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    Non-Technical - Memorial Day

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    I'm technically "off" today, but I wanted to dedicate this blog to the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S. It's a time when we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. I served, as did my wife, in the U.S. Air Force at bases...
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    Quote of the Day: On What Really Makes Something True

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    “Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're probably right.” - Henry Ford
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    The Green DBA

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    Well, this morning I'm feeling a little "under the weather", so I'm working from home. Other than physically attending meetings I'm able to do just about everything else from here, thanks to a VPN, Remote Desktop, and Livemeeting. As I'm sitting here...
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    Difficult Visualizations

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    As I've mentioned, I'm a big fan of scripting. It's normally faster for me to type than to click. But there are times that it is difficult to do some operations in script - they are just easier in a graphical interface. One of those places is showing...
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    Service Accounts Redux

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    The other day I made a post that mixed a couple of concepts. I mentioned that you should always use a separate set of Windows accounts for the SQL Server Engine and Agent services. I also mentioned security ramifications. The fact that the SQL Server...
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    Data is Just Data – Information – that’s another thing!

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    Many data professionals deal in the storage, retrieval and display of data from a central set of systems. But there is another side to our craft, and I think it’s the most rewarding part of the job for both the professional and the organization they serve...
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    Bonus Post – The PASS Dakar

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    OK, this will probably never happen, and I have no official affiliation with the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) at all, everyone will think is crazy, but at the PASS yearly conference I would really like to see this competition:  ...
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    On getting it done, but doing it wrong

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    It's Friday - time for the quote of the day. I've met some folks in my life that can get results, but at a great cost to everyone else. So the quote for today is: Any ship can be a minesweeper... once. Admiral Hornblower
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    Can’t Travel for Training? No Problem

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    Right now it’s tough to get businesses to loosen the purse a little and get you out to some training. But you have features in the product that you’re not even able to use because you haven’t been trained. What’s a Data Professional to do? Why, go to...
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    Quote of the Day: On Learning to Compromise

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    A “compromise” is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece. - Paul Gauguin
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    The Bellevue Arts Festival and Software Development

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    This past Saturday my family and I went to the Bellevue Arts Festival near our home here in Washington. I'm constantly amazed by the "artist's eye" - someone gifted with being able to see what they want to draw, or paint, or make art out of any material...
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    Theory or Practice?

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    As most of you know, I'm big on practical advice. My Podcast is even called the "Real World DBA" . I think until something becomes concrete, it's tough to buy off on it. On the other hand... I work in theoretical settings all day long. I deal with...
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    Quote of the Day: What is Impossible

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    When I worked at the Space Center in Florida, one of my favorite quotes was posted over a particular rocket engine display near my office. It’s by Werner Von Braun, a German scientist who is largely responsible for the Redstone and Apollo Space Programs...
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    The Importance of a Test System

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    Most of us have three environments in our organizations: Development, Staging, and Production. But I don't count Staging as a test system. Sure, I use it to do an integration test for code before it goes to the users, but that's not the only kind of testing...
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    Checking the "Feedback" Box

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    If you're installing SQL Server 2008, you'll get a panel near the end of the installation process that asks you if we can collect data on how you use the product. Check those boxes! I was with someone one time during their installation, and when that...
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    What to leave when you're leaving

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    There's already a post on this topic - sort of. I read this entry, where the author did a good job on a few steps , but I found that a few other tips might be useful, so if you want to check that one out and then this post, you might be able to put together...
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    SQL PASS Pre-Conference Presentation

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    I'll be presenting at lots of conferences soon - SQL Saturday in Olympia Washington, several webcasts, TechEd Brazil and then TechEd Europe in Barcelona. But I'll also be presenting at one of the biggest SQL-Geekfests there is - SQL PASS. I'll be doing...
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    Quote of the Day: The Value of Television

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    I don't watch a lot of TV - I catch some of the financial news in the morning, a cooking show at night, and occasionally I'll watch something on the History Channel. But it does have its uses. A wise man once pointed out how it can make you smarter: "I...
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    Women and Cats

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    I will not explain why I chose this quote for today (it could have to do with the fact that I’m the only male in the house and yes, we do have a cat): “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” - Robert...
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    Video Interview

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    While I was at the SSWUG Virtual Conference prep, I did an interview – a very lengthy, hyper-caffeinated one. Not sure how well I came off in it – gosh, do I really sound (and look!) like that? Youch. There is some useful information in there about...
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    Quote of the Day - On What We've Really Learned

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    Great Quote: "Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." Andre Gide
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    Is a Comprehensive Data Map Possible?

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    Most of us design a "CRUD" (Create, Read, Update and Delete) matrix for an application's database. And if you are really thorough, you create a data dictionary that shows what data goes where and why. The problem with these documents is that...
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    Vendors: Partners or Salespeople?

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    I got a great e-mail from a friend that asked about how he could foster a better relationship with his vendors. So many times when you work with a vendor it’s more of a used-car sales experience than a partnership – but you can actually make your vendor...
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    Quote of the Day: On Worry

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    Don't let worry be the default response to uncertainty. -Buck Woody
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    Migrations and ROI

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    We've had a lot of folks switching to SQL Server from other platforms lately. They start looking at SQL Server because many of the other vendors are prohibitively expensive, and they also charge for things that come with SQL Server out of the box, like...
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