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
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
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
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
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
Microsoft publishes the following caution about enabling the CredSSP Windows Group Policy:
Caution: Credential Security Support Provider (CredSSP) authentication, in which the user’s credentials are passed to a remote computer to be authenticated, is designed for commands that require authentication on more than one resource, such as accessing a remote… Read more
“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
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
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.
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
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
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
I had a very unpleasant experience a while back when I was commenting anonymously on a web site (not SQL related...it 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
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
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