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Script to Collect Database Information Quickly

As a DBA there are occasions where we are required to collect details from a database which can be used for further analysis. For example, getting the status of the database (i.e. File Size, Free Space, Status of the database, and who is the current owner of the database). This kind of information is required,…

Log Buffer: Marching from 2013 to 2014

Pythian’s cherished Log Buffer carnival is celebrating the year 2013, while looking passionately towards yet another promising year for 2014. So much digital water has flown under the bridges in 2013, and Log Buffer covered it all from the eyes of bloggers across database technologies like Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and big data. Almost 50…

2013 in Review — SQL Server

It’s that time of year. When I take some time away from work, hide out, and reflect on the past year. 2013 was a big year for Microsoft, particularly SQL Server, Windows Azure, and HDInsight. While I’d love to recap every Microsoft moment that excited me, there are too many to count, so I’ll just…

Log Buffer #355, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

It’s no secret anymore that social networks like Facebook are fast loosing their hyper-active charm. But ask anybody about blogging, and its still there and the future is as solid as rock. Innovation, creation, and quality content with public engagement is what makes it lasting. This Log Buffer acknowledges that fact for the database bloggers.

My first week at Pythian

“You are lucky,” the taxi driver told me when he picked me up at the Ottawa Airport. “It began snowing right after your flight landed.” I personally like snow — just like the Chinese saying, “heavy snow brings heavy harvest”. Yes, I am lucky to be able to work at Pythian where the world’s top…

Deduping 100 Gigs Worth of Files? Gimme 5 Minutes…

Shortly before the Holidays, I became aware of the Dallas/Fort Worth Perl Mongers Winter Hackaton Contest. The challenge was simple enough: Here’s a directory structure filled with 100G worth of files, go and find all the duplicate files in there, as fast as you can. You know me: can’t resist a contest. But since I…

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