Helpful Tech Tools for New Parents

Parenting is most definitely something that parents are constantly learning more about. Our son is 11 weeks old today, and while Michelle and I are by no means experts, we've learned a bunch in that time. We've also found some techie tools that have proved incredibly helpful these past few months, and I wanted to take a brief break from database speak to share them. Here they are, in no particular order: Baby Tracker. This awesome app helps you keep track of your baby's eating, sleeping, and diaper-ing. It's incredibly simple to use, and never again will you have to wonder if…
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SQL Prompt 7.2 – Now With Execution Warnings!

I've loved using Redgate's tools ever since I discovered what they were, and now that I'm a Friend of Redgate it's even more fun because I get to give feedback to their developers and hear all about what's coming out in new releases! Recently, Redgate announced SQL Prompt 7.2, with a bunch of new features and improvements. My personal favorite of all these is execution warnings. Databases (and computers in general) have this pesky habit of always doing exactly what we tell them to do, instead of doing what we really meant to tell them to do. Have you ever been burned…
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Verifying File Copy/Move Operations With Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier

Being a DBA and data professional doesn't mean I always work with SQL Server - sometimes I'm not working with databases at all. We've recently acquired some new storage at work (aka Daddy Warbucks bought us a new SAN) and I've been charged with moving things to it. Some aspects of this are easier than others and there will be a few more posts coming about that in the future. For now though, let's talk about copying files. Lots of files. Server logs, audit logs, things like that. Mostly they were small in size but large in quantity. I ended…
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A Data-Centric Wedding

I'm back! I really never left, but due to the time spent putting the final pieces together for my wedding things got a bit stale here. I can't really say I'm sorry though, as the whole experience created some great blog topics! As you now know if you didn't already, I got married recently. My fianceé wife and I had a blast planning it all ourselves, and early on we decided that my DBA skills could come in handy as we would be generating a decent amount of data throughout the process. The guest list, invitation information, replies, meal choices,…
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Hosting Your Images With Amazon S3

Images make just about everything more interesting, which is why I do my best to include at least one with each blog post even if for nothing more than comic relief. I run a few different websites, and a while ago I decided to host the images for all of them in the cloud using Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service).  I've been a very satisfied customer since then.  Not only is it incredibly easy to use, it's also rather simple to "mask" it so your images look like they're coming from somewhere else.  If you look at the properties of…
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