A while back, I spent about a month working through several SQL Server performance issues after upgrading three systems from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005. During that time I would realize that my knowledge of how SQL actually manages data at a low level was sketchy. In the process of resolving said sketchiness, I came across a few resources that proved helpful. [Read more…]
This is a quick PSA on naming conventions for servers. I’m going to give you a quick “don’t ever do it like this” example to start. [Read more…]
Derek Sivers is the founder of CDBaby. He is a musician that learned to program and build websites in his quest to promote his music. He sold CDBaby (sort of) for $22 million in 2008 and has a blog that touches on music, programming, business and some broader aspects of life. These are some of my favorite topics and I like the fact that he is able to weave all of those topics together so skillfully. His blog is worth sticking in your RSS reader and I wanted to bring your attention to one post in particular: How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen. [Read more…]
If you are technical minded, the The Twitter Engineering Blog is a fascinating read. I love seeing how others have handled tough technical problems. Twitter has had to solve a lot of them and I’m sure there are plenty more on the road that lies ahead, so the blog should be interesting.
In 2007 I did a one year stint providing technical support to our clients. During that time I put together a one page guide on support and troubleshooting to help other people. A little later that year, I spent time training in Kepner-Tregoe’s KT Resolve process. KT Resolve was a lot more in depth than what I came up with but similar in a couple of ways. I found KT Resolve to be a thorough process but too formal and heavy for most situations I encountered. [Read more…]