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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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Auditing Matters

We might not be able to stop hacks, attacks, or issues with our databases, but knowing that they've occurred is important. Steve Jones notes that we might need auditing more than security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/02/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 121 reads

The Cloud

Steve Jones likes the Cloud and gives a few reasons why. He also thinks we'll see more data in the cloud over time.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/02/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Zombie Data

Old data can come back to haunt you. Steve Jones talks about potential problems when data comes back to life.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/02/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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New Cartoons at SQLServerCentral

SQLServerCentral has commissioned a new cartoon that will be coming later this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/02/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: comic strip
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Big Data Comes to Hiring

Big Data is being used to analyze more and more data to produce better decisions. However that doesn't always work as people might expect. Steve Jones talks about some of the issues with using Big Data in hiring.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/02/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 152 reads

Servicing SQL Server in the Future

There hasn't been a service pack for SQL Server in a long time. Without knowing the plans for the future, Steve Jones asks you to express your own opinions.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 170 reads

The DBA is Dead

Is the DBA Dead? Steve Jones scoffs at the notion put forth in an article and says we'll be using DBAs for a long time. He does, however, admit the role is changing.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 407 reads

Adding to SQL Server

This week Steve Jones wonders what you might want to add to SQL Server. With SQL Server 2016 likely in the early planning stages, where would you want to see the development effort focused.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 128 reads

Software Patents

Patents are one way that governments can spur innovation. However many people think software patents should be eliminated. Steve Jones doesn't think so, but would like reform.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Management at Scale

Could you manage 20,000 databases? That's how many servers each person at Facebook has to manage in operations.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Common Checks

This Friday Steve Jones wants to know what types of things are you checking for on your instances. What items can cause you issues if you don't proactively monitor for them.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 182 reads

Software in 2014

What's the state of software in 2014. After reading Tim Bray's analysis, Steve Jones presents his.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Too Much Choice

More information and choice are generally good things, but there can be problems. Steve Jones notes that we can't let freedom paralyze us.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Uncontrolled Code

Excel is used quite often to build software, or at least, it's worksheets and formulas simulate software. Steve Jones notes there are lots of problems with this practice.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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We're not craftsmen and craftswomen

We don't always do the job we would want done for us. We don't pride ourselves as craftspeople do. At least that's what Steve Jones thinks.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Better Writing

Are you a good writer? You should be. Steve Jones notes that communication skills are not only important, but that poor ones can set you apart in a way you might not like.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 179 reads

Double Checks

Many of us have checks in place on systems or processes, but would we be aware of tampering with the operation of our computer systems? Steve Jones notes that auditing can be important to ensure things are working well.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 96 reads

The Art of Performance

Tuning a SQL Server instance and improving the way it performs is a complex task that many people struggle to complete. In this piece, Steve Jones talks about the idea that it is a science as much as an art.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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No Bosses

The idea of not having a boss appeals to many of us, but is it really what you'd like? Steve Jones notes that Zappos is trying this, by eliminating many of the manager roles at the company.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Desktop Setup

This Friday Steve Jones asks about how you set up your hardware and software environment for work. Are there things you recommend?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/01/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 172 reads
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