If you’ve followed my writing for a while you’ll know I’m a fan of translucency (transparency) in most things business. Right now I’m working next to a meeting room that has glass walls – talk about transparency! It seems like a good idea, it lets in a lot of light and makes it feel more […]Read more "Meetings In Glass Houses"
My latest question of the day is up, this one called Alas, Poor Snapshot, I Knew Him Well. If you’ve got 5 minutes go give it a try and let me know what you think, with comments on the question or here.Read more "Alas, Poor Snapshot, I Knew Him Well (Question Of the Day)"
I’ve been thinking for a while about what to submit for this year. I knew I wanted to have one be about PCI and security because I enjoy the topic and have some experience I’d like to share. Career planning is always interesting to me. As is mentoring, networking, SQLSaturday, writing, and a few more […]Read more "Submitting PASS Summit Sessions"
That’s just one of about a hundred great lines from episode 1 of Farmed and Dangerous. A company with the initials of IFIB. The scene where the team is talking about the boss is good (listen for the remark about ticks). It’s free with a couple minutes of commercials embedded. Beyond the humor it’s a […]Read more "Why Am I Here? You’re On Retainer"
This may not be the exact model, but I bought 2 First Alert detectors at Costco for $23. Not a lot to installing any smoke detector, most have two screws that go into the ceiling and a cover that pops off so you can replace the 9v battery. Sounds easy enough, but getting the screws […]Read more "A Nicely Made Smoke Detector"
I’ll be attending the Orlando Code Camp this weekend. I know it says “code”, but there is a SQL Server track. Jason Carter will be speaking, as will Kendal Van Dyke, Max Trinidad, Richie Rump, Robert Biddle, and myself. Thirteen tracks of learning! Even if you can’t stay all day I hope you’ll come over […]Read more "Reminder: Orlando Code Camp Is This Weekend (March 22, 2014) and It’s Not Just For Developers!"
You may have seen these minuteKey boxes at your local home supply store (Lowes has it near me) that let you make your own copies of common key types: I tried it out over the weekend. Quick, painless, and if anything not very exciting to watch. I didn’t time it, but maybe 4 […]Read more "A Minute About Minute Key"
Almost time for another meeting! This month Rodney Landrum is presenting Data Analytics and the DBA – Using PowerView to Uncover Interesting Facts About Your SQL Servers: DBAs do not always have time to work with some of the amazing visual data tools that are becoming common place now for analysts. In this presentation I […]Read more "Rodney Landrum Presenting at oPASS on March 20, 2014"
I wrote Write The Perfect Question (Of The Day) last week and yesterday dropped a note here about my latest question, Schema Renaming Fun. I’ve got a couple more in the pipeline (The Unusable User, and Alas Poor Snapshot, I Knew Him Well). Lessons learned/thought of so far: Make the case consistent on the queries, […]Read more "Some Notes On Writing A Question Of The Day"
That’s the first thing I heard when I answered the phone recently. I was working on an change I needed to make, missed a call, called back (thinking it might be related to the change) and no one answered, then they called back again. It went something like this: Me: Hello. Caller: You broke my […]Read more "You Broke My Tail Light"