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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: August 2009

Microsoft at the PASS Summit

One of the reasons that I think the PASS Summit fits well in Seattle is the support that they get from Microsoft. The proximity of the conference to Redmond means that many, many more Microsoft employees, particularly SQL Server developers, come over for a day or more during the Summit.… Read more

0 comments, 856 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 August 2009

Design can be too simple

I've advocated simple design for years, trying to give users less choice, help lead them down paths to get their work done, and allowing limited ad hoc access to data. My feeling is that most people don't know how to deal with large sets of data and end up wasting… Read more

0 comments, 481 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 August 2009

Data Theft

Is employee data theft on the rise? I saw this blog post on the subject, but I had to take it with a grain of salt. The author works for a security software vendor, and even mentions they have software linked in the sidebar. As much as I think… Read more

0 comments, 739 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 August 2009

Networking for Your Career

It's hard to actually put a specific value on networking, and I've been skeptical of it in the past. However as I've learned a bit more from Andy Warren's investigations into the process, and I've thought about my career, I think it works. I'm not sure I've gotten a lot… Read more

4 comments, 1,104 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 August 2009

Installing Software – HP Mini Netbook

I was heading out on a trip to SQLSaturday #17 recently and decided that I wanted to try and travel with only the netbook. My laptop gets heavy, this was a short trip without the need for any audio or video, so it seemed like the perfect chance to try… Read more

0 comments, 860 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 August 2009

Scripting in SSIS

Tim Mitchell presented at SQLSaturday #17 on Scripting in SSIS. I thought it was a really interesting presentation, and I’m glad I went. I haven’t done much SSIS work, and very little with scripting, so I learned a few things right off.

Tim is a great contributor here at SQLServerCentral,… Read more

2 comments, 2,087 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 August 2009

SQL Saturday #17 – Baton Rouge Wrapup

My presentation went well at the Baton Rouge SQL Saturday with about 30 people attending. It was the early morning session, and a few people afterward told me they thought it was a good session with advice they could use.

The poll numbers were interesting, though this was a slightly… Read more

0 comments, 344 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 August 2009

Looking for Good (and Bad) SQL Server Blogs

I was asked to do an hour presentation during the 24 Hours of PASS, which takes place on Sept 2, 2009. It will feature 24 presentations, each taking about 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A. Where is it? That's the great part, it's a Livemeeting series of meetings… Read more

7 comments, 458 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 August 2009

Active August

One of the bloggers here at SQLServerCentral (and a good friend) posted a note about Active August last week. In the post he talked about the need to get back in better shape, and he made a commitment to do that this month. It actually started with Mike Walsh, another… Read more

0 comments, 364 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 August 2009

Looking back at SQLSaturday #17 – Baton Rouge

I woke up early on Saturday for a run. Staying at the Cook Hotel on the LSU campus, I had a beautiful lake across the street to run around. I completed my 2 mile run to start the day, went back to my room for 30 minutes to cool down,… Read more

2 comments, 519 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 August 2009

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