I *Knew* that Option Existed Somewhere!

A number of years ago some folks at Oracle told me about the -runfast option, and I figured there had to be an analog for SQL Server. At long last, someone has proven me right: see http://sqlinthewild.co.za/index.php/2010/04/01/running-sql-faster/ for details.

Maybe I should start compiling a list of these obscure but highly useful options... hrm...

Irresistable Miscellaneous

• From the I Never Thought I'd See That Department comes Open Source Database Magainze. Uh-huh.

• Further proof that the database industry is hipper that people think: http://www.dataliberators.com. If nothing else I like Bob's goatee/sunglasses look.

• More silly (and slightly dated) YouTube database fun: 1 and 2

Carry on...

Things That You Just KNOW Ain't Gonna Happen

I received an interesting email from a database vendor this morning. Shortly afterword I received another from the same vendor that said this:

Dear Thomas

I believe you received this communication in error. I would kindly ask that you delete it immediately.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

I hadn't exactly scrutinized the original email, but you can be damn sure I went back and read it after I got that second one.

(Did you really think I would just blithely delete it? Please.)

It was all pretty positive and interesting stuff. I look forward to them releasing it publicly.

If Progamming Languages were Religions

This is the funniest damn thing I've read in a while. The comments are worth reading (and laughing at) too.