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Suspect MSDB and no Backups

By | September 18, 2015

Yesterday I got a call from a client about MSDB being suspect after a drive failure. Unfortunately the client didn’t have any backups. Now the correct and best option is to use a backup and restore the database. This way you don’t lose any of the jobs and other configurations that you may have set… Read More »

The History of War Analyzed

By | September 9, 2015

War is an ugly topic, but I wanted to know if we have learnt anything from history and so I downloaded the data for all the wars since 1900 till date to get an understanding of how things have changed. The below chart shows the duration in years on the x axis and the count… Read More »

Combining Results from multiple datasets in SSRS – performance comparison

By | September 7, 2015

Recently at a training I was asked how to combine the results from two different datasets, while I have used this function before I couldn’t recollect how much of a performance difference it made to look up within SSRS vs performing the join directly with the dataset query. In this blog I try to find… Read More »

Lock, Latches, Waits and Deadlocks explained weirdly (like never before)!!!

By | August 27, 2015

When conducting MS SQL Server Trainings I often resort to weird examples to explain how certain things work. Over the years I have some favorites that I use over and over. The most disgusting by far would be the one I use to explain Locking, blocking and deadlocks. There are some definite advantages to doing… Read More »

Better Triage: Getting hospital care delivered properly

By | August 18, 2015

If you have seen my recent posts on LinkedIn you probably know that I am looking to interact with healthcare professionals to brainstorm ideas on how Triage can be improved. In this post I will cover what Triage is and some common issues identified with the process and my attempt at a solution. I am… Read More »

Climate change, the Ozone the scientific method and ignorance

By | August 16, 2015

With the recent climate change talks getting less news coverage than previous years I thought I would revisit some data aggregated over the last year. The data basically contains temperature and rainfall measurements for India over a 100 year time period. The problem with the recent trends in Climate change have to do with the… Read More »

SSIS – Starter kit for the uninitiated Foreachloop – for each file enumerator

By | August 7, 2015

In this post we continue from where we left off in the last post, with the xml files now formatted properly it’s time to load the data into the database. To achieve this I am going to use the foreach loop container once more and this time use the for each file enumerator. Step Screenshot… Read More »

A simple change that could save Millions of $$$ in Support services

By | August 5, 2015

I recently came across the below error message “An exception was thrown by Target of invocation” What it really means is the application you tried to run has reported an error. This got me thinking about how software has ignored one of the most important yet frustrating aspects of user experience. Easy to understand and… Read More »