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Regular Columnist: Steve Jones

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My background is I have been working with computers since I was about 12. My first "career" job in this industry was with network administration where I became the local DBA by default. I have also spent lots of time administering Netware and NT networks, developing software, managing smaller IT groups, making lots of coffee, ordering pizza for late nights, etc., etc. For those of you interested (or really bored), you can check out my resume.

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Deleting Data

The "right to be forgotten" law in Europe has Steve Jones a bit worried.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Security Woes

Another week, and another set of data security issues around the world.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Go Small

The SQL Server community is amazing, and Steve Jones hopes we continue to be close as we grow. He brings light on an idea to grow us larger, but smaller.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Wish List

This Friday Steve Jones asks you about your geek Christmas wishes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Drop and Recreate

Steve Jones notes that disasters come in all shapes and sizes, but a little prep that you might not have thought of can reduce the scale of the issues.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 132 reads

The Last Job

Steve Jones contemplates employment and the future of the last job he'll have. This Friday he asks you if this might be yours.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Citizen Programmers

Steve Jones finds the Salesforce platform interesting and notes we have lots of "citizen programmers" doing work with data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Holiday Struggles

The sporadic schedule of a day or two a week this holiday season has been a struggle for Steve Jones.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Managerial Moneyball

Steve Jones notes that the Moneyball phenomenon has come to managers and perhaps a little training and data can help find us better managers.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Have You Learned Lately?

Have you learned anything new lately? Steve Jones asks the question after an interesting T-SQL Tuesday.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Always Canary

One way to make deployments smoother is to use a second system, but that's a challenge for databases, as Steve Jones notes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Value of Code

What's the value of code to your organization? Steve Jones thinks it's much larger than many people believe.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Your Best Work

Interviewing people is hard to do well. Steve Jones talks about a technique that might help you better choose good employees for your organization.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/12/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How Often Does Production Drift?

Database drift is the difference between two database schemas. Today Steve Jones discusses the concept and wonders how often it happens.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Real World T-SQL Tricks

This week Steve Jones wonders if you're taking advantage of the changes in the T-SQL language.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Achievement Unlocked: Balance 0

Steve Jones completed a task this year that he's rarely completed in the past.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The SQL Server Container

There's an interesting idea that exists for lightweight, application separation on a host that's different from virtualization. It's Docker, and Steve Jones talks about it today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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MY Data

As we gather more and more data about individuals, not only does security become an issue, but also the morality of using the data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Prepping for Winter

As winter approaches, many of us get ready in our personal lives, but Steve Jones notes that we might want to make sure we have regular preparation taking place on our systems for difficult times.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Bucket List Data

This Friday Steve Jones is looking to see what data you're tracking about your life.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/11/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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