“Password” is a Dirty Word

Take a moment to think about the really important passwords you use - maybe for your computer at work, email, financial information, or even the 'sa' account on SQL Server.  How many characters long are they?  Are they really all that difficult?  Are they: Dictionary words? Words with a few numbers or symbols substituted in place for letters? Totally random combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols? The last option is obviously the most secure choice, but it also happens to be the most difficult to remember.  I’ve previously mentioned that I’m a big fan of KeePass, an open source password…
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Elevator Etiquette

And now for something completely different.  I realize there's probably been countless thoughts, blog posts and jokes on the subject of elevator etiquette, but I think mine's a little different as it concerns whether or not using the elevator is polite in certain situations.  Allow me to explain: In college I spent the better part of my years living in the residence halls.  The particular complex I was in consisted of 2 connected buildings.  The building for guys had 5 floors, while the girls had 12.  The elevators were incredibly slow, to the point where it was usually faster to…
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Why My Newest Laptop Is A Mac

I've never been a fan of Apple.  Despite making a living off SQL Server, I don't consider myself to be a Windows fanboy by any stretch of the imagination either, but I never imagined that I would buy a Mac. One of the easiest arguing points back in the day was the availability of software.  Games on a mac?  There was that sliding apple puzzle thing, that's about it.  (Ok, there were more than that, but if I couldn't play Doom II on it I wasn't interested!)  Then they switched to Intel processors and OSX got better and better.  The…
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Redundancy and College Marching Band

Every once in a while I hope to use this blog to investigate the lighter side of database/computing topics.  After all, redundancy can (and should!) exist in many more places than corporate network architectures.  One of the places you may be surprised to hear about redundancy is college marching bands, which I feel more than qualified to talk about. That's right folks, I'm a bando and proud of it.  I played clarinet from 4th grade all the way through college, and was part of a marching band for 9 years.  Yes, I did go to band camp, had some great…
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Five Things SQL Server Needs To Drop

While I wasn't explicitly tagged for participation in this meme, Wendy Pastrick (blog | twitter) was kind enough to tag everyone else who hasn't been tagged already.  Being in need of a first topic for a blog post, this seemed like a good one to start with! Since a lot of things have already been spoken for, here's 3 things I particularly hate accompanied by 2 favorites from others.  If someone else has already mentioned my 3, my apologies for apparently not reading your blog! 1.  View Dependencies Once I discovered this "feature" I quickly learned that it wasn't reliable,…
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