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Blog Migrating to SAP….

Hello everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that my bog has moved over to the sap website. You can follow me here:

Over the next few days I’ll be moving all my content as well. See you in my new location!

IDC paper published on True Database Cost

Hi folks,

I ran across this little gem of a paper put out by IDC called “Calculating the true cost of RDBMS” (you can get it from here.) Disclaimer: I didn’t know that Sybase sponsored this paper until after I’d read it, but that won’t cloud my views on what was written, I promise!

Read on…

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Goin’ Mobile — the saga continues

It’s been a few months since I posted on this topic, so thought I would update how things are going.

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Going Mobile part 2 — Linux in a non-Linux world

Now that TechWave is over, and life is starting to return back to normal, I’ve decided to work some more on my goal of going 100% mobile by the end of the year — that means no laptop, only a mobile phone and / or a tablet if I’m not sitting at my desk in the office. And it all needs to be done on Android — no iOS devices allowed!.

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TechWave is near….

Techwave is less than 2 weeks away. I’m still working on my presentations (benchmarking is taking longer than I expected, to be honest), but looking at the session list, I think that this is going to be an excellent conference, full of great, low-level technical information.

Are you going? If not, you should be.

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Using ext4 in SLES 11 SP1

I thought I would post this little tidbit of information, as I consistently recommend using either ‘xfs’ or ‘ext4′ filesystems in Linux if you are going to use a cooked filesystem vs a raw partition for your ASE database devices. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 indicates in its release notes that it supports ‘ext4′ as a technical preview, similar to some of the older RHEL 5.x releases, but it is possible to use it (and I think it’s easier to get it working than in RHEL 5.x prior to RHEL 5.6). Here’s how.

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Going Mobile – Linux in a non-Linux world

Over the last month or so, I’ve been trying to become more mobile with respect to computers, since that’s the way that the world is going if you stop and think about it. Why lug around a 9lb laptop bag if you don’t have to? The proliferation of iPhones, iPads, BlackBerries, Android devices, Windows Mobile, cloud-based computing .. all of these are designed to make “going mobile” easy, and to help consumers free themselves from their desktop computer (think “information silos” in the corporate world) and have access to their data anywhere, at any time.

That’s the theory.n So how well is it working out for me? Read on to find out.

(Oh, and I’ve also tried to be more “green”, and take public transportation to work every day when I’m not travelling. For those of you outside of the USA, you need to realize that if you don’t live in New York City or Chicago, just doing THAT can be a massive, massive challenge (and yes, it’s been terribly frustrating for me at times). I’m not savvy yet with the mass transit system here in my hometown, and it’s led to all kinds of adjustments to my traditional work schedule, but I”m starting to learn the ins and outs. I rarely even rent cars when I’m on the road anymore.)

But I digress.

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Pondering Security Breaches

It’s no secret that a lot of high-profile sites have been subject to security breaches over the last several weeks / months. The hackers — who go by various names that are spelled in ways that are foreign to anyone over the age of about 30 — are going one step further though, and taking the data that they find and posting it all over the internet for anyone to see — and use as they see fit.

The intent, I guess, lies somewhere between public embarrassment of the targeted company, notoriety, and the thrill of “just because we can”. But I have to ask here, who ultimately loses?

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The Joy of Linux Migrations

Many of you who know me, know that I’m a major Linux distro-hopper. That means, this week I’m running Distro X, and next week I’m probably going to be running Distro Y (usually because it’ll get some whiz-bang new feature set, and be highlighted with a glowing review on slashdot or distrowatch). Over the years, I’ve run RedHat (before the Fedora / RHEL days), Mandrake / Mandriva, Gentoo, Arch, SuSE, openSUSE, RHEL, SLES, CentOS, Slackware, Ubuntu, and others that I’m sure I’ve forgotten — and that didn’t last long on my laptop or home machine.

My days of doing that are over. Way, Way over.

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RedHat Summit — Day 1

Hey there folks,

I know it’s been a bit since my last post, but trust me, I’ve been busy traveling around the world, talking about ASE, Replication Server, and ASE Cluster Edition, all things Linux, and even doing a benchmark or two for customers. I’ve definitely not been idle :-)

This week, I find myself at the RedHat Summit, in Boston (by the way, if you happen to be here, make sure and stop by the Sybase booth and say hello!).

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