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Archives: October 2005

The Plame Saga...

Living in the D.C metro area it is difficult to avoid politics,  policies and policy-makers. After 9/11 it became well nigh impossible  to do so. The Afghan war after the Osama-Taliban link was almost  inevitable and  most people (including world opinion) favoured the U.S. Not so with  the Iraq war.…

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Posted in Sushila on 28 October 2005

It's Done

I wrote the editorial today about this, but SQL Server 2005 RTM'd yesterday!!!

If you an on MSDN Subscriber, you can download it now with general release coming in a couple weeks.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 October 2005

The Great Uproar and some advice

My editorial this past week had to do with a great uproar on the interviewing piece that ran Monday. I felt I should apologize a little in not editing as much as I think now I should have for the article. But I didn't want to censor the style or…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 October 2005

On vacation!

It was busy at work after returning from PASS which means my work day continued for 2 or 3 hours after I got home most nights the past two weeks. I intended to get my NULL blog posted earlier but along with the time issues, I've fallen into the "blog is a small article"… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 16 October 2005

Something About Nothing: NULL

You wouldn’t think that “nothing” would cause so many problems. But seriously, understanding how to correctly use NULLs is a very important part of learning T-SQL.


You must remember these two rules: anything, even NULL, compared to NULL is False and if you add anything to NULL you will… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 16 October 2005

Blogging Is Hard

Why is that? My Database Daily editorial for this week focuses on that and I thought it would be interesting to save it here:

Not that it's hard to do, I mean, run a browser, connect to your blog, click a button or two to bring up a form, type…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 October 2005

Remote Access

We typically have great weather in Colorado where I live, but we do get snow. And occassionally it causes issues. Like this week when I returned home Monday from dropping off my daughter at school. Actually I also hit the gym, so I left the house around 8:30 am, returning…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2005

Minor Panic

I know, I need some stuff posted about PASS and I'll get to it. My wife was injured (she's ok) while I was gone and this week has been extra busy for that reason.

I woke up to get the DatabaseDaily newsletter set this morning and I went to the…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 October 2005

Using the sa account -- Just say "NO!"

Aunt Kathi knows many of you do things you know are wrong, like rolling through stop signs, littering, and using the sa account in your connection strings. If you're lucky, you won't get caught at the stop sign and you probably don't participate in Alice's Restaurant scale littering. But using the sa account… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 4 October 2005

Thoughts about the future

So far my posts have been non-technical musings about my life outside of work. I guess it is time to get serious about this if I want anyone to read it. I am just learning about the power of the blog, especially last week at PASS. Every session has a… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 3 October 2005

Back home after PASS

The past week at PASS was more informative and fun than I could ever have imagined. By getting involved in the SQL Server community as I have over the past year, I have met so many people via posts and e-mail. It was great to finally meet in person.

I attended… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 1 October 2005

PASS 2005: Day Four

Day Four wrapped up SQL Pass 2005.  As a first time attendee to this event, my head was swimming by the end of today with the amount of information I've had to process.  I am exhausted yet ready to get back to work and deploy some of the lessons I've… Read more

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Posted in Tim Mitchell on 1 October 2005