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  • Want Spy Novel Twists in a True IT Journalism Story? Read this...

    David Straithairn as the great Edward R. Murrow in the 2005 film ''Good Night and Good Luck''Journalists are important.  In my opinion, they're very important. The best journalists, like Old Testament prophets, speak truth to power and reveal the ugly dirt behind the pretty and public veneer of society.  Their very presence foils ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 23, 2010
  • [OT] When Does Media Content -Truly- Become Public Domain?

    I've always been intrigued by our process for allowing creative content, such as songs or movies, to become public domain. A common usage for public domain might be to create a short family video and, seeking a peppy and familiar piece of background music, you settle on ''The Entertainer'', by Scott Joplin. (If you've never heard of it, listen ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 20, 2010
  • Sixth pillar – Well Performing

    I guess eventually I had to admit that performance matters. Whenever I speak, and in all of my books, I try to stress over and over that performance is NOT the only thing. The fact is all too much time is spent trying to make database applications run faster when the real goal should be to architect data structures that solve the problems of the ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 13, 2009
  • SQL Server Deep Dives

    A project that I worked on a while back is finally coming to fruition, and it is one of the coolest around.  Usually when I see a book that has 5+ authors, I am a bit concerned about quality.  In this case however, there are 53 authors and even if the quality was not all that great (which it will be excellent, by the way), the proceeds ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on September 29, 2009
  • What is a physical database?

    A bit of terminology that gets beaten to death is that of the “physical” database.  I would think most every DBA uses this term (I do), but…to mean what?  I think there are two common utilizations: The layer of tables, constraints, indexes, etc used to store data The actual on-disk structures. Frankly, until 3 years ago, I ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on June 11, 2009
  • Book Reviews – Again

    I have gotten a few more reviews in, and interestingly I appreciate the negative ones almost as much as the positive ones. I prefer the negative ones that have decent star ratings better… but what are you going to do. The most recent review was critical of the book for not having mentioned testing. I actually think that this was really good ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on April 20, 2009
  • Book Reviews…

    When I wrote the 2005 book, I promised that I would take the time to respond to reviews as much as possible. From the good ones if I didn’t really believe that the person read the book (there were a few I have seen, but not too many people tend to write good reviews that clearly haven’t read the book unless they are paid to.)  In fact, I am ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on January 8, 2009
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