Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hardware Ups and Downs

I replaced the SSD in my desktop the other day and was pleased to not have a red bar when I booted it up and looked in Explorer. I went from a 128GB SSD (with 2GB free) to a 256GB … Continue reading

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Too Large a Workload?

I often hear the technical staff in many organizations complaining about the amount of work they are tasked with managing. Plenty of technology professionals view their jobs are stressful, and I’ve had no shortage of people say they would never … Continue reading

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I May Not Shake Your Hands

I’m traveling next week to the SQL Konferenz in Germany, and then on to Red Gate in the UK. However, I may pull a Wil Wheaton at the event and the office and not shake hands. I haven’t had issues … Continue reading

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Changing File Associations in Windows 8

A quick post, and a good reminder of something that can be a pain. I had to do a quick search for the solution, and wanted to write about it in the hopes it will help me remember the issue. … Continue reading

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You Better Learn to Work at Scale

Early in my career, I worked on a large Novell Netware installation. We bought a server that was about 1/4 the size of a modern rack, which contained a number of blade slots each holding some type of hardware: CPUs, disk adapters, … Continue reading

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Out of Space

I’ve used placeholders to ensure I don’t run out of space on my machines. That’s worked well, and usually I can delete a placeholder when I have an emergency, and then clean up the drive. However I got a low … Continue reading

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Normal Data

I thought this was an interesting post: Your data is not normal. It talks about the fact that we often assume some normal distribution when working with data. We seem to think we can extrapolate, often in a linear fashion, based … Continue reading

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Time for Learning

I was chatting with a friend recently about our careers and how much we have learned over time. We are both interested in continuing our education in technology and debated how we might proceed. I mentioned that I was thinking … Continue reading

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Downloading SQL Saturday data

I wanted to find out how many SQL Saturday’s I’d spoken at and how I ranked with others. I got a spreadsheet from Kendal Van Dyke at one point, but it was quickly out of date. However Kendal mentioned that … Continue reading

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Deploy the Database First

One of the patterns I’ve seen in some environments is people are trying to deploy changes rapidly to their database backed applications. That’s not news, but what is interesting is some of them are staging the deployment of the database … Continue reading

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