Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sabbatical – Sawhorses

My company, Red Gate software, has given me a 6 week sabbatical. I’m documenting the time with all the posts under a tag if you want to follow along. I need a few sawhorses for my flagpole. It’s 22ft in … Continue reading

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Sabbatical – Volunteering as a Speaker

One of the things I noticed on the Habitat for Humanity – Denver site is that there is a speaker’s bureau. I was looking for a few other ways to help during the sabbatical, and thought this was right up … Continue reading

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Sabbatical–Paid in Full

The sabbatical moves forward. I paid for college today, settling my bill for the woodworking class that starts on Tuesday. Yeah! I’m not thinking to do anything else until Tuesday afternoon when school starts and I get to class. I’m … Continue reading

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Farewell

This is my last day of work this quarter as I start my sabbatical at 5 o’clock today. I’ll be gone for the next six weeks, away from SQLServerCentral, trying to improve and grow myself while staying as unwired as I can … Continue reading

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Quick Tips–SSMS Select a vertical block

I saw this years ago in a presentation from Aaron Bertrand. At the time I thought it was super cool and I’d use it all the time, but I haven’t found many uses. However since I needed to do this … Continue reading

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No Works of Art

I used to pride myself on being able to run through menu selections and configuration options from memory. There have been times when I could describe over the phone  the process for using a GUI. I’ve been able to direct … Continue reading

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Quick Tips–SQL Prompt Qualifying Columns

I love SQL Prompt, and think it’s a great productivity tool. Even before I worked at Red Gate, I love the tool and had a copy before Red Gate bought the technology from the original developer. Recently I’ve run into … Continue reading

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Speaking at SQL Saturday #286–Louisville

I’m taking a short break from my sabbatical to head to Louisville for SQL Saturday #286 to deliver a couple of sessions. I’ve been invited and accepted to Louisville twice before and had to cancel for family reasons. I’ve felt … Continue reading

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Patching Problems

I applied the Windows 8.1 update a few weeks ago and had some issues with my machine. Windows was fine, but I lost my SQL Server service. A few other users, including some of the SQLServerCentral community also had issues and sent me … Continue reading

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Attaching All Databases with PowerShell–Checking All Databases

I wrote a PowerShell script recently to actually accomplish a task I that I needed. What’s more, this was the first time I thought that Powershell might prove more useful than other methods. This series looks at my script, and … Continue reading

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