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Billy-yons and Billy-yons of Records

There was an article last week with a great title: The Mother of All Genealogy Databases, and so I had to take a look at it. It talks about some of the large databases on the Internet that are collection public records and linking them together to help people find out about their individual and family histories. The largest site so far, Ancestry.com, supposedly has 5 billion records.

2007-09-24

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Three Months

That's what we were estimating the rewrite of this site would take. After all, to me it's a pretty simple site, a few content sections, some date specific stuff, scheduling, a few admin tools, not that much, right?

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2007-09-24

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Opening Day

Today is the opening day for the PASS conference here in Denver and it's kind of exciting. As many of you read this, I've hopefully gotten Simon Galbraith, owner of Red Gate software, and my boss, out here at the ranch shoveling manure. He's anxious to get on the ATV for a ride, so maybe I can work out a deal to reduce my workload 🙂

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2007-09-18

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Unethical or Just Sneaky

One of the fundamental rules of a stable, controlled production system is that you apply updates singly, after they've been tested, and you document the change. This way you can ensure that if a problem occurs, you can do some backtracking to see what might have caused instability.

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2007-09-17

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What's an Outage?

I caught this quote from Microsoft Watch, and thought it was very interesting. It definitely addresses an issue I've wondered about for some time. It talks about the WGA server issues and had this great quote from the WGA Product Manager:

2007-09-14

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Recruiters

Do you like recruiters? Do you use them? It's almost impossible not to use them these days when looking for a job. So many of the listings on online job boards are from recruiters and many have deals to place people, so chances are you'll at least deal with on even if they don't get you a job.

2007-09-13

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What Could Go Wrong?

It's the law of unintended consequences: things happening that you don't expect from a seemingly unrelated area. This article talks about a data center having leaks from carpet cleaning above. The concrete floor had aged and the carpet cleaners dumped water on the carpet to soak it through and it leaked. I'm not sure how people have data centers below office floors, but I know I've had a number of them at different companies where I've worked.

2007-09-12

125 reads

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