Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Gift Count

I went by Best Buy this afternoon, with my updated budget, to grab 2 last gifts and blow out the money. We’re now at 65 gifts, according to my daughter’s count. Lots of DVDs and books, but I’ve added in … Continue reading

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Fun in Seattle

I know there are a number of people heading to Seattle this weekend for the PASS Summit next week. I am coming in on Monday, leaving Fri, and pretty much stuck with work all week. However I know some of … Continue reading

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Running to the PASS Summit

Well, not literally. I’m not going to run to Seattle from Denver, but I’ll be running at the Summit. Last year when the Summit took place, I was about 70 days into my running streak. I was worried about keeping … Continue reading

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My Schedule for the PASS Summit 2009

For the most part, I have an easy schedule. I’ll be in the 600 hallway most morning after the keynote on one of the couches. Likely I’ll have a few friends nearby. While I pop in and out of some … Continue reading

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Deterministic Functions

Do you know what determinism is? It’s something that comes up periodically in Books Online as various SQL objects require deterministic functions. Things like indexes views. I ran across a question on this for our ASK site, and thought it … Continue reading

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Expert SQL Server 2008 Encryption

Encryption is a tough subject, but it’s one that’s fascinated me for years. I downloaded PGP when it came out nearly two decades ago, and learned about the intricacies of symmetric and asymmetric keys. I thought it was fun, even … Continue reading

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One Week until PASS 2009

It’s one week until the PASS Summit. At this time next week I’ll be on a plane, heading to Seattle with a weeks worth of clothes and a bunch of prizes to give away. This will be my 8th or … Continue reading

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Opinions about PASS

There has been quite a discussion today on the direction of PASS (the Professional Association for SQL Server) and some controversy about the opinions, blogs, and whining (yes, someone said whining) that’s been taking place. I’ve certainly had my say, … Continue reading

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Old Inventory

Each year at the PASS Summit I have run a party on opening night. The last 4 or 5 years we’ve had a casino theme, with real dealers coming in and letting people try their luck at blackjack, poker, roulette, … Continue reading

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Do You Trust Google?

I have a friend, he’s a technology guy and fairly savvy with hardware and software. We were talking recently and he said that he didn’t see the point in performing backups or even buying software for his machine anymore. He … Continue reading

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