downsides than the upsides of my new Cingular 8125, and it’s time for some opposing views. Stuck in…
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Why open source will triumph: one big community

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For the past few days, I’ve complained a couple of times about the lack of testing on my new Cingular 8125. My troubles continue with the MMS integration. The device has a great digital camera, and it has great email support, but do the two work together? Not so much. STEPS TO REPRODUCE: 1. Take…
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