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    Quote of the Day: On Being Enthusiastic

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    I had a great time with some fellow “tweeters” on the Microsoft campus yesterday. We were pretty fired up – and there’s nothing wrong with that!  In fact:   “If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm.” - Vince Lombardi
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    On Paying Attention to the Details

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    It's Friday - time for the quote of the day: "We think in generalities, but we live in detail." - Alfred North Whitehead
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    Plan and Prepare or Just Do It? How about Both!

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    I'm kind of a type "A" person. OK, I'm a VERY type "A" person. I even cook by setting things up ahead of time. I'm definitely more in the "Plan and Prepare" camp than the "Just Do It" camp. But I do realize that there are times when you just can't...
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    Service Broker and the Need for Planning

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    I mentioned yesterday about the database I was using implemented Service Broker. I wanted to mention (again) the incredible need for planning when you're setting up a project. Whenever you're working on something as distributed as Service Broker, you...
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    Quote of the Day: Let Go

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    "The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." - Charles DuBois
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    Embiggen your family this week

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    I know a lot of my readers are located in countries other than the U.S., but I hope you'll indulge me for a moment for a non-technical post. When I was 18, I joined the U.S. Air Force , and my first base was in the United Kingdom at R.A.F. Lakenheath...
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    SQL Saturday Redmond Wrap-Up

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    Wow – we had a fantastic time at the “Mixer” building in Redmond this past Saturday. We had around 300 folks show up, straining the rooms to capacity. We had some top-notch presenters, and a very receptive audience, and we even made it through breakfast...
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    PASS 2008 Conference: Day Two

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    We’re still on pre-conferences here at PASS, and for the last two days there has been a “SCAN” (SQL Customer Advisory Network) meetings where we preview new technologies and get feedback from them on current technologies, listening and learning how they...
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    New Business Metric: DBOM

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    With all of the travelling, writing, speaking and working I’ve been doing lately, I’ve come across a new trend. My schedule is so fragmented that I communicate primarily through e-mail, and I’ve noticed that I respond to, and hear back from, various people...
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    The Case for Moving From TPC to Database Throughput Units in Database Performance Comparisons

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    Scientific testing is based on controls, transparency, and repeatability. Whenever we as technical professionals want to test the performance of a database system, we search for a series of tests that show the system’s metrics against a standard...
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    Visual Studio and SQL Server 2008

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    There have been some questions from folks who have pre-released versions of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. SQL Server 2008 requires the RTM version, so if you have the pre-released version, you can go here to update it:  http://www.microsoft...
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    TechEd Europe 2008 Day Two - Policy Based Management

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    Yesterday I gave two presentations to the attendees at TechEd Europe here in Barcelona, Spain. The first was on “A Day in the Life of the DBA”, which I’ve blogged about previously. The second presentation was on an overview of Policy Based Management...
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    Crowd Power

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    I recently e-mailed a bunch of friends with three questions that I have been considering. I want to build a killer demo machine, ditch all my lines to the house except for Internet, and buy a home media PC to replace my very old television. I had researched...
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    Disaster Response and the Physical Plant

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    Near our home is a Dam about to break. It was built long ago, and even though millions were taxed and spent for it, little to none of that money ever got to the actual shoring up and maintaining the dam  over time (don’t get me started). Anyway,...
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    SQL Down Under Podcast - and Another Upgrade Resource

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    At PASS a couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Greg Low from Australia.We had a great time chatting about PowerShell, Microsoft, and all things SQL. Check it out here (who number 41): http://sqldownunder.com/PreviousShows/tabid/98/Default.aspx ...
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    Quote of the Day - Trusting the Government to Get Things Done

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    Because, hey, they have such a great track record, right?   "We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress." -- Will Rogers
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    Bonus Post: Quick, Painless Survey (honest)

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    The SQL Server team has a quick survey they would like you to take. You don't have to sign up, enter your e-mail or anything else - and it's just sever questions!  It's on new features for web database developers, so if you're one of those, bop on...
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    Virtual Conferences and LiveMeeting, well, live meetings

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    I've been doing a few "virtual" presentations lately. We have a lot of requests to present the new features of SQL Server 2008, and I've found that I can go to more places if I do them over the web, using LiveMeeting.  It's actually working...
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    The Coming Database Design Wave

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    Database design has been on my mind as of late – I’ve been teaching it in class, and I have a friend from Twitter that has a couple of questions. In fact, I think I’ll actually do a submission to PASS this year on this topic. Don’t think it has...
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    Data Science and the Cloud

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    More than perhaps any other computing discipline, Data Science lends itself best to Cloud Computing in general, and Windows Azure in specific. That's a big claim, but before I offer some evidence, I need to explain what I mean by "Data Science". I've...
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    Using WITH MIRROR to Copy Your Backups

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    The other day I chatted with a gentleman who needed a second copy of his backup for a remote reporting system. Most of us need a copy or two of the backups, sometimes for a reporting or development refresh, or sometimes we want a second copy for safety...
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    TechEd Europe 2008 Day Five – Policy Based Management

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    Bringing all the concepts I've described in the last few posts into place, you can see the results of what Alexi wants in a Policy. Navigating to the Management node in SQL Server Management Studio, he can create a new Policy, give it a name, and since...
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    Quote of Day - On Knowledge

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    You do not really understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother. - Albert Einstein I've met lots of really smart people that can't explain what they know. I think this really sums it up!
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    Quote of the Day: Everybody Exaggerates all the time

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    "People who exaggerate just kill me." Dani Haviland
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    Quote of the Day - The Best Method of Learning

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    Most people know a lot - but they could know a lot more: "Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your mouth is moving." -- My Mother
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