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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Archives: December 2012

The Surface Meta-App

Just a quick little blog post about one more app you’re going to want to track down for your Surface. Great Windows Apps.

Why do you need this? Well, how to put this, the Store, looks nice. But it doesn’t work terribly well. Trying to see the top rated apps,… Read more

2 comments, 597 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 12 December 2012

Microsoft Surface: Top Apps… So Far

After living with the Surface for a month and trying hard to make it work as a tool for production, not just consumption, I feel like I’ve got a handle on this thing. There are several that are built in that I’m using all the time like Word, Mail, Internet… Read more

9 comments, 1,110 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 6 December 2012

Experimenting with Social Media

After multiple talks with Jason Strate (blog|twitter) and Denny Cherry (blog|twitter) about how they are working on automating more of their blogging and social media interactions, I’m going down that road… a little ways.

The first thing that I’m trying out is… Read more

10 comments, 605 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 5 December 2012

HDInsight, Finally

See this:

That’s right. The install worked. All I had to do was get a completely clean server set up. No domain controller. Now to get my learn on.

Microsoft has a web site with a number of introductory samples. I’ll start there and work through them. The very… Read more

6 comments, 788 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 3 December 2012