“Macintosh: Insanely Great”

MacRumours.com pointed out that January 24, 2009 marked the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the Apple Macintosh.

Below is a YouTube video of a younger (and healthier) Steve Job’s demonstrating the Mac.

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New InfoSphere Warehouse Redbook available

Are you looking to squeeze the most out of IBM InfoSphere Warehouse’s Cubing Services?

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DB2 9.5 – Upgrade Benefits and Best Practices eSeminar available online

Should you or shouldn’t you?

If your enterprise runs DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, you probably know that a growing number of installations have made the move to DB2 9.5, and reaped the benefits.

Is it time for you to do the same?

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Introducing DB2’s Administrative Task Scheduler

In September, Kevin See and I published a how-to article on IBM’s popular developerWorks community website.  The article describes the new SQL-based Administrative Task Scheduler that was introduced in DB2 9.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

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25 years of DB2

June 7th marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of IBM’s DB2 database on the MVS operating system.

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Best practices for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows

We have just released 11 best practice papers for DB2 9.  The papers are available at no charge.  You can download them from IBM developerWorks.

These Best Practice papers present advice on the most optimal ways you can use DB2 to satisfy key business data processing needs. These papers are authored by leading experts in IBM’s development and consulting teams, and have been extensively tested.

Each Best Practice paper is designed to provide practical guidance for the most common DB2 9 product configurations. By applying these recommendations, you may improve the value of your DB2 data servers and align yourself with IBM’s technical direction for DB2.

Currently there are papers covering the following topics:

  1. Database storage
  2. Physical database design
  3. Data life cycle management
  4. Minimizing planned outages
  5. IBM data server security
  6. Deploying IBM DB2 products
  7. Writing and tuning queries for optimal performance
  8. Tuning and monitoring database system performance
  9. Managing XML data
  10. Improving data server utilization and management through virtualization
  11. Frequently asked questions from problem management reports

Expect more papers on other topics in the near future.

DB2 Monitoring Console

A few weeks ago, the DB2 Monitoring Console was released.  The monitoring console is “a light weight, web based console for DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows.  It is also a set of building blocks for rapidly developing your own console or PHP Web-based application.”

It has been released under the Apache License and is hosted at SourceForge.  To learn more, visit: http://sourceforge.net/projects/db2mc