Monthly Archives: February 2013

More Evolution, More Complexity

Recently I had the chance to learn about some of the changes coming in the SQL Server platform in the next few years. At the MVP Summit we had the chance to talk with people that showed us features and … Continue reading

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Attaching an MDF with no Log (AdventureWorks)

Attaching an MDF file without an LDF file can be a little tricky. I had to go through this recently when I downloaded the AdventureWorks2008R2 database, which was just an MDF file. I know I’ve done this before, but I … Continue reading

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The Microsoft Sideshow

Last year I read a piece in Vanity Fair that talked about Microsoft and how the company has appeared to stagnate somewhat over the last decade. As a stockholder, I’ve been a little disappointed in Microsoft’s performance, especially as I’ve seen many … Continue reading

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Look Beyond the First Result

  This story about Orbitz was very interesting in the way metadata about users was affects the results of queries on the Orbitz site. It’s slightly skewed to imply Orbitz was charging OSX users more than Windows users, but that doesn’t … Continue reading

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A Learning Experiment at SQL Saturday #187– Richmond

In a little over a week, SQL Saturday #187 takes place in Richmond, VA. I’m looking forward to going back as I attended school not too far from there (Charlottesville), and even worked on the West side of Richmond for … Continue reading

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The Dark Side

Recently I was invited to speak at the Rocky Mountain Oracle Training Days. It was part of some cross platform talks that have happened in Denver, with some Oracle professionals coming to our last SQL Saturday in Denver. I was … Continue reading

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Speaking – Slide Design

I’m not sure I love this advice on slide design, but some of it makes sense. Much too often I see people putting lots of information on slide decks, as though readers will be studying the slides. I am working … Continue reading

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Early Software

I  have no idea what the first software I saw working on a computer system was. I’m sure it was some  basic demo program on a Vic-20, which I convinced my mother to buy for us. I remember learning to program … Continue reading

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Fix the Little Things

I thought this was a great blog post and it got me to read, even though it’s a topic I know about, have written about, and didn’t think the post would reveal anything amazing: Finding Fragmentation Of An Index And Fixing … Continue reading

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Life is Like a Manure Spreader

Not in the way you think, but in the hookup process. When I shovel enough horse presents to fill up the device, I get to the point where I need to connect it to one of our farm vehicles and … Continue reading

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