Organizational tools that can help you be a better DBA

  • Jason Crider

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  • Jochen Vleming

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    Many thanks Jason.

    These tips can certainly save a lot of time...

    Jochen

  • Grant Fritchey

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    Excellent article. Thanks. I only wish I could use Firefox at work. Still, this is some interesting stuff. No, I hadn't been using a wiki to manage my info. I'm looking into it now. Thanks again.

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  • David Bird

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    Nice list of tools. I plan to look into the synergy software.

    While I do use Firefox, Internet Explorer is the companies preferred browser, and I also like using Opera/Chrome at times. To share bookmarks between browsers and computers, I use the free web based bookmarking tool Linkagogo. Bookmarks can be kept private or shared.

    I too use FastDial on Firefox but when I want to share quick dials between browsers, I use Safari Dial. This web based quick dial tool provides 9 quick dial boxes. Just make it your home page on each of your browsers and you have the same 9 quick dials. I admit 9 is a little limited for me but you just need to pick the nine most important links.

    David Bird

  • Grant Fritchey

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    OK. Now I have questions. My contacts & calendar are managed through Outlook and my phone (Blackberry currently, going to change soon). Can you sync that with one of these tiddlywiki things? Sorry, you started the ball rolling and now you're the expert.

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  • noeld

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    I like it!

    I use Ubiquity (a lot) on Firefox.


    * Noel

  • Anye Mercy

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    Useful info...but not really specific to DBAs or any other profession. More like "general organizational tips".

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  • SanjayAttray

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

    Thanks though.

    SQL DBA.

  • Robert Davis

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    SanjayAttray (2/19/2009)


    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.


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  • Jason Crider

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    Grant Fritchey (2/19/2009)


    OK. Now I have questions. My contacts & calendar are managed through Outlook and my phone (Blackberry currently, going to change soon). Can you sync that with one of these tiddlywiki things? Sorry, you started the ball rolling and now you're the expert.

    I would start here[/url], and also look at the plugins here[/url].

    I'm no expert by any means.

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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.

  • Jason Crider

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    Robert Davis (2/19/2009)


    SanjayAttray (2/19/2009)


    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.

  • nogoodboyo

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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.

  • Robert Davis

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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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  • Jason Crider

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    nogoodboyo (2/19/2009)


    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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