Archives: November 2009
It happens, not often, but I do regularly see people talking about their tempdb growing too large. Often that means that people have not properly sized tempdb to me, but there could be legitimate reasons why it’s grown large.
This is one reason that I’d like to see a separate… Read more
I come back from 4 days unwired, a bunch of writing done, to a laptop that’s head, a site that won’t take posts, and a ton of email and articles.
At least my external HDD reader is reading the drive. I’m copying stuff off now, but it’s not… Read more
I didn’t have Internet access for 4 days while we were in the mountains. Actually I could have purchased it, but for uploading blogs it didn’t seem like a great idea. Plus I’d be tempted to work if I did that.
So I did some offline blogging, but for the… Read more
Do you know that there are actually two branches of SQL Server 2008 code right now? Actually I would bet there are 3 branches, but we have two publically available branches to choose from:
- The RTM branch
- The Service Pack 1 branch
I’ve known this for awhile, but haven’t thought… Read more
If all goes well, by the time you read this on Thanksgiving I’ll be up in the mountains of Colorado. No SQL Server questions to answer, no editorials to write, no articles to edit.
I think I say it often, but it bears some repeating. Get away from your day… Read more
I had to run our weekly conference call this week. My boss is out of the office, but he’s been trying to get everyone to participate by having different people run meetings on different weeks. I’m not the best employee in this sense, and not always prepared, so I’ve tried… Read more
I saw a post recently about the tempdb being overly large and causing issues for a user. The person was having issues shrinking the files and wasn’t sure what to do. Someone else responded that snapshot isolation might be an issue and I found that interesting. I hadn’t thought about… Read more
I’ve always thought that you should invest where you can. Make a little effort now that will pay back later, in life and in your job.
I haven’t done a car update in some time, and I’d like to get back to them. Surprisingly quite a few of them provoke some amazing reactions from people. Especially when I talk about my Prius.
I don’t think the Prius is for everyone, but it is a great car… Read more
One of the things that I thought about doing after the 2008 PASS Summit was to bring someone along with me as a photographer/videographer that would take lots of pictures and video of the event. I thought about bringing my wife, but that didn’t work out and I dropped the… Read more
I used to really try not to over-license in the small companies I worked at. It seems I’d spend a few days every quarter or two counting up usage, asking people what they did, looking at logs, and eventually calculating our needs. Then compare the needs to what we’d purchased… Read more
There was a time that Windows ran on multiple architectures. We had the PowerPC, Alpha, and MIPS CPUs in addition to the Intel x86. That ended with Windows NT as it seemed those other architectures didn't generate a lot of sales and Microsoft discontinued the porting of the OS.
For… Read more
I have a pretty good administrative system here at SQLServerCentral for managing the site. The upgrades we made in 2007 really simplified some of the back end work, and while there are bugs and issues, it has made it easy for people to submit articles, scripts, and questions online. I… Read more
I’ve written a few things about why conferences and events are good, or why it’s valuable for an IT worker to go to them (Being Around Smart People is Exciting, The Conference ROI). I believe that if you take a motivated employee and send them to an… Read more
There were tons of people taking pictures and video during the PASS Summit. I found a number of pictures on the Flickr Feed under the #sqlpass tag, and there are plenty more on Twitter as well.
A few of my pictures:
OK, I had to post this one because… Read more
I think it went off well this year, and it looks like it will be around next year as well. My initial conversations with PASS have gone well, and I expect a contract as soon as the staff recovers from the Summit.
I’m not going to look back at the keynotes since I blogged about them. If you are interested, you can read about them:
- Wayne Snyder
- Bob Muglia
- Ted Kummert
- Opening Remarks (Wed)
- Tom Casey
- Opening Remarks with Bill Graziano
- DELL Keynote
- David DeWitt Keynote
Instead I’m going to focus on… Read more
I’m not a big party guy, and in fact, more than a few people can attest to the fact that I’m likely to duck out early at evening events. However there are some fun things at PASS that I wanted to mention, and let you know what you can (likely)… Read more
I thought that we got a great Summit from PASS in 2009. This week I’ll be looking back at some of the things that occurred and give you some notes from my perspective on the event. I’ll also include some pictures from myself and others, along with a few videos… Read more
There are two big features that make me think this is a great new… Read more