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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: July 2009

Heading to N'Awlins

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

3 comments, 656 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 July 2009

24 Hours of PASS - Building a Better Blog

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

0 comments, 549 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 July 2009

Scared to Reboot

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

0 comments, 568 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 July 2009

Netbook Experiences

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

0 comments, 583 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 July 2009

Kids at Work

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.


Podcast Interuption Read more

0 comments, 672 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 July 2009

Are you looking at virtualizing SQL Servers?

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

4 comments, 260 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 July 2009

eReaders - Barnes and Noble Application

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

1 comments, 368 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 July 2009

I'm Certified, Now What?

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

7 comments, 854 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 July 2009

Kindle Update - The iPhone App

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

2 comments, 434 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 July 2009

Perfect Game

They rarely happen, just a few in my lifetime, and I saw a portion of one years ago in a restaurant. Tonight for the White Sox, Mark Buerhle threw one. Read more

1 comments, 242 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 July 2009

The Kindle Flack

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

0 comments, 375 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 July 2009

Watch Your Repairs

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

0 comments, 257 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 July 2009

Gadget Man

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

1 comments, 352 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 July 2009

Kindle Alternatives – B&N on Blackberry

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

3 comments, 565 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 July 2009

Database Mirroring - Hitting the Limits

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

6 comments, 2,084 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 July 2009

Barnes and Noble eBooks

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

0 comments, 254 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 July 2009

Kindle Update - Broken

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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

4 comments, 313 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 July 2009

Get into the Top Ten Percent

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

26 comments, 542 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 July 2009

A Small Step - Car Update

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

2 comments, 278 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 July 2009

Acronis True Image 2009 - Cloning a Disk

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

3 comments, 611 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 July 2009

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