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  • Blog Post: It's not April Fool's Day, but...

    At first blush, Tom’s Hardware has got what appears to be some pretty yellow journalism on the subject of a new IBM patent, but I don’t think that they are actually misinterpreting the patented process which describes programmatically degrading the quality of digital documents. On purpose. Huh. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Log Shipping + Database Snapshots == Bummer, dude!!

    So, like most funny stories (involving me), this one starts with “Yesterday, I had this bright idea...” and goes downhill from there. Database mirroring is great. Full stop. But there’s this one little catch: it can only have a single mirror copy of the principal. Awesome for HA, but not so good for...
  • Blog Post: Thanks, Brian! A couple minor nits to pick, though.

    Brian, I'm glad y'all are doing videos like this for SQL School!! I realize that you probably recorded this last year; however, the details (specifically of download file selection on CodePlex ) in that video about AdventureWorks for SQL Server 2008 have been out of date since October 2008. ;-) We shipped...
  • Blog Post: Sybase loves AdventureWorks2008?

    A SQL Ranger friend of mine in the UK gave me the heads up to this yesterday. (Thanks, Ben!!) Apparently, back in December 2008, Sybase ported some of our samples to SQL Anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve got mixed feelings about Sybase porting AdventureWorks to their platform. Sort of like a cherry-cheese...
  • Blog Post: Tweeting AdventureWorks?

    Earlier this week, the gravitational pull of Twitter got the better of me. Jimmy May emailed me that Paul Nielsen was trying to sort out the gender of the fictitious IT Manager of AdventureWorks (Jean Trenary) for the next edition of the SQL Server Bible and was tweeting on the subject. One thing led...
  • Blog Post: Who are you and what do you want with my data?

    If you’ve got data, there are probably people who want to use it, analyze it, do things with it... that you never imagined and possibly don’t want them to. “Those people” might even be government agents. Who can put you in jail. If you’re not careful with your data. Do you have a plan for data governance...
  • Blog Post: We don‘t need yet another database security czar.

    I was reading this article about recent data breaches that was recommending Yet Another Government Agency® and (no surprise) I started getting mad: A program to share best practices among agencies at all levels of government and create cybersecurity templates, even if they are not mandated, would be...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying AdventureWorks setup

    FYI, we’re actively working on improving the setup experience for the SQL Server 2008 sample databases (aka AdventureWorks). We’ve heard your feedback and we’re acting on it. Here are some of the salient points you’ll see for the Halloween update (Samples Refresh 1): Fewer selections to make to choose...
  • Blog Post: INSERT your.own.data INTO election.spreadsheet

    No, this isn’t a Schneier-induced rant about electronic voting machinas… Kevin just dropped a template into Office Online for those of you who would like to model your own election results. Simple Electoral College Election Predictor - Templates - Microsoft Office Online You can play “Let’s pretend”...
  • Blog Post: Thank you, Captain Obvious.

    Actually, my oldest son is the original Captain Obvious in my life, but Michael Campbell does a good impression of him in Performance Secrets for SQL Server Developers (sqlmag.com) . Heh. Not that it's a bad thing. Being reminded of the obvious every once in a while is important. For the record, the...
  • Blog Post: Cool (Free, Open) Tools: SQL RSS

    Even if nobody has asked you for an RSS feed of data in one or more of your databases, it won't be long before they do! When they do, you can grab this configurable, easy to use data-driven RSS feed widget. A couple ideas for using this application: Business intelligence updates delivered to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Contrary to the FUD, The Relational Database™ is far from dead...

    I've gotten questions over the past month or two from folks (mostly DBAs and trainers) who have attended FUD dissemination events where various "experts" have declared The Relational Database™ to be dead. Ha! I've had a good laugh at most of the points that the so-called "experts"...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

    In a striking change of direction, I'm happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs. Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification,...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Politicians Like Bugs?

    The suggestion is to track politicians positions like software products and file bugs against them to determine their suitability for installation in office. Nope, not April 1st yet! Whaddya think? If a candidate takes a position I disagree with, such as calling for corporate windfall profit taxes, amnesty...
  • Blog Post: How do I use Feature X in SQL Server?

    Buck's got a great point about how SQL Server's development themes are managed from the top down: It isn't a matter of thinking up single features or changes to the product, it's a cohesive direction we all want to go. Carpe Datum : Why on earth are you working on that? Reading his blog always make me...
  • Blog Post: Hi, Mom! (And everybody else.)

    "So, what do you do?" It's a common enough question, right? Usually immediately subsequent to "Where do you work?" People ask it to break the ice. They ask it because they're interested. They ask it because they can't believe somebody actually pays me to work @ Microsoft. Heh. Even...
  • Blog Post: FILESTREAM, Windows Vista and you.

    I won't complain about yet-another-configuration-stored-procedure, since I hold out hope that managing FILESTREAM's status at the server level will be rolled into sp_configure or DDL before RTM... but this is me not holding my breath. *sigh* Anyway, if you want to use FILESTREAM data on your SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server gurus! Get connected to CodePlex.

    First off, CodePlex is looking for developers. That seems like the best way to get plugged in. Heh. I have a vested interest in seeing you top-notch coders working on CodePlex. I know several great coders out there; you know who you are, so apply! More on my vested interest later. Looking for developers...
  • Blog Post: More upcoming webcasts

    If you're intrigued by data mining or wonder how your SQL Server certifications will be affected, these are for you: TechNet Webcast: Mastering Time Series Prediction with SQL Server 2008 Data Mining (Level 300) , Thursday, Jan. 24, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: Building and Validating...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming SQL webcasts and virtual events (January 2008)

    Some random virtual things that you might care about (I do): Get Ready for SQL Server 2008 Virtual Event (sponsored by SQL PASS et al) Thursday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time MSDN Webcast: Optimizing Online, Enabling Offline with SQL Server Compact and Sync Services for ADO.NET (Level 200...
  • Blog Post: Belated happy annibirthary, SQL Server.

    I always seem to miss birthdays and anniversaries. *sigh* Not sure whether to call this one a birthday or an anniversary. Maybe the anniversary of prenatal announcement? Or was this back when nobody announced a product until it was done. (Did that ever happen? Or was I dreaming?) Yesterday in history...
  • Blog Post: Big brother (or SkyNet) is coming... to a PC near you.

    I loved the book 1984 , even though it was almost 1984 by the time I read it. The fact that the date was around the corner and technology wasn't anywhere close kind of took the punch out of the story. I guess it didn't scare me the way it scared "previous generations" (to put it politely)....
  • Blog Post: Sun makes database play! Is MySQL worth $1B?

    Now don't that take the rag off'n the bush? Sun Microsystems Inc. has agreed to buy open-source software maker MySQL AB for $1 billion, and said its fiscal second-quarter net income nearly doubled on boosted margins, according to preliminary results. Sun Micro to Buy MySQL, Maker of Open-Source Database...
  • Blog Post: Will the RML Utilities will catch up to 2008 soon?

    Inquiring minds want to know... RML Utilities for Microsoft SQL Server Released RML Utilities for Microsoft SQL Server Released (PSS SQL Server Engineers) Support for 2000 and 2005 only so far. Sorry! At least we've got both x86 and x64 versions, though.
  • Blog Post: Nominate your SQL Server wins for the 2008 TDWI Best Practices Awards!

    Vote early and often for your favorite implementations on your favorite platform! (Hint: your favorite platform is SQL Server.) Have you completed a data warehouse or business intelligence implementation that you think other organizations could learn from? Would you like some recognition for your accomplishment...
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