Don’t hate the game…

Don’t hate the game, hate the…? I won’t finish that famous line, because it would be bad advice to Hollywood. Heh. "The audience on this game is the 18-to-34 demographic, similar to what you’d see in cinemas," quotes an Advertising Age article of Mike Hickey, an analyst at research firm Janco Partners. ”This could last…

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Thanks for being a great audience!

The folks from the UH computer science department and other guests were a great audience yesterday. About 80 people show up to hear me babble about big data. There were some great questions from the audience, which taught me that my next deck will have to be a deeper technical dive. Heh. Because so many…

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Tech Talk. Today. University of Houston.

I’ve been remiss in posting this until now. Sorry for the late, late notice. This elasticity of spacetime thing is really tripping me up lately! "Big Data: Tidbits and Petabytes from the Front Lines" a chalk talk with UH alum Dave Reed, Microsoft Certified Architect:Database Microsoft SQL Server database architecture and data modeling in the…

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The Troubleshooting List?

I guess having “a list” is better than not having a list. Too few shops at risk have anything like policies, procedures or even checklists… but my experience doesn’t necessarily track the order that Andy put his list in. Don’t get me started on the operational maturity model and how low the industry bar really is today!…

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Consulting: It’s a lot like running your own business…

Every once in a while* somebody will ask what it’s like to be a consultant @ Microsoft. The successful choose their own gigs carefully, which is easy in the up economy that we have now where demand exceeds supply. Let’s pray that continues for a lot longer! This little* article @ HR World sums up…

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Little installation gotcha with PAS 6.3

Note to self: when installing ProClarity Analytics Server 6.3, if the installer fails to be able to create the /PAS/ virtual directory (or whatever you want to name it), it’s likely that you’ll have to make some changes. Foex, if you get this error in the Analytics Server Administration Tool: Server Error XML document must…

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Do we need a new term? Metametadata?

Malcolm’s got a good perspective that doesn’t get discussed often enough by practitioners of the black arts (data modeling, database design, database architecture, whatever — datamancy? dataturgy? gross!). Why Data Models Do Not Work: The Role of Reference Data (TDAN.com) (With thanks to Steve @ SQLServerCentral for the link.) I’ve seen meeting-type exercises in which the…

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Did we really need instructions for this?

It’s amazing what you’ll find while you’re looking for something else… Which is how I came across this article in MSDN on (I’m not making this up) “how to update SQL Server Books Online.” *blink, blink* It must be Thursday. I’ve never gotten the hang of Thursdays. The article includes a honest to goodness decision tree for…

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Data Mining the Dark Web?

Did Dark Web have anything to do with the Neo-Nazi bust in Israel this week? You’d think that it would be a natural outgrowth of their existing work, since terrorist is a pretty generalized term… Scientists Use the “Dark Web” to Snag Extremists and Terrorists Online – US National Science Foundation (NSF.gov) I guess a…

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Yet Another Disingenuous Headline? RDBMSes Obsolete?

Let me see if I can translate this headline into English: Relational database pioneer says technology is obsolete (Computer World) “My new company couldn’t compete in the relational world anymore, so I’ve invented a shiny new world so that I can claim that most of my life’s work is now irrelevant and you can pay an…

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