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Archives: July 2009

Article re-featured on SQLServerCentral

The second article I had published on SQLServerCentral, ANSI PADDING, Trailing Whitespace, and Variable Length Character Columns, was re-featured in the newsletter and on the home page today. 

My favorite part of being published is the discussion that hopefully follows.  Even if there are some negative comments, I… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 31 July 2009

SQLSaturday 21 – Orlando Announced!

Andy Warren and crew at OPASS have announced that SQLSaturday 21 – Orlando will be held at Seminole Community College, 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773, on October 17th.  The call for speakers just opened this afternoon and we have our first session submitted, and it wasn’t by me or… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 28 July 2009

ActiveAugust –> Getting More Fit

ActiveAugust started as a discussion on Twitter and Mike Walsh (@mike_walsh) has set the bar with his blog post about it.  The general idea is to commit to lifestyle changes by becoming more active and/or eating healthier.  The key thing is to setup a plan, blog your plan,… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 28 July 2009

Learning some javascript

As part of my work I need to be a “Jack of all trades” meaning I not only need to be able to do SQL Server DBA and development tasks, but I also need to be capable of doing .NET and VFP development.  Yes, I did say VFP (Visual FoxPro… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 24 July 2009

Meet, Greet, & Remember?

How many of you have said, “I have a real hard time remembering names” or “Excuse me, I know we must have met, but I can’t remember your name”.  I know I have many times.  The question is what am I going to do about?  I’m glad you asked.  As… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 21 July 2009

Mystery of Failing Database Mail

Have you ever seen this error when you have setup database mail:

The mail could not be sent to the recipients because of the mail server failure. (Sending Mail using [Account] ([TimeSent]). Exception Message: Could not connect to mail server. (No connection could be made because the target machine actively…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 20 July 2009

Off Topic – Why I’m unclebiguns on Twitter

There may be some people wondering why I go by the name @unclebiguns on Twitter.  I am basing this on the following facts:

  1. I have gotten some interesting followers (blocked of course).
  2. Comments that have been made about this user name in other places as well.

I thought I’d blog… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 15 July 2009

July OPASS Meeting Recap

Last night I attended, along with about 20 others, the latest and greatest OPASS meeting.  I got there early to help setup and great people as they came in.   I may not be the most enthusiastic greeter, but I’m willing and working on doing better.  Greeting also gives me the… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 15 July 2009

OPASS Meeting July 14th

Hey, Orlando area SQL Server folks, don’t forget the OPASS meeting 6pmTuesday, July 14th at End to End Training (map).  Chad Miller will be presenting on Powershell and T-SQL. 

As usual there will be an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for networking and then again after… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 13 July 2009

Mid-year update on my goals

I recently saw that Steve Jones had posted an update on his 2009 goals and realized that is was about time for me to do the same.  So let’s get to it.

Learn SQL Server 2008, particularly Policy Based Management, Resource Governor, and Service Broker.

Still not much progress here. …

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 7 July 2009

So Now I’m Gilligan, Finally

Okay I was tagged by Tim Mitchell on the Deserted Island scenario started by Tim Ford which goes like this:

So You’re On A Deserted Island With WiFi and you’re still on the clock at work.  Okay, so not a very good situational exercise here, but let’s roll with it;…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 6 July 2009