Blog

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…
Read More

Seven Free Applications You Should Try

I think all of us who sit in front of a computer for a living have a few free programs that we're particularly fond of.  Here's what I'm liking as of late. Notepad++ My favorite general-purpose text editor.  Along with pretty much anything else, I find myself writing a lot of T-SQL code in here and then copying/pasting into SSMS.  My favorite features include column editing mode, double-click searches, and a wide variety of plugins.  Supports syntax highlighting for a ton of languages out of the box, but extensions are available that allow it to handle even more.  I used…
Read More

Book Review: Microsoft Official Academic Course 70-443 / 70-450

When preparing to take certification exams, I always purchase test preparation materials no matter how ready I feel that I am.  I do this for two reasons: There's no such thing as being too prepared (being a Boy Scout taught me this many times over) I can be sure of what topics will be covered As I was getting ready to take the 70-450 exam (MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Administration)  I couldn't find any official training kits available for that test.  Even as I type this 4 months later I still see none when searching for "70-450" on amazon.com.  Figuring…
Read More

The Chicken

A little over a week ago, Wendy Pastrick (blog | twitter) had a blog post, Attack of the Killer Maintenance Plan, where she crafts a horror story from her experience checking out some maintenance plans designed by a former employee. After reading this, I was inspired to come up with my own tale, blended with classic American Literature.  The irony here is that I hated (and hence did terrible in) all my english and literature classes throughout school.  This was especially true for Mr. Miller's 10th grade American Lit class, where I believe my final grade was a "C-".  Thankfully,…
Read More

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,…
Read More