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
Sometimes the answer is to keep going.
Forget words, figuring things out, and circumstances. Just keep moving your feet.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a… Read more
Many people have ideas as to how to do well in life. Of course, many people do not even agree on what success even means. I found one piece of advice many years ago that has been motivating and I share it with you for you to consider:
ok, I'm going to keep this high level and simply share my opinion.
I am not prescribing anything.
My Dad died horribly three weeks ago in a fall after the power got knocked out during Hurricane Sandy. I am barely able to talk about it and may never be for all I know.
My Dad was a very special man. One that I did not appreciate until I… Read more
@PsychzNetworks is spamming me non-stop. Every minute of every day.
I googled them and it seems Psychz Networks are famous for spamming people.
I have removed non-moderated comments (I didn't want to do this and have since added non-moderated comments back) - didn't stop Psychz Networks' spam.
I have… Read more
Boris Hristov shared this with me ages ago and I still haven't watched it yet (it is a few hours long).
Maybe today or sometime this slow holiday week I will find the time to enjoy this TEMPDB knowledge feast.
If you have the time, do yourself a favor and… Read more
ok, everyone has their favorite SQL guru and favorite SQL tips. There are some people whose names you associate with insight and good advice. Sentences that begin with "So and so says..." make you take notice when you might otherwise be too distracted to listen as you should.
Well, I… Read more
I have heard it said that a former US President once remarked "People tell you who they are by their actions. When people tell you who they are - believe them."
I believe (and rely) on the concept of grace and forgiveness. This post is not about that. A famous… Read more
If you are a person inspired by ideas, you have probably encountered the concept of "fail fast". You probably also have read the Steve Jobs' commencement speech where he illustrated how a random calligraphy class that he attended in college influenced the ways computers were designed throughout the world. Read more
If anyone is a believer in solving challenges through sheer force of will, it's me. I'm a stubborn man and I am the son of an even more stubborn man. I don't believe in the word "quit" and I don't believe in giving up. I am however - as are… Read more
here is a little script I've hobbled together that I use to get version and license info for a Red Gate install
DECLARE @version nvarchar(32) DECLARE @edition int DECLARE @SerialNumber VARCHAR(30);
exec master..sqbutility 21, @edition OUTPUT, @version OUTPUT, @SerialNumber OUTPUT;