Archives: May 2010
A holiday in the US, commemorating the men and women who have died in the service of our country.
Most years in the US, I’ve spent the day with family, starting summer, and while we remember those in the military, it’s primarily been a time where we spend time… Read more
I got new drives for my Windows Home Server the other day and decided to add some space to the box. I don’t need the space so much as I’d like to be sure that I’m protected with some extra drives.
The first step, obviously, is to shut down the… Read more
One of my goals this year was to spend some time learning Reporting Services. Not necessarily do the 10,000 hours to become an expert, but perhaps the 100 hours or so Andy Warren mentioned in his Professional Development presentation.
I’ve done a little getting SSRS installed and running on… Read more
I saw someone post a question recently about tracking down who deleted a stored procedure. I suggested the default trace, and linked to a beginner article on it.
However there was another post that had a better way to track things. In SSMS there’s a report that will help you: Read more
One of the things I heard recently from someone was that they clicked some of the links in the newsletter and the front page, expecting to read some information, and got sent to an event instead. That was annoying, and I can understand that. I do try to put in… Read more
My oldest son graduates high school today. After a long journey, he’s the first of my wife’s and my three kids that is moving on. It’s a big day, and we have almost all our family in town to watch the first of our next generation becoming an adult.
I’m… Read more
I saw this blog about a report from CITA (wireless industry group) that people tend to use their cell phones more for data (text, email, etc.) than for phone calls.
I know that I do a lot more data, primarily through wi-fi, than I do phone calls on my phone.… Read more
The cost of making a trip differently in the US, in terms of time, effort, and driving habits, is small. For any individual trip, I’m not sure how many people will change their habits. My wife doesn’t, and the Prius is great because she just drives and gets 40+mpg. I… Read more
I liked Android, I really did, and I thought my G1 was the best phone I’d had to date when I got it. I’ve had Motorolas, Nokias, Sidekicks, a Dash and another Windows Mobile, but out of the gate, the G1 and Android was better. But there were 2 things… Read more
Tomorrow kicks off the second 24 hours of PASS event. 24 consecutive 1 hour sessions presented around the globe by SQL Server professionals from all around the globe. These are video/audio webcasts that will start on 12GMT on May 19 and continue through 12GMT on May 20.
There’s a great… Read more
From Barnes and Noble. You can get them on a Nook, Blackberry, iPhone/Ipad, or PC. They are offering a few free titles to you with a coupon. You need to go to a B&N store to get the code, but you can get these titles:
- The No. 1 Ladies Detective…
There has been quite a debate going on at SQLServerCentral about a DBA journeyman certification. There are a couple good writeups (part 1 and part 2), from Jason Brimhall on the cert, and I’m happy to note that SQLServerCentral, and Red Gate software, are happy to sponsor these… Read more
Kathi Kellenburger, fellow MVP and friend, pinged me recently for an interview for the Professional Development Virtual Chapter. This is one of the groups at PASS that tries to focus on a specific area, as opposed to move chapter based user groups that are location based.
She interviewed me… Read more
I was getting tired of pre-formatting code in LiveWriter. I love that software, but a couple of the technical things are a PIA. So after messing with this for weeks, hand fixing code blocks, I did the smart thing and Google’d for a plug in.
- Brian Knight
- Kevin Cox of SQL CAT
- Donald Farmer
- Jessica Moss
- Kevin Kline
- and more!
I participated in… Read more
For you older DBAs, this refers to text, ntext, and image data. For the youngsters,… Read more