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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.
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The "doh!" recursion

Posted 12-02-2009 at 12:25 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

It's been said that learning from other's mistakes is truly the "divine" way to learn, as you don't have to experience the pain of the mistake firsthand. While I agree with this to an extent, I also believe that nothing can take the place of firsthand experience. A wise man once told me that you learn more in 10 minutes of playing guitar in front of a crowd than you do in 10 hours of playing guitar in your bedroom (thanks, RS). The difference? When you're playing for a crowd, there...
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OOM Killer and acquisitions...a match made in heaven!

Posted 11-25-2009 at 09:17 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 11-25-2009 at 09:28 AM by rocket357

Yesterday afternoon one of my coworkers enlisted the help of employees company wide to load test a project we'd worked on together about a year ago. He'd made significant changes to the application server and wanted to see how much the server could handle in raw traffic/requests. So at 2:30 PM, half of the company I work for started hitting the application server running bogus reports...

I watched the PostgreSQL database backend while all of this was going on. By 2:34 PM, the system...
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Posted 11-04-2009 at 04:32 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 11-04-2009 at 04:39 PM by rocket357

I don't even know what to type out for this blog...I mean, I know what I want to say...I just don't know **how** to go about wording it. See, I've been under the impression that Microsoft and vendors who utilize Microsoft products write easy to use operating systems and software suites. Today I noticed something strikingly similar to "Linux user-unfriendliness".

Now, I personally don't care what the user-friendly camp says. The only argument that makes ANY sense is that...
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Restraining the madness: Python + SSH + pymssql = happy DBA

Posted 10-28-2009 at 06:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-28-2009 at 07:19 PM by rocket357

I routinely get requests from management like "I need a list of the urls and the sizes of databases for our <product_name> sites!" This, I can tell you, is NOT something I want to figure out by hand (not with 300 production databases and a slew of training, demo, test, etc... databases as well). No, there is a better, more relaxed way...a way that includes plenty of time for me to check my e-mail, go get a cup of coffee, and chat with my co-workers...

A bit of architectural...
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24 divided by 4 is not an integer power of 2! (WTF Microsoft?)

Posted 10-27-2009 at 06:08 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-27-2009 at 06:38 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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