Archives for February 2010

New On SQLPASS.ORG – Dealing with Micromanagers

In my regular professional development column for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), Plays Well With Others, check out my latest post on dealing with micromanagers. If you've ever dealt with a manager who questioned your every move, hijacked meetings, nit-picked over inconsequential details, or made you jump through endless hoops of administrivia, then you know what I'm writing about. This article is part one of a two part series.  Part one deals with identifying how and why managers become micro-managers.  Part two, coming in the next issue of the PASS Community … [Read more...]

Want Spy Novel Twists in a True IT Journalism Story? Read this…

Journalists are important.  In my opinion, they're very important. The best journalists, like Old Testament prophets, speak truth to power and reveal the ugly dirt behind the pretty and public veneer of society.  Their very presence foils corruption or, at least, helps reveal it, punish it, and make it dive for deeper waters else go extinct.  It was for this reason that Thomas Jefferson famously wrote: "The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without … [Read more...]

Free Training for You, Punishing Workload for Me. Thank You for Enjoying My Misery.

Everybody enjoys a little free training now and then.  I've got mountains of free training in the works.  Some of it is in-person and local while some are in webcast format.  Please join me as you're able! Tomorrow - Wednesday! Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 12 pm (noon) MST - PASS DBA Virtual Chapter; Top 10 Administration Mistakes on SQL Server There are a short list of mistakes that, if you know of them in advance and prepare for them, will make your life much easier.  This presentation shows you these mistakes, the "low hanging fruit" of database administration.  Once you apply the lessons … [Read more...]

OMG! Em’s Driving!

Yep, baby number two is now legal behind the wheel.She did very well while we were practicing. So I've felt pretty good about turning her loose on the world. She still needs more practice in reverse and in tight parking situations which, I remember with great clarity, where areas where I too needed practice as a teenager.She's driving the old Bonnie. We'll need to replace the ol' vehicle pretty soon. It's got a bazillion miles on it and it's getting more and more expensive to keep running properly. I'm a big believer in preventative maintenance. But there comes a point where, when too … [Read more...]

PASS 2009 Lifetime PASSion Award

A HAPPY RETIREMENT January 1st, 2010 marked a very special day for me.  It was the first time in the past ten years in which I had no official PASS responsibility at the HQ level.  (I'm still serving in the local PASS chapter here in Nashville, along with the awesomeness that is DrSQL (blog | twitter) and the whackness that is Joe Webb (blog | twitter).  We also have the irreplaceable Shelton Dickson and Roberto Lopez helping us out).  I also intend to stay active as a speaker for PASS.  I spoke at the PASS 2009 Summit, earning a top presenter spot in the Professional Development track, and … [Read more...]