Confronting a lazy vendor

This kind of thing doesn't happen often, but after blogging last week I found myself in a meeting with a vendor who is definitely one of the ones I was complaining about.  This vendor is storing images in the DB which yields such bad...

Do you still love your job?

A while back we were lucky enough to go see Weird Al in concert here in Dallas. And to say the least he puts on such an excellent show it's hard to convey to you all... but of course I was raised on Weird Al so I'm biased. Now I...

Are you as tired of lazy vendors as I am?

Dealing with vendors can be maddening to say the least.  One of the reasons is because whenever you find a problem with their DB code they're very reluctant to change it.  And to a degree I understand that because they've got...

There IS a way to stamp out superstition.

In my last post I talked about the magic threshold that gets thrown up whenever someone doesn’t know how or doesn’t want to troubleshoot an issue. And at the end I suggested that knowledge is really the best way to avoid that type of...

Stupidest excuse for slow app performance? The Magic Threshold.

As a production DBA I see different problem scenarios all the time. And in every one of these scenarios there’s always this blame game going on. The apps people think it’s the database; the database people think it’s the disk; the...

Is Microsoft's SQL Server really cheaper than Oracle?

Is SQL Server really cheaper than Oracle? That’s a question that the vendors themselves have manipulated back and forth for many years now.  However, there’s really no debate because the short answer is, Damn right it is.  Oracle...

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