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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

What is wrong with people?

I hope this isn't real, but I suspect it is.

 

If this image disappears, I promise not to sue. Read more

8 comments, 320 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 June 2009

SQLSaturday #14 – Speaker Results

I got my results from Karla Remail on the SQLSaturday talk over the weekend. I was surprised since typically other events have taken a few weeks to get results. I am not sure if this is the SQLSaturday platform or Karla’s diligence, but it’s welcome. Quite a few speakers were… Read more

2 comments, 102 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 June 2009

A Big Thinker?

I got quite the mention from Robert Cain over at ArcaneCode in a blog recently. He listed me as a "Big Thinker" along with some pretty amazing company. Kim Tripp, Paul Randal, Alan Stevens, and others that are prominent in the tech community. I'm sure more are coming,… Read more

0 comments, 205 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 June 2009

Transparent Data Encryption - Encrypting the Log

One of the interesting things about Transparent Data Encryption is that it tries to ensure that your data, whenever it is written to disk, is protected. That means that in addition to your data files (mdf, ndf), the log file is also encrypted.

Does this mean you need to enable… Read more

1 comments, 172 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 June 2009

Gathering in the Corner - SQLSaturday #14

I'm done with SQLSaturday #14, actually stuck in Pensacola for an extra night, but that's another story.

It was a great event, and I have to say I was very surprised at the number and variety of speakers that came to contribute to the event. Karla Remail and Rodney Landrum… Read more

2 comments, 195 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2009

When Did My Database Files Grow?

You have a default server instance for SQL Server, you think that your database files grew last night, and you want to track things down. What do you do?

It’s not in the logs, or metadata, but when listening to the DBA SIG webcast recently from Jonathan Kehayias on the… Read more

1 comments, 122 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2009

Interesting SPAM

I’ve been Twittering about some of these, but I thought I’d condense a few for some fun today. First, a warning.

DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS

from this blog. Actually I’ll just remove them, but highlight them for your review.

It seems over the last year that I get less… Read more

1 comments, 165 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 June 2009

Off to SQLSaturday #14

I leave this afternoon for Pensacola and SQLSaturday #14. My daughter is traveling with me, for a short vacation with Dad. She's presented with me 2 other times locally and isn't embarrassed, often helping me flip slides up on stage. We'll see how it goes since I've gotten used to… Read more

4 comments, 96 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2009

A Practical Electric Sedan?

We’re getting closer. Coda is planning on selling a 4 door sedan in CA next year for $45k ($10k tax credit available). With a 90-100 mile range, that’s getting close to the point where someone might be able to use this regularly.

I wonder what the range is if I… Read more

0 comments, 104 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2009

The SQLServerCentral Track at SQL Connections

I'm happy to announce that SQLServerCentral is sponsoring a track at this year's SQL Connections conference in Las Vegas, Nov 9-12, 2009. We're supplying the speakers, and picking the topics. If all goes well, we should be continuing this for future SQL Connections conferences.

You can see the sessions in… Read more

3 comments, 237 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2009

I Learned a New Word

Do you know what a Geoid is?

I’ve been working my way through Beginning Spatial with SQL Server 2008, actually “through” is an overstatement. I’ve been working through chapter 1, which is full of a lot of theory about spatial data and coordinate systems.

The book talks about the… Read more

2 comments, 195 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 June 2009

Other Desktops

The USB not in Hyper-V thing is annoying. It actually made me stop and consider my alternatives for a desktop. I have 8GB and want to use it, so I'm going 64-bit. The question is which OS. As I see it, I have a few choices:

  • Vista 64 and VM…

Read more

4 comments, 259 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 June 2009

SQL Server Encryption - Hashing Collisions

A hash is a computation that transforms one set of data into another (hopefully smaller) set of data. So a hash on your 2,000 character blog post should generate a smaller, 10-20 byte value. In doing that, obviously there are many more possible 2,000 character sets of data then there… Read more

10 comments, 1,821 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 June 2009

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