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Some dude named Chuck.

this isn’t thunderdome

When I received my first MVP award for SQL Server it was fairly abstract to me until I went to my first TechEd conference after being awarded. There it got real. At that year’s TechEd I recall sitting in the SQL “Birds of a Feather” area with my late friend… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 9 April 2014

the power of people who are trustworthy

If you missed 60 Minutes last night, watch this.

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 31 March 2014

Correlation Does Not Imply Causation

One of the biggest mistakes we can make when troubleshooting is to confuse the necessary responsibility of observing activity that is occurring with what the problem is. It’s not enough to accurately identify that STUFF is happening when you perceive a issue exists. You must identify what, if any, issue… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 11 February 2014

Why no discussion of MarkLogic / NoSQL security in light of Obamacare security fiasco?

We are awaiting Polar Vortex 2 in New England and are set to have more snow dumped on us starting today so I am reluctantly working from home. This leaves me with a RARE opportunity to publish TWO posts to my feed in a day (or close enough…).

In fairness,… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 21 January 2014

Best advice I ever got on negotiating consulting rates and salary negotiations

Back when I was getting ready to take the plunge and begin consulting I sought advice from a friend who had a successful database consulting practice in New York City (where at the time I was preparing to work).  I thought the price he suggested that I ask for was… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 20 January 2014

sometimes, you have to piss people off

Just a quick note today on being effective.

For better or for worse, I was raised by parents who had me and my siblings at a later age in life. My parents are from the WWII generation, not the Baby Boomers. I know nothing of “helicopter parents” or “everyone gets… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 16 January 2014

Season’s Greetings!

ho ho ho

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 24 December 2013


“There is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 21 November 2013



My Drupal site in AWS EC2 was hijacked and is being used by the hijackers to do port scans.

Who said Tuesday’s were boring?

Fun stuff.

This is my new URL for now (and possibly forever).

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 6 November 2013

If you buy a Hyundai, don't expect BMW results

This sort of ties in to my last post on denying reality.

Managing expectations is the most important thing to success in many facets of life.

When purchasing hardware and software in IT there can often be the temptation to “go cheap” and that's fine sometimes when the expectations… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 11 October 2013

Do you want me to tell you the truth or do you want me to tell you what you want to hear?

We live in a Dilbert age.

If you are a DBA and have worked in organizations of any size you are guaranteed to have seen things that are so insane they just simply can not be made up.

However, despite the occasional apparent triumphs over reality by PHBs that we… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 28 September 2013

I am on LinkedIn

I don't know why, but I never "got" LinkedIn and I ended up leaving it in frustration as I was getting spammed a lot.

I am hoping to "do" LinkedIn right this time and I have spent a good long time today trying to only invite DBA types (as much… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 21 September 2013

Is Microsoft attempting to "de-skill" IT Pros in its attempt to increase its Cloud business?

When I first heard of the MCM program termination discontent, I reacted by sympathizing with my fellow Database Professionals but since the MCM program had little significance to me personally (because I didn't have time or money to pursue it), I pretty much read the comments as one without a… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 5 September 2013

Working Class Hero

I could tell you a story about Green Day's cover of John Lennon's classic "Working Class Hero" that you wouldn't believe. (It's too crazy.) But that doesn't really matter any way.

Here is something that does matter: there is nothing wrong with being a DBA.

I have encountered… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 29 August 2013

Delbert Belton

RIP, Delbert Belton

May God be with your family.

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 23 August 2013

OT: privacy

I had a very unpleasant experience a while back when I was commenting anonymously on a web site (not SQL was a mainstream business news site). A fellow anonymous commenter that disagreed with me replied to me and intimated he knew my location. This freaked me out and led… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 6 August 2013


Back when I was trying to start a business and unknowingly heading towards a economic cliff, I read all sorts of things to inspire me and learn how to be an entrepreneur.

(Pro tip: when becoming an entrepreneur, have a clue before spending money.)

Anyway, that phase of my life… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 10 July 2013


I was thinking back fondly of my Dad - who passed away during Hurricane Sandy - this past Father's Day. Of the many gifts my Dad gave me, one of them was the freedom to be who I am.

Let me explain. The way that I'm wired, I like to… Read more

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 3 July 2013

SQL Server 2000 is unsupported

Microsoft no longer supports SQL Server 2000 in any capacity.

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Posted in @chuckboycejr on 10 April 2013

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