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Why Encryption didn’t Save TJX

I’m sure everyone has heard about TJX’s recent data security “problems”, if that’s what you can call “the largest known customer record theft of all time”. This eWeek article adds valuable details and analysis on how TJX had a data encryption.

Aligning ASM Disks on Linux

Linux is a wonderful operating system. However there are a number of things that one needs to do to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible. Today, I would like to share one of them. It has to do with using ASM (Automatic Storage Manager) disks.

“DBA Worst Practices”, or, pity poor Jeff Smith

I tripped across this blog post by Jeff Smith and I have to say, this man has been scarred by what has to be the worst experience interacting with a DBA I have ever heard of. And Jeff, if this is not fiction, if this is real and you have really suffered this much – give us a call won’t you?

Review of Hotsos Symposium 2007

I enjoyed the event and the venue very much. The presentations very generally very good, and to my surprise some of them were somewhat lighter than I would expect. However, that might actually play positively in extending the audience — there are only so many freaks interested only in hardcore performance and internals.

Working as an Onsite DBA Together with Pythian

I was reading a couple of items on gapingvoid which inspired me to use our blog for a conversation with our customers (and with potential Pythian DBAs) about what it’s like to work with Pythian. What exactly does an on-site DBA get from working with Pythian Remote DBAs? Find out here.

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