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Welcome to the Social…Hell! (My Zune experience)

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I bought a Microsoft Zune 8 to test the new SQLServerPedia video podcasts and the user experience was so unpolished, so unprofessional that I just had to bang out a blog about it.  Looking at the iPod Nano next to the Zune 8, I could never understand why somebody would buy the Zune 8.  Now…
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SQL Server 2008 Management Studio: Group Execute

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I’m going to show how to use a new feature in SQL Server 2008 Management Studio: the ability to query groups of servers simultaneously. In Registered Servers, right-click on a group of servers and click New Query. What comes up will look like a normal query window, but pay close attention to the very bottom…
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Amazon EC2 Windows support now live!

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You can now spin up a virtual server in Amazon’s datacenter with Windows running. Even better, you can spin up a fresh new SQL Server for around $1 per hour. Amazon Web Services Blog announcement on Windows support Amazon EC2 description with Windows and SQL Server pricing And of course, this comes on a day…
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The problem with SQL Server training today

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I haven’t been doing a lot of in-depth technical blogging here lately because I’ve been working on a very big problem: the state of SQL Server training today.  DBA training today has all kinds of problems: I’d go buy a book, but books take forever to come out. I’d like to learn about SQL Server…
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Houston Twitter party at Coffee Groundz on Nov 2

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Want to meet your mostest favoritest Houston tweeps and talk trash about your leastest favoritest ones?  Coffee Groundz in Midtown is hosting a Twitter party on Sunday, November 2nd from 2pm to 6pm. Those of you who follow me on Twitter or on BrightKite know that I’m here all the time – I’m typing this…
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SSWUG Virtual Conference discount code

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Psst – want $25 off the SSWUG Virtual Conference, bringing it down to only $75? I got a promo email today from my employer (see, when it comes from the people who pay your check, you can’t call it “spam”) that says to enter VIPVC2510 in the VIP code field.  For all I know, this…
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Moving to Michigan temporarily

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One of the sweet things about telecommuting is the ability to pack up the tents and head off to a new location for a while.  Erika’s never seen a real winter, so we’re moving up to my hometown of Whitehall, Michigan.  We’re staying in the Colby State Park – not a real state park, of…
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IBM SVC Entry Edition pricing out

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IBM just unveiled a smaller-scale edition of their storage virtualization solution called IBM System Storage SVC Entry Edition.  From the interwebs comes a press release which includes this juicy quote: “The idea is to make it more affordable for smaller companies – the entry edition is priced per disk drive with a starting configuration costing…
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PASS 2008 Summit Meetups

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If you’re going to the Professional Association for SQL Server summit in Seattle, let’s meet up!  Here’s my travel info: Flight in: Houston to Seattle, Continental 1767 – arrives Sunday, 11:41 AM Hotel: Sunday to Tuesday night, Hotel 1000.  Rest of week, Sheraton. Flight out: Seattle to Houston, Continental 223 – leaves Saturday, 6:10 AM…
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Short IT Stories for Halloween (#ITBoo)

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I had a burst of creativity and suggested to my Twitter peeps that they write short IT horror stories, 140 characters or less, and identify them with #ITBoo.  You can find ’em here on Search.Twitter.com by searching for #ITBoo.
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A little ninja work before breakfast

Stack Overflow
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Mornings like this, I can’t believe I get paid to do this stuff: That’s Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror and Stack Overflow, whose blog I’ve been reading for years.  I actually bought a t-shirt with his site’s logo way back in 2006.  Jeff effing Atwood.  If I saw him, I’d ask for his autograph on…
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What I learned at Tulsa Tech Fest 2008

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Tulsa Tech Fest is a ginormous cross-discipline tech event that drew over 800 people to two days of fun sessions at OSU-Tulsa.  I learned so much from so many different people that I can’t even begin to lay it all out, but I’m going to throw in the highlights here. Tulsa developers “get” social media.…
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Brian Gorbett’s TulsaTechFest keynote on the Live platform

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#TulsaTechFest @msftguy keynote on Live platform – blog to follow Brian is a great presenter, but my problem with the entire Live platform can be summed up in this one slide. This slide shows all the different Live services, including Virtual Earth, Search, Hotmail, MSN, SkyDrive, etc. It’s hard to see with my iPhone camera’s…
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Self service and full service, BI and gas

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Earlier, I blogged about the upcoming Kilimanjaro and Gemini releases from Microsoft: self-service BI tools that are delivered inside Excel.  David Stein left a comment which prompted me to write this separate blog entry about self-service BI in general.  Basically, David’s comment was that the quality of data won’t be as good because the end…
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SQL Server Kilimanjaro, Gemini announcements

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At the BI Conference in Seattle, Microsoft unveiled some components of project code name Kilimanjaro, a sort of R2 release for SQL Server expected in the first half of 2010.  Here’s a couple of relevant news sources: Doug Henschen on Intelligent Enterprise – “Microsoft Will Bow In-Memory Analysis, Appliance-Ready Database in 2010” Short Kilimanjaro posts…
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GTD for my coworkers

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Dear Coworker, Hi.  I work differently than other people you may have worked with.  I wanna take a minute to bring you up to speed on how I do it, and what this might mean for you. I use the Getting Things Done methodology from David Allen, and here’s how I work. When You Email…
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Cringely says databases are dead

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Robert X. Cringely is a columnist for PBS – you know, the worldwide authority on hot information technology issues.  You might recognize some of their other experts like Norm Abrams and Big Bird.  Cringely’s just like them, only with less name recognition. In his latest blog, Cringely explains how cloud computing is going to make…
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SAN Tips for First-Time Users

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If you’re thinking about buying your first storage area network, do yourself a favor and go to the Aston Martin dealership first.  Smell the leather – that is, if they’ll let you sit in one – and play with the switchgear to feel how nice and solid it feels.  Pretty nice, huh? Or maybe that’s…
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Amazon EC2 will offer Windows hosting

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A lot of cool things are happening at PDC this year, and Amazon’s already showing their cards: Amazon EC2 will offer Windows hosting. That means you can turn on a brand new Windows machine – or ten – and pay by the hour according to the capacity you’re using.  Less than a dollar an hour…
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