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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: March 2013

The Great Laptop Search of 2013

It’s time for a new laptop. I don’t think it’s time, as I love the Macbook Air I bought a couple years ago. Rather some requirements for work, mainly Hyper-V, have come up and I can’t meet them with the Macbook Air. Even a 2013 summer refresh of this platform… Read more

10 comments, 2,457 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 March 2013

The DBA Team #1–Code and Slides

Our first DBA Team event, in Richmond, VA just before SQL Saturday #187 went well. Overall I think our experiment was a success and we’re already talking about where and when we might do this again.

In the meantime, we didn’t make a separate site for this series of events,… Read more

2 comments, 579 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 March 2013

SQL Saturday #187–Richmond Recap

I’m late writing this, and I did mean to get to it earlier, but life got in the way.

TL;DR: It was a great event, lots of fun, and I’d love to do it again.

When I first heard of a SQL Saturday coming back to Richmond (from Carlos Chacon Read more

2 comments, 338 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 March 2013

A Week from Omaha–SQL Saturday #197

Next week I head out to SQL Saturday #197 in Omaha NE. I’m looking forward to it as I’ve never been to Omaha, and only been to the state once, in the far SW corner to Oshkosh for a horse race. I’ll arrive Friday and have a short time to… Read more

0 comments, 408 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 March 2013

Macbook Air v Surface Pro

I love my MacBook Air. It’s small, light, and it works well as a traveling laptop for me. It starts and stops instantly, and the only complaint I have is that my 2011 version only has 4GB of RAM and no USB 3.0. The 2012 version improves, and I’d upgrade,… Read more

0 comments, 774 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 March 2013

Customizing SSMS – Bigger Queries

This is a short series on some customizations in SSMS to make it visually more appealing.

As a presenter, I’ve learned how to change the way Management Studio (SSMS) looks to make it easier for people to see the screen on a projector. I had wrongly assumed that so many… Read more

1 comments, 658 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 March 2013

It’s a Lineup at SQL Intersection

I got this image in the mail recently, and it made me laugh. It looks like a police lineup, perhaps something from The Usual Suspects.

I don’t think there are any suspicious looking characters in there (though maybe the third and fourth from the left in the second row… Read more

0 comments, 1,293 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 March 2013

Customizing SSMS – Hiding the panels

This is a short series on some customizations in SSMS to make it visually more appealing.

As a presenter, I’ve learned how to change the way Management Studio (SSMS) looks to make it easier for people to see the screen on a projector. I had wrongly assumed that so many… Read more

1 comments, 512 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 March 2013

The Work Life Balance for Men

A great piece by LZ Granderson, and one that really make me stop and think a bit. Work and life is always a balance, and men certainly don’t have it easier. We make different choices, or we set different priorities. It’s worth the read, and as you do, before… Read more

0 comments, 387 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 March 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #40– File and Filegroups

It’s the second Tuesday of the month and time for T-SQL Tuesday again. This is a monthly blog party, where the participants write on a particular theme. This month Jen McCown, of Midnight DBA fame, invites us to talk about files and filegroups in SQL Server.

If you’re like to… Read more

4 comments, 1,507 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 March 2013

Windows 8 and Google Calendar

I use the Google calendar service extensively. I host my domain there and I’ve gotten used to the calendar. When I set up my Windows 8 desktop, I was curious if I could use the built in calendar app instead of living in a web browser.

A quick search found… Read more

2 comments, 627 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 March 2013

Off to the Richmond User Group, a Red Gate Experiment and SQL Saturday #187

This weekend is SQL Saturday #187 in Richmond, VA. Today’s a travel day for me, as I head out early because Red Gate Software is sponsoring a half day event tomorrow, Friday, where myself and Grant Fritchey (b | t) will be speaking. This is an experiment for… Read more

2 comments, 378 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 March 2013

Dropping Indexes

While working on some demos recently, I needed to drop an index for a test. I executed this generic statement for an index I’d just created.

   1: DROP INDEX ix_IndexName

Needless to say I was surprised when I got this error:

Msg 159, Level 15, State 1, Line 1

Must… Read more

3 comments, 687 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 March 2013

Come Learn at SQL Intersection, Get a Surface Tablet

This spring I’m speaking at the SQL Intersection conference. It’s a new conference, managed by SQLskills founders Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randal. It’s April 8-11 in Las Vegas, and it’s got a slew of amazing speakers that I’ll be alongside, including Brent Ozar, Grant Fritchey, and more.

If… Read more

0 comments, 543 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 March 2013

Windows 8 – First Impressions on a Desktop

I bought a new (to me) desktop recently to replace my aging hardware. I’ve had a quad core machine, but it’s about 4+ years old, still running DDR2 RAM, and it’s been slowly failing. That sounds crazy with electrical hardware, but the clock has been flakier the last few months,… Read more

7 comments, 440 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 March 2013