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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: December 2009

Repaired

It’s done, though I’m nervous about my laptop repair. The last entry on the machine prior to shipping is “repl hdd""

It’s not the end of the world, but I had already replaced the HDD with a larger one, I could read the one in there and backed up most… Read more

0 comments, 97 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 December 2009

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta v2.0

The Denver Tech Trifecta is set for February 27, 2010 at Metro State College in downtown Denver. If you are going to be in the area, make plans to attend. You can register here.

This event was put on last year through a combination of the Windows, SQL Server,… Read more

2 comments, 164 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 December 2009

Pearl Knowledge Solutions on A CIO’s Voice

The CIO’s Voice, a blog written by Arun Manansingh, has been mentioned in a number of articles I’ve seen as a good blog to read. I had glanced at it a few times, but wasn’t until recently that I subscribed and added it to my reader. I found a number… Read more

0 comments, 117 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 December 2009

Energy Update - Wind Power Picking Up

It must be picking up again, despite the lack of a sharp rise in energy prices, I am seeing more news about wind projects coming online. The latest one is a Rhode Island project from Deepwater Wind, to build an offshore wind farm.

I don’t think wind is the… Read more

0 comments, 188 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 December 2009

Windows Home Server – Setup and Installation

I wrote an editorial last summer asking people what type of protection they had for their home setup. I got all kinds of answers, including a few I hadn’t thought of about online backup. Having a backup at home is good, but a fire could wipe out everything. It’s worth… Read more

1 comments, 239 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 December 2009

December Patches

I note these for Database Weekly, but I haven’t blogged about them. A mistake on my part.

The December patches from Microsoft have come out. You can see the overview here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-dec.mspx They are Windows and Office related this month, no SQL Server ones, which is good. However there are… Read more

0 comments, 178 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2009

ASK SQLServerCentral

We've had the ASK SQLServerCentral site up for a couple months now and while I see traffic continuing over there, it seems that most of our questions and answers are still taking place on the traditional forums. That's good since I prefer our forums, though I do try to get… Read more

2 comments, 183 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 December 2009

PCI Encryption

It surprises me how often I see people posting questions about what type of encryption to implement for credit card data. If you are processing credit cards yourself, and storing the data, you need to comply with the PIC regulations that exist. Here's a good place to get started: https://www. Read more

0 comments, 400 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 December 2009

New York funding Great Lakes Wind Power?

According to this C|Net report, New York state wants someone to build wind farms in the great lakes and purchase all the power if they’re built. That’s nice to hear, but it’s not a great PR move after their attempt to build them off Long Island generated so much… Read more

0 comments, 239 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 December 2009

Netbook Replacing a Laptop

My laptop died recently, actually died completely, unable to boot. The hard drive was fine, and I managed to stick it in my desktop and recover my files. The critical stuff (writing) was backed up with Live Mesh and had moved to the desktop already, but hadn’t been on the… Read more

0 comments, 193 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 December 2009

Building Questions

I haven’t had to write a Question of the Day in a few months now and I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand it’s a nice break to not have to come up with things to ask. On the other hand I have to check and edit questions… Read more

0 comments, 122 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 December 2009

E-Reader Predictions

From a Forrester blog: Ten eReader and eBook predictions for 2010.

It’s an interesting read, and I tend to agree with things. Once there are alternatives to e-Ink, I think we’ll have an explosion of devices, and the inclusion of the e-paper in other devices. I also think Amazon… Read more

0 comments, 1,185 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 December 2009

Committing in 2010

I traveled quite a bit in 2009, hitting 3 SQL Saturdays, 5 user groups and a few other events during the year. It made for a busy home life with my wife flying 25,000+ miles for her job and taking a few horse trips. Add in about 7 or 8… Read more

4 comments, 160 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 December 2009

I think I’ll back up my laptop

Those were the first words out of my wife’s mouth when I told her my laptop had died. She walked away I think to specifically do that one afternoon as I struggled to diagnose the issues with my Toshiba Qosmio. It wouldn’t come out of suspend on vacation and I… Read more

0 comments, 294 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 December 2009

Under Repair

I’m glad I called Toshiba last night. When my laptop died on Sunday, and never came back Monday, I wasn’t sure what to do. I searched through all my folders, but couldn’t find a warranty item and when I checked the Toshiba site, it said I was out of warranty. Read more

0 comments, 135 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 December 2009

Explain it to yourself

I found a nice post from a friend, Roy Ernest, on an effective way to learn. He notes that one of the best ways he’s found is to write an article on a topic. It forces you to research, double check yourself, and explain things clearly.

I agree.

Not… Read more

0 comments, 170 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 December 2009

Using Social Media to become more social

I saw this report that a good percentage of online social media users (27%) find that their offline relationships benefit from online interaction. I think that’s true, and I bet that the SQL Server people I follow would agree. I think the online posts among us leading up the… Read more

2 comments, 468 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 December 2009

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