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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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RAID recommendations: my 2 cents

Posted 12-31-2009 at 10:26 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 12-31-2009 at 10:49 PM by rocket357

I recently read a heated debate on the age-old argument: should I use RAID 5 or RAID 10 for my database? I noted a particularly relevant treatment of the topic (read it here), and figured like any good DBA I'd chime in with my thoughts.

The basic premise for the argument (which was, oddly, from a business guru...NOT a tech geek) was that given a required performance level and budget, what setup would provide better data safety?

"Any DBA would ask you to give them...
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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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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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Thoughts on problem solving for new Linux users

Posted 02-02-2009 at 12:40 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 02-03-2009 at 09:05 PM by rocket357

One of the hardest issues to grasp for many Linux newbies is not a Linux issue, rather it's their problem-solving approach. With the closed-source Windows business model, you really only have one problem-solving option available: tech support. While members at sites such as LQ do their very best to provide something like tech support, there really is a lot more that newbies can do to speed up both their understanding of Linux and finding a solution to whatever problem they're looking at right...
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Getting serious with PostgreSQL

Posted 01-29-2009 at 10:45 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Ok, so the company I work for has set a hard date for the release/launch of our new flagship product...June 1st.

This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, the 5.0 project has been in "under heavy development" status for a seriously long time now (late 2007 I joined the 5.0 team, which at that time was roughly 20% done. I later moved from that team to the reporting division, spent a year there and then moved to my current role as DBA). I figured the 5.0 project...
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