Donabelle Santos (Twitter – Blog) celebrated her birthday today, and her coworkers at Black Ninja Software set her up. They pinged me to ask if I’d call her to surprise her on her birthday, and one thing led to another. Next thing you know, she was getting an urgent support call from Ted Striker. Ted (played by me) was having a few SQL Server problems. I slowly laid them out one at a time:
- He’d upsized his Access stuff to SQL Server
- Using one database per client
- For 1,600 clients
- With the databases hosted on a USB hard drive
- And he wanted to bring in more data from tables stored in Microsoft Word
She kept her composure much better than I would have, and she never once blurted out, “What the hell were you thinking?!?!” Congratulations, Donabelle! Here’s to hoping the rest of your customers this year are brighter than Ted. And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go bomb the storage depots at Daiquiri.