* Posts by Notrodney

3 posts • joined 12 Nov 2018

Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray


Restart not Shutdown

Had a similar incident where a server was shut down instead of restarted. Server was in a large server farm so we called them to ask them to hit the power button... only to find they had no record of the server so did not know where it was located. Luckily there was another server in the same rack so we ejected the drives - and streamed radio. The engineer then followed the sounds till he found the rack.

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


I worked in South Africa many years ago with an American friend. One day he came running up to me and told the most beautiful woman he'd ever met had just given him a Stiffie... and held up a 3.5 inch floppy.

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...


The Great thing about SQL Server is how easy it is to set up and use with a little bit of knowledge. Unfortunately that's also its biggest problem. I've lost count of the number of databases I've seen where its set to full recovery model but no transaction log backup. Back when I first started I was very helpful and would set up the backup. These days I just send a warning email to the DBA... and then re-send it when the server falls over as its run out of space (I know I'm Evil, but in my defence, I find people learn far quicker from mistakes).

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