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jasona.work (10/3/2013)
It was bad enough around here when it was just "furlough Fridays" or "furlough Mondays..."

But a furlough week? And the guy who would normally sit next to me (Oracle DBA) being out of the office for the moonth? And the servers are (so far) behaving themselves? And there's no one here who could approve a request to get a new VM stood up to replace an existing (at least I'd be able to work on installing SQL on it?)

I'm going to lose what little mind I've got...

So it's deserted there, huh? I know my friend who works for the VA is still working. He's a normal, full-time employee and has very little doubt that he's being paid for his time. He's been through "shutdowns" several times before and isn't worried at all. The contractors, however, are nowhere to be seen. They're always the first to go.



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Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:08 AM


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Grant Fritchey (10/3/2013)
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ARRRGGGGHHHH!

Why, oh, why do people keep perpetuating (or creating) myths about backups? And in an article about interview questions no less.

I wouldn't hire anyone who answered the first question here the way that the article has listed. I mean, seriously, since when do recovery models dictate retention? That is so totally a subjective measure that is decided by the individual shops, NOT by SQL Server.

#headdesk.

I know what the author probably thought he was saying, but seriously, the way it's phrased is way beyond the pale and will get so many people in trouble.


Oh, and the questions. "Post all questions for a DBA with 3+ years experience..." Really? Here's an idea. HAVE 3+ years experience and you ought to be able to answer those questions.

Have no fear, that sound you hear is my teeth grinding, not tectonic plates shifting.


I posted 2 comments and then had to force myself away from the page before I tore the entire article apart. Not allowing myself to go back there until I calm down.


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Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:11 AM
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ARRRGGGGHHHH!

Why, oh, why do people keep perpetuating (or creating) myths about backups? And in an article about interview questions no less.

I wouldn't hire anyone who answered the first question here the way that the article has listed. I mean, seriously, since when do recovery models dictate retention? That is so totally a subjective measure that is decided by the individual shops, NOT by SQL Server.

#headdesk.

I know what the author probably thought he was saying, but seriously, the way it's phrased is way beyond the pale and will get so many people in trouble.


Oh, and the questions. "Post all questions for a DBA with 3+ years experience..." Really? Here's an idea. HAVE 3+ years experience and you ought to be able to answer those questions.

Have no fear, that sound you hear is my teeth grinding, not tectonic plates shifting.


I posted 2 comments and then had to force myself away from the page before I tore the entire article apart. Not allowing myself to go back there until I calm down.



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Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:16 AM


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Ed, your post doesn't actually have a reply from you in it. Just quoted text. @=)

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Brandie Tarvin (10/3/2013)
Ed, your post doesn't actually have a reply from you in it. Just quoted text. @=)


It does, he cleverly concealed it.

I find I have to walk away sometimes, too. There are articles and posts that just aren't worth my eyes bleeding



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Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:23 AM
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Ed, your post doesn't actually have a reply from you in it. Just quoted text. @=)


It does, he cleverly concealed it.

I find I have to walk away sometimes, too. There are articles and posts that just aren't worth my eyes bleeding

Oops - that was my mistake and I fixed it. I don't think it can be called clever since it was an honest mistake. Thank you both for pointing it out.



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Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:27 AM


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It was bad enough around here when it was just "furlough Fridays" or "furlough Mondays..."

But a furlough week? And the guy who would normally sit next to me (Oracle DBA) being out of the office for the moonth? And the servers are (so far) behaving themselves? And there's no one here who could approve a request to get a new VM stood up to replace an existing (at least I'd be able to work on installing SQL on it?)

I'm going to lose what little mind I've got...

So it's deserted there, huh? I know my friend who works for the VA is still working. He's a normal, full-time employee and has very little doubt that he's being paid for his time. He's been through "shutdowns" several times before and isn't worried at all. The contractors, however, are nowhere to be seen. They're always the first to go.


Huh. Here it seems to be the opposite. Mostly contractors, while the "non-essential" Govm't people are currently cooling their heels at home. We're still "working," but without all the staff, there's almost nothing going on. Of course, any contractors whose status was in "limbo?" Yeah, no sign of them either...

Perhaps thankfully, my contract for this fiscal is fully funded, so I could stay even if (gads I sincerely hope not) this thing went for 12 months...
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Okay, Threadzians. For those of you furloughed, you now have plenty of time to document at least a fraction of DBCC Timewarp. Hop to it! I want to see your work before the shutdown ends.

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Brandie Tarvin (10/3/2013)
Grant Fritchey (10/3/2013)
Brandie Tarvin (10/3/2013)
ARRRGGGGHHHH!

Why, oh, why do people keep perpetuating (or creating) myths about backups? And in an article about interview questions no less.

I wouldn't hire anyone who answered the first question here the way that the article has listed. I mean, seriously, since when do recovery models dictate retention? That is so totally a subjective measure that is decided by the individual shops, NOT by SQL Server.

#headdesk.

I know what the author probably thought he was saying, but seriously, the way it's phrased is way beyond the pale and will get so many people in trouble.


Oh, and the questions. "Post all questions for a DBA with 3+ years experience..." Really? Here's an idea. HAVE 3+ years experience and you ought to be able to answer those questions.

Have no fear, that sound you hear is my teeth grinding, not tectonic plates shifting.


I posted 2 comments and then had to force myself away from the page before I tore the entire article apart. Not allowing myself to go back there until I calm down.


Ha!

Jeremy is a good guy and well-informed. It looks like he may have had an unusually off day or something.


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Brandie Tarvin (10/3/2013)
ARRRGGGGHHHH!

Why, oh, why do people keep perpetuating (or creating) myths about backups? And in an article about interview questions no less.

I wouldn't hire anyone who answered the first question here the way that the article has listed. I mean, seriously, since when do recovery models dictate retention? That is so totally a subjective measure that is decided by the individual shops, NOT by SQL Server.

#headdesk.

I know what the author probably thought he was saying, but seriously, the way it's phrased is way beyond the pale and will get so many people in trouble.


Oh, and the questions. "Post all questions for a DBA with 3+ years experience..." Really? Here's an idea. HAVE 3+ years experience and you ought to be able to answer those questions.

Have no fear, that sound you hear is my teeth grinding, not tectonic plates shifting.


I posted 2 comments and then had to force myself away from the page before I tore the entire article apart. Not allowing myself to go back there until I calm down.


OK, I was bad. I piled on. I'll regret it... maybe... someday. But I dislike those, "Here's how to cheat your way through an interview" posts. They're good for hits (I get 3-4 a day at least on the one I put up about screening questions), but don't serve the community well. So I don't feel that bad.


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