General Feedback on The Voice of the DBA podcasts

  • Tony Mungor

    SSC Eights!

    Points: 820

    Steve, I just want to say thanks! I love the podcasts and look forward to them. The content and subject areas get me thinking about the things I should be focusing on. The video is cool and the audio only is great when I'm on the run. The music ROCKS and I like the out takes and pics of the ranch too. Keep up the great work, it is appreciated.

    -Tony

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 715889

    Tony,

    thanks and glad you like them. I'll try to keep them coming and hopefully pick interesting topics.

  • Gary Noter

    SSC-Addicted

    Points: 495

    Steve,

    The podcast islousy {in timing:w00t:}, because this is yet another great podcast that I want to listen and have to try and find the time in my already busy schedule.

    What'd be cool is if I can find a job listening to podcasts and file a report to upper management!

    All this aside, great podcast. Subscribed. On my iPod. Listening *after* I get to work, because it is 'work-related', cuz they pay me to know my stuff, and SQLServerCentral provides great stuff.

    GaryN

  • Vincent Miller

    Old Hand

    Points: 300

    Hi Steve

    Just wanted to let you know that your podcast is a part of my daily routine. I browse the newsletter, try to answer the "Question of the Day" correctly, and then I watch your your podcast. I believe it helps me stay excited about SQL Server, which I work on for at least 9 hours a day. Keep up the great work!:P

    --Vincent Miller

    Wichita, Kansas

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 715889

    Thanks and glad you like them!

    Feel free to send in more comments and suggestions.

  • Jeff Deluca

    Ten Centuries

    Points: 1151

    Steve,

    I just wanted to echo some of the other posters and say I really enjoy the podcast.

    It is definitely part of my morning routine right after QotD.

    I enjoy the different topics and like the music. Keep up the good work 😎

    -Jeff

  • Phil Factor

    SSCoach

    Points: 19858

    Steve,

    I've become a great fan of the 'voice of the DBA'. It is extraordinarily hard to do this sort of thing. I know several people who have tried without success, but yours are a resounding success. --and then how on earth do you do a daily podcast?

    I once tried to do this myself a few years back, for a specialised internet broadcasting channel. I think my worst problem was that I couldn't get Wayne's World out of my head. Mercifully, the money ran out before I was able to make a complete idiot of myself. I'm currently trying to persuade Robyn Page to do podcasts for Simple-Talk.

    Yes, I really enjoyed the April 1st outtakes!

    Best wishes,
    Phil Factor
    Simple Talk

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 715889

    Thanks, Phil and the secret is nose to the grindstone 😉

  • Ed Lyons

    SSC Enthusiast

    Points: 146

    Steve ... I certainly enjoyed listening to your ideas and opinions regarding the money that MS is "holding back" for talent that they may capture in the acquisition (rhymes so close to inquisition) of Yahoo. I would just like to reply from experience in the IT business one lemma regarding the art of capturing and retaining "valuable" human resources - in any business.

    Lemma: Minimize what you have to pay them in real cash per pay period, maximize the "soft lures" such as stock options, titles, flexible hours, travel, etc., but at recognition time throw them a bone big enough to not reduce their perception of recognition, zeal in their work, and basic performance.

    It's a fascinating balance of minimizing risk and expense for the employer, while acquiring and sustaining the maximum amount of talent over a long period of time. The most successful software companies are those with management that have this innate skill.

    Thank you again for your PodCast. Very good. 🙂

    Ed Lyons, Raleigh NC.

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 715889

  • SuperDBA-207096

    SSCrazy Eights

    Points: 8176

    Steve,

    Thanks for the podcasts! They are both informative and entertaining!

    I especially liked the recent 'boycott' one; it makes you think.

    Generally, I try to steer away from new releases in production until they hit SP1 anyway.

    Mark

  • QLD_dba

    SSC Enthusiast

    Points: 140

    Steve hi. I really enjoy your commentary on the industry and daily titbits to help keep us up to date.

    In Australia, our internet is managed by bytes and many of us, with commercial connections, are limited to work related downloads.. 40 megs is a lot of IP packets. The text to deliver the same message would be less than 10% of that - I can justify. Further, our PCs do not have speakers so we are not encouraged to use IP radio (what a joke - listening to the radio over the internet - isn't that what radios are for?)

    In summary, I would love to have the freedom to download your PODCASTS but have to be satisfied with the text you provide. A question - of how many people who receive the daily newsletter listen to your PODCASTS?

    However, I love your work, keep up the effort - we are listening(reading) to what you have to say.

    Thank you.

    Greg.

  • umailedit

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2087

    Let me be the lone dissenter here. I dont like podcasts or webcasts or videocasts (not just yours but any other websites). They take too much time to download and listen, we cant skip to interesting sections like a text article. We cant skip the parts that we know already. They take up too much bandwidth. Also I have 24x7 music playing on my computer(s) all the time and I would have to interrupt the music to listen. I would rather read. If it werent for the articles (that is if you had only podcasts and videocasts) I would unsubscribe in a minute.

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 994667

    I think that's more of what they're after... I don't listen to the pod-casts for many of the same reasons... I'll even add a reason... I don't remember as much about what I hear as much as what I read. But I do very much appreciate the content from which they were made... the written word in the text.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
    When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8 is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. 😉

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Keller-795887

    Say Hey Kid

    Points: 689

    Steve,

    I'll be terse and use bullet points instead of paragraphs. 😛

    - Your nickname (at least in my head) is "Weekday Jones", as I look forward to receiving your e-mails Monday through Friday. 😀

    - Your link to Everyday Jones just goes to their My Space page, which, in every place I've ever worked, is blocked by a Proxy or Firewall. Tell 'em to get their own hosted location (hmm...www.sqlservercentral.com/everydayjones ?)

    - I've always worked for small companies (usually) so haven't had a lot of experience with clustering...any advice, crash course, gotchas? (We're about to implement a new one here, and I'm only "book learned" on it, not first-hand experienced.) And differences/additions between 2000, 2005, and 2008 would be nice, too.

    - Any advice for me as a used-to-be-a-DBA-in-my-last-job-now-hired-as-strictly-a-developer-in-a-place-that- doesn't-have-any-DBA's-(only-"accidental-DBAs")-and-doesn't-see-a-need-or-reason-to-have-one? I can point them to the articles and editorials that you and your colleagues have about the pitfalls and nightmares of having non-DBA DBA's, but I think it would just fall on deaf ears. (Along the same lines, every person in IT has "System Administrator" access to the production database...*sigh*) (Every application was configured with a user that has db_owner access over the database it's assigned to...at least they weren't all done with "sa", though, thankfully) Feel free to rant/comment on this, as I've seen it as a fairly common practice to "just keep things moving".

    - When is the Best of the Voice-of-the-DBA Bloopers DVD coming out? 😉

    - How about a VotDBA Guest Editorial Podcast Contest? You'd be amazed at the kind of turn out you'd get even if the prize was something simple like a SQL Server Central coffee cup, or an Everyday Jones t-shirt. 😛

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

    --Andrew

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