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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: August 2008

Kindle - First Thoughts

I got my Kindle yesterday and I'll write some more notes as I go along, but I have to say that it's pretty cool. The buttons are a bit of a problem, but not that bad and I had it next to the bed this morning. With one arm trapped… Read more

0 comments, 1,460 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 August 2008

Kindle - About Face

OK, I reversed myself and bought a Kindle today. Or I guess I ordered one and it should be here tomorrow.

I was installing a server into the co-location facility for End to End training and while a few patches were downloading, I checked in Kindles for some reason. I… Read more

0 comments, 1,760 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 August 2008

Kindle - On Hold

Just as I was debating whether to take advantage of Amazon's $100 savings offer on the Kindle (with a new credit card), I saw this report about Kindles being marketed to college students, which seems like a great idea. I know I'd loved one in college, just to have… Read more

0 comments, 1,939 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 August 2008

Kindle - On the clock

In a week and a half, I start on the first of my four trips this year for work, and I'll be gone for 17 or 18 days between now and November. So I've been looking at Kindles again, since I'd be talking about buying one to keep from lugging… Read more

0 comments, 1,450 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 August 2008

Show off your company

I was looking for editorial content and ran across The Planet Blog, from The Planet, a hosting company. I was struck by the variety of posts on all types of topics. The blog makes the company seem fun, a place that I might like to work. If I were… Read more

0 comments, 897 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 August 2008

TechEd Online

 I'm glad I'm not this slow, or maybe it's timed for the SQL Server release, but my TechEd Online panel, or one of them is online. Read more

0 comments, 803 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 August 2008


My first blog post, The Decison to Advertise, is up on the Business of Software blog.  Read more

0 comments, 1,079 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 August 2008

Installing RTM (SQL Server 2008)

I had to install the RTM version of SQL Server 2008 a few days ago since I'm tech reviewing a book on the product and it's rather important that the code works on the final version ;)

It was actually an interesting process. I had RC0 installed, had downloaded RC1… Read more

0 comments, 726 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 August 2008

Kindle Update - August

 Apparently the Kindle is a great success, financially, for Amazon. That's good to hear, though I haven't made the decision yet. I've been looking for places/times when it would help me, but I haven't found a ton. 

And I think I might suffer from the same issues that my… Read more

0 comments, 739 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 August 2008

Filestream and Full-Text Issues

I'm tech editing a book on Full-Text Search for SQL Server 2008 and the last few weeks have been quite a bit of hassling with setup. I haven't done a lot of work with Full-Text since 2000, when we tried to implement it at SQLServerCentral.com. We dug through quite a… Read more

0 comments, 1,263 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 August 2008