Archives: July 2009
I'm leaving today for SQLSaturday #17, actually in Baton Rouge. I'll be at the speaker party tonight and hope to see many of you at the event tomorrow. I'm not sure when I'm speaking as there was some schedule shuffling, but I'll deliver "The Modern Resume: Building Your Brand"… Read more
I got asked to do an hour during the 24 hours of PASS that is happening on Sept 2. It's a 24 hour marathon, spanning the globe, where you'll have (I think), 24 speakers who will be broadcasting across LiveMeeting to anyone that wants to drop in for an hour.… Read more
I have my weekly conference call today, and in trying to get the webcam to work, it appears to be locked up with the manufacturer's software. Usually this happens and I reboot, and it will free up. Sometimes two reboots.
However the laptop has been acting up. Even with the… Read more
I’ve had an HP Mini netbook for about a month now and have been using it on and off. Actually for the most part my wife has taken control of it, using it for blogging most nights after our kids are in bed. It’s handy, small, and works well for… Read more
My daughter has gotten into a few podcasts andhas fun with it. Occassionally she interrupts me, and that happened yesterday. She was really cute, and so I sliced out this section and uploaded it. Enjoy.
I wrote an editorial for today on virtualization and some hints about how to plan a project. However I wonder if more people are actually thinking of implementing virtual servers. Drop a note in the comments below.
I have friends that have successfully virtualized SQL Servers in production, and I… Read more
I downloaded the Barnes and Noble eReader application the day I heard about it and synced up my iTouch immediately. I was curious to see how it compared to the Kindle application, especially across devices.
The install from iTunes is seemless. I "purchased" it from the app store (it's free)… Read more
I saw an article from Certification Magazine recently (via Trainsignal on twitter)
with that title. It compared the completion of certification to that of
a marathon runner. You've completed a marathon, after all the training,
and now what?
I'm not sure that's a great comparison, but it does… Read more
I have an iTouch, and I recently downloaded the Kindle app to give it a try after I broke my Kindle device. It was kind of a knee jerk reaction since I was in the middle of Team of Rivals, War and Peace, and Wicked Prey at the time. My… Read more
There have been so many reports and debates about the Kindle debacle in the news. I saw an interesting one on Slate and responded with this comment:
"Some interesting comments, and while I think Amazon made a huge mistake here, I think there is an important thing to note here. Read more
Apparently PC repair people have learned a few things from auto mechanics of the past. A news group in the US spied on repair companies with some crappy results. Technicians not only were devious, wanting to charge for repairs they didn't make, but they also violated the trust of customers… Read more
I'm searching for a new laptop bag. After getting a backpack from Microsoft and using it on a few trips, I realize that it won't work. Since I know there are a few other people looking for them, I commissioned a review on a Maxpedition bag from the Scary DBA Read more
I’m not a fan of Blackberry devices. Actually that’s not true, I really dislike them. They’re not intuitive, and I’ve never liked the form factors. Perhaps that changes as they move towards things like the Storm, but for now I’m avoiding them.
However they are popular, and my wife loves… Read more
When I first heard about database mirroring in 2004, I was excited. Here was a great new feature that would solve some of the issues with log shipping, and have a much lower cost than clustering. It doesn't completely replace those options, and be sure that you research your high… Read more
I saw yesterday that Barnes and Noble released their e-reader for iTouch/iPhone, Blackerrys, Mac, and PCs and at the same time opened up their ebookstore online to more than 700,000 books.
I think it's a great move, and I downloaded it right away. I'll sync up my iTouch and see… Read more
I was literally stunned and it must have shown on my face because my daughter asked me if I was OK. I had just picked up the pieces of my Kindle off the blacktop of a parking lot, cracked screen and broken case. The screen saver was still on… Read more
When you start applying for jobs, and face competition from other candidates, who do you think gets the interview? Is it the middle 50%? The bottom 20%?
I bet you're thinking the top 5-10 candidates are granted interviews, which in today's world of electronic resumes, could be the top 1%… Read more
Ford is adding Eco-Boost to a number of vehicles. A combination of a turbo and fuel injection technology that can add up to 20% to the mileage for all kinds of vehicles. It's not a great long term solution, but it's a start.
It's good to see Ford making changes… Read more
With my hard drive failing in the laptop recently, I scrambled to do something. I was on the road, and didn't have a lot of choices, especially as I was in a weird place. I was on vacation, and I didn't have super immediate needs, but I did have… Read more