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Utilities « from the gut
Shane on July 2nd, 2007

Now that our datawarehouse database is over 250GB, using the built-in SQL Server tools are not an option. I have experience with Veritas BackupExec and NetBackup, and here is my typical experience: backups are scheduled overnight and usually take the entire night. Restores are no faster. Here’s a product that’s worth looking in to: Idera [...]

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Shane on November 3rd, 2006

I recently wrote that I switched all my domains over from SRLNet to Dreamhost.com. I closed the account on 10/11 by jumping through all the hoops to file a ticket on their support system. When I received a bill 11/1, I replied to the automated email, and BANG! Instant response. The reply was that dreamhost [...]

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Shane on October 12th, 2006

I finished moving everything to the new host last night. I am done with the old host and their skimpy disk space allowance and am now on Dreamhost.com. They’ve given me 200GB disk space that will grow by 1GB per week. (My old host gave me 1GB total.) How did I learn about Dreamhost? Through [...]

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Shane on May 3rd, 2006

Talk about making your technology easier to use. For a while, I’ve been looking for a solution to our calendaring problem. You see, Julie and I each make commitments for ourselves or for both of us. We commit. Make a mental note. And then either don’t write it down on our calendar. Don’t mention anything [...]

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Shane on April 12th, 2006

I’m running the new nightly build of Thunderbird 3.0. If you are using Thunderbird and don’t have it installed. Consider it for two reasons: (1) Folder Views: Including Favorite Folders and Unread Folders I used Favorite Folders all the time in Outlook and have really missed it since the switch. I have so many IMAP [...]

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Shane on December 28th, 2005

For those who just like to collect data, here are some ways to use Excel in your daily life. I personally like the idea of using Excel to track grocery costs. Maybe rather than tracking everything, it would be useful to track prices that fluctuate or that there are often specials on that mask the [...]

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Shane on October 4th, 2005

The NYT has a good piece about the economics of airlines providing WiFi on their planes. I am not exactly a seasoned traveller. I’m one of the people who hold up the security checkpoint because I’m never sure what to do before I am told. That said, when I travel, which is usually for leisure, [...]

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