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Archives: December 2007

Vista Woes

 So my DVD drive in the new laptop appeared to be dead. It didn't appear in the "Computer" list with my hard drive, I inserted known good DVDs and CDs that worked on other laptops and no go. Device Manager showed that the driver couldn't load, so I removed it… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 December 2007

Comments on "The Exceptional Presenter"

I purchased The Exceptional Presenter recently as part of my professional development spending. I currently work primarily as a trainer and I've done some training/speaking going back almost 20 years, but by no means would I consider myself to be exceptional. Some things I think I do reasonably well, some… Read more

0 comments, 521 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 December 2007

PCMagazine Goes to Monthly Format

I don't have a URL handy for it, but in the latest print issue of PC Mag they announced changing to 12 issues a year compared to the 22 issues a year it has been forever. I've been reading PC Mag since 1988 and it's been sad to see the… Read more

0 comments, 488 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 December 2007

Planning a SQL 2008 Launch Event

As a user group leader I see new products as a chance to make sure our members know about the new features (or pitfalls) of a new release, and to grow and evangelize our group - not a novel approach, but sound I think. Met with Shawn Weisfeld from ONETUG last… Read more

0 comments, 603 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 December 2007

Assimilated

 Maybe I'm succombing, maybe I'm lazy, most likely I don't want to mess with it. 

 I found some instructions for nLite, a utility that will build a custom XP install, including the SATA drivers, but as I was looking through the new machine and checking out the utilities, I got… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 December 2007

XP Struggles

My new laptop came with Vista Home and I messed with it for awhile last night, but I didn't see anything that was a compelling reason for me to stick with it. I like XP and it works well for me. It's supposed to use less resources and as I… Read more

0 comments, 566 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 December 2007

Quismo F40

My new laptop showed up today at my desk. Actually it probably showed up yesterday, but since I never went out the front door, I didn't realize it. My daughter brought it in, thankfully not dropping it anywhere, and wanted to help me open it. We did, and she got… Read more

0 comments, 572 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 December 2007

70-431

I finally sat for 70-431 on Thursday. I know, I am at least a year behind everyone else. There is not as much emphasis placed on keeping certs current at my law firm job. It would be a different story if I worked in consulting.   

 

Anyway, it… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 22 December 2007

Upgrading to Office 2007

I've put this off for a while, but I needed a break from the routine and I'm starting to get a few things sent to me in the newer formats so maybe there is some level of adoption. After fighting through some install issues because I had the 2007 to… Read more

0 comments, 511 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 December 2007

Last Minute Learning

Someone posted a question about what should they try to learn for an interview coming soon, but the company was asking for information that they didn't know about. Their resume indicated experience in development, but the job description asked for HA skills. 

What should you do?

 First don't panic. I'm… Read more

1 comments, 570 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 December 2007

oPASS Meeting Notes

We had our final meeting of the year last night, minutes posted here. Pretty good turn out, 22 total. And given that we started the group back up in April with about 10 attendees, we're growing nicely.

Highlight for me last night was getting more feedback from the group… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 December 2007

User Group Meeting Checklist

I'm a fan of lists so that I stay on track rather than trying to remember all things at the list minute. Prepping for user group meetings is no different, usually happens near the end of a hectic day at the office and forgetting something...well, that's not fun. Here's my… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 December 2007

The Podcastee

Usually I'm the one working on my podcasts and starring in them. However I got invited to participate in and be interviewed for a podcast by Eric Johnson and Josh Jones of the Colorado Springs SQL Server Users Group. They do a weekly podcast on databases in general and… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 December 2007

Strategic vs Tactical Time

As an owner of a small business one of the constant struggles is time management, and more importantly, finding time to think long term and not just short term. It's the nature of business (and work) that we tend to focus on tactical items, those things that have to get… Read more

2 comments, 541 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 December 2007

Turning Off Logging

I'm sure that most of you know that you cannot turn off logging in SQL Server. You can minimize the impact of logging by using simple mode, but there is no way to turn off logging.

Yet I still see posts (and answer them) that talk about how to stop…

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0 comments, 525 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 December 2007

Lists of Tools

I ran across this list of interesting tools by Scott Hanselman and there is some good stuff to look at it. I've always had a fondness for small special purpose (and mostly free) tools (software or woodworking!). I've made a note to start my own page with some original ideas… Read more

1 comments, 527 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2007

Google Knol As Community Competitor?

I ran across this in the Google bloghttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/encouraging-people-to-contribute.html announcing a new beta feature called Knol that allows an author to publish a page about on whatever topic they choose. The page at a time publishing metaphor is interesting, something that would presumably have more depth and focus than a… Read more

0 comments, 602 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 December 2007

Finding the relationship of a filegroup and a partition

The other day, I was trying to find out which partition is on which filegroup for a a partitioned table. I can get it by script out the partition scheme and look at the defintition to figure out. But I want to have a query to do this for me…

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1 comments, 592 reads

Posted in DBA Philosophy on 12 December 2007

12000!

A short congratulations to myself. I was answering posts last night after tech editing another chapter of the book I'm helping on and I hit the front page to see if I'd cracked the top 5, which are displayed on everyone's home page.

I saw I'd hit exactly 12,000 points…

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0 comments, 495 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 December 2007

Driving Debate

I write a daily editorial, which is one of the reasons that I don't post here as often as I'd like. I get to put out thoughts and opinions, and often I'm hoping to drive the debate in something that interests me or that has caught my eye. I'm mostly…

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0 comments, 502 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 December 2007

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