Monthly Archives: August 2012

Finding a Balance

This editorial was originally published on Nov 19, 2007. It is being republished as Steve is on vacation. When I started in IT things were much simpler. We had smaller data sets, but hardware was larger. There just wasn’t a … Continue reading

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The Personal Checksum

This editorial was originally published on Nov 2, 2007. It is being republished as Steve is on vacation. Someone sent me this article on foiling thieves in restaurants with a personal checksum. It’s an interesting idea and while it could help, … Continue reading

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Holiday

Taking some of my own advice. I’m off today and tomorrow, as well as Monday for Labor Day. Across this 5 day weekend, I have a number of chores to tackle, including trying to build another horse shelter before winter. … Continue reading

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Watch Your Mouth

I give a talk on branding and resumes that has been well received over the last few years. In it I cover the ways in which you can use networking, blogging, and other ways to improve the chances that employers will want … Continue reading

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The Field Museum – SQL in the City 2012 – Chicago

Chicago is a neat down. My first PASS Summit was in Chicago, back in 1999. My wife joined me with an infant son, and we took in the last baseball game of the season that year at Comisky Park. This … Continue reading

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Dare to Disagree

This talk on disagreement and openness is very thought provoking. I tend to agree with it, but at what point does disagreement become disharmony? How do you teach the skills to argue and disagree passionately, but do so rationally and … Continue reading

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Shadow IT

When I started working as a system administrator over 20 years ago, I worked for a central IT department at a remote facility for our company. Four of us managed a network of 1,000 nodes, with multiple servers under a … Continue reading

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Enable Transparent Data Encryption

This is one of the things in my Encryption Primer presentation that I don’t demo. It’s really easy to do, and it’s rather mechanical, so I just show the image that has the steps from MSDN and leave it at … Continue reading

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The Embarcadero – SQL in the City San Francisco

I love San Francisco. It was one of the cities that I thought I might live in someday. My kids have all been there multiple times, exploring museums, crossing the amazing Golden Gate Bridge, visting Muir Woods and more. When … Continue reading

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Ten Million Lines of Code

How many lines of code are in the applications you code on? I think that the largest applications I’ve been heavily involved in contained tens of thousands of lines of code. This was code that I actually had to search … Continue reading

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