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Anye Mercy (2/19/2009)
Useful info...but not really specific to DBAs or any other profession. More like "general organizational tips".


Anye, I totally agree.

Sometimes there are good tools that aren't specific to our chosen task but these have been useful for me so I want to pass the word on in case that can be useful to you.

The title choice was because of the intended audience.

Thanks for the feedback.


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Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:02 PM


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Good list for all those who use Firefox but nothing here for a DBA or Developer.
Thanks though.


I agree completely. It's a great article for Firefox enthusiasts, but it offers nothing that would make me a better DBA.

The last thing a good dba needs is for his mouse movements and keyboard strokes to be mimicked on another computer. While I'm defragging an index on one computer, I might be accidentally dropping a database on another.


The only thing on the list that is specific to firefox would be Foxmarks, TiddlySnip, and Fastdial.

The wiki and dropbox is worth the price of admission alone for me and those have nothing to do with Firefox.

For me, Synergy is useful because I have 2 Computers at my desk with 2 monitors each. By using Synergy, I've eliminated the need for one keyboard and one mouse.

I'll add the disclaimer that not all tools will be useful for everyone at all times. But if you find one thing on that list that can make you become better at what you do then I'm happy about that.

Thanks for posting.


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Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:38 PM
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Not exactly DBA specific, but very useful non the less, is Log Parser and a nice free UI Log Parser Lizard.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07&displaylang=en

http://www.lizardl.com/PageHtml.aspx?lng=2&PageId=18

ToDoList...

http://www.abstractspoon.com/

All are free.
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Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:46 PM


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I would agree that Log Parser is a very useful tool for DBA's. It gives us the ability to directly query log files, and it also imports log files into a database a lot easier than SSIS.



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Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:48 PM


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Not exactly DBA specific, but very useful non the less, is Log Parser and a nice free UI Log Parser Lizard.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07&displaylang=en

http://www.lizardl.com/PageHtml.aspx?lng=2&PageId=18

ToDoList...

http://www.abstractspoon.com/

All are free.


Yea, I've been meaning to checkout log parser. Maybe this will help me remember.



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Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:50 PM
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Not exactly DBA specific, but very useful non the less, is Log Parser and a nice free UI Log Parser Lizard.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07&displaylang=en

http://www.lizardl.com/PageHtml.aspx?lng=2&PageId=18

ToDoList...

http://www.abstractspoon.com/

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Thanks for the tip! I am currently running a home-grown program to parse through a log file. Maybe one of these would be better.
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Posted Thursday, February 19, 2009 1:51 PM
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The Firefox add-ons mentioned are copies of features that have come standard in Opera for years.
If you want a real productive/powerful browser with a smaller footprint, try Opera 10 (although in beta, still the best browser I've ever used.)
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Not to forget delicious, which is browser, os, and whatever agnostic. I can lookup via iPhone or an equivalent PDA. Firefox-based tools are good, but not depending on Firefox is even better.
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The article was well done, but it was not really relevant to this site.

Since we are talking about firefox extensions, I find the del.icio.us extension to be top-notch personally.


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The article was well done, but it was not really relevant to this site.

Since we are talking about firefox extensions, I find the del.icio.us extension to be top-notch personally.


I believe it was put into the Career category because of the reasons that have been mentioned thus far. I didn't intend to make the weight of the article depend on Firefox because I understand there a good deal of people who cannot use it at work.

I find dropbox and TiddlyWiki very useful and they have nothing to do with Firefox.

Let me add a little bit more that I wish I would have included in the article.

For me, I can setup a dropbox account on my home laptop, home desktop, work pc 1, and work pc2. I can place a folder there called SQLScripts. I can place scripts I need access to anywhere in there and I'll be able to get to them pretty easily from anywhere. I can create a folder called documents and place whitepapers, great ebooks available through Red Gate, or anything else that fits that criteria. I can create a little app folder that has great free apps that can be found in David Bird's excellent series of articles here and here. There are other great portable apps (not SQL related) that are on the web that I put in there to help me as well. While I'm praising David Bird I will plug the series that has help me the most from him that can be found here. That one is a must read for anyone using SSIS.

If my article makes one person a better DBA(developer, whatever) then I am very happy that I have given something back.

And yes, I'm trying to thicken my skin as I learn from this first article


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