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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: November 2008

Surface Demo

Second try. The video didn’t embed in the previous post. Nor this one. Here's the link

Microsoft Surface Demo

 

 

This is from the BI Conference in 2008 that took place in October. It’s an interesting use of Surface technology, but is it that useful? Is Surface that much… Read more

2 comments, 524 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 November 2008

Surface Possibilities

This is interesting. I’m not sold on Surface, though I did play with one last week in Seattle.

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0 comments, 529 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 November 2008

Catching Up

My goal of 400 posts a month has been in jeopardy with all the traveling I've been doing over the last two months. I was down to 309 this weekend (rolling 30 days) and get worried.

So I've been making an effort over the last 3 days and I'm back… Read more

0 comments, 560 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 November 2008

The Advantage of Seattle - Where to host the PASS Community Summit

I heard during last week that the 2009 PASS Community Summit will be back in Seattle, on Nov 3-6 next year. I think that's great and if you have plans to go, or are planning to go, or get get budget approved now and register at a discount, be sure… Read more

6 comments, 596 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 November 2008

Looking Back at the PASS 2008 Summit

I definitely need to write up a few summaries about last week, but right now I'm a bit buried with things.

I really enjoyed the Summit and it's become an annual event for me. Other than the 2000-2001 time frame with a new baby and changing jobs, I've attended the… Read more

0 comments, 527 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 November 2008

The Need to Catch Up

I got back Friday afternoon from the PASS Summit and immediately was busy with family stuff. In fact, through Saturday night I was spending time with the family and running around. It wasn't until today that I had a chance to relax.

And I did so, avoiding chores and things… Read more

2 comments, 236 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 November 2008

PASS Summit 2008 - Tom Casey

He's the manager for BI, the General Manager, and he's here to talk about the challenge and promise of Pervasive Business Intelligence.

We're the best community? I hear that at every conference and it sounds disingenuous when I do. But it works because most people attend one or no conferences… Read more

0 comments, 392 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 November 2008

PASS Summit 2008 - Thur PASS Opening

The morning keynote opening was good. We had video of the conference playing here and there, the election candidate positions in video, and random facts about SQL Server.

Don't forget to vote! My endorsements for Andy, Louis, and Thomas. Vote for them.

There are daily prizes, they announced through drawings,… Read more

0 comments, 342 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 November 2008

Day 1

The first day of the PASS Summit in 2008 is done, but I have to say that I missed quite a bit of it. After the keynote, I slept in the lobby for about an hour as Andy Warren and Chris Rock snickered and made humorous comments from the adjacent… Read more

1 comments, 243 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 November 2008

A Dark Picture - Management Presentation

It was really Andy Warren's presentation, but he usually ropes me in to add a different perspective on the various things he talks about. Over the years I've joined in on other sessions, though this time I didn't have a lot to say. I was beat and so I let… Read more

1 comments, 264 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 November 2008

PASS Summit 2008 - Ted Kummert Keynote

A film clip opening from MS, quotes and short sound bites from a variety of people from he SQL Server team and some shots of past conferences.

Ted is the corporate VP in charge of the Data and Storage Platform Division, which includes SQL Server 2008. Last year we were… Read more

1 comments, 656 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 November 2008

PASS Summit 2008 - Wayne Snyder Keynote

 With the dimming of lights, the drone of "Born to be Wild" from Steppenwolf, and an opening film slip of motorocycles, the PASS Summit kicked off the first keynote. The lights came on the center stage to reveal PASS President, Wayne Snyder, sitting astride a motorcycle at center stage. It's… Read more

0 comments, 291 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 November 2008

Reunited

There are so many people that I see once a year at the PASS Summit, and I saw a few last night, but today I really began running into more people from years past. The Summit is an annual trip for many DBAs that are professionals outside of their normal… Read more

0 comments, 207 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 November 2008

Voting for the Board

I endorsed Andy Warren for the board the other day, and I'll stand by that. I'm biased, so if you're interested, read what I think.

However I didn't pick other candidates, something I needed to do. I know all of the candidates and have for years. They all have strengths… Read more

2 comments, 393 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 November 2008

A Lovely Handbag

I don't mean to comlpain, and I certainly don't need any more bags, but when I checked in Monday night at the 2008 PASS Summit, I was rather surprised to get a handled bag that looks like a few of my wife's handbags. I'll get a picture posted, but it… Read more

0 comments, 200 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 November 2008

Endorsing Andy Warren

OK, I'm biased. I'll admit it and you have every right to discount my endorsement, but I'll make the case anyway.

In the interests of disclosure, Andy Warren is a longtime business partner of mine. We started SQLServerCentral together with Brian Knight in 2001, End to End Training in 2006,… Read more

0 comments, 255 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 November 2008

Without SQL Server

I've been in Seattle since Friday afternoon and I've pretty much ignored SQL Server. And it's been nice!

I came up early with my son, Delaney, who turns 10 next week. Every year I've just made it home for his birthday, with the PASS conference that typically is a week… Read more

1 comments, 240 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 November 2008

Last Minute Prep

Next week is the PASS Summit for 2008 in Seattle and I'm trying to close down the work I need to get done for the party we have on Tuesday. I'm mostly prepped with the organization from the casino company as well as the PASS people. My shirts should be… Read more

1 comments, 203 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 November 2008

Redoing Work

I hate redoing work. I really try to make sure that I pay attention to what I'm doing, slow down a touch, and get things done right the first time. It really doesn't take more time to get it done right the first time, at least not usually.

I kind… Read more

0 comments, 234 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 November 2008

SQL Quiz - Mistakes You've Made?

I'd seen Jason Massie's post on Facebook of this SQL Quiz, but when I found Brian Kelley's post, I decided I needed to jump in there.

Mistake #1 - Downtime

Definitely my fault, and I should have known better. I had come to Denver to work at a… Read more

0 comments, 231 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 November 2008

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