Introducing Google A.I. Experiments

Explore machine learning by playing with pictures, language, music, code, and more.

Check it out: https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/

Here is an inspiring TED talk on AI that has more of a positive spin than is often given to the future prospects of artificial intelligence and how it will fit in with society.  One of the main points is “Making people want stuff we make” vs “Making stuff people want” by using AI to give us the insight we would not otherwise realize.

Backup Transaction Logs to Nul for All Online Databases

First of all, never use this in a production environment!   This script is to backup your transaction logs to a “nul device” for all online databases which are not using simple recovery model.  In windows it is indeed spelled “nul” with one “L”.  The only reason you would want to do this is if you have a non production environment using full recovery model and this server architecturally mirrors your production environment.  For example, we have a “staging” server that is used for testing our code changes before they go into production.  We require the staging environment to be as close to production as possible and have scheduled scripts that sync them weekly.  In this scenario, we have many databases in the staging server that are using full recovery model but we do not want to backup the t-logs, we would rather just throw them away.

To learn more about NUL devices, here’s a link to the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Null_device