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No friday funnies here today!

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side of Being a DBA' started by satya, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. satya Moderator

    Computer additected geeks!

    - You can't correspond with your mother because she doesn't have a computer.
    - When your email box shows "no new messages" and you feel really depressed.
    - You don't know the gender of your three closest friends because they have nondescript screen name and you never bothered to ask.
    - You move into a new house and you decide to "Netscape" before you landscape.
    - Your family always knows where you are.
    - In real life conversations, you don't laugh, you just say "LOL, LOL".
    - After reading this message, you immediately forward it to a friend!

    Scary story for a DBA & Systems Administrator - by a DBA

    "Backups. We all know the importance of making a backup of our most important systems. Unfortunately, some of us also know that realizing the importance of performing backups often is a lesson learned the hard way. Everyone has their scary backup stories. Here are mine.

    "Like a lot of people, my professional career started out in technical support. In my case, I was part of a help-desk team for a large professional practice. Among other things, we were responsible for performing PC LAN backups for a number of systems used by other departments. For one especially important system, we acquired fancy new tape-backup equipment and a large collection of tapes. A procedure was put in place, and before-you-go-home-at-night backups became a standard. Some months later, a crash brought down the system, and all the data was lost. Shortly thereafter, a call came in for the latest backup tape. It was located and dispatched, and a recovery was attempted. The recovery failed, however, as the tape was blank. A call came in for the next-to-last backup tape. Nervously, it was located and dispatched, and a recovery was attempted. It also failed because this tape also was blank. Amid long silences and pink-slip glares, panic started to set in as the tape from three nights prior was called up. This attempt resulted in a lot of shouting.

    "All the tapes were then checked, and they were all blank. To add insult to injury, the problem wasn't only that the tapes were blank--they weren't even formatted! The fancy new backup equipment wasn't smart enough to realize the tapes were not formatted, so it allowed them to be used. Note: writing good data to an unformatted tape is never a good idea..."

  2. FrankKalis Moderator

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><br />- In real life conversations, you don't laugh, you just say "LOL, LOL". <br /><hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"><br />I REALLY like that one. LOL [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-2.gif' alt=':D' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />Moderator<br />Microsoft SQL Server MVP<br />Webmaster:<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a>
  3. khtan New Member

    &gt;&gt; No friday funnies here today!<br />[<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-2.gif' alt=':D' />]<br /><br /><hr noshade size="1"><br /><font size="1">KH</font id="size1">
  4. Madhivanan Moderator

    &gt;&gt;After reading this message, you immediately forward it to a friend! <br /><br />[<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-2.gif' alt=':D' />]<br /><br />Madhivanan<br /><br />Failing to plan is Planning to fail

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