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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: June 2009

Unwired for Days

Today is the first day that I've really had any significant time on the computer over vacation. That probably sounds like it should be the rule, and it does tend to be, but this is the first time in a long time that I've let go of SQLServerCentral for a… Read more

0 comments, 551 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 June 2009

Tracking My Goals – Half the Year

I made a series of resolutions in January related to SQLServerCentral. These are things that I wanted to accomplish this year, things to work on, and it’s time to check how I am doing for through the second quarter. I’ve copied the list below and included my updates as of… Read more

0 comments, 664 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 June 2009

SQL Saturday #17 - Abstract Submitted

I was asked to attend SQLSaturday #17 in Baton Rouge, LA. Despite my lack of desire to travel, I've never been to Louisiana (just driven across), the timing is good, and so I submitted an abstract to speak. The organizers had asked Red Gate to send someone, and since I'm… Read more

1 comments, 603 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 June 2009

Incorporating Kids Into Work

I recently attended SQL Saturday #14 in Pensacola and took my daughter along. This was the third presentation she's come with me for, and it worked out OK. She sat up front and flipped slides for me as I'd forgotten my clicker on the trip.

However it wasn't perfect. At… Read more

3 comments, 578 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 June 2009

An Android Update - TMobile G1

I still love my G1, and I got a pleasant surprise recently. I was out at dinner with my wife, and we needed to look something up. So we decided to race, her with her Blackberry Curve (and Verizon), me with my Tmobile G1. The kids were excited, and so… Read more

0 comments, 580 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 June 2009

Why Do I Blog?

It's late, it's been a busy day, so why bother to spend 10 or 15 minutes at night jotting things down?

For me there are a few reasons, but the main one is that it's cathartic. I can unwind a little, let go of things, and sometimes think more clearly.… Read more

2 comments, 594 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 June 2009

Windows 7 Issues

I went to add a few things to the new Windows 7 desktop today, and of course I have installer issues. I'm trying a few things, and need to post what works.

I did solve my screen saver issue. Apparently lots of USB mice and keyboards don't allow the screen… Read more

0 comments, 249 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 June 2009

SQL Server 2008 Encryption - Extensible Key Management

One of the new features with SQL Server 2008 is the addition of extensible key management, allowing hardware devices to be integrated into the encryption/decryption process for the keys securing your data. There are various vendors that are building Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that can connect to your SQL Server… Read more

1 comments, 1,760 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 June 2009

Paying for Content - SQL Server Knowledge

Someone asked me recently if I subscribed to any services to keep up with SQL Server content. Meaning did I "pay" for content.

I said "no" at first, but wanted to follow up with more details. Since this was across Twitter, 140 characters doesn't leave much room for details,… Read more

10 comments, 1,141 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 June 2009

Am I a bad employee if I don't blog?

No.

Blogging is not for everyone and you don't want to give the impression you are something you are not doing something right if you don't blog. Not everyone is a writer, not everyone likes putting their thoughts down, and not everyone is brave enough to publish out on the… Read more

3 comments, 842 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 June 2009

The Lowest Bar

In my Modern Resume presentation, I tried to structure it to go from easy to hard things to do in terms of branding yourself. So the order has been:

  • Profiles (social networking)
  • Blogging
  • Authoring
  • Speaking
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership
  • Research

Actually I added research later, so that is at the end when… Read more

4 comments, 233 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 June 2009

The Cost of E-books

What’s the cost of e-books? It’s an interesting question that I have always wondered. I found this account of the cost of books, and it makes sense to me. I think this is about what I expect.

It is somewhat confirmed by this section on CoolerBooks: What aren’t ebooks… Read more

2 comments, 239 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 June 2009

Kindle – Encouraging Plagiarism?

I ran across a story about the new Kindle blog publishing features. It was called “How the Kindle Now Lets You Steal this Blog” It talks about how anyone can enter a feed for a blog, enter their information and start getting paid. In the example shown, someone… Read more

0 comments, 268 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 June 2009

A New Blog

I added a new blog to my reader today: The Client Revolution.

I heard about this from @NeilDavidson, and he mentioned it was a good example of innovation in the legal industry. Quite a few things I've read on there could be applied to other professional fields, especially… Read more

0 comments, 243 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 June 2009

An Alternate

I was out Friday night with family at Parker Days, the festival downtown in my little city and checked email while the kids and relatives were on the Ferris Wheel. I saw on Twitter that a number of people were announcing the sessions they'd had accepted. So I fired up… Read more

0 comments, 237 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 June 2009

Pensacola Results

A week ago I spoke at the Pensacola SQLSaturday event to about 30 people. A few drifted in late, so I’m not sure of the totals, but I did get these metrics from the surveys, when I had 24 people in the room:

Social Networking

  • Facebook – 18, or about…

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0 comments, 290 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 June 2009

What I Learned at PASS

There’s a contest going on at PASS looking for answers to  “Best Thing I Learned at PASS”. I don’t want to enter since I’m going and I don’t need to free admission to PASS, the hotel, etc, but it is a great question to answer. VP of PASS,… Read more

2 comments, 311 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 June 2009

Passive Influence

I study karate on a regular basis, and over the years I've practiced a number of different martial arts, most of them in fairly strict in the traditions and routines of student behavior. When I started this new school with me son, it was a lot less strict. That was… Read more

2 comments, 259 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 June 2009

A $200 Knife

While I was in Pensacola last weekend, I sat next to Andy Warren and I was telling him about getting my son, ,Delaney a knife for Boy Scouts. My son had earned his Totin' Chip card and was excited to be able to carry one, so I looked on Amazon… Read more

3 comments, 238 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 June 2009

Writing Technical Articles - Finding Ideas

This is part two of a series on writing a technical article. The advice might apply to non-technical articles, but I’m focusing specifically with my examples on technical pieces. Other parts are listed at the end of this article.

I've been asked often about where I get ideas from. The… Read more

1 comments, 630 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 June 2009

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