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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: February 2009

My First Computer

OK, I’m not going to make a huge habit of responding to these chains, but I have a few spare moments, and I like Aunt Kathi, so I’ll join in here.

My actual first computer was a Vic-20. I saw one when I was 11 or 12 and was… Read more

1 comments, 538 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 February 2009

The Downsides of e-Commerce

Last year I was in a bookstore and looking through some books with Andy Warren of End to End Training. I didn’t have the Kindle with me, and was waiting while Andy found a few books for his flight home. But I was still browsing since I hadn’t been… Read more

8 comments, 588 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 February 2009

A Cloudy Story

The other day Paul Neilson wrote a simple post making predictions about SQL Server in the Cloud. That got a response from Denis Gobo talking about a few things that need to happen before we can really take advantage of SQL Server in the cloud.

Most of my work… Read more

0 comments, 573 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 February 2009

Business Is More Than Code

Chris Shaw, owner of SQL Oncall, recently had an issue in his business. Chris provides DBA services on a remote basis to companies that need supplemental help or don't want to hire a DBA. It's a good business and I think Chris works hard to be fair to people. However… Read more

2 comments, 542 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 February 2009

The Race to 50 (Prius Update)

When the weather is cold, the Prius performs much worse (relatively) than it does when it’s warm. It makes sense with the need to run the engine to heat the car, but it’s disheartening to someone like me that watches the mileage.

I filled up the Prius the other day… Read more

9 comments, 643 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 February 2009

Kindle Update - Samples

I like being able to view samples on my Kindle. It's one of the very neat features of the Kindle experience, kind of like spending 10 minutes in a bookstore reading the first chapter or so of a book. The advantage to me, however, is that I don't have to… Read more

0 comments, 544 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 February 2009

Working at home

It’s usually nice, sometimes challenging, always interesting.

The other day both Tia and I were working in the “spare” office when Delaney came in to snap a photo.

 

 

This isn’t how I always work, but I do tend to do editing up there rather than in the basement… Read more

2 comments, 216 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 February 2009

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta

This past weekend was the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta, and I attended and presented as well. Actually I only attended half the day since my wife had planned a dinner party and I had numerous chores to complete during the first half of the day.

The event was held… Read more

0 comments, 230 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 February 2009

I Want a Macbook

Video editing is a bit of a pain on a Windows PC I definitely have some flexibility with ULead’s Video Studio, but it’s still slow and cumbersome. Even the base iLife ‘07, which we have on the kid’s iMac makes it easier. Granted it’s limited in what it can… Read more

5 comments, 286 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 February 2009

New Years Resolutions 2009 – Feb Update

I haven’t reported on how my resolutions are going yet this year, but after speaking at the Boulder User’s Group recently, and then committing to another presentation in March, I thought it was time to do this.

My initial resolutions were in this post: Goals for 2009

I’ve been trying… Read more

2 comments, 239 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 February 2009

Boulder SQL Server Users Group

Last night I went to the February Boulder SQL Server User’s Group meeting up in Broomfield, CO to deliver my presentation on The Modern Resume. It was a windy, chilly day where few people were wandering about. Perhaps President Obama being in town had something to do with it as… Read more

0 comments, 240 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 February 2009

MySpace

MySpace has been the Premier SQL Server site, and probably the largest SQL Server site, on the Internet. It’s a case study that is fascinating, and they’ve been surprisingly candid at times about how their systems are built.

Recently someone posted a link to a presentation from their lead DBA Read more

1 comments, 250 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 February 2009

Recharged

It’s rare that I’ve taken vacation in the last few years. In fact, when I took an unwired week in June 2007, that was probably the first vacation where I didn’t have a computer to check on work in 5 or 6 years. However throughout the rest of 2007 and… Read more

0 comments, 189 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 February 2009

SQL Injection - It's Not Just Me!!

I have a personal web site I set up years ago, mainly so I could post stuff for my extended family and kind of keep a log of my life. Back then it was a "weblog" instead just a blog and there wasn’t much software around for the Windows world.… Read more

0 comments, 217 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 February 2009

Color E-Ink

I love my Kindle, but it uses an older e-ink technology that's a little slow and doesn't support color. Not big complaints from me and I don't mind the refresh time to flip pages, but it's something I've heard quite a few people complain about.

I saw this note that… Read more

0 comments, 251 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 February 2009

Things You Know Now…

Someone tagged me, and I’ve lost the email in all the pile up from vacation where I was very, very unwired from work, despite being wired to the world. Actually I’ll make that one my first thing:

Know When to Walk Away

Not quit, not stop progressing on something or… Read more

3 comments, 331 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 February 2009

Kindle 2

The Kindle 2 was announced recently and it’s on sale at Amazon, starting shipping Feb 24, 2009.

I’m glad I didn’t wait to buy one as I’ve probably read 30-40 books since I got mine in early September and I’d have spent probably $60 or so more on books… Read more

2 comments, 185 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 February 2009

Opening Up

I read Andy Warren’s PASS Update #3 the other day and I was amazed. Actually I’m late in getting this published due to a scheduleding conflict and Andy has Update #4 out now as well.

Update #3 had a tremendous amount of openness and information about PASS, more than I… Read more

0 comments, 196 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 February 2009

Frantic

I’m a little frantic this morning trying to get caught up on work, lots of stuff piled up, Tia leaving, kids had to get to school, etc. I need to run as well, which I was hoping to do early, but I might need to leave until before karate.

I… Read more

2 comments, 199 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 February 2009

Ways To Build Your Brand

This is in the presentation I've given a few times, but I thought it made some sense to put these things out here as well.

I see there are a few major ways for you to build your brand and raise your profile in the modern world that is highly… Read more

8 comments, 625 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 February 2009

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