Feeds

Basement-dwelling BOFH to be sent into Spaaaace

And probably back again, in database admin compo

Security for virtualized datacentres

A UK company has launched a competition to send one lucky database administrator into space.

All the fortunate BOFH has to do is answer some sci-fi based video quiz questions online, complete some simple SQL tasks and fill in an application form. Oh, and survive an X-Factor-style vote-off where the talent in question is their tweeting wit.

Cambridge software company Red Gate is running the competition, which will put the winner on a Space Adventures flight into suborbital space, a trip that normally costs around $110,000 (£68,950).

According to the competition website, Red Gate is hosting this competition because "it has always been a keen supporter of the SQL Server community..." and believes "DBAs, the exceptional individuals who manage the smooth running of our planet's data supply, have been under-appreciated too long". Awwww, sweet of them.

Apart from being exceptional, these BOFHs are apparently not above a bit of cheeky cheating either, according to a Red Gate rep.

He told The Register that a competitor had deliberately sabotaged the Wikipedia page for the Mars Rover Opportunity to make it harder to find the answer to one of the quiz questions. The saboteur also added the warning "DBAs don't belong in space. Only in basements" to the Wikipage (see the revision history here (unknown naughty DBA's comment is second from the top).

The competition is running until 18 November and is open to BOFHs from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Germany. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.