These are my links for the week of August 23rd:
- Try SQL Azure Database CTP Today – You can start storing your SQL Server data in the cloud today. Remember those final prices, though – $100/mo ain’t cheap.
- I don’t do Touchy-Feely – LOLcat of the week.
- Starting A Successful Blog Is Like Planning An Invasion – I’m a big fan of The Art of War, and this reads like one of my favorite tips. Never strike until you know you have an overwhelming, unstoppable force.
- The Great Mass Unfollow – Twitter Purge – Joel Oleson explains why he unfollowed almost everybody – he was getting too much DM spam. This is one of the reasons why I don’t follow everybody on Twitter either.
- Storage blogosphere rumbles with rumors of EMC Atmos Compute – Is EMC getting ready to unveil a cloud-based computing competitor to Amazon EC2?
- SSMS Tip – Display Results in a Separate Tab – When you execute a query in SQL Server Management Studio, Rhonda Tipton shows how to pop the results into a separate tab.
- Rate This! – SpeakerRate.com helps you give feedback to speakers and helps you choose which speakers to check out during conferences. To build it out, we need your help – review people when you attend their presentations.
- Keeping SQL Server Client Tools Up-to-Date – Did you know that service packs and hotfixes can apply to the SQL Server Management Studio installations on your developer and DBA machines? K. Brian Kelley explains why you need to keep those up to date too.
- Policy Based Management Podcast – Part 3 – Tom LaRock (aka SQLRockstar) and I sum up our 3-part podcast series on Policy-Based Management with SQL Server 2008. This works with SQL 2000 and 2005 too.
- Ramping Up The Reading – Ken Simmon’s latest SQL Server reading list.
- Who is Active? v8.82 – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Forget sp_who2 – Adam Machanic wrote a much better stored procedure to show what’s going on inside your SQL Server.
- SOX in the City – Preparations for Audit – Sarbanes-Oxley compliance isn’t as simple as following a checklist – because the government didn’t provide us with one! If you’re a database administrator facing compliance issues, check out Robert Pearl’s helpful list of preparations long before audit time.
I’m trying out a new tool, Postalicious, that will (hopefully) post my Delicious bookmarks onto my blog every weekend with a minimum of heavy lifting on my part. I’ll let you know what I think of it after a couple of weeks.