TechNet Magazine: July 2011 SQL Q&A column

The July edition of TechNet Magazine is available on the web now and has the latest installment of my regular SQL Q&A column.

This month's topics are:

  • Deferred log truncation from concurrent data and log backups
  • Database mirroring monitoring
  • Multiple transaction log files
  • Best use of SSDs in a SQL environment (high-level)

Check it out at

OT Survey: internet browsers and mail readers

This survey is off-topic and was suggested by Justin Dearing (blog|twitter) and I'm curious about the results too so I agreed to run it.

We're interested to see what internet browsers are most commonly used my members of the database community, along with which email clients. People are often fanatic about one browser/client or another and vehemently opposed to using others (I detest Outlook, for instance, and was overjoyed to be freed from it when I left Microsoft 4 years ago). Consider whatever is your primary machine and answer for that. If you want to answer multiple times, you'll need to do so from different machines so the survey site doesn't recognize you.

I'll report on the results in a couple of weeks or so.


PS No, I'm not changing which survey provider I use, and if you don't like the choices in the survey, that's unfortunate :-)

Photos: Japanese Garden at Seattle Arboretum


Earlier today I took my Mum and Dad to walk around the beautiful Japanese Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum (part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens) and I took along my camera to play around with leaves and light.

Below are a selection of photos, all taken with a Canon 5D Mark II plus a Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens, mostly in Aperture Priority mode, some with manual focus.

Click the image for a 1600×1200 version – especially for the leaves – should make good desktop wallpaper :-)

Enjoy! Let me know if you like them.