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Steve Jones is the editor of and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at

Back to Work (Some days it flows)

My job here at is mainly as editor. This means that for the most part I edit articles, schedule them for release, work with authors, build questions of the day, correct mistakes in questions of the day, and of course write editorials.

Last week I was on vacation, so no work got done. As a matter of fact, I was completely unwired, and so I didn't really do anything. I did make some notes on vacation and start to write an editorial on Friday (as I was ramping up out of vacation mode), so I was really behind when the week started. Only about 600 emails to go through from the week, of which 400 or so were nonsense, vendors, newsletters, SPAM, etc. that I keep an eye on.

So today was going to be a good day to edit some stuff and do some writing. I was behind getting to the Database Weekly links this week, and they usually provide me with some good things to write about. And in fact I jotted down 5 or 6 things I need to editorialize on or write articles on  at some point. I keep a living document of stuff going and today was going to be a productive day.

But my daughter claimed illness this morning. With my wife suffering Montezuma's Revenge for the last 2 days, I couldn't take a chance, and let her stay home from summer day camp. But after a couple hours, she was "miraculously cured" and wants to play, talk, ask for things. I finally snapped when she walked in the office for the 10th time in an hour with some request. Not making for a good work day.   And I was ready to work.  


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