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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com 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 twitter.com/way0utwest

Archives: October 2007

Be Pithy

I'm tech editing a book, working late as usual, football game on and kids in bed. As I was going through the book, there was a quick sentence:

Be Pithy.

I gathered the meaning from the context, but decided I should look it up. Despite being a writer, I don't…

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0 comments, 488 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 October 2007

The Contest

I hate contests. I mean it's nice to get people involved and I start out with the best of intentions with them, but going through entries and judging them isn't something I relish. I've been through 100+ entries and I'm down to about 20, working on trying to get the…

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0 comments, 226 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 October 2007

What's In a PodCast - Part 1

Well, lots of mistakes. Here's a good example of one: Friday Oct 5 mistake.

I decided to go the budget route to get started and see if this is interesting. So, if you like the podcasts, send a note to the webmaster at sqlservercentral.com and I'll see if I…

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0 comments, 228 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 October 2007

Estimates - Part 1

I saw a very interesting post about estimating software from Steve McConnell, of Code Complete fame. He compared his estimate of building a fort for his kids with the actual results and then talked about the mistakes he made. I decided to do something similar and I'm just getting the…

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0 comments, 332 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 October 2007

Paperwork Day

Doing payments for articles, expenses, and a few articles. This is definitely a paperwork day. As much as I like the writing and other work on the site, and as much as I enjoyed DBA work, I hate paperwork.

We've automated quite a few things, but some things always seem…

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1 comments, 179 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 October 2007