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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: January 2009

Waiting for a SmartPhone

I’ve got a Sidekick 3 right now that works OK for me, lets me check some basic email, get texts, etc., but it’s not a great phone. It could be, but the issues I have with IMAP as well as the flaky connections make it one that I don’t want… Read more

1 comments, 1,490 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 January 2009

New Business Cards

I ordered new business cards recently after I gave one to someone that needed to send me something and realized that the wrong address was on there. It was pre-sale to Red Gate and had our corporate address on it. Add to that the back had printing on it from… Read more

0 comments, 1,545 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 January 2009

Who Do We Choose to Follow?

Think about your career and the managers, and potentially leaders, that you’ve had in your life. Think about life in general and who do you admire, who have you modeled yourself after or who you wanted to follow in sports, in a hobby, in life, etc.

I’ve heard about, read… Read more

13 comments, 2,004 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 January 2009

It's Your Ship

I saw this book (It's Your Ship) in a Barnes and Noble and the title and cover attracted me. So I picked it up and read the back, thought it was interesting, and later grabbed it for the Kindle. I do still buy books from B&N, but for… Read more

9 comments, 1,753 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 January 2009

Kindle Update - Traveling without a battery

I had to go to the UK recently and took my Kindle along. I put some thought into my Kindle use before I left and ended up with things not working out as I planned.

The planning went into the trip because I usually read on planes and I expected… Read more

5 comments, 1,524 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 January 2009

Book Review: Big Brown

The book is actually Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS and it was written by a retired UPSer that spent his whole career there. I picked up this book after being on the Underground Tour in Seattle. As an aside that was neat, but the guide mentioned UPS was… Read more

0 comments, 943 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 January 2009


I saw Paul Kenny of Ocean Learning speak about sales least year at the Business of Software Conference. I thought he was great and so when we were talking about how we should present our case for changes in my group to management, I thought of Paul. I was going… Read more

1 comments, 880 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 January 2009

Getting Information Where We Want It

I’ve been running every day, over 100 days in a row now, and one of the things that has helped me on this journey is the TV that I’ve placed in front of the treadmill. As I started running, I put on some of our older DVDs, watching 15-20 minutes… Read more

0 comments, 827 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 January 2009

Kindle Review – How I Read

In the last 4 months of having the Kindle, I’ve gone through a few different ways of reading on it and it’s been interesting to me to learn a few things. I’ve experimented a bit and wanted to share some of the changes that the Kindle has made in my… Read more

0 comments, 937 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 January 2009

The Hassles of Travel - Part 2

I didn't want to go on this trip, but I agreed to do it. Now I regret it.

My flight to Chicago was fairly uneventful, but it was running late. At 4:30CST the pilot says we should be on the ground in 30 minutes, which is good since I have… Read more

5 comments, 757 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 January 2009

Loading Up For Travel

I fly to the UK tomorrow, not really my favorite thing to do, so I’m trying to ensure I can make the trip as painless as possible. I want to keep busy, distract myself, and not feel trapped on the plane with nothing to do as I make my way… Read more

3 comments, 767 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 January 2009

Honoring a Contest

Over the last six months or so, Pepsi has been running a PepsiStuff promotion on many of their products. They had codes printed inside bottle caps, packaging, etc, that you could enter at their PepsiStuff.com website. Each code was worth a point or two and you could trade in your… Read more

0 comments, 627 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 January 2009

Increasing Productivity

There was a time that I really felt I would be more productive with two monitors. I think I found myself flipping between two windows a lot, so I made the decision to buy a 2nd monitor, got a second video card, and set myself up with dual displays. It… Read more

2 comments, 1,262 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 January 2009

Laptop Prevents Fire

Last night, Steve Jones, 41, was preparing a pot of brown rice. After feeling all, he was making a bland bowl of rice to get some nourishment and try not to upset his stomach anymore. Placing a pot on the stove to boil, he returned to finishing up some work… Read more

4 comments, 602 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 January 2009


When I was in graduate school I wanted an internship for the summer to get some experience and get ready for the real world. I looked around a bunch of opportunities, applied, and got some interviews. One of these was with Virginia Power, which had been bought by Dominion… Read more

0 comments, 735 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 January 2009

The Future Looks Old

I grew up watching the syndicated version of Star Trek every evening as a kid, 12-14 and dreamed of being on a spaceship. The idea of communicators in your hand, beaming up, and more were still futuristic and amazing in the late 70s to me. It seems silly now, but… Read more

2 comments, 718 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 January 2009

Batting 1000

Nobody bats 1.000, or one thousand. Not in baseball and not in any aspect of life. You might be able to get good hits for a short period of time, maybe a game, a week, a year, but if you keep working at what you’re doing, you are going to… Read more

2 comments, 605 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 January 2009

The Value of Twitter

OK, today I see something useful about Twitter. I'm stuck in bed, my daughter sick, trying to work and listening to "I, Spy" and various other annoying things on TV. It's not much fun, and I could use something to cheer me up since my wife is gone.

@JoeWebb Read more

4 comments, 933 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 January 2009

Measuring My Goals

Yesterday I wrote about some goals for 2009 here at SQLServerCentral. It’s a list of stuff that I want to accomplish in 2009. However I didn’t give any way to determine if I’m successful in meeting the goals. I guess you could say that getting to the goals is the… Read more

4 comments, 922 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 January 2009

A Test Post

I've been trying to comment on a few interesting blogs here today, but for some reason I can't. It seems others can, or at least they have in the last day, but my account isn't working, despite the fact I've posted other blogs and scheduled them out.

Grrrr that's annoying.… Read more

4 comments, 553 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 January 2009

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