Archives: May 2009
I had the video card go bad in my new desktop, so I spent a few minutes rolling back to the old one, only to find networking extremely slow. It took, literally, about 5 minutes to open Google's home page, slowly bringing down data, despite the connection saying it was… Read more
This week I'm in Brno, Czech Republic leading an App Compat seminar for Microsoft clients here, and one of the things we need to look for in their applications is the use of deprecated features. I was poking around the sys.os_performance_counters DMV and discovered the [sqlinstance]:Deprecated Features object and found… Read more
A great Hyper-V blog here at Accentient Blog.
I was searching around for information on setting up Hyper-V and I ran across this blog, which has some great instructions for getting started. Including a 3 part series on Using 64-bit Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation OS, which is… Read more
Wes is a friend acquiring via networking and community involvement - another success story! He's based in Tampa and has been involved with the past two SQLSaturday's in Tampa. His blog - Databases, Structures, and the Damn Data Itself - is one I enjoy because he talks about life as… Read more
I've been using Snarfer for a while now, preferring an offline reader so that I use a few spare moments to catch up on reading without having to plug in the air card. It works well enough, but lately I've been wanting something better, really driven by one idea… Read more
You have a few options for protecting your SQL Server data at rest. So far I haven't seen anything thing protects data in memory, and I'm not sure we ever will. After all, at some point it needs to be processed, joined, etc., and that can't happen if it's well… Read more
I’m giving my talk on The Modern Resume – Building Your Brand a few more times this year and I’ve got a tentative schedule here:
June 6 – SQLSaturday #14, Pensacola, FL.
July 2 – Richmond SQL Server Users Group, Richmond, VA
Today in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day, the day we remember American casualties of any military action. Though many worry that we lose sight of the meaning of holiday as it also seems to mark both a three day weekend and the beginning of summer, I think… Read more
I installed Hyper-V onto a new machine as a role for the base Windows 2008 server role. It required a reboot, and once it was back up, I went to create my first virtual machine. The Hyper-V manager was confusing for a few seconds since it wants to connect to… Read more
I'm on a few publishers' lists as someone that reviews books, works with SQL Server, and in general might help them sell copies of books. A number of friends from SQLServerCentral, and other sites, have written books as well, and often send me copies.
Just the other day I received… Read more
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes ($14 at Amazon) was a book I picked up for travel, though at 928 pages it's not a travel sized book. This starts almost at the beginning with discussions of radioactivity and the state of physics at the start of the… Read more
I was late with family issues, and so I missed the social time when I was expecting to do a little networking and meet some new people. Instead I arrived during the short presentation from Glenn Barry, who's a local MVP and I've seen speak a few times. Attendance… Read more
As Brad McGehee mentioned recently: SQLTeach (a part of the larger DevTeach event) will be held in Vancouver, BC this June 8-12, 2009. It will offer 136 sessions in 8 different tracks, including 37 SQL Server sessions, 17 Agile sessions, 17 software architecture sessions, and 57 .NET sessions. In… Read more
My Dearest Mister André Pratte,
Regarding your article in the Globe and Mail, I was quite surprised to see you run to the indirect defence of militant Péquistes (Parti Québécois members) over the mistreatment of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec's (CDPQ) new Chief Michael Sabia during testimony the other… Read more
I saw an interesting blog post from Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard) recently on what he thought Twitter was. I'd started my own post here, with some thoughts, and had to go back and rewrite things (Thanks, Andy!). He got me thinking, and I agree, it's something completely new.
I… Read more
We started by talking about some of the… Read more
I spent the last 4 days in Denver helping my company move in a new datacenter and while I was there it occurred to me that a lot of people have probably never seen the inside of a datacenter. I've been in 8 (that I can recall), and while that… Read more
I got my MVP goodies the other day in the mail. My bag is upstairs, not yet used, but I have to go out tomorrow and I'll see how it does. I wore my HALO shirt, so it's in the laundry, but look for that in a podcast soon.
My… Read more
I currently write the editorial for the PASS Connector which is published every two weeks as part of my role on the Board of Directors. I'm cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog.
As of our most recent update PASS has more than…
I saw this mentioned on Twitter, and watched it while doing some light editing and scheduling. It’s from TechEd 2009 in LA, and includes a number of MVPs and consultants and even a Microsoft SQL Server program manager.