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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

The Advantage of GUIDs

I never liked GUIDs, not really using them in most of my development until I had a conversation many years ago with Andy Warren. At the time he was working for a company as a development manager and building in house applications. We were debating the ways in which we… Read more

1 comments, 407 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 January 2010

Setting Goals for 2010

Most people set their New Year resolutions for the new year at this time. We know from history that many people don’t stick to those resolutions, often failing to get in better shape, eat better, or other similar personal changes. I think the average person has bailed on their efforts… Read more

1 comments, 108 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 January 2010

T-SQL Tuesday #2 – Data Conversions

Adam Machanic started the idea of a blog party last month, getting people to write about date and time issues in SQL Server. This month he’s asking for a puzzling situation, and I had a little time, so I decided to oblige.

I’ve done a lot of different… Read more

1 comments, 567 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 January 2010

T-SQL Tuesday #2 – Data Conversions

Adam Machanic started the idea of a blog party last month, getting people to write about date and time issues in SQL Server. This month he’s asking for a puzzling situation, and I had a little time, so I decided to oblige.

I’ve done a lot of different… Read more

0 comments, 153 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 January 2010

More Laptop Issues

My laptop died on Dec 1, 2009. I was on vacation, but on Dec 2 I called Toshiba (I have a Qosmio F40) and arranged for a repair under the extended warranty I had purchased. I shipped it back on Dec 2, it was received on Dec 4, and since… Read more

7 comments, 414 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 January 2010

Hybrids are Popular

Is that really what people want? At least in the US? This note talks about how KPMG surveyed executives and while biodiesel wasn’t on the list, hybrids and electric power were. They seemed to think that was the important thing to focus on to make sales.

I wonder if that’s… Read more

4 comments, 152 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 January 2010

The Laptop is Back

I finally got my laptop today. I had to drive to the local Shell gas station to get it, but I was happy to since UPS helped me out. I had called yesterday and complained and the local office called to let me know it was coming. At 6:40pm, I… Read more

1 comments, 227 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 January 2010

eReaders – A New Crop

The CES show this week had a few new e-reader concepts coming. I think this technology is due to explode, though only if someone tackles it in a way similar to how PCs were handled, not the iPod. The Kindle is still the king of this world, but I wonder… Read more

3 comments, 129 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 January 2010

eReaders – A New Crop

The CES show this week had a few new e-reader concepts coming. I think this technology is due to explode, though only if someone tackles it in a way similar to how PCs were handled, not the iPod. The Kindle is still the king of this world, but I wonder… Read more

0 comments, 120 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 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

0 comments, 132 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 January 2010

Recharging

I was hoping that 4 days in the mountains would be a nice time to recharge. Unfortunately, with my wife needing to work some of the time, Kyle coming back early for school, and me getting hurt, it seems that I didn’t get a lot of time up there. I… Read more

2 comments, 116 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 January 2010

Identity Values – Two things to know

I saw someone post a question recently about running out of identity values in an INT column. It happens, it’s happened to me, and I’m not surprised. They couldn’t go to a bigint because of their application, so they asked if they could “renumber” the identity column.

Of course you… Read more

16 comments, 1,775 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 January 2010

Identity Values – Two things to know

I saw someone post a question recently about running out of identity values in an INT column. It happens, it’s happened to me, and I’m not surprised. They couldn’t go to a bigint because of their application, so they asked if they could “renumber” the identity column.

Of course you… Read more

0 comments, 156 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 January 2010

Sometimes the tools don’t work

We have a lot of administrative tools for SQLServerCentral that are available online. Most of the work I do can be done from the web, which is cool. It means that I can manage things from anyplace, and any computer. That’s been handy at times when I’ve been away from… Read more

0 comments, 113 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 January 2010

Is it a problem if I don’t blog?

I’ve had a few people ask me this question. It’s the new year, many people are making New Year’s resolutions, and in the technical world I know a lot of people have said they’ll start blogging, or blogging more.

Let me say that a lack of a blog is not… Read more

5 comments, 570 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 January 2010

Is it a problem if I don’t blog?

I’ve had a few people ask me this question. It’s the new year, many people are making New Year’s resolutions, and in the technical world I know a lot of people have said they’ll start blogging, or blogging more.

Let me say that a lack of a blog is not… Read more

0 comments, 123 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 January 2010

Sometimes the tools don’t work

We have a lot of administrative tools for SQLServerCentral that are available online. Most of the work I do can be done from the web, which is cool. It means that I can manage things from anyplace, and any computer. That’s been handy at times when I’ve been away from… Read more

0 comments, 107 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 January 2010

Three in a Row – MVP Renewed

I woke up this morning, late, after a great New Year’s Eve with friends. Too tired to get out of bed, I grabbed my phone, intending to check the Twitter verse and post a few “Happy New Years” messages to friends. The first thing I saw was a series of… Read more

12 comments, 118 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 January 2010

Three in a Row – MVP Renewed

I woke up this morning, late, after a great New Year’s Eve with friends. Too tired to get out of bed, I grabbed my phone, intending to check the Twitter verse and post a few “Happy New Years” messages to friends. The first thing I saw was a series of… Read more

0 comments, 132 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 January 2010

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