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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
Microsoft Rants Sometimes I have to vent or I'll explode.
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Microsoft, why do you hate me?

Posted 09-15-2011 at 12:28 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-15-2011 at 12:56 PM by rocket357

I have a few ETL boxen that handle insane amounts of data every night. Hundreds of billions of rows of data get extracted from our OLTP databases, transformed, and then loaded into our datawarehousing machines. Needless to say, we're running into serious networking bottlenecks that are causing some ETL operations on larger databases to take 10+ hours, and each night we can watch the gigabit links on each of our ETL servers peg out at 100%. It's getting so bad that we have connections that get...
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Fun with Win7 "security"

Posted 02-28-2011 at 03:30 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-30-2011 at 04:23 PM by rocket357

The other morning my neighbor stopped by and asked me if I could help him. "Sure thing.", I say. He explains that his mother's computer got a virus on it, and he's tried numerous times to fix it, but to no avail. Everytime he reboots the machine, the virus is back.

Now, I usually politely redirect requests like that to one of my many Windows-fluent friends...but my neighbor and his wife have been very good friends to us, so I want to help him out personally. I mean,...
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Aaarrrggghhh!!!!

Posted 03-26-2010 at 10:33 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-30-2010 at 10:39 AM by rocket357

Yup, it's that time again. Time to renew our hatred of closed-source, "idiot-proof" software. Time to break out the pitchforks.

Well, it's that time for me, at least...you see, late yesterday afternoon I got a call from one of our customers. This customer was a bit of a tricky one that I hadn't dealt with much in the past, but going by the decisions they made in configuration and setup of their website (our code, their machines), I started putting two and two together...some...
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24 divided by 4 is not an integer power of 2! (WTF Microsoft?)

Posted 10-27-2009 at 07:08 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-27-2009 at 07:38 PM by rocket357

Today I discovered quite possibly the most WTF of all quirks in a Microsoft product...the power of 2 failures in SQL Server 2005.

To back up, my company has a ton of aged Win2k SQL Server 2k machines that are about to fall apart. Some time ago, we got permission from the execs to spend around $35k on a server that would replace them all. So we purchase a new machine: 4 sockets (each socket stuffed with a 6-core Xeon), 64 GB of RAM, and 30+ 15k SAS disks. It's on par with the top...
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Warning: Rant Ahead!

Posted 01-12-2009 at 02:45 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-27-2009 at 07:46 PM by rocket357

Today a thought occurred to me...

If I want to "kill -2 1" any one of my Linux boxen, I can. Linux will happily oblige, and I will have shot myself in the foot and upset both customers and management. Obviously this isn't something I want to do, but Linux (and the BSD's, for that matter), make no judgement call. They simply do what you tell them to do.

Not so with Windows. Today I found the evil ATI driver bug that causes Terminal Services to go brain...
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