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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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    PASS 2008 Conference Next Week

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    Well, it's late at night, and I'm just now writing this morning's blog! I've been unbelievably busy, and I'm also preparing for two presentations next week at PASS. The first presentation is a Pre-Conference on HADR - or High Availability / Disaster Recovery...
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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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    A Writer's Toolkit

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    Even in a technical role, communication is paramount. If you don't read widely and communicate well, your progression suffers. And one of the primary modes of communication is writing. I've written several books, articles and blogs (see "Publications...
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    Quote of the day: On leveraging what you can

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    I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow. - Woodrow Wilson
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    Quote of the Day: On Learning from Experience

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    A lesson learned “the hard way” is not soon forgotten: “A man who tries to carry a cat home by its tail will learn a lesson that can be learned in no other way.” - Mark Twain
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    Compliance Whitepaper for SQL Server

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    If you have to deal with any kind of compliance regulattions, you should check out this whitepaper, authored by my good friend JC Cannon. It's a "keeper bookmark": Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Compliance Guide Whitepaper It covers almost as much as the...
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    Quote of the Day: Gaining the Advantage

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    “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” - Thomas Jefferson
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    TechEd Brazil - Day Three

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    I started today at TechEd by chatting with several folks about some issues they were having on planning solutions for their companies. They were lined up at the discussion area and had lots of questions ready! I also spoke with several folks on the improvements...
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    TechEd Europe 2008 - The Trip

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    Well, it's 6:00 AM in Barcelona, Spain, and still 9:13 PM at home - so I'm "late" posting this or "early", depending on how you look at it! I had a 20+ hour trip, with all the waiting at the airports and all that. You gotta love traveling. I'll be...
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    SQL Saturday in Redmond – Stop By and Say Hello!

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    http://www.sqlsaturday.com/ This Saturday I’ll be speaking at the “SQL Saturday” event in my own backyard – Redmond, Washington! I really enjoy these events – enough to give up a Saturday to come out and join you. No, we don’t get paid for these, it’s...
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    What to do if your Conference Budget is Cut

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    Money is tight – we all know that. One of the first places that companies cut in the budget is training. So what do you do if your boss won’t let you go anywhere? You do have options. You can train on your own, or ask them to buy you books. But one of...
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    Changing Roles

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    I'm changing roles here at Microsoft. I'll be a Technical Solutions Professional - a fancy term that means I'll be working in the "field", directly with you, the customer. I'll be working to find out what customers are working on long term, and to help...
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    Book Review (Book 10) - The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for March 2012 was: The Information: A History, a Theory...
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    Security Goes Underground

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    You might not have heard of as many data breaches recently as in the past. As you’re probably aware, I call them out here as often as I can, especially the big ones in government and medical institutions, because I believe those can have lasting implications...
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    Guessing Gets Worse the Smarter You Are

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    I've been in some classes recently and one of the lessons we learned about communication was: "don't guess". As technical professionals, we often think we know the answer to the problem someone is describing about halfway through the person's description...
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    Quote of the Day: On Predestination

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    I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. - Stephen Hawking
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    Quote of the Day - On Communication

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    The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter Drucker
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    Quote of the day: On Growing Old

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    One word: Don't. "Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form." - Andre Maurois
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    Quote of the Day: On Being Brilliant

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    No commentary needed - if only we would practice this simple statement: "It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say, and then don't say it." - Sam Levenson
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    Of Mainframes and Rivers

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    I started working with technology a long time ago - long enough to remember the mainframe way of life. Back then, a select group of folks controlled access to "the computer". On certain desks stood terminals, and programs were all custom-written...
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    Quote of the Day: on Curiosity

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    "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." - Dorothy Parker
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    The “More Excellent Way” Experiment

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    Yesterday I challenged you to ask the question “What is the more excellent way?” at three decision points. I mentioned that I would take the challenge as well, and report back here on the results. I actually asked myself the question more than three times...
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    Challenge for the day: Learn One New Visualization

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    I’ve gotten hooked on TED-talks. I don’t know if you’ve ever  seen these, but the basic idea is that really smart (and sometimes famous) people have less than 20 minutes to pitch a concept to other really smart people. One of the TED-talks I just...
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    Testing and Validation – You Really Do Have The Time

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    One of the great advantages in my role as a Technical Specialist here at Microsoft is that I get to work with so many great clients. I get to see their environments and how they use them, and the way they work with SQL Server. I’ve been a data professional...
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