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    For want of a chainsaw, the trip was lost...

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    About two or three weekends back, we took the Sequoia up toward the Glacier Peak Wilderness loaded with the family (wife, kids, me) and various pieces of what-if back country gear: important stuff like MREs, bonus water, rope and rappelling stuff, tire...
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    Log Shipping + Database Snapshots == Bummer, dude!!

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    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...
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    I wasn’t concerned about warbots. Until...

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    The quote is long to provide context, but the bold part is what worries me. Ruh-roh. A recent study prepared for the Office of Naval Research by a team from the California Polytechnic State University said that robot ethics had not received the attention...
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    To whom it may concern (code comments)

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    I thought I was the only one who left warnings in my code for future maintainers... Or maybe Brian inherited one of my previous projects. Heh. Funniest code comment ever... Yes, today’s my last day in SQLBU, and I’ve left more than a few WARNING code...
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    It’s been real and it’s been fun...

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    I’ve really enjoyed my ~3.5 years here at Microsoft, especially the last year and a quarter inside SQL Server. Microsoft’s a great company that really takes good care of its employees and their families. It’s with some sadness that I leave all my friends...
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    Yeah, I know I said I’d never run for office again...

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    But then I went and put my name in the hat once more... because it’s for a good cause! No, it’s not April Fool’s. That’s tomorrow. Personally, I’d like to thank L.D. Kirshenbaum (the author of the article below) for giving us a fair shake. I’m sure that...
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    Awww, aren’t they just so cute?!

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    Look at all of them fixin’ to jump in the pool! Heh. Not to minimize the difficulty that they’re embarking on, what with a 20% pass rate and all, but it’s great to see more people diving into the deep end of the SQL Server pool. Let’s hope as many Certified...
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    Do we really need a manifesto for software craftsmanship?

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    This seems like a reaction to, maybe an extension of, the Agile Manifesto. I don’t see anything that I object to, but maybe that’s just because I (and the teams I lead who adopted and signed the Agile Manifesto) believed those “implementation details...
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    Nulls are always a problem.

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    Anybody who’s ever jousted with nullable database columns will find this humorous: The Vermillion Screen of Death (Raw Materials Comic Strip) Well, I did anyway.
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    For once, the forecast was accurate...

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    Of course, in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not hard: all you have to do to be accurate is say “Water will fall from the sky.” Heh. It snowed over the weekend, but it all melted off and even though it was forecast for today, I was tempted to ride the bike...
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    I need a new dart board. Would the MOF circle work?

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    I’m spending some time this weekend dusting off skills that I haven’t used for a while. After staring @ this MOF circle for waaay too long, I suddenly got the urge to jump on the bike, ride home and play darts with the kids. Heh. I’m sure you’ll see the...
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    Ooops. Better luck next time!

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    Another Tunguska might’ve been fun! Space rock gives Earth a close shave Of course, a mass extinction might have been less fun, so let’s not and say we did?
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    The Problem with Software Architects

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    What’s the problem with software architects? Besides the fact that they think everything can be described in PowerPoint and Visio? With maybe a couple hundred pages of Word documents? Heh. It is problematic that “they” think things can be reduced to simple...
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    Error code 2738 when installing AdventureWorks.

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    This is in the wiki FAQ , but not everybody reads the documentation and my experience is that Live.com doesn’t index the CodePlex wiki nearly as well as the MSDN blogs... Anyway, our current dependency on a VB Script custom action in our WiX-based installers...
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    Future geek advantage? An inability to sit still?

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    Maybe I should stop trying to teach my children to sit still? Their hyperactivity is really just training for a future powering their own electronics with microbiomotion? Hrm. Every heartbeat and every fidgety movement that a person makes while sitting...
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    If you absolutely must call a WCF service from inside your database, here’s how you do it...

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    When I was an operations DBA, this would probably fall into the category of “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should”: Call a WCF Service from SQLCLR (by Niels Berglund) However, there are probably a couple of good scenarios where...
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    PFT 1: Me 0 (belated January 2009 Update)

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    My fitness duel with Steve is ongoing, but I’m saddened by my progress to date. Nonetheless, the January-ish test (actually done on 2/2/2009) of my progress has hardened my resolve. I did manage to drop ~15# in January, but since I’ve still got another...
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    Back when I was an enterprise architect...

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    JP Morgenthal put together a brief care-and-feeding guide for managers of enterprise architects for CIO magazine. Back when I was an enterprise architect (or pretending to be one as a consultant), these are all things my management knew. Knew as in: I...
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    If it wasn’t in California, this might have gotten me to choose UC Berkeley.

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    Well, besides the locale barrier (for politico-moral reasons of my own), there’s the teensy fact that I’m decades past being interested in attending university courses as an alternative to being gainfully employed. But places like FullSail and Digipen...
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    Updated Books Online (January 2009)

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    I’m a couple days behind in, well, everything, not just my inbox. What can I say? It finally warmed up enough to get back on the motorcycle... Updated BOL for January 2009 are out there now! MSDN Download Center (MSI) Get yours while supplies last. Heh...
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    Thanks, Brian! A couple minor nits to pick, though.

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    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...
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    SQL RSS code review coming up.

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    If you haven’t checked out this project, give it a look. We’re having an MVP code review in about a week. Forum discussion CodePlex project Please file your bugs and suggestions as work items on CodePlex. As always, if you’re interested in being a contributor...
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    It’s nice to be wanted!

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    Personally, I’ve always believed that “It’s the data, stupid!” when it comes to enterprise application development. I’m gratified to see that enterprises are figuring this out! It’s unfortunate that salaries seem to be slumping in all but three IT areas...
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    Samples forum consolidation.

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    Until today, all of the various SQL Server community and samples projects each had their own discussion board on CodePlex. In the interests of simplification that our customers have asked for in our samples experience, we’re consolidating all of those...
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    I think I’ve read that one. By Haldeman, right?

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    Would somebody please turn on the Large Hadron Collider so we can just end the debate? One way or another? Srsly? It might solve some other problems, too. *snicker* In short, a new paper says that the reports of the probable demise of black holes created...
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