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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: January 2010

Reading in 2009

I saw a blog post from my friend Paul Randal recently in which he recounted the books he’d read in 2009. It’s an impressive list, 100 books, that he compiled in his travels. Paul and his wife, Kimberly, travel a lot, and I think if I were in a similar…

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2 comments, 709 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 31 January 2010

The Predictioneer

I’m not sure how this book got on my radar, but it turned out to be fairly interesting. It’s written by a professor at Harvard that uses Game Theory and readily available information about the world to both predict what will happen in a general sense, and to guide his…

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1 comments, 234 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 January 2010

The Little Stick

In the end, that was what made the difference. I was typing along one night on my spare Acer and the cursor kept jumping. I was getting too close to the touchpad, and it kept picking up my hands, jumping the cursor. I type rapidly, and it kept causing me… Read more

2 comments, 232 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 January 2010

Identity Values – Dropouts and Spaces

Identity values are very useful, but there can be misconceptions about the way in which they work. One of the more interesting things that I see people assuming is that an identity value will ensure you have a continuous range of values for that column. They assume that this code:

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4 comments, 227 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 January 2010

Lenovo W510

I finally ordered a new laptop, a Lenovo W510, that caught my eye. I was thinking the T series 510, but once I added a few things it was the same price as the W510, but had 2 fewer cores. Since I do a decent amount of video stuff,… Read more

0 comments, 282 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 January 2010

It’s a Toaster

I had to install WinZip the other day, having the need to unlock a .RAR file. There’s no native support in Windows for those, and I turned to Winzip. I posted a note on Twitter and got suggestions from people for WinRAR and 7-Zip, but this is one of those… Read more

4 comments, 276 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 January 2010

Another Keyboard Down

I don’t know if they’re making them cheaper and shoddier or what, but it seems that I’m going through a keyboard or two every year. I used to have one that I’d keep for 2-3 years when I got the big old, heavy duty beige ones. Now these cheaper ones… Read more

0 comments, 250 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 January 2010

Proofing Your Resume

The resume that you send out, whether in print or electronically, is the first impression that you will make on a potential employer. For that reason, you want to make a good impression, and that’s one reason that I am trying to get people to manage their brand and present… Read more

8 comments, 510 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 January 2010

Should You Achieve All Your Goals?

So many people wrote posts at the end of 2009 analyzing their goals and what they achieved. I did the same thing, and it was a great exercise. It allowed me to look back at what I’d planned on, and see how well I’d done over the year. I’ve… Read more

8 comments, 308 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 January 2010

I'm Outta Here

Take care of the site, behave, and respect each other.

I'm off for a week in St. Martin, a belated honeymoon with my wife, so I'm not likely to be answering email or watching the site, but everything is in good hands with the rest of the crew at Red… Read more

0 comments, 246 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 January 2010

What Three Things Brought Me Here

I was tagged by SQL Rockstar, aka Tom LaRock, after this thread was started by Paul Randal-not-Paul-Tripp (I wonder if Kim disagrees?). It’s an interesting, introspective question. What three things got you going.

I could go with getting a computer early, or something in education, but the truth… Read more

7 comments, 589 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 January 2010

Should You Achieve All Your Goals?

So many people wrote posts at the end of 2009 analyzing their goals and what they achieved. I did the same thing, and it was a great exercise. It allowed me to look back at what I’d planned on, and see how well I’d done over the year. I’ve… Read more

0 comments, 241 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 January 2010

Inconvenient – Reading on Paper

I woke up this morning to find Tia reading an actual paper books. That’s become a rarity for both of us, each of us tending to read on our phones and not with real books.

I reached over and held her hand, just laying there. We do that a lot,… Read more

0 comments, 201 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 January 2010

Book #10 – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

I read this book as a kid, or at least I thought I did. After grabbing this from Amazon (free for e-reading), I wonder now. I must have read a biography instead because the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is tough to read.

Apparently Mr. Franklin didn’t believe in chapters as… Read more

0 comments, 213 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 January 2010

Inconvenient – Reading on Paper

I woke up this morning to find Tia reading an actual paper books. That’s become a rarity for both of us, each of us tending to read on our phones and not with real books.

I reached over and held her hand, just laying there. We do that a lot,… Read more

0 comments, 196 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 January 2010

SQLServerCentral

My boss gave me an assignment, asking for 200 words on the history of SQLServerCentral. This is what I came up with:

Nine years.

It's been nearly nine years since SQLServerCentral was started with a poor business decision on the part of Database Journal, for whom I still could be… Read more

4 comments, 685 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 January 2010

Too Much Data – Idiocracy or Star Trek?

I used to think that too much data was never a bad thing. That having more information out there is good. However I’m starting to wonder if moderation might be in order here.

I’ve been thinking of getting a spare laptop since Toshiba isn’t too concerned about getting mine fixed.… Read more

1 comments, 355 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 January 2010

Book #9 - Dearly Devoted Dexter

The second in the Dexter series, Dearly Devoted Dexter starts out with him stalking in the bushes. It’s a well written description, similar to the others until you realize that he’s playing with kids, Cody and Astor.

This book picks up shortly after the last book, and diverges from the… Read more

0 comments, 231 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 January 2010

Why not play my cards?

Still no work on my laptop. It’s been over 24 hours since I left a message for the customer escalation team and no return call. I haven’t tried to call them back because, well, I’ve been busy. Trying to get things done to get off on vacation next week has… Read more

2 comments, 231 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 January 2010

Why not play my cards?

Still no work on my laptop. It’s been over 24 hours since I left a message for the customer escalation team and no return call. I haven’t tried to call them back because, well, I’ve been busy. Trying to get things done to get off on vacation next week has… Read more

0 comments, 239 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 January 2010

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