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Archives: January 2009

More About Twitter

I've mentioned before that I was on Twitter and I know that for some the question is still out on whether or not it is of value. For me, it's like any other tool, it depends on how you use it. If you're trying to use a hammer to dig… Read more


When I was in graduate school I wanted an internship for the summer to get some experience and get ready for the real world. I looked around a bunch of opportunities, applied, and got some interviews. One of these was with Virginia Power, which had been bought by Dominion… Read more

0 comments, 661 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 January 2009

Notes on the January 2009 ODUG Meeting

I decided to attend to see how the group was doing and learn a little more about Dot Net Nuke (DNN). Meetings are held on the other side of Orlando from me, but with a 7 pm start time I missed most of the traffic and had an easy drive.… Read more

2 comments, 559 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 January 2009

Goals for 2009

I don’t do resolutions - they’re cliché, overdone, and rarely stick.  However, I’m a believer in setting goals and periodic progress points, and making goals public is proven to increase the chance of success.  I blogged a couple of months back that I was committed to sharpen my skills and… Read more

2 comments, 940 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 9 January 2009

Windows 7 Beta Delayed

Looks like the Windows 7 beta download has been delayed while Microsoft adds additional infrastructure support.  A little disappointing but I guess it's best to make sure everyone has a good experience with this new version of Windows from the beginning.  I'll provide an update when I see it's back and… Read more

2 comments, 554 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 9 January 2009


This came up on Twitter today. I have a search set for "SQL Server" and it pulled up someone who was struggling with PHPMyAdmin because of a very large SQL text file. He was unaware that there were free GUI tools for MySQL from Sun. Those tools can be found… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 Core supports SQL Server

First saw this because Jason Massie twittered about it. But apparently there are enough bits of the .NET Framework in R2 Core where SQL Server installations will be possible:

Andrew Fryer's Blog: Windows Server 2008 r2 

It'll be a command-line install, since core has no GUI, but that's fine… Read more

The Future Looks Old

I grew up watching the syndicated version of Star Trek every evening as a kid, 12-14 and dreamed of being on a spaceship. The idea of communicators in your hand, beaming up, and more were still futuristic and amazing in the late 70s to me. It seems silly now, but… Read more

2 comments, 626 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 January 2009

CS Techcast 57/Phone Interviews Are Hard

I've been meaning to do this for a year, finally caught up with Eric Johnson of Consortio Services to do a podcast. We did about 15 minutes discussing community events, sites, and user groups (please do listen if you want the whole scoop). It was fun, but challenging -… Read more

2 comments, 624 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 January 2009

AlphaSmart Neo

I ran across the AlphaSmart Neo in The Writer magazine. It's a $219 "laptop" that is for writing only, basically a word processor, and supposed to give 700 hours on 3 AA batteries. The lack of features and battery life are the selling points - no distractions! Seems expensive for… Read more

0 comments, 575 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 8 January 2009

Windows 7 Beta Release Friday

Tomorrow Microsoft will make Windows 7 beta available for download.  I’m a little skeptical but I think just about anyone who used Vista would be.  To be honestly I haven’t had nearly as many challenges with Vista that many people claim to have especially early in it’s release.  However, I… Read more

2 comments, 582 reads

Posted in Devin Knight on 8 January 2009

Batting 1000

Nobody bats 1.000, or one thousand. Not in baseball and not in any aspect of life. You might be able to get good hits for a short period of time, maybe a game, a week, a year, but if you keep working at what you’re doing, you are going to… Read more

2 comments, 544 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 January 2009

Networking - Part 2

Yesterday I started discussing networking and the idea that it's time invested with no guarantee of a return on that investment. Today let's talk about networking for the regular guy.

Who do you think of or know that is a good networker? Is it a friend, your boss, a politician… Read more

6 comments, 663 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 7 January 2009

Presenting at SQL Saturday Tampa

I received word earlier today that I’ll be presenting at the upcoming SQL Saturday event in Tampa, Florida on January 24.  I got to present at one of the first SQL Saturday events last year in Jacksonville and it was quite a well run event.  A good lineup of content… Read more

2 comments, 910 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 7 January 2009

Organizing RSS Feeds

I have a lot of blogs I subscribe to. Well over 500 at last count. And the truth of the matter is there is no possible way to read them all. I tried once. It took about 3-4 hours a day. After about 3 days of that, I gave up.… Read more

Analysis Services 2005 Deployment Wizard - Built by Design (Bug)

We use the Analysis Services Deployment Wizard when moving our cubes from Dev to QA and then QA to Prod.  Up until this point, we have been in "Beta" meaning that we have a few developers that have access plus a few SME's (Subject Matter Experts).  So every once in… Read more

0 comments, 281 reads

Posted in Marc Beacom on 7 January 2009

The Value of Twitter

OK, today I see something useful about Twitter. I'm stuck in bed, my daughter sick, trying to work and listening to "I, Spy" and various other annoying things on TV. It's not much fun, and I could use something to cheer me up since my wife is gone.

@JoeWebb Read more

4 comments, 854 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 January 2009

Measuring My Goals

Yesterday I wrote about some goals for 2009 here at SQLServerCentral. It’s a list of stuff that I want to accomplish in 2009. However I didn’t give any way to determine if I’m successful in meeting the goals. I guess you could say that getting to the goals is the… Read more

4 comments, 833 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 January 2009

Networking - Part 1

This post, and the next couple in the series (which may not be this week) are me talking through what I think about networking and where I want to go. Hopefully will be useful.

By networking I mean connecting with people, not running cable! With that in mind, I think… Read more

4 comments, 593 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 6 January 2009

We Are Microsoft Charity Event 2009

I received notification a few days ago that I was selected again to participate in the We Are Microsoft charity event in Dallas.  For those not familiar, this event is intended to seek out and assist qualified charities whose technology needs exceed their budget for same.  Developers, DBAs, and designers… Read more

2 comments, 871 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 6 January 2009

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