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Posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 10:15 PM


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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 1:55 AM
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good morning.... assumptions... well, I still find the biggest has to be that the users in work (and out, including neighbours, friends etc) seem to think that all we want to do as IT professionals is talk about computers and tell them how to fix them, and spend many an evening working for free for them.... don't get me wrong, I like giving advice where it's followed and proves successful, but the midnight phone calls complaining about not understanding the advice drive me mad!!! lol
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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 3:12 AM
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1. That users know how to use basic windows and the applications they have e.g. how to maximise a window!

2. That we understand every TLA and buzzword around - too many civil servants talk and write in three letter acronyms and IT people talk in buzzwords.

My favourite was a pompous military man at a meeting who had various items identified as a JIPOD.
Afterwards it turned out that it was a "Jolly important piece of data"
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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 4:49 AM


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That because "we did it that way last time", means we did it correct.

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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 6:16 AM
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#1 worst assumption I keep having to overcome:

That what we knew yesterday still applies to or answers today's problems.
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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 6:23 AM


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from the MCITP exam 70-443 training kit:
'Nuclear Explosions and Meteors are two examples of disasters that you simply will not plan for unless you are in a government agency or an emergency response organisation. Other types of rare and unusual explosions fit into the category of items that are not normally planned for.

Phew. That's one less job for me then.



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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 6:52 AM
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The assumptions I most frequently run into are that DBAs are a "catch all" for any database issue, no matter how remote.

If the word database is used in the description of an issue, then it is a DBA issue. If the name of the company that released a DBMS is used in the description of an issue, then it is a DBA issue, even though that company builds/sells other software.

I also run into the assumption that the DBAs know everything about every application and the way each application uses a database.

When I support a new (to me) database, I have to let go of my assumptions that best practices have been used. Sometimes, valid reasons (political, financial) cause the DBAs to overlook best practices.




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Someone wrote a complicated view once. It was used in a stored procedure, but since it didn't have all the columns the proc needed, joined back to the tables that the view was based on to get the necessary additional data. Performance was bad, and when they took the logic of the view and put it directly into the proc where they could get the additional columns, performance was now better. So, boss decreed that views are "bad" and are not to be used. (This happened all before I started working there.)

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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010 7:04 AM
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