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Archives: August 2009

Active August – Final Recap

Well, I had a pretty good week this week.  I made an effort and met all my goals:

  1. Eat smaller portions – this is going well.  My body has adjusted to eating smaller portions so I am “filling up” faster and not feeling hungry as much.
  2. Healthier snacks – did…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 31 August 2009

SQLSaturday #21 – Orlando Update

Event Record

This is the third year that Orlando has hosted a SQLSaturday.  In 2007, I was an attendee; 2008, I was an event volunteer and speaker; and this year I’m an organizational volunteer, event volunteer, and, most likely a speaker.  Because of my increased involvement this year I… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 28 August 2009

Access Denied, Not Possible

What’s going on here?

When trying to open Default Trace files on Windows 7 and SQL Server 2008 I got the “You don’t have permission to open this file” error.  My first and second thoughts were “How can this be, I’m an administrator!?”.  SO the first thing I tried was… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 26 August 2009

Professional Growth – Community Involvement

As part of my professional development and to help raise my professional profile, I have become more involved with my local user group (OPASS) and with SQLSaturday #21 – Orlando.  With OPASS I have taken on the task of trying to find speakers.  This can be a…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 25 August 2009

Types Matter!

Louis Davidson (@DrSql) had an excellent series on his blog on the Pillars of Database Design and the one of the key elements of his first pillar A Cohesive Design is to for data types to make sense.  I couldn’t agree more.  I have seen more problems caused…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 24 August 2009

Active August –> Week 3 Recap

Well, I had a pretty good week this week.  I made an effort and met all my goals:

  1. Eat smaller portions – still working on this one.  Doing okay, although I do need to eat breakfast, I just hate getting up in the morning.
  2. Healthier snacks – I’m not necessarily…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 23 August 2009

SQL Quiz #5 – SANs the Star the Show Must Go On(Mirroring)?

Okay, Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken) tagged me in Chris Shaw’s (@SQLShaw) latest SQL Quiz, SAN’s and Mirroring.  I’m a little behind the curve on this one as I’ve been busy, and to be honest, I have no real experience with either, but I’ve always got…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 21 August 2009

SQLSaturday #21 – Orlando Pre-event Seminars Announced.

Wow!  Andy Warren has put together a week of low-cost seminars filling the entire week before SQLSaturday #21 – Orlando.  What a great list of speakers and topics.  Here’s the list:

  • Monday October 12th – Essentials of Managing SQL Server by Andy Warren
  • Tuesday October 13th – Learn Business…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 17 August 2009

Active August – Week 2 Recap

Well, I had a pretty good week this week.  I made an effort and met all my goals:

  1. Eat smaller portions – this one is hard especially because I feel hungry most of the time.  I did okay, but probably still eat more than is really needed.  I really need…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 15 August 2009

No Training Budget Still No Excuse

When I first started by career in IT and SQL Server about 10 years ago I lived in a small town in northern New Hampshire.  I used my location as an excuse not to attend user groups and other events, unless the boss was willing to foot the bill.  Now… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 12 August 2009

Office 2007 Pro Plus Installation Issues

Since I have an MSDN subscription I downloaded Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit this past week.  I installed it on my laptop and then began installing applications.  When I went to install Office 2007 Pro Plus it would start and then hang looking for ProPlsWW.cab.  I attempted the install at least… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 9 August 2009

Active August - Week 1 Recap

Well, I made it through the first week of Active August (Twitter) without killing myself.  In my first Active August post I outlined my goals and I'll recap here.


  1. Reduce portions at meals - I've actually done okay at this. How can I tell?  I'm hungry almost all…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 8 August 2009

Technical Presenters – Make your point

I caught this blog post, Who says technical presentations can't be engaging?, today thanks to Dana Coffey (@crazeegeekchick on Twitter).  My takeaway from the post is that good speakers tell a story. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you just tell stories, what it means is that you are… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 3 August 2009

Free Training! 24 hours of PASS

PASS is sponsoring a 24 hours of PASS event on September 2nd.  Consecutive live (Live Q&A also) 1 hour sessions by some of the best speakers in the business.  This event is loaded with MVP’s, authors, and SQL Server gurus.  Here’s a few names:

  • Louis Davidson
  • Kevin Kline
  • Brad McGehee…

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 3 August 2009