Many forms of disasters can happen to a database. Here are three I’ve seen lately.
by Kendra Little on March 12, 2012
I got my first “real” job working with databases in New York City in the early 2000′s. The woman who hired me was incredibly smart, and a pleasure to work for. She understood how mainframes processed data, the need and challenge to create web interfaces and relational databases that would work well with mainframes, and she could solve problems like crazy.
I really admired the intense focus my manager had. Part of why she was so good at solving problems was that when she was interested in something she could really concentrate on it and understand it. Then she’d figure out one important thing she could do to make an impact on the problem and get to a solution.
My first manager’s name is Kirsten Thien. She still lives in NYC, but she’s released her third album and tours the world performing blues and R&B. She turned all her powers of focus into following her dream. Know what that is? That’s awesome.
It Turns Out That I Did That, Too
When I was checking out Kirsten’s site recently, I thought about how important it is to make the most of your life and do something you really enjoy. It’s important to do things that don’t come easily, too. I believe that to be happy in our culture, we need to challenge ourselves repeatedly.
My life as a database consultant is pretty darn geeky. And while some things about it may seem traditional, I’m a co-founder of a small business. I design my own schedule, make plans for the business, train customers, architect environments, performance tune all manner of database systems, speak at national and international events, and do all sorts of crazy activities I couldn’t imagine back on my first day of “real job” work in NYC.
My life used to be more cut out like a pattern, but at this point I truly direct my life and make choices that change it immensely. I take risks, and I learn things that fascinate me each day. To me, that’s what it means to follow your dream.
by Kendra Little on March 8, 2012
The great philosopher, George Carlin, famously claimed that the meaning of life is trying to find a place for your stuff (NSFW– it’s George Carlin, after all).
My Stuff Was in More than One Place
… and my stuff was getting hard to update. I’m working on creating a balance so I can regularly create content both for my posts over at BrentOzar.com and my posts here at LittleKendra.com. My strategy these days is to post drawings and quick posts over here, and save my technical videos and serious geekery for BrentOzar.com.
I’ve done my best to update all the pages where I’ve moved content, but here’s a rundown of the changes.
My posters are available for download at http://BrentOzar.com/go/posters.
To download posters, you need to create a free login on the BrentOzar.com website. We don’t sell your name or information– it’s just between you and us.
SQL Server Table Partitioning – Resources List
I maintain a list of the mountain of blog posts, whitepapers, and videos which will get you up to speed on table partitioning. Find that list, now and forever, at http://brentozar.com/go/partitioning
SQL Server Isolation Levels – Resources Lists
I also have a big collection of resources for SQL Server Isolation levels. Get the goods at http://BrentOzar.com/go/Isolation.
by Kendra Little on March 5, 2012
On Wednesday, March 21st I am presenting a free online webcast as part of 24 Hours of PASS. My session will be held at 7 AM Pacific / 10 AM Eastern. Register here!
I’m planning some great demos for the event and some very cool downloads.
Here’s my session abstract:
SQL Server First Responder Kit
When your SQL Server is critically injured, you need a first responder kit to help you diagnose the problem and apply emergency aid. In this session, Kendra Little introduces you to invaluable tools and techniques for triaging an emergency. If you have one year’s experience with database administration, this session will set you up to triage like a pro.
Read My Technical Blog Posts
- Wayne on Automating SQL Local Security Policy Rights: PoSH and NTRights
- Kendra Little on Be Prepared: Collecting Data from sp_WhoIsActive in a Table
- SGT_SQueequal on Be Prepared: Collecting Data from sp_WhoIsActive in a Table
- To the #SQLPASS #FirstTimers of #Summit 2012 – The Procrastination Edition | Scott Stauffer dot C-eh? on Seattle101
- Kendra Little on My Biggest Regret as a Database Administrator
- Andy Galbraith (@DBA_ANDY) on My Biggest Regret as a Database Administrator
- PASS 2012 Countdown – 1 Week To Go | Strate SQL on Seattle101