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Archives: December 2009

Saying Goodbye To 2009

I'll close out 2009 with an update on the goals I set at the beginning of this year and things that I've accomplished. Call it a bit of shameless self promotion, but this is my blog after all. :-)

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    • Powershell. Although I dropped using the command prompt in favor…

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Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 31 December 2009

My Biggest Weakness

I took some time off in December and I'm finally getting around to catching up on RSS feeds. Turns out I’ve been tagged by Ken Simmons to contribute to another chain post to answer the classic interview question "What is your biggest weakness?" I've been told in the past that… Read more

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Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 31 December 2009

Fix The Problem, Don't Just Band-Aid It

Let's face it, when it comes to computers there's a 100% certainty that something is going to break eventually. Maybe it's going to be a hardware problem like a drive failure, maybe an OS patch will break something, or maybe a new release of software contains a memory leak. It's… Read more

1 comments, 217 reads

Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 3 December 2009

What It Means To Be A Production DBA

Remember that scene from Office Space where the Bobs ask, "What would you say you do here?" I've been a production DBA for most of my 10+ year career and I've boiled down the non-technical answer to "I keep the lights on and the wheels turning". While it may be… Read more

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Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 2 December 2009