Archives for December 2009

2009 – Tough on the Economy and Tough on Truth

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If you're interested in even-handed, but accurate information about all of the political claims made over the past year, then I strongly recommend you take a look at FactCheck.org.I enjoyed their Whoppers of 2009 article, pointing out those who stretched the truth among liberals, conservatives, and various special interest groups.Let me know what you think,-Kev … [Read more...]

Got a slow holiday seaons? Why not spend it learning?

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Traditionally, the time between Christmas and New Years is a bit slow.  Many people take time off from work and, for those of us still working, it's a good time to catch up on all of those low priority projects that have been on the back burner for the last several months. If you find yourself with a few extra hours, why not engage in some first-hand learning with the new features of SQL Server 2008 R2?  Here are two great resources to get you started. First, take a look at betaforsqlserver.com, a partnership between MaximumASP, Dell, PASS, and Microsoft.  When you register, you get your … [Read more...]

Sequels for SQL: Dec 17, 2009

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In the Sequels for SQL series, I point you to sites where you can go beyond the nose-to-the-grindstone resources that we see every day as SQL Server professionals.  (My favorite resource for pan-SQL Server pointers is Steve Jone's Database Weekly email newsletter.)  These are the story that comes after and outside (the sequels) of our daily working lives (the other SQL).  Let's broaden our horizons together.  If you hit on an interesting but overlooked topic, I'd like to hear from you. SQL Server: We live it.  We love it. When Jimmy May talks, I listen.  Not just because he's a personal … [Read more...]

Like PowerShell for SQL Server?

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Check out my new Tool Time column in this month's SQL Server Magazine. It features some great new PowerShell scripts and information from Chad Miller (blog) who I had the pleasure to meet in person back in October of this year while speaking at the SQL Server of central Florida and at SQL Saturday #21. In addition, I'd like to point out a free utility called PowerGUI.  If you're like me, the last thing you have time for is learning a new code like PowerShell.  So I copped out and got the next best alternative to real code, the fancy and pretty drag-n-drop interface of PowerGUI.  (Full … [Read more...]

Data Deduplication Technology – New Article on DBTA

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I've been seeing more and more questions from customers about data deduplication technologies. I guess that's because I can't open a blog, website, or email related to technology without some vendor or another pushing the wonders of data deduplication.  Consequently, I thought I'd take a few minutes to describe what the technology is all about.  I'll sum up my thoughts on the the value of deduplication technology by saying "It depends".  Read my article entry at Database Trends & Applications magazine here. If someone in your company is pushing you to examine this very expensive … [Read more...]

Girls Day Out With Dad

On this particular cool and clear Saturday morning, Rachel's girls had to spend the morning with their dad.Katie and Anna, Before Getting Their MakeoverSo I had the opportunity to do something fun and different with Katie and Anna.That's when I noticed that our little neighborhood newspaper had a story that one of the local beauty schools was holding an open house where girls could get free hair, nails, and makeup. Sounds perfect! I'm certain the girls will enjoy this. Me? Well, let's just say the Lord has given me a certain degree of patience when indulging my daughters.Anna Goes FirstThe … [Read more...]