Access encourages stupidity

May 20, 2008
I saw an HBO special called 'Hacking Democracy' the other day, and it talked about this lady who was able to get a hold of Diebold's source code for the software that runs its voting machines. Actually, this is a move that may land Diebold at the top of the IT Darwin Awards list because they had it out on an open FTP site for anyone to grab. Then when she just happened upon it, they started screaming that she st
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SQL Injection stuff

May 16, 2008
There's a fabulous videocast on SQL Injection on SSWUG.org. Stephen has a regular online TV show he does, and this week, he's talking about the SQL worm that's been going around that destroys data. If you don't know much about SQL injection, or if you just want to see a really clever trick that is being used against your systems, then check out this week's episode. I just watched it, and it's definitely worth yo
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IT spooning

May 14, 2008
Have you ever been working on a problem and had a colleague pull his chair over to watch you? And the more you do, the closer he gets because he has to see your screen. And you actually end up spooning in your chairs. Well, let me tell you, it's not only a beautiful sight, but it's a good way to build closeness among workers. Anyway, I just had like 3 other guys here at my desk, and we had this spoon train going
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The vendor that could

May 12, 2008
It was recently brought up to me that while this blog is listed as a general DB blog, I tend to write more about MS than any other vendor. I agreed that that was the case. Then the person asked why, since there was so much other DB news out there. To that I simply replied... well, MS is the only vendor who keeps me informed of everything they do (almost). Oracle, IBM, Sybase, MySQL, etc... they never tell me any
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Microsoft's backup compression

May 09, 2008
I still have a hard time getting jazzed about Katmai's backup compression. Again, it's probably because I've been using LiteSpeed for so long, and it's just not news anymore. Not to mention it still has licensing problems. I believe that I talked to someone at MS about this a while back and they said that it was their belief that it was typically enterprise customers who had backups large enough to need compress
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Database shoplifting

May 08, 2008
In my SSWUG newsletter this morning there was a short article on database shoplifting. It wasn't really an article as much as a musing. Anyway, Stephen goes to talk about how most data theft comes from within the company by trusted employees who turn around and use it against the company in some way. I can't really understand why they would do something like that. It's not like the companies treat them like crim
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First look at Red-Gate's data generator

April 17, 2008
OK, I told you all that I'd do a Camtasia of Red-Gate's data generator, so here it is. Hope you like it. It's not showing up very well because of the right margin, but you can download the file below. Download file Watch my free SQL Server Tutorials at: http://MidnightDBA.ITBookworm.com Read my book reviews at: www.ITBookworm.com Blog Author of: DBA Rant – http://dbarant.blogspot.com...
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Bloggers beware!

April 16, 2008
It's not all that often I get to shamelessly piggyback off of the work of someone else and boost my page hits at the same time so I ride it when I can. But this story from today's Simple-Talk newsletter was not only interesting, I find that I really don't have much to add to it. I just wanted everyone to take notice. Here's the link. Watch my free SQL Server Tutorials at: http://MidnightDBA.ITBookworm.com Read m
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Are remote DBAs a good idea?

April 15, 2008
I got an email from a marketing rep a while back telling me about this company that does remote DBA work and wanted to know if I was interested in doing a story on them. Well, normally I turn stuff like that down flat because I've seen those companies before and they're typically nothing more than a glorified NOC (Network Ops Center). OK, they're probably not even that glorified, just expensive. But there was so
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Is Windows finished?

April 14, 2008
In my inbox last week, I got a newsletter that splashed the demise of Windows. And while that may be a pleasing thought to some, it just isn't practical. For instance, my friends at Oracle are always moaning that they're forced to use Windows systems instead of Linux, but even they agree that Linux just isn't ready for everyday business use. The argument in the newsletter was simply that Vista is so slow and blo
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