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Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 4:28 AM


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Steve,
Thanks for the podcasts! They are both informative and entertaining!

I especially liked the recent 'boycott' one; it makes you think.

Generally, I try to steer away from new releases in production until they hit SP1 anyway.

Mark
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Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 4:46 PM
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Steve hi. I really enjoy your commentary on the industry and daily titbits to help keep us up to date.
In Australia, our internet is managed by bytes and many of us, with commercial connections, are limited to work related downloads.. 40 megs is a lot of IP packets. The text to deliver the same message would be less than 10% of that - I can justify. Further, our PCs do not have speakers so we are not encouraged to use IP radio (what a joke - listening to the radio over the internet - isn't that what radios are for?)

In summary, I would love to have the freedom to download your PODCASTS but have to be satisfied with the text you provide. A question - of how many people who receive the daily newsletter listen to your PODCASTS?

However, I love your work, keep up the effort - we are listening(reading) to what you have to say.
Thank you.
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Let me be the lone dissenter here. I dont like podcasts or webcasts or videocasts (not just yours but any other websites). They take too much time to download and listen, we cant skip to interesting sections like a text article. We cant skip the parts that we know already. They take up too much bandwidth. Also I have 24x7 music playing on my computer(s) all the time and I would have to interrupt the music to listen. I would rather read. If it werent for the articles (that is if you had only podcasts and videocasts) I would unsubscribe in a minute.
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I think that's more of what they're after... I don't listen to the pod-casts for many of the same reasons... I'll even add a reason... I don't remember as much about what I hear as much as what I read. But I do very much appreciate the content from which they were made... the written word in the text.

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Steve,

I'll be terse and use bullet points instead of paragraphs.

- Your nickname (at least in my head) is "Weekday Jones", as I look forward to receiving your e-mails Monday through Friday. :D
- Your link to Everyday Jones just goes to their My Space page, which, in every place I've ever worked, is blocked by a Proxy or Firewall. Tell 'em to get their own hosted location (hmm...www.sqlservercentral.com/everydayjones ?)
- I've always worked for small companies (usually) so haven't had a lot of experience with clustering...any advice, crash course, gotchas? (We're about to implement a new one here, and I'm only "book learned" on it, not first-hand experienced.) And differences/additions between 2000, 2005, and 2008 would be nice, too.
- Any advice for me as a used-to-be-a-DBA-in-my-last-job-now-hired-as-strictly-a-developer-in-a-place-that- doesn't-have-any-DBA's-(only-"accidental-DBAs")-and-doesn't-see-a-need-or-reason-to-have-one? I can point them to the articles and editorials that you and your colleagues have about the pitfalls and nightmares of having non-DBA DBA's, but I think it would just fall on deaf ears. (Along the same lines, every person in IT has "System Administrator" access to the production database...*sigh*) (Every application was configured with a user that has db_owner access over the database it's assigned to...at least they weren't all done with "sa", though, thankfully) Feel free to rant/comment on this, as I've seen it as a fairly common practice to "just keep things moving".
- When is the Best of the Voice-of-the-DBA Bloopers DVD coming out?
- How about a VotDBA Guest Editorial Podcast Contest? You'd be amazed at the kind of turn out you'd get even if the prize was something simple like a SQL Server Central coffee cup, or an Everyday Jones t-shirt. :P

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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Thanks and glad you like them. Bloopers tend to come out on the holidays, so look for a Labor Day edition!

I'll ping Everyday Jones, but I suspect that they don't want to maintain multiple sites and you'll have to check them at home. I would like to get some links to their music you can purchase, so I'll see if I can set them up.

Advice? Post in the other forums. Lots of smart people out there happy to help.

Guest editorials - Happy to have them. I get some written ones, but the videos haven't shown up. As an FYI, I'm not a big fan of contests. They're a pain to administer and I hate judging.

If you want to send some in, feel free. As long as they're clean and professional, happy to run some.







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Hi Steve!

I found the podcast a few months ago while searching on iTunes and have been enjoying it. Been watching for some time. I have a comment about the show and then a general question about SQL.

First, what made you decide to do a video podcast? It seems from the content that you could get away with doing an audio podcast only. If you were showing screenshots or something like that, I could understand having a video. Maybe that's something for the future?

Secondly, what resources would you recommend for someone who wants/needs to become a DBA? I've been a developer for some time, but it looks like the company I work for will want me to move more into that role.

Thanks again for the show and for the forum.

Make it a great day!

Daniel Johnson, Jr.,
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Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:51 AM


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Daniel,

not really sure. Just thought it would be fun. The set does move around sometimes here at the ranch, so sometimes those can be fun. Plus no bloopers without video!


There are some good places for general DBA resources. I'd move that question to one of the career forums. Lots of people have answered similar things.

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Administration/61319/







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The video is important for no other reason than to poke fun at Steve for wearing Wahoo (that's "University of Virginia" for the uninitiated) paraphernalia. Go Hokies!!! (That's "Virginia Tech" for those of you hiding under a rock!)

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Just for that, look for UVA wear tomorrow!






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