Monthly Archives: June 2011

Performance Benefits of Adding RAM to a Laptop

I have a pretty nice Dell Latitude E6420 that I am using as a loaner laptop while I wait for my much nicer Dell Precision M4600 laptop to arrive. The E6420 has a Core i7-2720QM processor, but only had a … Continue reading

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July 2011 Version of SQL Server 2008 Diagnostic Queries

Since July is only one day away, its time for the updated version of my SQL Server 2008 Diagnostic Information Queries. There is also an updated version of the results spreadsheet, with an additional tab for the latest new query … Continue reading

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CPU-Z 1.58 Released

Version 1.58 of the very useful utility CPU-Z was released on June 24, 2011. Originally (and still) popular for bragging rights in the PC hardware enthusiast community for proving how much you had been able to overclock a particular processor, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Sandy Bridge Laptops

I recently bought a new teaching and presentation laptop, which is a Toshiba Portege R835-P55X, which I found at the Microsoft Store in Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, CO. This machine has a dual-core 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M, that also … Continue reading

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Presenting Two Sessions at PASS Summit 2011

I found out earlier this week that I was fortunate enough to have my half day session on “Scaling SQL Server” accepted for the PASS Summit 2011, which was quite a pleasant surprise! I had previously been informed that I … Continue reading

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Three New TPC-E Submissions

I just noticed three very recent new TPC-E Benchmark Submissions that I thought were quite interesting. As I have written before, I think the TPC-E OLTP benchmark is a very useful tool for helping to make hardware selection and sizing … Continue reading

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Moving On To New Challenges

After nearly five and half years, I left NewsGator Technologies for a new position as a Database Architect at Avalara, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. My last day at NewsGator was June 3, 2011, and I started at Avalara on June … Continue reading

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