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Archives: December 2008

Thoughts for 2009

Only a few changes planned for this coming year to the blog (so far), none of them huge:

  • I plan to update my blog roll more frequently and try to highlight both new bloggers and those that I find especially interesting, SQL or not
  • I'm going to comment on other…

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4 comments, 1,388 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 December 2008

End of 2008 Wrap Up Post

Something new for the end of the year - a recap of everything I posted for 2008. 303 posts if the data/my query is correct. Not all earth shaking posts, a couple typo's in the titles I had still missed, but some good ones too. For 2009 I don't know…

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1 comments, 1,519 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 December 2008

SQL Server 2005 SP3 - Released! - quick Info

Till know everyone has the information for the SQL Server 2005 SP3 for all versions!

Download info here

What's new in SP3! >>> here

Simple, quick infos

Stay Tuned! [Y]

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0 comments, 1,395 reads

Posted in Dukagjin Maloku - Dugi'DBA on 30 December 2008

SQL Server 2005 SP3 eshte realizuar

Pershendetje te gjitheve!

            Përderisa kemi qenë duke punuar me SQL Server 2005 SP2, pas shumë raportimeve nga ana e shfrytëzuesve por nga përvojat e ndryshme vazhdimisht janë bërë lajmërime për përmirësime dhe të gjitha këto jan të përmbledhura në versionin e Service Pack 3 të SQL Server 2005! Ne… Read more

0 comments, 1,504 reads

Posted in Dukagjin Maloku - Dugi'DBA on 30 December 2008

Another Use of XML

XBRL is yet another use of XML, this time for financial reporting. It is supposed to be in place for large companies, and like most other requirements, it will eventually migrate down to smaller companies as more tools become available and cheaper. Putting the onus on large companies to implement… Read more

0 comments, 1,699 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 December 2008

It's All About the Wireless Access

Steve Jones tells me that the biggest advantage that the Kindle offers is the ability to browse and buy a book now. That seemingly small change moved it from a cool gadget to a useful gadget (and well, still cool I guess!) for him. I still think it's over priced,… Read more

1 comments, 1,370 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 December 2008

Review of Seadragon: Microsoft’s iPhone application

So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks playing around with the Seadragon application and have come to some conclusions.

Usefullness – 1 out of 5

Seadragon is a glorafied picture viewer.  Had this not been a Microsoft app I would have never downloaded it to test. 

Performance– 4 out… Read more

0 comments, 1,446 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 29 December 2008

Joel Spolsky on servant leadership

With the holidays about over, I'm catching up on my RSS feed reading. This is an article from the beginning of December from Joel Spolsky. In it he talks about his brand of servant leadership and how he learned it:


He makes this point on page 2:


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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 29 December 2008

SSIS – Avoid OLE DB Command

I decided to do a little performance testing on some common SSIS “Tricks” that increase speed and effectiveness of SSIS packages.  I wanted to define to what extent just one simple change could make to a package. 

So in this test I decided to show the difference in using a… Read more

8 comments, 14,143 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 29 December 2008

I Ride

I write on a daily basis, and while I don't find it hard to come up with things to say, it is hard to write something great every day. Actually it's probably hard to write something great ever.

I try and I think there are some great things I've written,… Read more

0 comments, 1,494 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 December 2008

April Fools Challenge

I know it's not April 1st yet, but I wanted to throw out a couple comments and a challenge well in advance. I like April Fools jokes...if they are done well. Done well for me means creative, but also shouldn't take 4 pages of reading before I figure out I've… Read more

2 comments, 1,491 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 December 2008

One Year In

I got my Toshiba Qosmio a little over a year ago and it has been a great machine for me while traveling and producing podcasts. It's been rock solid with Vista Ultimate on it, with a few annoyances, but mostly it has just worked.

Until recently.

I was actually rendering… Read more

3 comments, 1,422 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 December 2008

A Little Work

Tia came down and asked if we should do something with the kids, bowling, movies, etc. I told her I wasn’t skiing with the bad weather in the mountains and would be up for something, but I needed to do “a little work” first.

She said I always need to… Read more

0 comments, 1,409 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 December 2008

When Data Mining Goes Too Far

Data mining is commonly used to find otherwise undetectable patterns in related sets of data.  However, sometimes these patterns provide absolutely useless information.  This story on FoxNews.com explains a recent correlation between teens who skip breakfast and those that lose their virginity earlier in life.  Interesting information, yes, but what… Read more

0 comments, 1,495 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 26 December 2008


During a recent class I happened to mention something about grasshopper, and a student wasn't familiar with the reference to the old Kung Fu TV series. I found a portion of the quote on IMDB, as follows (Master PO is an old blind monk, Caine is the young student):


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2 comments, 1,689 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 December 2008

Merry Christmas

I'm sure some of the geeks out there are logging onto the web, checking feeds, and whiling away some of the day off. So, to you out there...

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the day, hopefully you got some good geek gifts, and I'll update this post with mine since I'm writing… Read more

0 comments, 1,352 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 December 2008

Merry Xmas

I'm enjoying today with family and hope you are as well. Nothing complicated today, just some appropriate music!

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is Coming To Town


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0 comments, 1,443 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 December 2008

Building an Infrastructure

As we try and evolve our automotive industry, and perhaps our energy policy, to move into the future in the US, one of the big things that is being looked at is electric cars. Now I am a car guy, and in many ways I think electric cars are a… Read more

0 comments, 1,462 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 December 2008

Blackberry Bold

It was only a year ago that I moved from the Blackjack to the Blackberry Curve and overall I was happy with the Curve. Great battery life, great phone, so-so on tethering so I ended up moving to a USB air card instead. The other feature that wasn't great was… Read more

1 comments, 1,390 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 December 2008

Check Out the Free Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool

Traditionally, analyzing Performance Monitor data has not been an easy task. It often involved viewing Performance Monitor logs in graph view, seeing what was happening, and hoping that your knowledge and background in SQL Server and the Windows OS provided you with enough information in order to help you to… Read more

2 comments, 3,408 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 23 December 2008

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